The Landmark team actively participated at the EGU general assembly on the week of the -13th April 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
Our project coordinator Prof Rachel Creamer (WUR) convened a LANDMARK Biodiversity session on “Soil biota driven functions and ecosystem services in agricultural systems of Europe”
The AGES partner Taru Sanden together with Francesca Bampa (WUR) organised a LANDMARK short course Meet the experts in land and soil functions: from primary productivity to biodiversity where six keynote speakers gave the following presentations:
- Functional Land Management by Rachel Creamer (WUR)
- Primary Productivity by Taru Sanden (AGES)
- Water purification and regulation by Brigitta Toth ( Hungarian Academy of Sciences ISAAC CAR, University of Pannonia)
- The power of SOM by Karen van Kampenhaut (UL)
- Nutrient Cycling by Noeleen McDonald (TEAGASC)
- Soil Biodiversity by Lily Pereg ( University of New England, Australia)
Following the 6 fire talks the participants together with the speakers engaged in a fruitful discussion on:
- Future sessions on Land and soil functions in 2019.
- The outcomes of this discussion are the Wageningen Soil Conference 2019 and the EGU 2019 session Bridging between soil biologists, chemists and physicists – in understanding soil structure, function and ecosystem services
- Soil-related networks of experts
- Innovative Msc course/Summer School on Land and Soil Functions
- The outcomes of this discussion are the NEW format of the Wageningen Soil Conference 2019 that will foresee afternoon Masterclasses for conference participants and especially your researchers such as PostDocs or PhDs.
Francesca Bampa gave also a presentation on Opportunities and challenges for science-policy-processes regarding SDGs at the short course on “How to get involved in global efforts to sustain soil and land” (http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EGU2018/session/28964) that took place on Wednesday, 11th April 2018 The course has been organised by early-career scientists interested to interweave the scientific passion at EGU more with policy-related goals with the upcoming review of SDG 15 and especially 15.3 this year
More info www.egu2018.eu