Workshop on Soil Sustainability

1st Workshop on soil sustainability in Luxembourg

On this day, soil users, researchers, and legislators will meet in celebration of World Soil Day (annually, 5th December), to discuss the future of Luxembourg soils.

Soil researchers at Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) will host the hybrid (virtual and in-person) workshop that includes keynote presentations, an invited poster session, and a moderated discussion about what is the most important issue for Luxembourg soils, from the very different perspectives of soil stakeholders (farmers, industry, ministries, researchers, and legislators).

Healthy soils are a pre-requisite to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and form the basis of FAO’s Four Betters: better production, better nutrition, a better environment, and a better life, leaving no one behind.

Soil are a key reservoir of global biodiversity and the basis of food security. In Luxembourg as with many regions in Europe and the world, soils are threatened by urbanization, pollution, and erosion. Soils produce greenhouse gases that increase the risk of climate extremes, and nutrient runoff that threatens our fresh water supply.

These are global issues. How will we tackle these challenges to protect and manage soils sustainably in Luxembourg? Stakeholders will come together at this workshop to find solutions to these problems.



8:30 Welcom desk + COVID CHECK

A need for a holistic approach in the field of soil protection

Gaëtan Fourvel, chargé de projets Sols et Valorisations Terres Excavées, Unité Stratégies et Concepts Administration de l'environnement.


Diatoms as indicators of soil conditions: a high-throughput sequencing approach

Dr Carlos Eduardo Wetzel, Senior R&T Associate, Environmental Research and Innovation, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST).

10:00 Coffee break and poster presentations on soil research

Past, present and future of SOC in agricultural soils in GDL - a study based on ASTA resources

Prof  Bas van Wesemael, Earth and Life Institute, Earth and Climate, (ELIC) UCLouvain


Panel discussion on soil sustainability in Luxembourg:

Simone Marx, Chargée d'études dirigeante, Service de pédologie, Administration des services techniques de l'agriculture (ASTA)

Gaëtan Fourvel, chargé de projets Sols et Valorisations Terres Excavées, Unité Stratégies et Concepts Administration de l'environnement.

Guy Feyder, Président, Chambre d’Agriculture

Dr Claudia Hitaj, R&T Associate, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Dr Carlos Wetzel, Senior R&T Associate, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Dr Thorsten Ruf, Soil Scientist, Institut fir Biologesch Landwirtschaft an Agrarkultur Luxemburg (IBLA)

Panel to be moderated by Dr Christophe Hissler, Senior R&T Associate, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

12:00 14:00 Lunch & Networking


Alexander OST (LIST)

Elucidation of 3D chemical and physical architecture of soil microstructures by correlating spectromicroscopic techniques and developing novel computational methods.

Núria Martínez-Carreras (LIST)

Variability of suspended sediment physico-chemical properties across Luxembourg.

Laurent Gourdol (LIST)

Characterization of subsurface heterogeneity with electrical resistivity tomography

Sébastien Cambier (LIST)

Metal bioavailability in Luxembourg soils

Stanislaus Schymanski (LIST)

Experimental root-soil interactions

Kate Buckeridge (LIST)

Soil bacterial and fungal biodiversity in Luxembourg

Christophe Hissler (LIST)

Long-term monitoring of water availability to trees: preliminary results in the Weierbach Experimental Catchment, Luxembourg

Jérôme Juilleret (LIST)

The LIST soil moisture monitoring network in Luxembourg

Perrine Florent (LIST)

Influence of the bacterial population and soil properties on bacteriophage diversity in Luxembourg soils

Ivonne Weichold (

Agroecologics: towards a territorial, integrative agri-urban design. Luxembourg as a case study.

Romain Meyer

(Administration des Ponts et Chaussées - Service géologique du Luxembourg)

Arsenic bio-availability of iron minette soils and rocks in the SW of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Mathieu Steffen (ASTA)

Soil erosion: identification of risk areas in the context of the new common agricultural policy



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Informations pratiques

When: 3rd December 2021

Participate in this event either virtually from any location or *physically 

Physical registration (CLOSED)       Virtual registration (Closed)

Venue: Batiment Fonds Belval ! Limited seats !

1 Av. du Rock'n'Roll, 4361 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

Schedule: 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.



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