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Global Soil Biodiversity Conference 2023 – External Event
13 March @ 08:00 – 15 March @ 17:00
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The 3rd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, originally scheduled to take place in Dublin in 2021.
After the long delay due to the pandemic, we are thrilled to invite the world’s soil biodiversity researchers, educators, and policy supporters to join us in Dublin, Ireland on 13-15th March 2023 for the 3rd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference.
Please explore the website for comprehensive information on attendance. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Dublin!
Please save the dates and visit the website at www.gsb2023.org
Call for Abstracts
The call for the submission of abstracts and posters will reopen on 3rd June 2022. As well as oral and poster presentations, there will be opportunities for workshops and various other forms of offshoot meetings, e.g. for editorial boards, large project meetings etc.
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Science as a basis for the sustainable use and conservation of soil biodiversity
Professor Tom Bolger
University College Dublin
Chairman of Conference Organising Committee
Professor Bolger is a Science graduate from University College Dublin. Having completed a Higher Diploma in Education he gained a Ph. D. in Agricultural Zoology and later studied computer modelling. He has been a member of staff at UCD since 1981. His primary research interests are in the effects of global change on terrestrial biodiversity and nutrient dynamics in soil systems. He has been involved with EU projects in these areas since 1988 and, in 1997, he was a Fulbright Scholar, at the Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, examining the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem function. He also has a particular interest in experimental design and statistical models and has published in these areas. He was a member of the Editorial Boards of many journals and was a Subject Editor for Soil Biology and Biochemistry and an Associate Editor of Insect Conservation and Diversity for many years. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Irish Ecological Association in 2021.
Professor Diana H. Wall
Colorado State University
Science Chair, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative
Diana Wall works on soil biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in any ecosystems. She works at the physical limits to life in the Antarctic dry valleys where climate change effects are amplified and species diversity is much reduced compared to other soil ecosystems. Across these ice-free ecosystems, she and her colleagues showed that soil nematodes—microscopic worms— represent the top of the terrestrial food chain. One species, Scottnema lindsayae, had a surprisingly broad distribution and high abundance in drier, more saline soils, than other less abundant species found in aquatic systems (e.g, glacial meltstreams. This knowledge on habitat preference can be used to help predict how species and ecosystems might respond to climate change.
Wall’s more than 25 years of research in the Antarctic continues to clarify the critical links between climate change and soil biodiversity. Her interdisciplinary research with the McMurdo Dry Valley LTER has uncovered dramatic impacts to invertebrate communities in response to climate change, the key role nematode species play in soil carbon turnover, and how they survive such extreme environments. A 20-year long-term field project on climate change is revealing that with increased carbon sources, warming and water events, the dominant, physiologically tough Scottnema species that preys on soil bacteria across the dry landscape (also referred to as the “lion of the McMurdo dry valleys”) declined while others increased. By altering the soil physical and chemical habitat through increased moisture, warming for the future creates a more homogenous soil community with unknown effects on soil carbon turnover rates, a fundamentally important ecosystem process. Wall has combined her polar research with global scale field studies demonstrating that soil animals increase decomposition rates more in temperate and moist tropical climates than in cold and dry conditions, indicating a latitudinal gradient in their roles in ecosystems.
Diana served as President of the Ecological Society of America, the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the Society of Nematologists. Diana received the 2017 Eminent Ecologist Award from the Ecological Society of America, the 2019 President’s Medal and 2016 Honorary Member award from the British Ecological Society, the 2015 Ulysses Medal from University College Dublin, the 2012 SCAR President’s Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research and the 2013 Soil Science Society of America Presidential Award. Wall Valley, Antarctica was named in 2004 to recognize her research. She is a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America and the Society of Nematologists and holds an Honorary Doctorate from Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Diana is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the 2013 Laureate of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. Diana is currently Science Chair, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. She is the Inaugural Director of the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University. Diana earned a B.A. in biology and Ph.D. in plant pathology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION OPENS JUNE 3, 2022
The Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, launched in 2011, is a major stakeholder in the development of soil biodiversity policy, and the accelerating scientific knowledge underpinning the vast biological diversity contained in terrestrial soils worldwide. Among its various activities, the GSBI launched the Global Soil Biodiversity Conference held in Dijon (France, 2014) and more recently in Nanjing (China, 2017).
The 3rd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference to be held in Dublin (Ireland) in 2023 will expand on previous GSBI conferences and convene the world’s leading experts in this interdisciplinary field of soil biodiversity science to present and discuss recent advances addressing the urgency of meeting global challenges which link to human, animal and plant health and a more sustainable world. The conference will be the top meeting for all scientists, technologists, experimentalists and modellers, students and practitioners working on any aspects of soil biodiversity science and its linkages to the functioning of our global biosphere. The conference will provide the latest updates on soil biodiversity research and knowledge for scientists, policy makers, regulators, environmental agencies, conservationists, land user managers and other stakeholders in the sustainable use and conservation of soil biodiversity.
For further information on the GSBI’s activities, please see their website at
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