First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference

First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference

- Assessing soil biodiversity and its role for ecosystem services

2-5 December 2014 | Palais des Congrès, Dijon, France

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The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and EcoFINDERS are pleased to announce the First GSBI Conference - Assessing Soil Biodiversity and its Role for Ecosystem Services, to be held in Dijon, France, December 2-5th, 2014. This will be a dynamic international meeting summarizing the current state of knowledge and recent advancements in the science of soil biodiversity.

The conference will provide a venue to meet and discuss current research efforts in soil biodiversity and its links to earth processes, and to promote interdisciplinary collaboration. The goal of this meeting is promote scientific research on the role of soil biodiversity for ecosystem functions and ecosystem services, and to integrate such understanding into international environmental agendas, sustainable policy and land management decisions.

Conference Theme

Confirmed Keynote Speakers include:

Dr. Richard Bardgett, University of Manchester, UK
Dr. Antonio Bispo, ADEME, Agency for the Environment and Energy Management, FR
Dr. Pia Bucella, Director of Directorate Natural Capital at the European Commission’s DG Environment
Dr. Ben Delbaere, BioDetection Systems BV, NL
Dr. Noah Fierer, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Dr. François Houllier, President and Chief Executive Officer of INRA
Dr. Cyril Kao, Head of the Department of Research, Innovation and International Cooperation, General Directorate for Education and Research
Dr. Ladislav Miko, Deputy Director General – DG Health and Consumers, European Commission
Dr. Laurent Philippot, INRA, Dijon, FR
Dr. Kate Scow, University of California, Davis, USA
Dr. Michael Stocking, University of East Anglia, UK
Dr. Mike Swift, Former Director, Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute, Nairobi, Kenya
Dr. Wim van der Putten, Netherlands Institute of Ecology, Wageningen, NL
Dr. Diana Wall (chair), Colorado State University, USA
Dr. David Wardle, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umea, SE
Dr. Junling Zhang, China Agricultural University Beijing, CH

The Earth’s soils are living, dynamic interfaces that are habitats for millions of microbial and animal species. The activities of soil biota are critical to the well-being of human societies because their activities underpin the delivery of major ecosystem services. Without soil biota, the soil resource as we know would not exist, and the services that we rely on for sustainability would all but cease.

To meet the challenges of global changes while sustaining the productivity of our natural and managed lands requires not only knowing the role of soil biota, but also implementing that knowledge. It is therefore of utmost importance that we effectively synthesize and incorporate the growing scientific knowledge on the provision of vital ecosystem services by soil biodiversity into future regional and national management and policy plans.

Attendance will be open to all and will be on a first come, first serve basis. Presentations will also be open to the public in the form of oral and poster presentations. The conference is chaired by Dr. Diana H. Wall of Colorado State University and Scientific Chair of the GSBI.

Topic List

  • Discovery and Observation: Assessing soil biodiversity to determine status and trends
  • Tracking and monitoring: Understanding current, and predicting future distribution patterns of soil organisms
  • Untangling the linkages: Elucidating relationships between soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services
  • Assessing the pressures and threats: Impacts of global change on soil communities, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services
  • Strategies for management and conversation: Practices to maintain and enhance ecosystem services provided by soil biodiversity
  • Extending the knowledge base: The social and economic value of biodiversity
  • Soil ecology education
  • Plants, soil, Ecosystems, British Ecological society
  • A new research and education initiative: The global soil ecological urban  network
  • Global harmonization of methods for structural and functional diversity of soil organisms: A GSBI Initiative

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