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“Connecting People and Soil”, Eurosoil 2020; 24-28 AUGUST 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland

The Eurosoil 2020 Organizing Committee  invites proposals for Scientific Sessions. In line with the theme “Connecting People and Soil” (24-28 AUGUST 2020 | Geneva, Switzerland), the organizers expect sessions addressing the soil-related topics of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The Eurosoil 2020 program will be structured around, but not limited to, these SDGs

As the conference of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS), Eurosoil is the soil voice of Europe. Eurosoil 2020 aims at tackling  e.g. the environmental, social, economical and public policy goals related to / impacting soil use and services.

Sessions and workshops reporting transdisciplinary research, enhancing scientific relevance by integrating across disciplines or engaging diverse stakeholders in research, education, restoration, policy, management and protection of soil are encouraged. Special sessions or workshops could address if and how research meets or responds to public interests or needs, actions taken to increase research “impact” or relevance, and how actions affect research. Please submit your workshop proposal before 1 March 2019.

SDG 15 and examples of topics associated  

Land degradation results in impaired soil functions and endangers important ecosystem services, such as maintaining biodiversity, providing food, fibre, timber and fuel, regulating water flow, and purifying water. In order to help to reverse this trend, we want to answer the questions how soil functions can be improved and maintained sustainably, how they are affected by and can be made resilient against disturbances, and how they can be restored if impaired. To this end, the organizers want to bring together scientists, stakeholders and practitioners to present and discuss (i) the latest scientific insights into the biological, chemical and physical processes and their interactions that are the basis of soil functions, (ii) natural and technical options to sustainably manage and restore soil functions, and (iii) approaches how to deal with related economic, political and social implications. A particular question to answer will be whether the related targets of the Agenda 2030 are realistic.  See the Scientific Theme Committee

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