SSSB Young Soil Scientist Award 2020

The 2020 awardee: Margaux LOGNOUL

Interactive web documentary "Microbial soil respiration"
Margaux LOGNOUL explaining that soil emits greenhouse gases in her web-documentary.

Margaux Lognoul conducted her PhD research at ULiège, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech and plans to defend her PhD on July 8th, 2020. She studied the effect of meteorological drivers and farming practices on nitrous oxide emissions from soils. She published two peer-reviewed papers: one the effect of soil tillage on soil emissions and the other paper deals with the effect of temperature and top-soil disturbance on N2O emissions from agricultural soils. She is strongly involved in research dissemination. Amongst others, she created a web documentary and introduces elementary and secondary school students to the topic of greenhouse gases, highlighting the importance of understanding the human effect on soils when dealing with climate change.

Nele DELBECQUE (UGent) was ranked second with her excellent research on urban soils.

Congratulations by the entire society with this first SSSB Young Scientist award and thanks to all applicants for there efforts and enthusiasm for soil science!

The award

The SSSB YSS Award is awarded to a graduate student or PhD candidate at a Belgian university who demonstrates excellence in Soil Science. The applicants must be able to provide evidence of an outstanding accomplishment in Soil Science in terms of disseminating basic understanding of soil functioning.
Such accomplishments can be any peer-reviewed and internationally recognized scientific output. The candidate has to demonstrate how their scientific contribution pushes the boundaries of soil science and how their scientific breakthrough spreads in the Society.
Impact Factor of journals and H-index of candidates are not used to evaluate the contribution of candidates – please keep the space in your application for useful information helping us to assess the scientific novelty & societal impact of your contribution.

The Award winner receives 500€ and a SSSB-engraved knife.
The Award will be handed out during the Day of Young Soil Scientist.

The SSSB Award Evaluation Committee evaluates the applications with final approval by the SSSB Board members

– The applicant is SSSB member at the time of the application.
– The applicant has not yet received his/her doctoral degree.
– The applicant has submitted the necessary files before the deadline.

– A curriculum vitae.
– A brief résumé (1 page) of the candidate indicating how their accomplishment is outstanding and how it has been disseminated to the Society.

Please send applications by March 1st ,2020 to Pr.  Jean-Thomas Cornelis
President, Soil Science Society of Belgium, and Chair of SSSB Award Evaluation Committee