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Conference on

Soil Biota driven Ecosystem Services
in European Agriculture

22nd – 23rd October 2019, Thünen-Institute Braunschweig, Germany

The key questions to be addressed during the 1 ½ day event are:
How can adapted agricultural management promote soil biota and how does soil biodiversity feeds back with ecosystem services benefitting farmers and society?


The first session will focus at demonstrating how soil biodiversity works for agriculture if agricul-ture cares about soil biodiversity. We will look at soil processes driven by soil organisms like nu-trient cycling, carbon dynamics, water storage and release, soil health, soil structure develop-ment being essential for a sustainable and productive agriculture.

The second session will look at synergies and trade-offs between supporting, regulating and pro-visioning soil ecosystem services taking into account time-legacy and beneficiaries of the services.

In the third session attention will be given on how to incentivise farmers for a better soil (biota) protection and how to further valorise soil-based ecosystem services through policy instruments, in particular the future Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

 

Tuesday, 22.10.2019

9:30

Welcome coffee and registration

10:30

Welcome by the organisers

10:45

1st plenary session: Soil biodiversity as a companion for farmers

Keynote: Lijbert Brussaard (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)

3 speakers

Discussion with the audience

13:00

Lunch break (sandwiches)

14:00

2nd plenary session: Soil biota driven ecosystem services as a societal value

Keynote: Katharina Helming (ZALF, Germany)

2 speakers

15:30

Coffee break

16:00

2 speakers

Discussion with the audience

17:15

Poster pitches

17:45

Snapshots from the SoilMan project

18:30

Buffet Dinner

Wednesday, 23.10.2019

9:30

3rd plenary session: Future opportunities for soil biota preservation in agriculture

Keynote: Martin Potthoff & Martin Banse (University of Göttingen & Thünen Institute, Germany)

2 speakers

11:00

Coffee break

11:30

2 speakers

Discussion with the audience

12:30

Concluding remarks

13:00

Lunch (optional, in canteen of the Thünen Institute)

 

Link to detailed Premlinary Programme

Link to practicalities

Link to registration