Soil management for carbon sequestration and restoration of soil fertility

February 3rd, 2020 13h-15h30, Auditoritum Barb 94, Louvain-la-Neuve


Claire Chenu, member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the 4 per 1000 initiative will give a presentation (in English). More details here.


This presentation will be followed by a panel discussion (in French) on policies, measures and examples of C sequestration in the soils of Wallonia.


You are welcome to debate with experts of the 4 per 1000 initiative, the Walloon administration, Soil Capital and a consultant for the agro-food sector (to be confirmed).

Organized by Louvain-la-Neuve University – ELI and SSSB topical committee IV

Seminar ‘Geophysics & Agriculture: the perfect match?’ on January 31st, 2020

Agrogeophysics is an emerging research field. What are the applications, potential and future research needs? Come and discover with us.

About this Event

The challenges in agriculture are enormous. We have to produce enough food while safe-guarding our environment for future generations. A better understanding of the nature of underlying processes and interactions in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum of our agro-ecosystems is crucial. Geophysical tools have the potential to characterize and quantify these processes non-invasively from plot to landscape scale. Nevertheless, a number of challenges remain for geophysical results to be fully exploited by decision-makers and other scientific communities. In this seminar, we will explore ongoing research in the field of agrogeophysics, discuss potential applications and highlight future research needs.

Register here.


Thursday 30/1/2020
19:00 Pre-conference dinner in Brussels (place to be confirmed)

Friday 31/1/2020

8:15-9:00 Registration of participants & coffee
9:00-9:10 Welcome word
9:10-9:40 Mihai Cimpoiascu A quantitative link between undisturbed soil pore architecture and time-lapse electrical resistivity measurements of pore fluid content
9:40-10:10 Sathyan Rao Studying signatures of roots from non-invasive electrical measurements
10:10-10:40 Edmundo Placencia Spectral induced polarization signatures of soils enriched in century-old biochar: Implications for hydric behaviour characterization of agroecosystems
10:40-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-11:40 Guillaume Blanchy Geophysical monitoring for crop phenotyping
11:40-12:10 Benjamin Mary The GROWING project (Geophysical Root Observations for Water SavING): Background and objectives
12:10-12:40 Eve Daly The role of geophysics in sustainable agriculture and the protection of groundwater resources in Ireland
12:40-14:00 Lunch break + posters
14:00-14:30 Cosimo Brogi Geophysics-based soil mapping for improved modelling of spatial variability in crop growth and yield
14:30-15:00 Lidong Ren The use of EMI to assess soil compaction
15:00-16:00 Coffee break + discussion future collaborations
16:00-16:30 Christian Von Hebel Discovering field-specific management zones incorporating ground-based electromagnetic induction and drone-based crop data  
16:30-17:00 Sarah Garré Geophysics for agriculture? To the roots!
17:00-19:00 Closing drink and finger food

*Presentation format: 20 min + 10 min discussion

Poster presentations by David O’Leary, Russell Swift, Adriaan Vanderhasselt and Maximilian Weigand.


Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Auditorium PhV, Building 48 on campus map
Avenue Maréchal Juin
5030 Gembloux

Parking: 3 (or Parking senghor 7 also nearby)
Train station at 10 min. by foot


Nearby hotel: Hôtel les 3 Clés

Easy train connections from Namur (ca. 10min) or Brussels (ca. 30min) where options are available for accomodation.


Sarah GARRE – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech

with support from
ENVITAM doctoral school
Soil Science Society of Belgium (SSSB) – Topical committee II. Soil physics and hydrology

POTENTIAL project closing event | March 17th, 2020

Guidelines for variable rate irrigation and nitrogen fertilization in Potato

The objective of the POTENTIAL project  was to increase N and water utilization in potato by co-scheduling of fertilizer N and irrigation water. The results  demonstrate high potential to combine different remote sensing data in a complementary approach to determine spatio-temporarily the fertilization and irrigation needs of potato. Results of the POTENTIAL project are summarized in a manual with guidelines  for variable rate irrigation and fertilization in potato which is presented at a seminar on 17/03/2020 at The Palace of the Royal Academies in Brussels

13.30  – 16:00  Presentation “Guidelines for variable rate irrigation and fertilization in potato”

with contributions from •Pieter Janssens and Sofie Reynaert (Bodemundige Dienst van België) •Isabelle Piccard and Klaas Pauly (VITO) •Sarah Garre (Université de Liège) •Johan Booij and Jan Kamp (Wageningen university and research) •Christian Von Hebel (forzungszentrum julich) •Mathias Neumann Andersen, Kiril Manevski and Kirstin Koerup  (Aarhus university) •

16:00 – 17:00 Reception