Meeting Programme

This symposium is a must for everyone who wants to gain more ecological knowledge useful in the assessment of soil eco(toxico) logical effects of chemical and non-chemical stressors, as well as to learn which ecological databases are available as reference for (large-scale) ecological assessments of effects, and to understand which novel experimental and modelling tools are currently available for an effective environmental risk assessment. The meeting will provide a platform for policy makers, risk assessors and scientists from Government, Industry and Academia to obtain an overview of the latest insights, presented by key speakers from ecology and ecotoxicology, as well as modelling.

Following key questions will be addressed:

  • What is known about soil biodiversity (main focus: European Union)?
  • Why is structural and functional soil biodiversity important?
  • Which soil functions depend or are influenced by soil organisms?
  • Which (sampling, assessment etc.) methods are available for soil biodiversity?
  • How could soil organisms be determined robust, reliably and efficiently?
  • Which natural factors (soils, fate?) do affect the occurrence of soil organisms?
  • How could the diversity (or functions) of soil organisms be modelled?
  • Which chemical and non-chemical stressors do affect soil organism communities?
  • Are there case studies available showing the impact of stressors on soil organisms?
  • Which regulations do exist for the protection of soil organisms?
  • Which ideas exist to protect soil organism structural and functional diversity? Viewpoints of representatives from regulatory agencies and industry?
  • Which further ideas are available in this context (question to the auditorium)?

Have a look at the programme (speakers will be confirmed soon):

10:00  Welcome, Bart Bosveld (SETAC Europe, Belgium). View his presentation.

10:05  Why this SESSS now? Which are its aims? Kees van Gestel (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands).View his presentation.

10:20 – 11:20: Session 1: Soil biodiversity: current state of the science

10:20 Species, traits and communities of soil organisms and their relations to ecosystem functionsJan Frouz (Charles University, Czech Republic). View his presentation.

10:50 How can we relate soil structural and functional diversity to Ecosystem Services (ESS) provision? Katarina Hedlund (Lund University, Sweden). View her presentation.

11:20 Coffee break and poster viewing

11:50 – 12:50: Session 1 (continued)

11:50 Belowground – aboveground interactions, Stefan Scheu (The University of Göttingen, Germany). View his presentation.

12:20 Discussion

12:50  Lunch break and poster viewing

13:50 – 14:50: Session 2: Experimental approaches to assessing soil biodiversity and its relation to abiotic (stress) factors

13:50 Sampling methods for soil living organismsSilvio Knäbe (Eurofins, Germany). View his presentation.

14:20 Species determination incl. DNA methodologyPaul Henning Krogh (Aarhus University, Denmark). View his presentation.

14:50  Coffee break and poster viewing

15:20 – 16:20: Session 2 (continued)

15:20 Regional differences in soil biodiversity (influence of soil properties / climatic conditions), Rachel Creamer (Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands)

15:50 Discussion

16:20  Posters and drinks

17:30  End day 1

9:00 – 10:30: Session 3: Soil biodiversity under stress: regulatory and modelling approaches

09:00  Overview: biodiversity and anthropogenic (including chemical) stressors,  Jörg Römbke (ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH, Germany).View his presentation.

09:30  The EFSA opinion on soil organisms: the concept of reference tiers and proposed protection goal options, Maria Arena (European Food Safety Authority, Italy). View her presentation.

10:00  Modelling the impact of stressors on soil organisms: Aims, approaches and data requirementsPernille Thorbek (BASF SE, Germany).

10:30 Coffee break and poster viewing

11:00 – 12:30: Session 4: Case studies on assessing the effects of chemical stressors on soil biodiversity

11:00  Case study I. PPPs in the field (TMEs): The benefit of using terrestrial model ecosytems (TME) in environmental risk assessment, Andreas Toschki, (gaiac Research Institute, Germany). View his presentation.

11:30  The Soil Quality Triad as an ecological risk assessment tool for supporting soil management at contaminated sites Michiel Rutgers, (RIVM, Netherlands). View his presentation.

12:00 Discussion

12:30  Lunch break and poster viewing

13:30 – 14:30: Session 5: Views on protecting Soil biodiversity from industry and regulators

13:30 Views on the protection of soil biodiversity from a regulatory perspective, Silvia Pieper (Federal Environment Agency (UBA), Germany)

14:00  Views on the protection of soil biodiversity from an industry perspective, Mike Coulson(ERM Regulatory Services Limited, UK). View his presentation.

14:30 Coffee break and poster viewing

15:00 – 16:00: Closing session

15:00  Panel discussion with the auditorium

15:45  Concluding remarks, Jörg Römbke (ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH, Germany)

16:00  End

P01Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi as microbial indicators to characterize soils and their use intensity│Fritz Oehl, Agroscope, Switzerland

P02CLIMECS: A novel experimental setup to test multi-stressor effects on whole soil ecosystem samples.│Oscar Franken, Vrije Universiteit, Netherlands

P03│Concept for a long-term biomonitoring of residues from plant protection products within the monitoring measure of the Swiss Action Plan on plant protection products │Janine WY Wong, Swiss Centre for Applied Ecotoxicology, Switzerland

P04│ Determination of soil invertebrate diversity using morphological and DNA-based methods at 25 sites in Germany: first experiences │Jörg Römbke, ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH, Germany

P05│ Developing a novel semi-field method to study the exposure and impact of pesticide residues in soil for solitary ground-nesting bees│Sabrina Rondeau, University of Guelph, Canada

P06│ Disruption of soil microbial communities by agrochemicals can result in plant disease resurgence in urban landscapes│Ming-Yi Chou, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States of America

P07│Earthworm exposure to pesticides in agricultural landscapes│Céline Pelosi, Avignon Université, France

P08│ Effects of plastic mulch film residues on wheat growth and rhizosphere microbiome│Yueling Qi, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands

P09FORESEE – A modular approach for the spatial and temporal explicit TKTD modelling of earthworms│Vanessa Roeben, gaiac, Germany

P10│ Ground-dwelling beetles’ exposure to pesticides at large scales – What impact of species identity, farming practices and landscape features ?│Colette Bertrand, Université Paris-Saclay, France

P11│ How deep should we look? – A case study on Collembola. │Stefan-Bogdan Dehelean, Eurofins MITOX, The Netherlands

P12How to improve soil risk assessment of pesticides by linking exposure and effects on a spatial scale │Andreas Focks, Wageningen Environmental Research, The Netherlands

P13│ Impact of Seasonal Environmental Variation on 2,4-D Fate and Metabolism in Urban Landscapes│Amarilys E. González Vázquez, University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

P14│ Interactions among soil property, bacterial community, and arsenic contamination: Clay-induced community shift in long-term arsenic contaminated soil│Kyoungphile Nam, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea

P15│ Investigating the impact of insecticides on soil mesofauna abundance and biodiversity and its impacts on organic matter break down in arable fields│Tobias Pamminger, BASF SE, Germany

P16│ Statistical challenges and potential solutions for the analyses of field studies with high biodiversity│Tobias Pamminger, BASF SE, Germany

P17Nematode-based tools for assessing soil health│Sebastian Höss, Ecossa, Germany

P18Sensitivity of a Mycorrhizal fungi (Funneliformis mosseae) to Plant Protection Products, investigated using available test methods │Julien Bertin, SGS France laboratoire de Rouen, France

P19Species never come alone – methods to consider adverse effects on soil communities as a basis to protect the biodiversity in environmental risk assessments│Björn Scholz-Starke, darwin statistics, Germany 

P20│ The role of soil moisture in protecting of biodiversity from the effects of fertilizers│Natalia Kovaleva, Moscow State University, Russia


P22│ Organic soil amendments can reduce the exposure of soil organisms to pesticides│Martin Siedt, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

P23Soil Ecotoxicologist Experts Wanted – the SETAC global soil interest group (GSIG) offers hideout & home to soil ecotoxicologists│Claudia de Lima e Silva, Vrije Universiteit, The Netherlands