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March 30th 2012, South Gallery Room 19, ExCel Convention Center, London, UK

9:00 AM Welcome and Introductions of GSBI Scientific Organizing Committee
Dr. Diana Wall, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University, USA

9:15 - 10:00 AM Background and Goals of the Meeting

  • The Relevance of Soils for Sustainable Development: Towards Rio+20

Dr. Luca Montanarella, European Commission, Joint Research Centre

  • Advances in Soil Biodiversity Research

Dr. Richard Bardgett, Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster Univ, UK

  • Soil Biodiversity: It Makes a Difference

Dr. Wim van der Putten, Netherlands Institute of Ecology / Wageningen Centre for Soil Ecology

10:00 -10:45 AM Discussion: Identifying Key Issues

  • Key Species/Groups and Loss of Ecosystem Functions on Regional and Global Scales:  Are there groups of soil biota, or species, that if decreasing globally would be of consequence to function of the Earth System? Evidence?
  • Improving Management: Are there soils regionally or globally, that are under various states of degradation due to excess N, or P, erosion, or saline, that would be improved by management of soil biota?  Evidence?
  • Biogeography: GIS maps that we link with Global Soil Map, Soil carbon maps, or soil moisture? How do we incorporate spatial scales?
  • Analytical Working groups: Is there a need for GSBI Working Groups?

10:45-11:15 AM Coffee Break

11:15- 12:00 PM Breakout into smaller groups

  • Participant introductions and selection of rapporteur
  • Participant feedback for above-mentioned goals

12:00 – 1:30 Lunch (off site – on your own)

1:30 – 2:30 Report from the Breakout Groups

2:30- 3:00  Next steps – Diana Wall, Richard Bardgett, Luca Montanarella and Wim van der Putten