Frontiers in Ecology: The Soil-Plant Interface

We rarely reflect on the life beneath our feet, yet we are very dependent on it for sustaining our food production and health. Moreover soil-plant interactions provide an exciting playground for discovering novel ecological and evolutionary interactions between the aboveground- and belowground world. In this symposium five renowned ecologists from across the globe will share their most recent insights on these interactions with you.

Organised by Wageningen Environmental Research

Wed 17 May 2017 09:00

Venue Orion, gebouwnummer 103
Room C2005 + C2006


The symposium consists of a morning session with lectures by international experts in the field of soil ecology. In the afternoon, a Masterclass is organized, in which PhDs and postdocs have the opportunity to interact with the experts. This Masterclass will contain 5 sessions of 30 minutes each. During each session speakers are asked to address two elements: 1) Research and scientific questions/issues raised by participants and 2) Career development and perspectives. Note that this Masterclass is only open for PhDs and postdocs, please indicate your interest in this Masterclass in the registration form below.

Programme of the Day

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 09:40 Opening

09:40 - 10:10 Biodiversity as driver of evolution
Prof Bernard Schmid, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland

10:10 - 10:40 Below-ground symbioses and plant communities
Prof John Klironomos, Professor of Biology, University of British Columbia, Canada

10:40 - 11:10 Coffee / Tea

11:10 - 11:40 Soil biodiversity and climate change feedbacks
Prof Richard Bardgett, Professor of Ecology, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

11:40 - 12:10 Biodiversity-ecosystem functioning: the next frontiers
Prof David Wardle, Smithsonian Professor of Forest Ecology, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

12:10 - 12:40 Soil biodiversity, human health and politics
Prof Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University, United States

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 17:00 Masterclass with speakers, PhDs and postdocs 17:00 - 18:00 Drinks

General information

Target Group: The morning session is open to all; the Masterclass is only accessible for PhDs & postdocs.

Event duration: 1 day

Location: C2005+C2006, Orion Building, Wageningen University Campus, Wageningen, Netherlands