We are very pleased to announce that – after digging ourselves out of the swamp of the corona pandemic – our society’s annual excursion in May is back in full force! For this joyful occasion, we have prepared quite a show for you!
University forest Beverbeek, Hamont-Achel: Dr. Stefaan Dondeyne will take us on a below-ground trip to the Middle-Ages with Plaggic Anthrosols along with related landscape and land use features (Pine forest with human disturbed Podzols; forest conversion, wetlands with bog myrtle and outfields separated from the infields by a ditch and an earthen bank (Dutch: ‘wolvensprong ’).
A step over the border to the ‘Kraanvenne’ nature reserve with shifting dunes and Heathlands
A final stop at Achel Kluis for our society’s famous ‘Sundowner’!
Registration & fee
The excursion is exclusive to members, so the fee is 60 Euro for members, or 60 Euro + membership for people who are not yet members. This fee includes access to the profiles, excursion guide, transportation, and drink during the ‘Sundowner’.
Registrations are open NOW, so get ready to ‘get some sand in your shoes’! The number of participants is restricted for practical reasons, registration will be handled on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis.
Our upcoming international excursion will focus on the “Diversity of wine-growing terroirs in Burgundy”. We will leave Belgium on Sunday 17 and arrive in Dijon at 5 pm. We will be in the vineyard plots and in the tasting cellars. We will leave Dijon on the 20th at 5 pm to reach Belgium in the late evening. News will come in the coming days about the final organization and registration processes
Soil in the city: man shaping the Ghent urban landscape, hydrology and soils
The annual excursion of SSSB of 2019 will take place on 24th of May in Ghent.During the excursion, we will move to a habitat unknown to many soil scientists: the city. Although Flanders is highly urbanised, the urban soilscape remains a blind spot in our soil science knowledge. During this excursion, we will explore how man, throughout history, has shaped, and is still shaping the landscape, hydrology and soils of the city of Ghent. The excursion stops will take us to different historic parts of Ghent that testify to the various interactions between humans, soil, landscape, and hydrology, and illustrate how this influences ecosystem service delivery.
Join us on the excursion to reflect on how we can characterize, evaluate and manage our urban soilscape, and this against the stunning scenery of the city of Ghent! Subscription here.
The International SSSB excursion 2018 will be hosted by our German colleagues from Hohenheim University, Baden- Württemberg: May 21st – 25th, 2018
We will witness soilscapes and land use developed in unique geomorphological landscapes related to the Rhine River graben and its related cuesta landscapes. The geological setting comprise strata varying from old granites, Jurassic clays and sandstone, to more recent mid-rift volcanics and loess. Together with altitude differences ranging from 100 to 1500 meters above sea level, ingredients are present for a myriad of soil types to evolve. Together with scholars from Hohenheim University our Belgian participants will be in a position to explore these soilscapes and land use and above all reflect on land use, sustainability in a perspective of cultural history.