5 Dec

Uppsala & Online

World Soil Day 2022: ”Soils, Where food begins”

events | seminars, workshops |

Agricultural soils are the foundation of our food supply. But to keep our soils capable of delivering such an important ecosystem service, it is crucial to manage them with care. This year’s World Soil Day puts emphasis on the importance of healthy soils for food production. The Department of Soil and Environment invite stakeholders and colleagues to a full day programme with interesting research presentations and discussions. Welcome!

When? December 5, 09.30 – 15.00
Where? Uppsala, Campus Ultuna & Zoom
Cost? Free, there will be lunch and coffee
Registration: Register for online participation by filling in the form below

At the Department of Soil and Environment we study different aspects of soil and land use, both in agricultural landscapes, forests and urban areas. At the World Soil Day, you will get the opportunity to hear about the most recent soil research activities from both our young and senior researchers.

The programme includes interesting talks on soil nutrients, water management in agricultural soils, the threat of soil compaction to our food supply, and much more. You will get the chance to engage in discussions and get a better understanding of how soils can be part of the solution to pressing challenges currently facing humankind.

The event will be held in English, but with the possibility to ask questions in Swedish.




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Time: 2022-12-05 09:30
City: Uppsala & Online
Organiser: Department of Soil and Environment
Last signup date: 28 November 2022
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World Soil Day is an international day to focus on the importance of healthy soils and sustainable management of soil resources. Organized annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership, the day aims to raise soil awareness and encourage societies to improve soil health. The theme of 2022 is “Soils: Where food begins”.


Moderator: Katharina Meurer, Associate Professor at the Department of Soil and Environment


Assembly hall Uppsala, The Teaching Building, Almas allé 10

09.30 Registration and coffee

10.00 Opening 
Johan Stendahl, Head of Department of Soil and Environment

10.05 Keynote: "Healthy Soils for Healthy and Nutritious Crops: Evidence and Missing Links"
Grace Kangara, Soil Scientist in Climate- and Nutrient-Smart Agriculture at Rothamsted Research

10.35 "Soil nutrient supply over the ages – Where are we now?"
Anke Herrmann, Professor in Soil Nutrient Cycling

11.00 Break

11.10 ”Managing soil structure to ensure food production”
Thomas Keller, Professor in Soil Mechanics and Soil Management

11.35 "Extreme weather on the increase push for more soil water management"
Jennie Barron, Professor in Agricultural Water Management

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Young Scientists Poster Pitch
Young researchers at the Department of Soil and Environment pitch their work on soil topics. 

EJP SOIL Overview & Project Presentations

13.45 "EJP SOIL: Towards climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils"
Anke Herrmann, Professor in Soil Nutrient Cycling

13.50 ”Harnessing soil microbes to minimize trade-offs with carbon farming” 
Sara Hallin, Professor in Soil Microbiology

14.10 ”Modelling regenerative agriculture and soil physical health: feedbacks between carbon cycling, hydrological processes and crop production”
Nicholas Jarvis, Professor in Soil Physics

14.30 Poster Session and Coffee
A variety of soil topics presented in poster format. Join us to discuss current soil projects with researchers at the Department of Soil and Environment.


Johan Stendahl
Head of Department and Researcher, Department of Soil and Environment