In this issue we bring you the first announcement of the fourth call for international research projects of the network. The thematical scope of the call is about social and economic issues related to research on soil contamination and agricultural and forest soils (with special emphasis on climate change). By integrating social and economic disciplines and soil and natural sciences, we aim for projects that investigate the relations between economic (profit), ecologic (planet) and social (people) systems.
The INSPECT-project which was selected after the second call of the network is now ending. The French-Dutch-Flemish research team developed a decision support system that allows the user to compare different land planning scenarios based on the level of contamination of the soil and the ecological effects for selected species. You'll find a short report about demonstration sessions that were held in Flanders and the Netherlands.This demonstration session is an example of the importance of bringing the research results to the potential users. In the last months we sent out a questionnaire to our research community about knowledge dissemination. You'll find the results in the newsletter.
Finally, I would like to congratulate all partners in the network for their enduring efforts and continous enthousiasm. It has led to the fact that we can celebrate on the 18th of June the third anniversary of the SNOWMAN network. The network steering group especially wants to thank Nadine Dueso of ADEME, France for her participation in the network. We wish her all the luck with her new position within ADEME as the head of the research and advanced technologies department. We welcome her colleague Frédérique Cadière as new member of the steering group.
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Sofie Van den Bulck, chair 2012