Join HoliSoils at EGU 2024!

EGU session

From 14 to 19 April, scientists and early career researchers worldwide will meet at the General Assembly 2024 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU 2024) in Vienna, Austria, and online to engage in discussions on various aspect of geoscience.

The management of agricultural and forest soils in meeting global change mitigation goals” session will be filled with contributions from researchers involved in the HoliSoils project. On the morning of Friday 19, oral presentations will take place in Room -2.2, followed by poster session in Hall X3 in the afternoon.

If you plan to be there, don’t miss this chance to get unique insights from HoliSoils research!

Discover all the details about the session SSS9.11!

PhD course on Advanced Measurements and Analyses of GHG Fluxes

Students at university

A PhD course on Advanced Measurements and Analyses of Greenhouse Gas Fluxes from Soils and Ecosystems will take place in Copenhagen between 26 and 30 August 2024.

The course is hosted by the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management of University of Copenhagen with the support of AnaEE-ERIC (Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems).

The course will offer post-graduate students the possibility to develop their skills in measuring and analysing the exchange of GHG’s between the soil and the ecosystem and the atmosphere using the latest chamber technologies. Participants will gain hands-on experience with analisers, experiments, and state-of-the-art software.

The application deadline is on 1 August 2024. Don’t miss this opportunity: seats are limited.

Read all the details about this course!

Webinar: Forests in changing climate

Finnish forest


Friday 22 March 2024

9.00 am – 12:30 pm (EET, Helsinki time)

Online: Microsoft Teams


Natural Resources Institute Finland
Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI)


On 22 March this HoliSoils webinar will offer engaging discussions on current research topics relating to forests growth, greenhouse gas exchange, ecosystem services and climate change by researchers from Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, FFPRI (Japan) and Natural Resources Institute Finland, Luke (Finland).

The webinar will include insightful segments on:

  • Luke and the HoliSoils project (Aleksi Lehtonen)
  • Topographically high-resolution mapping of catchment-scale soil carbon dioxide and methane fluxes using machine learning analysis with the DEM-derived covariates (Shoji Hashimoto)
  • Drought response of the boreal forest carbon sink is driven by understorey–tree composition (Martínez García Eduardo)
  • Assessment of climate mitigation pathways for shrinking and aging tree plantations in Japan – Simulated synergies and trade-offs between carbon removal and other forest ecosystem services (Jumpei Toriyama)
  • Environment-induced growth changes in forests of Finland revisited – a follow-up using an extended data set from the 1960s to the 2020s (Harri Mäkinen)
  • Challenges in Distinguishing Between Biotic and Abiotic Soil Enzyme Activities (Taiki Mori)
  • The high climate benefits return of peat preservation policies (Lorenzo Menichetti)

Click here to join the webinar!

Webinar on the EU Soil Monitoring Law and Nordic Perspectives

Forest in Hästhult, Sweden.

Join the HoliSoils’ project coordinator Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) for the upcoming “The EU Soil Directive and the Nordics – Challenges, expectations, and the negotiations” webinar.

On 6 February (09.00-11.00 CET), soil scientists and Nordic and European policymakers will discuss the EU Soil Monitoring Law, exploring the Swedish and Finnish perspectives on agricultural soil monitoring and the current status of the EU negotiations.

Find out all the details about the event and register

New research published on new protocols for fungal biomass estimation

Fungi plays a critical role in soil organic matter decomposition and stabilisation. Thus, precise tools to estimate fungal biomass are of crucial importance for understanding soil carbon dynamics.

A research team from the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke Finland) provides in this study a step forward in fungal biomass estimation with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and a comparison of extraction methods. Precise measurements of fungal biomass in line with fungal activities are essential for accurately describing the C cycle of terrestrial ecosystems.


Adamczyk S., Lehtonen A., Mäkipää R., Adamczyk B., 2023. A step forward in fungal biomass estimation – a new protocol for more precise measurements of soil ergosterol with liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry and comparison of extraction methods, New Phytologist

Check all HoliSoils publications here!

Join the World Soil Museum to celebrate World Soil Day 2023 on December 5

World Soil Day promotional image

On 5 December, the ISRIC World Soil Museum is hosting a one-hour online interactive programme to celebrate World Soil Day 2023. The programme will focus on the the interconnection between soil and water and will include:

  • A brief World Soil Museum tour to see a diversity of soils and their management in relation to water.
  • A virtual excursion into Ethiopian fieldwork with Land Soil Crop Hubs researcher Musefa Redi to look at how and why he measures the soil’s water retention.
  • An introduction to patterns of soil water retention seen on SoilGrids global soil maps  from soil data experts.

Register now to join this free event held on Zoom on 5 December at 11:00 CET!

Find out more about this event!

European Mission Soil Week: leading the transition towards healthy soils

European Mission Soil Week participants

HoliSoils project joined hundreds of soil-focussed stakeholders at the hugely successful European Mission Soil Week (EMSW).

The inaugural edition of what will become an annual event took place this year at the central facilities of the Spanish National Research Council (INIA-CSIC) in Madrid on 21 – 23 November. The event was held under the Spanish Presidency of the EU Council, as soil health is an important issue for the Presidency.

EMSW 2023 offered a key meeting and networking place for an ever-growing soil health community, fostering awareness, exchange, discussion, co-creation and action. Participants included scientists, researchers, policymakers, farmers, foresters, national, regional and municipal authorities, technology specialists, entrepreneurs, and citizens passionate about soil health.

With a blend of inspiring keynote speakers, parallel sessions, panels, debates and space for working groups, EMSW 2023 enabled stakeholders to discuss the challenges and co-create solutions for restoring and preserving healthy soils, taking inspiration from good practices from Europe and beyond.

EMSW will become the annual gathering of the EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ (Mission Soil) which aims to raise awareness about the importance of preserving and restoring soil health and to encourage action to improve soil health. This year’s event was organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) together with the Joint Research Centre – EU Soil Observatory (EUSO) and the EU-funded project PREPSOIL which facilitates the deployment of the EU Soil Mission across European regions.

HoliSoils is collaborating with various soil-related projects funded by the EU, both through the Mission Soil initiative and other preceding mechanisms, to identify complementary activities, share results and pool stakeholder interactions for increased impact and maximum efficiency for project outputs, towards better outcomes for sustainable soil health.

ESA Symposium on Earth observation for soil protection and restoration

ESA Symposium on Earth observation for soil protection and restoration

In the context of the EU soil strategy for 2030, the European Space Agency (ESA) is committed to monitor and service the soil restauration requirements with the Earth observation means and technologies set in place, particularly through Copernicus.

Don’t miss this chance to participate in the ESA Symposium on Earth observation for soil protection and restoration that will take place in Frascati, near Rome (Italy), on 6 and 7 March 2024.

This will be the occasion to share your expertise and contributions to the many key topics at the center of the discussion:

  1. EU Soil policy and Earth Observation: institutional implementation, research, industry, and technology.
  2. Monitoring soil parameters: EO as a trustworthy technique.
  3. Soil Organic Carbon Monitoring: data sources, prediction algorithms, handling of uncertainties.
  4. Soil carbon certification to the light of edge technologies and soil business models.
  5. Advanced satellite instrumentation for soil health.
  6. Soil data and methodologies: AI, geo-statistics, spectroscopy, machine learning and other.
  7. Towards a Copernicus soil monitoring service portfolio.
  8. Remote Sensing of soils: validation methods for agro-policies.
  9. Show-casing potential soil carbon removals in various LULC types, in the short and long terms.

Read more information about the event and register your contribution by 3 December 2023!

EGU24: The role of forest management and soils in meeting climate change mitigation goals

EGU flags

The General Assembly 2024 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU 2024) will bring together scientists and especially early career researchers from all over the world to discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience from 14-19 April (Vienna, Austria, and online). This event will include a session on forest management and soils for climate change mitigation organised by members of the HoliSoils consortium.

Apply now to join HoliSoils’ session on the effects of forest management on soil carbon sequestration!

Submit your abstracts to the session ‘The role of forest management and soils in meeting climate change mitigation goals’ organised by researchers from HoliSoils’ project coordinator Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

This session will explore the current understanding of the effects of forest management on soil carbon sequestration and other processes to develop effective forest-based climate change mitigation strategies.

The session invites experimental and modelling contributions to address the knowledge gaps still remaining and will focus on:

  1. Advancing knowledge concerning the effects of forest management on soil carbon sequestration, greenhouse gas balances, biodiversity, nutrient stocks, organic matter quality, water resources, and stabilisation processes.
  2. Enhancing comprehension of the impacts of natural disturbances and preventing forest management on soil functioning and resilience.
  3. Improving understanding of modelling on the potential of forest management to mitigate climate change.

The Call for Abstracts for EGU24 is open until 10 January 2024 (13:00 CET)!

Read more and learn how you can contribute!

EGU24: HoliSoils invites you to discover the role of soil fauna in terrestrial ecosystems

Members of the HoliSoils consortium will organise a session at the General Assembly 2024 of the European Geosciences Union (EGU 2024) to discuss invertebrate biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and climate change. EGU’s primary goal is to provide a platform for scientists to showcase their work and engage in discussions with experts across various geoscience fields. The 2024 edition will take place in Vienna, Austria, from 14-19 April and can also be followed online.

Submit your abstract and participate in HoliSoils EGU’s 2024 session!

HoliSoils extends an invitation to submit your abstracts to session titled ‘The role of soil fauna in terrestrial Ecosystems on a changing world’, convened by WP5 leader Jorge Curiel Yuste (BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change) and other HoliSoils project partners.

This session aims to improve our understanding of soils and how they harbour a large proportion of terrestrial invertebrate biodiversity (e.g. myriapods, insects, arachnids and oligochaetes), as well as to deepen their functional role in terrestrial ecosystems, systematically underestimated partly because the inventory of soil invertebrate biodiversity is methodologically difficult.

Therefore, the organising members of HoliSoils invite abstracts of studies (e.g. experimental, methodological, field monitoring or modelling) that attempt to fill this knowledge gap by focusing on improving our understanding of the role of soil fauna in the functioning of soils and terrestrial ecosystems.

The Call for Abstracts for EGU24 is now open and you can submit your abstract to the session of your choice by 13:00 CET, 10 January 2024!

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