This year’s celebration of World Soil Day is devoted to the topical research needs for soil and land use. The event will present and discuss current state-of-the-art and pressing gaps in European research on land and soils from the perspectives of policy makers, funders and end-users of research and scientists.
The event is organised by the EU H2020 CSA INSPIRATION (www.inspiration-h2020.eu), in collaboration with the DG Environment service contract Soils4EU.
The SOPHIE initiative organises a side event at the INSPIRATION and World Soil Day in Brussels to discuss the way forward between those groups needing reliable soil hydrophysics (SHP) data and understanding. We see this as a means to reach commitment upon harmonisation, standardization and innovation of SHP properties, and to set up an international collaborating workforce. New, more advanced, faster, and cheaper measurement techniques must be developed and standardized, integrated and valorised to support EU-wide management of Healthy Soils.
The SOPHIE side event will take place on Wednesday December 6th 2017; from 13.00-16.00 hours, in the Herman Teirlinck building, Havenlaan 88, 1000 Brussel (i.e. next door to the INSPIRATION venue at IBGE/BIM, Havenlaan 86c, 1000 Brussel).
Please register for this side-event as soon as convenient via http://worldsoilday2017.eu/.
Facilitator: Saskia Visser, programme lead Sustainable Land Use, Wageningen University & Research
12.45 - 13.00 Walk in & Coffee
13.00 – 13.10 Introducing SOPHIE and its ambitions [Gerben Bakker & Martine van der Ploeg]
13.10 - 13.45 TBA
13.45 - 14.45 Three parallel World cafe sessions on Need for Harmonisation, Standardisation and Innovation.
15.00 - 15.30 TBA
15.30 - 15.45 Commitment and planning
15.45 – 16.00 Conclusions and Closure