The SoilCare partner AGROINTELLI presented a poster about SoilCare and distributed SoilCare leaflets to attendees at the Agromek 2016 show in Denmark from 22nd to 24th November. The Agromek show is Northern Europe's largest agricultural fair with over 40,000 visitors. AGROINTELLI had a stand showcasing their new agricultural machinery products and in particular the IntelliPaths and Unidepths products which are being trialled in many of the SoilCare Study Sites.
Currently, the next plenary meeting of the SoilCare project is being organised.
The meeting will be held from Monday, March 13th until Thursday, March 16th 2017. The last day of the meeting (Thursday) has been reserved as excursion day. The venue of the meeting will be the Grand Arsenal, Old Venetian Harbour in Chania.
SoilCare partners are requested to book their flights to Crete, and to book their hotel room themselves, before registering for the meeting.
A meeting information page has been made, where you can find all required information(link see below).
The meeting program and instructions for presentations will be sent around when ready.
(It is advised to not use Internet Explorer when registering; sometimes Internet Explorer can cause problems).
2016 Theme: “Soils and pulses, a symbiosis for life”
That is why the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) dedicates this year's World Soil Day to pulses. Also, owing to their nutritional benefits, 2016 was declared the International Year of Pulses.
The campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives.
Soil is an essential resource and a vital part of the natural environment from which most of the global food is produced.
At the same time, soil provides living space for humans, as well as essential ecosystem services, which are important for water regulation and supply, climate regulation, biodiversity conservation, carbon sequestration and cultural services. But soils are under pressure from increases in population, higher demands for food and competing land uses. Approximately 33% of our global soils are degraded and policy makers around the world are exploring opportunities to embrace sustainable development via the sustainable development goals.
On Tuesday and Wednesday September 13th and 14th, the Work Package Leaders (WPL) and the coordination team met in Rhenen (NL) for the Work Package Leader meeting. WPL meetings, that are held twice a year, are held to discuss the progress in the different work packages and to exchange information about project planning and management issues in the project.
The progress of the first 6 months of the project were discussed and information exchanged. Further agreements regarding the planning of the project were made.
The Work Package Leaders agreed to the proposal of the coordination team of adding a Study Site representative to the Scientific Board (SB). Jannes Stolte (NIBIO, NO) and Chris Stoate (GWCT, UK) volunteered to take part in the SB as Study Site representatives. The idea is that these two members will attend the WPL meetings alternately. Both candidates will be officially appointed after the final approval of the General Assemblee (all project partners). An online vote will be organised in due time.
The meeting notes will be made available on this website as soon as possible.