Second Plenary Meeting - Hungary
2nd Plenary iSQAPER meeting from 19-23 June, 2016. Balatongyörök, Hungary
Project partners of the iSQAPER project met each other in Hungary to discuss the progress of their joint project. The Work Package leaders started with a preliminary meeting on Sunday the 19th June in order to get focussed on the red line of the project, to discuss the linkages of tasks within the work packages, and to think out the contribution of case study leaders. As from Monday 20th of June more than 50 partners attended the meeting. The WP leaders conferred in small groups with case study partners to get an overview what was achieved in each case study. Afterwards the WP leaders gave their feedback and future plans. Furthermore time was spend on training sessions about soil quality assessments, the WOCAT technology questionnaires, and the Common Agricultural Policies. The meeting ended up with a field day. The meeting was well organized and hosted by our local iSQAPER partner the University of Pannonia (Brigitta Toth, Tamás Kismányoky). A photo impression is available over here and registered users can download the presentations here
Soil for Life
New online education course Soil4Life: Sustainable Soil management. This course has recently been developed by Wageningen University, an iSQAPER project partner. According to the relevant websites the intro starts with:
What are we without soils? Learn the basics about the importance of soils, what’s threatening them and how we can protect and sustain this precious resource.
Soil is the earth’s fragile skin that anchors all life. We depend on soil to build our homes and cities, to grow crops for food and raise livestock, to support transportation and enable recreation. Yet we disregard this crucial and precious resource that lies right under our feet.
Award - Xiaomei Yang
Xiaomei Yang, member of the iSQAPER management team, was honoured by the China Scholarship Council. She received the 2015 Chinese Government Award for outstanding Self-financed Chinese Students Abroad. This award was founded by the Chinese government with the purpose of rewarding the academic excellence of self-financed Chinese students studying overseas. Only those with outstanding performance in their PhD studies will be considered by the award selection panel.
Xiaomei defend her PhD-thesis on the 9th of May in Wageningen, The Netherlands. Her thesis is entitled: "Pesticide use and off-site risk assessment: a case study of glyphosate fate in Chinese Loess soil"
On the photo she receives the award from Mr. Xu Chen, Embassor of China in the Kingdom of the Netherlands.