Day of the Young Soil Scientist 2023

SSSB-DYSS 24-03-2023

Dear all,

In good tradition the Belgian Soil Science Society is yet once more organizing its ‘Young Soil Scientist Day‘ where we offer a forum to starting researchers in both fundamental and applied soil science. Open to young (MSc & PhD-students and young post-docs) working at a Belgian Academic or Research Institute. Following last year’s successful edition we hope to see many of you back and welcome new faces of course as well. See the below link to register and find more info on abstract submission.


  • A full day of talks and poster presentations by young soil scientists
  • Best oral presentation and best poster receive awards
  • Keynote speaker Karen Vancampenhout (KULeuven)
  • Coffee breaks & sandwich lunch included in registration fee

Final program here below + download the book of abstracts


8.30 onwardsDoors open
9.00-9.10Welcome Prof. Jeroen Meersmans (ULiège) – President of SSSB
9.10-10.30Oral presentations – 9.10 – 9.30: Boito Lucilla – Silicates rock! Steps towards application of silicate rocks to mitigate climate change – 9.30 – 9.50: Arthur Vienne – Insights from a basalt mesocosm experiment. Do earthworms stimulate carbon sequestration through enhanced weathering? – 9:50 – 10.10: Nicolas Kovacs – Converting grassland to a bamboo plantation affects soil organic carbon stock and dynamics – 10:10 – 10.30: Kelly Wittemans – Digital mapping of soil properties in Flanders using the DOV soil database
10.30-11.30Coffee Break + Posters (incl. poster tour start@10.40)
11.30-12.30Workshop “Research ethic and misconduct: a focus on scientific publication”
12.30-13.30Lunch Break + Posters (incl. poster tour start@12.45)
13.30-14.10Key Note Presentation Prof. Karen Vancampenhout (KU Leuven) – Former president of SSSB The ways of the dead – finding a nexus between biotic and abiotic drivers of soil carbon cycling
14.10-14.30Oral presentations – 14.10 – 14.30: Marie Dincher – Major element residence times in humus from a beech forest: the role of element forms and recycling
14.30-15.30Coffee Break + Posters (incl. poster tour start@14.40)
15.30-16.30Oral presentations – 15.30 – 15.50: Astrid Francoys – Assessing capillary rise in a laboratory set-up: impact of contrasting groundwater depths on topsoil moisture and mineralization of added plant material – 15.50 – 16.10: Florian Lauryssen – Phosphorus reference conditions in lowland streams: survey in old forests and anaerobic sediment release – 16.10 – 16.30: Yixian Chen – Data-driven prediction of gully densities at the global scale
16.30-17.00Closing and Drink

When & Where?

Date 24/03/2023: 8h30h-17h00

Venue: Royal Academy, Hertogstraat 1, Brussels – The Ockeghem room (Oral presentations) & The Atrium (Posters & coffee)


Register for the DYSS 2023 as presenter or regular attendee and meet your fellow soil scientists. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to exchange, learn and network. Price depends on member status.


Give your preference of oral or poster presentation. There is no limit to the number of poster presentations. MSc. thesis students are warmly encouraged to make a poster on their actual thesis work, with special attention to the research question they are trying to answer + the methods of their research.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is March 6th 2023.

Submission: send your abstract to with the following your e-mail heading DYSS2023_Name_Given Name

Format Language: English & max 300 words, Use the following template

A decision on acceptance for oral or poster presentation will be communicated to you on 09/03/2023