Soils and Sustainable Development Goals

Come to learn more on Thursday 21 June 2018 starting at 8:30 where we will hear talks by professors Eeva Furman (SYKE, Finland) and Rachel Creamer (Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands).

In 2015 the UN member countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These multidisciplinary goals became into force on January 1st 2016 and universally apply all countries to mobilize efforts to end poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. Our scientific community needs to know the SDGs because they are used in the formulation of environmental and agricultural policies on a national, EU and global level.

By including these goals into research proposals we are able to demonstrate the importance of our research to policy makers and general public. Soil science community has identified soil-related SDGs (Keesstra et al. 2016. Soil 2, 111-128) that include: 2 ”Zero hunger”, 3 ”Good health and well-being”, 6 “Clean water and sanitation”, 13 “Climate action” and 15 “Life on land”.  Each of the goals have specific targets that can be connected easily to many soil-related issues, for example carbon sequestration, soil biodiversity, and remediation of soil pollution. The SDGs are presented in detail at


8:30              Opening words by emeritus professor Markku Yli-Halla

8:35              Eeva Furman

  Introduction to sustainable development goals by using soil-human microbiota as a case

9:05              Rachel Creamer

                      What do we demand from our soils?

9:50              David Myrold

                      Connecting microbial communities to soil health

10:10            Aki Sinkkonen

                      Integrating diverse environmental microbiota into everyday life of urban dwellers

10:30            Coffee 



The seminar is free of charge for the members of Finnish Soil Science Society (normal participation fee 80 euros), and is organized in co-operation with the congress of Ecology of Soil Microorganisms ( Below you may find further information about the seminar, the final program can be found here: file:///C:/Users/L1691/Downloads/ORALS%20program%203005.pdf

In addition, in the afternoon the seminar participants who are members of Finnish Soil Science Society, are also welcome to join the program about Teabag Index research (, free of charge. 

Registration for the seminar is open till June 8th by sending email to the secretary of the Society, Noora Manninen (

Please provide the information presented below:

First name, last name
Job title and organization
Full address
Phone number
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If you are not a member of the Society, but you wish you were, please fill in the registration form here: Registration fee for one-year membership is 15 euros for regular members and PhD students, and 7 euros for regular students. As a member, you will get discounts of soil-related seminars and excursions organized by the Society, and a cool print t-shirt as a membership gift. :)


Noora Manninen
The secretary of Finnish Soil Science Society