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Expo Center

R. Martinho de Mesquita, 129
Bloco 2 - Barra da Tijuca,
Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
CEP: 22620-220
Phone: +55 21 2195-9950

Interdivisonal Symposia

Division 1: Soil in Space and Time

1.1 - Advances in observation, classification and mapping of soils
Conveners: Lucia Anjos (UFRRJ/BR) and Jacqueline Hannam (Cranfield University/UK)

a) Challenges in observation, classification and mapping of soils
Erika Micheli (Szent Istvan University/HU)

b) Advances in observation and mapping of soils
Alfred Hartemink (University of Wisconsin/USA)

c) Soil classification: from Dokuchaev to a comprehensive sequential quantitative centroidal system
Alex McBratney (The University of Sydney/AU)

1.2 - Soil data and information for smarter land management
Conveners: Peter Wilson (CSIRO/AU) and Noel Schoknecht (SSA/AU)

a) Soil Information: A global treasure for delivering food production and agricultural sustainability impact.
Simon Cook (Curtin University/AU)

b) Soil data exchange standards, development and implementation perspectives from the Oceania regional soil partnership.
Peter Wilson (CSIRO/AU)

c) The Global Soil Information System (GLOSIS) – progress and application.
Rik van den Bosch (ISRIC, NE)

1.3 - Pedodiversity and biodiversity
Convener: Budiman Minasny (The University of Sydney/AU) and Ellen Kandeler (UH/GE)

a) How soils reflect biodiversity on Earth through geologic time
Curtis Monger (USDA-NRCS/USA)

b) Soil microbial diversity as controlled by pedodiversity in New South Wales, Australia
Vanessa Pino (The University of Sydney/AU)

c) Mapping, understanding and predicting soil microbial diversity across France
Nicolas Chemidlin Prévost-Bouré  (IRA Dijon/FR)

1.4 - Functional land management: managing soils from ped to planet
Conveners: Rogier Schulte (Wageningen University/NE and Erika Micheli (Szent Istvan University/HU)

a) Integrating land use planning and water governance in Brazil
Victoria Ballester (University of São Paolo/BR)

b) Interactive Augmented Reality Workshop for Matching Supply and Demand for Soil Functions
Moderated Prof. Rogier Schulte (Wageningen University/NE)


Division 2: Soil properties and processes

2.1 - The impact of climate change on soils in vulnerable coastal environments
2.2 - Interactions between physical, biological and chemical processes in soil

Convener: Stephan Peth (UK/GE)

a) Extrapolation of chemical, physical and biological properties and functions from micro- to the macro-scale
Hainer Rorn (CAU/GE)

b) The power of the soil on microbiome function and interaction
Eiko Kuramae (NIOO/NE)

c) Spatial distribution of soil microorganisms within their habitat
Ellen Kandeler (UH/GE)

2.3 - Microbial and nonmicrobial products for multi-use (agriculture, urban, industries, etc)
Conveners:  Fátima Souza Moreira (UFLA/BR) and Gerry Zili (EMBRAPA/BR)


a)  Exploiting the biotechnological potential of microorganisms genomes.
Eric Triplett (UF/USA)

b)  Contribution of biological nitrogen fixation andPGPR for profitable environment-friendly agricultural Production. Graham O'Hara (MU/AU)

c)  Legislation of microbial and nonmicrobial products for agricultural use.
Hideraldo Coelho (MAPA/BR)

2.4 - Advanced techniques in soil mineralogy and biological process in mineral formation
Convener: Valdormiro Souza-Junior (UFRPE/BR)

a) Recent advances on XRD-based techniques applied to soil minerals studies
Bruno Lanson (Earth Sciences Institute/FR)

b) Improvements on soil mineral studies based Synchrotron radiation techniques
Donald L. Sparks (University of Delaware/USA)

c) Mineral-life interaction in soil environment
Francisco Javier Cuadros (The Natural History Museum/UK)


Division 3: Soil Use and Management

3.1 - Sustainable P fertilizer use in tropical soils
Conveners: Paul Withers (Bangor University/UK) and Vinicius de Melo Benites (Embrapa Soils/BR)


a) Poor p use efficiency and novel fertilizers - when can the latter mitigate the former?
Michael McLaughlin (University of Adelaide/AU

b) Comparing phosphorus legacies in temperate and tropical soils
Tom Bruulsema (IPNI/USA)

c) Transitions to sustainable management of phosphorus in Brazilian agriculture
Luciano Gatiboni (UDESC/BR)

3.2 - Soil fertility management and the African Green Revolution
Conveners:  Bernard Vanlauwe (IITA/KE) and Rebbie Harawa (AGRA/KE)


a)  Progress with ISFM at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).
Rebbie Harawa (AGRA/KE)

b)  Different approaches to increase productivity and fertilizer use efficiency. 
Patrick Mutuo (UF/USA)

c)  The science of agronomy at scale.
Keith Shepherd (ICRAF/KE)

d)  Experiences in Brazil with smallholder agriculture intensification. 
Renato Rodrigues (EMBRAPA/BR)

3.3 - Sustainable soil management
Conveners: Pedro Luiz de Freitas (EMBRAPA/BR) and Julian Dumanski (WB/CA)


a) Soil carbon management and global environmental services and soil health.
Don Reicosky (Morris/USA)

b) Contributions of zero tillage for sustainable soil management – Brazilian experiences in adopting ZT/CA and integrated systems. John Landers (Brasilia/BR)

c) Relation of CA to healthy farms and healthy landscapes.
Rafael Fuentes Lanillo (IAPAR/BR).

3.4 - Agricultural management to protect soil resource to support a growing population
Conveners: Tom Bruulsema (IPNI/USA) and  Luis Ignácio Prochnow (IPNI/BR)


a) Effective and efficient nitrogen management to support the pillars of sustainability
Roberto Norton (IPNI Australia)  

b) Phosphorus availability in soils - biological, chemical and physical approaches for a sustainable agriculture
Paulo Sérgio Pavinato (USP/BR) 

a) Tittle to be defined
Scott Murrell (IPNI/USA)


Division 4: The Role of Soils in Sustaining Society and the Environment

4.1 - Soils, Society and Culture: people´s connections to soil.
Conveners: Nikola Patzel (IUSS/DE) and Cristine Muggler (UFV/BR)

a) The unrecognized face of the Earth.
Christian Feller (IRD/FR)

b) Soil Ethics – Soil Care, Beliefs and Values.
Sabine Grunwald (University of Florida/US)

c) Sacred Ploughing and Soil: The Peasant Sovereign in Eastern India.
Milinda Banerjee (LMU/DE and Presidency University/IN)

4.2 - Soil Education and public awareness
Conveners: Eric Brevik (US) and Fabiane Vezzani (UFPR/BR)

a) Some challenges and accomplishments in soil science education: Teaching practices, principles, and beyond. Damien Field (University of Sidney/AU)

b) Soil education in Latin America.
Laura Berta Reyes Sanchez (UNAM/MX) and Cristine Muggler (UFV/BR)

c) Which Public? Audiences of soil communication from an arts and humanities perspective.
Alexandra Toland (DE)

4.3 - Paradigm change in soil science: utopia or reality?
Conveners: Guilherme Sobrinho (Lapsiafro/UFRRJ/BR) and Alexandra Toland (DE)

a) From soil properties to soil functions and beyond: paradigm change in soil science?
Thomas Sauer (NLAE/USDA/US)

b) A Soil Security concept to value ecosystem services.
Cristine Morgan (Texas AM University/US)

c) Cultural patterns of soil understanding.
Nikola Patzel (IUSS/DE)

4.4 - Soil organic matter to secure food and water and the 4 per 1000 initiative
Conveners:  Beata Madari (EMBRAPA/BR)

a) The '4 per 1000 initiative'.
Claire Chenu (FR)

b) ‘4 per mille’ a global persepctive.
Budiman Minasny (University of Sydney/AU)  

c) Agroecological transitions to promote biodiversity conservation and provision of ecosystem services.
Heitor Teixeira, UFV/WUR, BR)

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