The objective of Eurosoil 2020 is to bring together leading research scientists working on soil related topics and stakeholders dealing with issues of public concern, such as soil degradation and consequences of climatic changes. The important bridging role of soil practitioners to translate scientific knowledge into practice will be emphasised during Eurosoil 2020.
IMPORTANT DATES | Early Bird Registrations Now Open | Scientific Contribution Submissions Now Closed | Mid-May 2020 – Notifications to Accepted Contribution Submitters | 28 May 2020 – Early Bird Registrations Deadline | 29 July 2020 – Late Registrations Deadline (On-Site Fees Start)
Prof Bàrberi is a Professor in Agronomy and Field Crops. He is the Coordinator for the Group of Agroecology, Institute of Life Sciences, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), Pisa, Italy and former Coordinator, PhD Programme in Agrobiodiversity (SSSA).
He is the past-President, European Weed Research Society (EWRS) and Co-founder and Vice-President, Agroecology Europe. His research interests include Agroecology, Functional Agrobiodiversity, Organic Agriculture, Weed Ecology and Management.
As a career research scientist Dr Burton has been involved in a variety of projects however he maintains a focus on farmer agency and, in particular, the influence of identity and cultural factors on decision-making.
He is also interested in the contextual issues of neoliberalism, climate change, socio-technical regimes, and agri-environmental policy.
Prof Claire Chenu is Research Director at INRAE and Professor of Soil Science at AgroParisTech. Her research deals with soil organic carbon: dynamics, stabilisation processes, and the effect of cropping practices on soil C stocks. She is very involved in the science-policy-practice interface and in awareness-raising activities on soils.
She has been nominated Special Ambassador of Soils in 2015 by the FAO. She is vice chair of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the 4 per 1000 initiative. She coordinates the recently launched H2020 Cofund European Joint Programme "SOIL".
Dr Jean-Luc Chotte is Senior Scientist at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement), France. His research topic deals with the impact of climate and land use changes on soil organic matter dynamics (stocks and fluxes). The objective of his research is to unravel the soil functioning and explore ways to sustain ecology intensification to achieve food security, to combat land degradation, and propose science-based evidences to reinforce the role of soils in mitigating/adapting to climate changes. He has been involved in many international projects (see his website: http://www.jean-luc-chotte.fr) with a focus in West African small farming systems.
He was posted overseas for almost 20 years (West Indies, Australia, Sénégal). To date he has published about 100 publications in the fields of Soil Sciences and Soil Ecology. Dr Chotte is a UNCCD Science Policy Interface Committee Member (2015-2019), Elected Representative of the “Research College” of the 4P1000 Initiative (soils for climate and food security), Member of the French Delegation for the review process of the Land Degradation Report Assessment (IPBES) and the review of the IPCC Special Report “Climate change and land”. He is a member of Académie d’Agriculture de France. Since February 2015, he has been nominated (IRD) Director of the Mission to Promote Cross-Disciplinary Science and Stakeholder Collaboration (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jean-luc-chotte-770b6055/).
Rachel Creamer is chair of the Soil Biology Group at Wageningen University. She has worked as a soil pedologist for the last 22 years, specialising in soil functions, soil quality, soil biological indicator assessment, and soil classification.
She has coordinated various national and European research projects and published over 40 papers.
Dr de Muralt is the Co-founder of Blue Orchard Finance Ltd, a global leader in Impact Investing; Managing Partner of de Pury Pictet Turrettini & Co Ltd, an asset management company based in Geneva, Zurich and London. Chairman of the Cadmos Engagement Funds, a Luxembourg based family of funds investing in global multinational companies, and focusing on shareholder engagement on sustainability and impact strategy. Member of the assembly of the ICRC: International Committee of the Red Cross.
Head of Soils and Land Use at the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and member of the EU Mission Board for Soil Health and Food. Personal research focuses on the monitoring and modelling of soil and ecosystem services improving the evidence base to support policy development.
Prof Ken Giller is a Professor of Plant Production Systems (www.pps.wur.nl) at Wageningen University. Ken's research has focused on smallholder farming systems in sub-Saharan Africa, and in particular problems of soil fertility and the role of nitrogen fixation in tropical legumes, with emphasis on the temporal and spatial dynamics of resources within crop/livestock farming systems and their interactions.
He is author of the standard text Nitrogen Fixation in Tropical Cropping Systems published in second edition in 2001. He leads a number of initiatives such as N2Africa (Putting Nitrogen Fixation to Work for Smallholder Farmers in Africa - http://www.n2africa.org/). Ken joined Wageningen University in 2001 after holding professorships at Wye College, University of London, and the University of Zimbabwe.
He has been working in the European Commission since 1992. Leading the Soil Data and Information Systems activities of the Joint Research Centre in support to the EU Thematic Strategy for Soil Protection and numerous other soil related policies.
Responsible for the European Soil Data Centre (ESDAC), the European Soil Information System (EUSIS) and the European Soil Bureau Network (ESBN). In 2011 at FAO supporting the establishment of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP). In 2016-18 Co-Chairing the IPBES Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment. More than 300 publications, books and reports. Numerous awards and memberships.
Mr Peric currently monitors the European policy initiatives in the areas of Biodiversity, Water, and Soil Management as the Policy Advisor on environmental issues at COPA COGECA, the organisation representing European farmers and agri-cooperatives.
His experience relates particularly to sustainable development, environmental protection, and communications. Throughout his career, Nenad provided project management support for several agriculture and environment related EU technical assistance and Horizon 2020 projects.
Nenad holds a Master's Degree in Agribusiness and Rural Development and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics.
Prof Schulte is the current chair of the Farming System Ecology Group of Wageningen University and Research. As a former leader of Transitional Research on Sustainable Food Production in TEAGASC, he worked on the interface between agricultural research and environmental policy at national and international level.
From 2015-2019, he was manager of the LANDMARK project (Horizon 2020) that mainstreamed Functional Land Management as a framework for “making the most of our land”.
Dr Schwarz works with the Thünen Institute of Farm Economics in Braunschweig, Germany, and has been involved in a variety of projects on public good provision through agriculture. He is currently coordinating the H2020 project UNISECO on agroecological transitions in European farming systems.
He is particularly interested in the governance and design of agri-environmental policies, private / public partnerships and initiatives and their socio-economic and agroecological impacts.
Martin Siegert is Professor of Geosciences and Director of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London. He is also the Field Chief Editor for Frontiers in Environmental Sciences. Prof Siegert’s research lies in understanding how the polar regions are changing under global warming.
Through the Grantham Institute, he works in the translation of scientific knowledge to non-academic audiences to help deliver our future zero-carbon society. In 2013 he was awarded the Martha Muse Prize for Antarctic Science and Policy. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
Petra Stankovics is a PhD student specialising in agricultural policy and legal administration at the Department of Crop Production and Land Use, Georgikon Faculty, University of Pannonia, Hungary.
She has an LLM in Environmental Law. Her research focuses on land tenure policy in Hungary and the EU and her research interests include soil protection, property, and land-use law. She is the executive editor of the Journal of Central European Agriculture and works in H2020 SoilCare and H2020 LANDSUPPORT projects as an assistant research fellow.
Dr van Beek is the Director of the SoilCares Foundation, Chief Agronomist at AgroCares, and scientist on food security and soil fertility. Dr van Beek holds a PhD from Wageningen University on Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management.
She worked in science for 17 years after which she joined AgroCares and SoilCares Foundation to bring science into practice. She has ample overseas experience in SSA and Asia.
Mr Benjamin Ware, of Swiss-French nationality, is an Agronomist with a postgraduate degree in Agricultural Economics and Business Administration. Starting his career as a production operator in France, followed up by scientist positions in the US and Canada, he then moved to India for sourcing-related assignments.
Since 2005, as part of Nestlé, he acquired hands-on experience in leading farm and supplier assessment and development in China, India, and Brazil. In 2011 Benjamin joined corporate procurement and shortly thereafter kicked off Responsible Sourcing. Today backed up by a solid team of sustainability leaders, Benjamin now drives the sustainable sourcing activities for the group, from farm to factory. Benjamin assumes the leadership of the climate delivery as well, repositioning sourcing at the heart of the carbon neutrality ambition of this Swiss giant.
Welcome to Geneva
Eurosoil 2020 will take place at the Centre International de Conférences in Geneva.
Geneva is a truly international city and its great history and development blends the advantages of a small city with the services and possibilities of a large metropolitan area. Internationally known as a conference city, Geneva is an ideal location due to its central setting at the heart of Europe and its multicultural flair, being home to important international organisations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization.
Celebrating Eurosoil’s 20th anniversary, the organising committee is working hard to grow and develop the ECSSS further in order to play an important role in giving a voice to soil causes at the European level.
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