Invitation and call for abstracts: Day of the Young Soil Scientist – Keynote by Prof. Oliver Chadwick


Day of Young Soil Scientists 2015

Wednesday April 1, 2015

The Royal Academies of Belgium for Science and the Arts, Brussels

Every year the Soil Science Society of Belgium is organizing a Day of the Young Soil Scientists. The idea is that young soil scientists from Belgium get to know each other, learn about new research initiatives undertaken by the different research groups, both in Belgium and abroad This year, we are happy to announce the Prof. Oliver Chadwick of the University of California , Santa Barbara, will give a key note presentation entitled: ‘Pedogenic thresholds determine Polynesian land-use decisions and agricultural productivity on volcanic islands’

Venue: Royal Academy of Science and the Arts, Hertogstraat 1, Brussels

Date: 1/4/2015 from 13:30 – 17:30

All research groups are invited to send abstracts for one oral presentation + as many as possible posters.

The scientific programme:

  • A limited number of oral presentations (15’ presentation + 5’ discussion each): one presentation per research group.
  • A session of synthetic poster presentations (3’ each = 2 slides each) – there is no limit to the number of poster presentations! Also this year’s M.Sc. thesis students are warmly encouraged to make a poster on their actual thesis work, with special attention to the research question they are trying to answer + the methods of their research. The results may be subject of a paper during the Young Scientists day Anno 2016!
  • Poster session during the coffee break.

Call for abstracts:

The submission of abstracts will expire at March 18, 2015. Please send your title and abstract in English in time to Bas van Wesemael ( Don’t forget to mention the co-authors and their affiliations.


Please email your name and affiliation to Bas van Wesemael ( before March 18, 2015.

Participation is free for members and students (kindly bring your student ID card). Non-members will be asked to pay a 20 € membership fee for 2015 at the venue.


Dr. Chadwick is a joint professor in the Geography Department and Environmental Studies Program at UCSB. His work for the Department of Geography is in the areas of soil sciences, soil genesis and classification, advanced pedology, and soil geomorphology. Dr. Chadwick’s research interests include pedology, soil geomorphology, soil geochemistry, quaternary geology, organic and mineral fluxes during soil, atmospere, water and vegetation interaction.

Dr. Chadwick has established himself as a leader in soil science, and is one of the world leaders in relating soils to ecology and earth system science. He has become of the core members of a small but growing and extremely high quality group in ecosystem studies at UCSB. His recently published paper in Nature, and international journal of science, focuses on his ten year research that utilizes Hawaii as a model ecosystem to understand changes in the sources of nutrients to rainforests.

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