Scientific Program Wageningen Soil Meeting

With this conference we want to emphasize the importance of soil science for combating and mitigating the challenges of our time: food security, water resources, climate change, ensuring biodiversity and how to govern these issues and create policy for taking measures.

For this new scientific conference series (formally: Tri-annual Wageningen Conference on Applied Soil Science; informally: Wageningen Soil Meeting), we have chosen a thematic approach in stead of the disciplinary organisation of most conferences. At the first Wageningen Soil Meeting each conference day will be divided into two thematic parts. Each part will cover one of the global issues that will be addressed during the conference. The session will start with two key-note speeches followed by a lively debate between the two keynote speakers. The content of both keynote speeches will be available for all prior to the conference through the conference website and in the conference proceedings book.
The second part of each session will be organised in parallel sessions. Participants can choose to participate in a workshop or master class or attend one of the oral presentation sessions. In the program ample time will be allocated for poster contributions. 

The Scientific Program will be organized around five themes:


Soils as a hotbed for life

  • Land use change and its effects on soil,
  • Climate change and soil biodiversity,
  • Towards a DNA-repository for soil biological research.

Water resources

Blue and green water

  • Water harvesting in dry lands,
  • Scaling soil-hydrological observations to watershed scale water balances,
  • Soils as physical and chemical filters,
  • Optimizing water use efficiency.

Food Security

Healthy soils, healthy people

  • Combating the loss of fertile soil (erosion, desertification, salinisation),
  • Soil productivity/fertility,
  • Soils and micro-nutrient content of home-grown crops,
  • The role of organic matter for soil productivity,
  • Soil information to feed the world.

Governance and Policy

Soils on the global political agenda

  • Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s): the contribution of soil science,
  • EU Water & Soil directives: policy driven soil research,
  • Ethnopedology: combining local soil knowledge and scientific soil knowledge,
  • UN convention to combat desertification.

Climate Change

Hot and humid, soils and moisture

  • Waterproof delta: salt intrusion in coastal areas,
  • Desertification,
  • Climate variability, increased soil transpiration,
  • Carbon sequestration, the role of soil and vegetation,
  • Changing farmers best practices: adaptation to climate change.