As the science and knowledge service of the European Commission, the Joint Research Centre's mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence throughout the whole policy cycle.
The first Global Soil Biodiversity Conference, organised by the Global Soil Biodiversity Intitiative and the EcoFINDERS project team, will be held from 2-5 December 2014 at the Palais des Congres, Dijon, France.
The Conference aims to synthesise and incorporate the scientific knowledge on the provision of vital ecosystem services by soil biodiversity into management and policy plans. It includes keynote speakers from all over the world, and will include sessions on:
The JRC is a founding member of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) and is co-organiser of the conference. The JRC also contributes to the EcoFINDERS project. A key element of the GSBI is the production of the first ever Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas, co-ordinated by the JRC. The main contributors and chapter coordinators (pictured below) attended a progress meeting of the atlas at the JRC 26-29 March 2014. The atlas is foreseen to be published during the summer of 2015.