SOILdarity Workshop – How soil science contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

What can soil science do to contribute to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? Well, lots of things. The achievement of SDGs heavily depends on ecosystem services and many of these results from key soil functions.

The research team holds a workshop on soil science and SDGs on 28 October 2021 (in English) 9:30 – 16:30 (GMT+1).

In the online workshop How Soil Science contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, SOILdarity would like to invite stakeholders from research, business, civil society to discuss and review the key issues revolving around the decrease in availability of resources (e.g., water, land, nutrients) and our capacity to increase food production while sustainably managing our natural resources. Furthermore, issues such as land degradation, soil erosion, and loss of organic matter are deeply intertwined with decline in environmental quality and threaten the livelihoods of millions of people around the world. Soils are at the heart of the SDGs and are fundamental towards achieving them.

The sphere of influence of soils in reaching the SDGs. (source:

Programme | (GMT+1, Lisbon time)

Program will be updated with more information on invited speakers

1st session | (9:30 – 11:30, Lisbon Time)

Soil science as a major contributor to the implementation of the UN SDG: interface with agriculture activity (including live-stock and forests) and food production; Land use management; ecosystem services and water supply and quality.

Moderator: Teresa Dias

9:30-9:45 | Opening session: Prof. Iggy Litaor: Soil science in the context of Sustainable Development Goals (MIGAL & THC)

9:45-10:00 | Prof. Giora Rytwo: Optimization of water treatment (MIGAL & THC)

10:00-10:15 | Dr. Aviv Asher: Center for animal husbandry (MIGAL)

10:15-10:30 | Dr Liora Shaltiel-Harpaz: The Black Soldier Fly’s contribution to circular economy: sustainable reduction of organic wastes (MIGAL & THC)

10:30-10:45 | Dr Assaf Chen: Smart farming (MIGAL)

10:45-11:00 | Dr Eric Palevsky: Soil amendments and soil conservation for conserving and augmenting beneficial microbiota and mesofauna (ARO)

11:00-11:30 | Q&A session

11:30-11:45 | Coffee break

2nd session | (11:45 – 13:00, Lisbon time)

Implementing the Green Deal: Goals and conditions. Moderator: Uri Marchaim

11:45-12:15 | ISERD Representative(s) – Hagit Schwimmer: The European framework program, Horizon Europe, as a tool for implementing the Green Deal strategy – open opportunities in Cluster 6

12:15-12:45 | Dr. Miguel Viegas– CAP and Cohesien Policy: challenges to face SDGs (U.Aveiro)

12:45-13:00 | Q&A session

13:00-14:00 | Lunch

3rd session | (14:00 – 15:45, Lisbon Time)

The measurement, the evaluation and the dissemination of soil sciences contributions for SDGs : Gaps, solutions and networks. Soil monitoring programs. The cases of Belgium, Israel and Portugal. Moderator: Maria Amélia Martins-Loução

14:00-14:20 | IL: Dr Gil Eshel: Can we make productive agriculture while restoring soil health and the adjacent ecosystem? The model farm as a field lab (ARO – Israel)

14:20:14:40 | BE: Prof. Abdul Mouazen– The potential of online soil sensing in optimizing the precision application of farming input resources.

14:40-15:00 | PT: Dr. Corina Carranca

15:00-15:20 | Eng. Margarida Mota: How can farmers contribute to the soil monitoring programs

15:20-15:30 | Coffee break

15:30-15:45 | Q&A session, debate

Final remarks | (15:45-16:00, Lisbon Time)

Prof. Margarida Santos Reis and Prof. Cristina Cruz

How to register | by 27 October 2021

To register, please fill out the form below.
DEADLINE for registering: October 27, at 5:00pm (GMT+1). The Zoom link will be sent to all registered participants on October 27, evening.

The event is coordinated by the Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Changes – cE3c through the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (Portugal), having as partners the Migal InstituteUniversity of Gent and euknow (BE).