SNOWMAN meeting 2015

13 research projects – 8 SNOWMAN projects and 5 from the European 7th Framework program – were discussed during the 2015 annual SNOWMAN meeting (March 25-26th, Paris). These projects brought new insights for the management of soil contamination, issues related to urban soils and land-uses, a better understanding of soil functioning and ecosystem services as well as stakeholder engagement.

Two starting Horizon 2020 projects also contributed to the meeting: the INSPIRATION coordination and support action, which is set to build the European soil, land-use and land management strategic research agenda and the BIODIVERSA ERA-Net, which shared its past and planned actions related to soil and land use.

These presentations were followed by a panel discussion on the priorities for European research related to soils in the coming years and the best ways to foster the scientific developments required for a sustainable soil use and management.

The full programme is avalaible HERE.

Presentations and synthesis of the panel discussion

IntroductionSoil in Earth’s Critical Zone

SOILTREC : Soil Transformation of European Catchments Steve Banwart (University of Sheffield, UK)

Session 1 : Soil contaminationChaired by Bert van Goidsenhoven (OVAM, Belgium)

IBRACS : Integrating bioavailability in risk assessment of contaminated soils: opportunities and feasabilities Dan Berggren Kleja (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences SLU)

PACMAN : Assessment and management of polar pacs in contaminated soils and remedial processes Staffan Lundstedt (Umeå University, Sweden)

HOMBRE : Holistic management of brownfield regeneration Maaike Blauw (Deltares, Netherlands)

Session 2 : Urban soils and land-usesChaired by Christophe Schwartz (Univ. de Lorraine, France)

URBAN SOILS : Relationship between city-dwellers and soils: how to use urban and peri-urban soils to face the urban challenges? Louiza Boukharaeva (CNRS, France)

BALANCE 4P : Balancing decisions for urban brownfield regeneration – people, planet, profit and processes Jenny Norman (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)

VOLANTE : Visions of land-use transition in Europe Bas Pedroli (Alterra, Netherlands)

Session 3 : Building the european soil, land-use and land management strategic research agendaChaired by Steven Banwart (University of Sheffield, UK)

INSPIRATION : Past actions and perpectives related to soil and land use (Era-Net) Detlef Grimsky (FRB – Coordinator and CEO of Biodiversa, France)

BIODIVERSA : Structuring research on soil, land-use and land management in Europe (Coordination and support action) Xavier Le Roux (UBA, Germany)

Panel Discussion

Chaired by Prof. Steven Banwart (University of Sheffield, UK)


  • Birgit de Boissezon (European Commission, DG Research & Innovation)
  • Detlef Grimski (Coordinator of the INSPIRATION project)
  • Xavier Le Roux (Coordinator and CEO of Biodiversa)
  • Luca Montanarella (Chair of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soil, Global Soil Partnership)
  • Simon Moolenaar (Chair of the SNOWMAN Network)

Report available here

Session 4 : Soil functioning and ecosystem servicesChaired by Claire Chenu (AgroParisTech, France)

ECOSOM : Soil organic matter as a key factor in the provision of soil ecosystem services Sabine Houot (INRA, France)

SUSTAIN : Soil functional biodiversity and ecosystem services, a transdisciplinary approach Guénola Pérès (AgroCampusOuest, France)

ECOFINDERS : Ecological Function and Biodiversity Indicators in European Soils Philippe Lemanceau (INRA, France)

Session 5 : Soils and Stakeholder engagementChaired by Florence Carré (INERIS, France)

SAS-STRAT : Sustainable agriculture and soil, comparative study of strategies for managing the integrated quality of agricultural soils in different regions of Europe Stéphane Baudé (Mutadis, France)

RAISOILCOMP : Raising awareness on the impact of subsoil compaction Mirjam Hack-ten Broeke (Wageningen UR, Netherlands)

RECARE : Preventing and Remediating degradation of soils in Europe through Land Care Demie Moore (Wageningen University, Netherlands)