26–28 Feb 2018  |  Berlin  |  Germany

Breaking new ground for sustainable management of soil functions along the frontiers of soil ecosystem research

Soil as a Sustainable Resource


Richard Bardgett (University of Manchester)

Keynote Speaker

Topic 1: Impact of agriculture and cropping systems on soil functions and ecosystem services

Marcel von der Heijden (Agroscope, Zurich): How to manage our land? Soil multifunctionality in an agricultural context


Christopher Collins (University of Reading): The UK Soil Security Programme – Responses of the soil system to change

Topic 2: Effects of plant - microbe - fauna interactions on soil functions

Mark Mazzola (USDA): Mobilizing the rhizosphere microbiome to enhance orchard system resilience

Topic 3: Nutrient and carbon dynamics within the root zone as affected by soil management

Philippe Hinsinger (INRA Montpellier): Nutrient and carbon dynamics in agroecosystems from a rhizosphere biogeochemistry perspective

Topic 4: Soil structure and water dynamics as affected by soil management

Iain Young (University of Sydney): Plant roots redesign the rhizosphere to alter water dynamics


Paul Hallet (University of Aberdeen): Plant exudates as a driver of soil physical behaviour

Topic 5: New sensing technologies, soil monitoring approaches and related decision support systems for sustainable soil management

Cornelia Weltzin (ATB Potsdam)


Dr. Peter Weisskopf (Agroscope Switzerland): Integrated soil structure management – a smart key to sustainable farming (Co-authors: Matthias Stettler, Thomas Keller)

Topic 6: Assessment and governance for sustainable soil management

Gudrun Schwilch (CDE Bern): Sustainable soil management through a transdisciplinary assessment and valuation of ecosystem services

Topic 7:  Linking data and models in soil science – Towards efficient workflows for data-model integration

Marta Dondini (University of Aberdeen): Data for models or models for data? A reciprocal connection for predicting the fate of our soils


Niels Batjes (ISRIC, Wageningen): Towards efficient workflows for data standardisation and model integration: the ISRIC approach for generating open soil data


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