2011 Conference Background Wageningen Soil Meeting

Climate change. Food security. Water resources. Biodiversity, Governance and Policy. These evocative titles are not issues that, in the eye of the Public and Politicians, are easily linked to soils scientists. Rather, they are challenges seen to be dealt with by other scientists in multidisciplinary think-tanks linking into Parliamentary commissions and the front page of newspapers. Soil scientists have kept a remarkably low profile in such discussions and think tanks, despite the central importance of soils to all of these issues.

In this conference we will discuss the importance of soils and soil science for combating the problems we are facing around the globe. On behalf of the Soil Science Centre of Wageningen University, we would like to invite you to the First Wageningen Conference on Applied Soil Science. The first edition of the Wageningen Soil Meetings will address the importance of soil scientific knowledge for global issues.

The Wageningen Soil Meetings aim to provide a platform for:


  • Sharing knowledge of soils across the world and across science,
  • Engaging in interdisciplinary exchanges of ideas, thoughts, and opinions,
  • Thinking out of the box and being innovative and creative.
This conference is sponsored by the OECD Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems.
This conference is sponsored by the OECD Co-operative Research Programme on Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems.

More information on