Welcome to the first EJP SOIL Annual Science Days
29 - 31 March 2021

The Annual EJP Soil Science Days facilitates exchange of scientific knowledge within the EJP SOIL consortium and strengthens scientific networks with peers in soil research. The Annual Science Days focus on presenting results and research from EJP SOIL projects and discussing scientific topics relevant to the consortium. 

Day 1: 'Europe's soils, the road to go', is an open event for a broad audience.   

Day 2 and 3 are dedicated days for the members of the EJP SOIL consortium.


Mark your calendars and save the date for 29-31 March 2021 (half days, form morning until noon).  


DAY 1:

Open to all interested parties with an interest and connection to soil research. Find the full programme and register here: https://forms.gle/3ou8RQdfhNd5uK7Y6

EJP SOIL consortium members who are attending all three days (or two out of three) must submit the registration form for ALL DAYS of the Science Days (below)


ALL DAYS:

Day 2 and 3 are open to members of the EJP SOIL consortium ONLY. Find the full programme below or register here: https://forms.gle/NAamWHJJutovLt5h7 



Contact:

Louise Pauwels (ILVO).


Click here for programme in pdf.


DAY 1 – 29/3/2021 – 'Europe's soils, the road to go' - PLENARY SESSION

Open to a broad audience

PART 1: EJP SOIL meets policy

Policymakers and soil experts from all EU policy levels get the stage. The European Commission, DG Agri, and the member states will present their insights and expectations from the EJP SOIL project. After their presentations, they will discuss these expectations and their respective ambitions in a debate.

Part 2: Policy meets EJP SOIL

How far does the EJP Soil consortium stand in realizing the ambitions of the different EU levels? Are the first results in line with the EU policy expectations (and do we want them to be)? Presentations of the work done and the first 10 projects on the starting blocks.

Ending in a closing debate where policy meets practice.


8:30

Opening of the Science Days ZOOM webinar 


8:45

Official opening of the Annual Science days and welcoming by project coordinator Claire Chenu  


9:05

A word from DG Agri, Marta Iglesias, DG AGRI  


9:15

The relevance of sustainable soil management within the European Green Deal

  • Key note lecture by Luca Montanarella, Senior Expert, European Commission, JRC Land Resources Unit  

9:35

How do the EC ambitions echo in the member states?

Why do member states need EJP SOIL to shape and accelerate our customized soil policy and knowledge building?

  • Programme Owners on stage: Diego Intrioglio and colleagues

9:55

Advices and feedback from expert-outsiders: Looking at EJP SOIL’s strategic goals…what challenges need to be tackled most urgently, what can be expected from EJP SOIL by the enterprises, by society, by academia …?

  • The independent EJP SOIL Advisory board duo presentation by the chair Katharina Helming and vice chair Bram Moeskops  

10:10

DEBATE

Conclusion of part one: a debate with a focus on policy

Debaters:

  • Luca Montanarella
  • Representative from DG Agri
  • Representatives from the member states (programme owners)
  • Katharina Helming and Bram Moeskops from the EJP SOIL Advisory Board

Moderator: Saskia Visser  


10:40

Break  


10:50

Highlighting the work done in the first year of EJP SOIL: An analysis from the stocktakes: Highlights, trends, urgent matters, … and how the EJP SOIL roadmap is dealing with the identified knowledge gaps

  • Presentation by Saskia Keesstra     

11:20

Break  


11:25

Ten projects filling some holes in the road: quick pitches

First Call of the starting blocks: short pitches of each of the ten EJP SOIL internal projects that have kicked off in 2021   


12:10

FINAL DEBATE (45’): Where do the expectations we heard in the first part meet the reality of progress in the scientific & funding field? Are the scientist on track and in line with societal and policy needs?  

Debaters:

  • Claire Chenu, EJP SOIL programme coordinator
  • Niels Halberg, chair of EJP SOIL Board of Programme Managers
  • Representative from DG Agri
  • Teresa Pinto Correia, representative from the Mission Board on Soil Health and food

Moderator: Saskia Visser     


12:55

Wrapping up of plenary day 


REGISTER FOR DAY ONE 


DAY 2 – 30/3/2021 – BREAK-OUT SESSIONS on the topics of the first internal call projectsClick for more detailed information.

AimKnowledge sharing on the EJP SOIL project topics of year 1 within the EJP SOIL consortium, for instance by presenting earlier work related to the topics.

Session conveners: project coordinators

Participants: anyone interested from the EJP SOIL consortium and EJP SOIL partners (not limited to the WP3 project consortium)

Opportunity for both active participants/contributors to present their earlier work, poster pitches, or give keynotes, and non-presenting attendees to follow the sessions without giving a (prepared) contribution (attendees might still be asked to participate in discussion or submit their questions).     


9:00

Plenary welcome and practical information about the break-out session


9:10

First group of parallel break-out sessions

  • CarboSeq: Carbon sequestration potential of European agricultural soils
  • INSURE: Wet management of cultivated peatlands a sustainable land use option for peat soils
  • SOMMIT: Towards a sustainable agriculture: strategies for minimizing GHG emissions and enhancing soil C sequestration (We are no longer accepting applications)
  • SensRes: Sensor technologies for downscaling soil maps

10:50

Break 


11:00

Second group of parallel break-out sessions

  • TRACE-Soil: Trade-offs between soil carbon sequestration, greenhousegas emissions and nutrient losses in agricultural soils across Europe: mechanisms and management options (We are no longer accepting applications)
  • STEROPES: Earth remote observation of soil carbon: recent premises 
  • SCALE: Managing Sediment Connectivity in Agricultural Landscapes for reducing water Erosion impacts
  • SIREN: Stocktaking for agricultural soil quality and ecosystem services indicators and their reference values
  • CLIMASOMA: Publication bias in soil science and agronomy:  impact on our vision on soil as climate adaptation tool 

12:30

End of second day


DAY 3 – 31/3/2021 – BREAK-OUT SESSIONS on the topics of the second internal call topicsClick for more detailed information.

Aimto exchange knowledge already existing within the EJP SOIL consortium on the EJP SOIL project topics of year 2, for instance by presenting earlier work related to the topics.

Session conveners: open call

Participants: anyone interested from the EJP SOIL consortium and EJP SOIL partners

Opportunity for both active participants/contributors to present their earlier work, poster pitches, or give keynotes, and non-presenting attendees to follow the sessions without giving a (prepared) contribution (attendees might still be asked to participate in discussion or submit their questions).


9:00

Plenary welcome and practical information about the break-out session


9:05 

An update on soil data conclusions from the long term monitoring programmes in the EU by Tommy D'Hose.


9:10

First group of parallel break-out sessions

  • CM1: Plant below-ground inputs to enhance soil carbon sequestration in agricultural soils
  • CA4/SP3: Contribution of soils to climate mitigation and adaptation, sustainable agricultural production and environment in agroecological systems
  • SP1: Alleviating soil compaction in a climate change context
  • INDICATORS2/SE4: European soil biodiversity forecast toward resilient agroecosystems in response to climate change 

10:40

Break


10:50

Second group of parallel break-out sessions

  • CM5: Effects of the soil biome on the persistence SOC storage and its drivers (We are no longer accepting applications)
  • SP2: The use, processing and application of external sources of organic matter to mitigate climate change and improve soil health
  • DATA1: Innovative techniques to monitor SOC stocks and soil degradation/ restoration changes in the EU, using spectral systems/ NIRS/ MIRS and other proximal sensing tools
  • POL2/ES7: Enabling conditions for climate smart and sustainable soil policy: fair and functional payment systems for ecosystem services related to climate
  • SE2/INDICATORS1: Modelling soil functions and soil threats for mapping soil functions and ecosystem services 

12:20

Plenary closing session

  • “What are the conclusions, identified knowledge gaps and next steps” interview with representative from each break-out session on second internal call topics
  • “How does the feedback from the sessions stand compared to knowledge gaps and research needs that were already identified” Dialogue with Sophie Zechmeister
  • Closing speech by Claire Chenu

13:15

End of the first Annual Science Days


REGISTER FOR ALL THREE DAYS OF THE EVENT