World Soil Day - 2017 at Lomonosov Moscow State University

On December 5-6 2017 at the Lomonosov Moscow State University (MSU) the World Soil Day 2017 was celebrated. Accompanying events were organized by the Eurasian Center for Food Security (ECFS) together with the World Bank under support of Ministry of Finance of Russian Federation. Over 200 people attended the events at the Moscow State University.

Scientists and experts from Armenia, Germany, Italy, Cameroon, China, Nigeria, Russia, USA, Tajikistan, Uganda, South Africa discussed theup-to-date technologies and innovations in soil sciences; shared their experience in urban agriculture; and discussed newest programs, technologies, and methodologies in education.

On December 5th The Plenary Session  “The State of Soils” started after the greetings of Dr. Sergei Shoba, Director of the ECFS, Dean of the Faculty of Soil Science of MSU and Dr.Yuri Mazei, Prorector of the MSU. Then presentations were made by Dr. Viridiana Alcantara, FAO, Dr. Rainer Horn, The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), Dr. Vladimir Romanenkov, MSU Faculty of Soil Science,  Dr. Ganlin Zhang, Institute of Soil Science of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dr. Sergey Goryachkin, Institute of Geography of RAS, Dr. Martin Yemefack, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Dr. Elena Skvortsova, V.V. Dokuchaev Soil Science Institute, Dr. Anthony Egeru, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, Dr. Unan Ghazaryan, Petrosyan Research Center for Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Land-Reclamation, Dr. Ivan Vasenev, Russian State Agrarian University - Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy.

In the afternoon the excursion to the Museum of Earth Sciences of the Moscow State University was organized for the guests. The museum features thousands of exhibits and full-scale collections, a gallery of portraits of scientists and historical figures, unique paintings of Russian landscapes from tundra to subtropics.

Traditionally, on December 5th, the Soil Parade took place. Guests, employees and students of MSU passed with colorful posters with images of soil pits from the building of the Soil Science Faculty to the Alley of Scientists of Moscow State University and laid flowers at the monument of the founder of soil science Vasily Dokuchaev.
Students, graduates and all concerned people visited the popular science lectures on the Plenary session, the photographic exhibition “Nature and Soil Underfoot”, took part in the scientific battle “Soil Slam”, in contests and quizzes. For schoolchildren, the educational quest “Save our Soils” was organized.

The Second Annual Roundtable in Russia "Scientific-Education Collaboration in Soil Science and Food Security" was leaded on December 6th in "Shuvalovsky" Campus of MSU with the participation of international experts and researchers, representatives of academic and business. The round table was held on three topics: “Education in Soil Science: Challenges and Solutions”, “Soil Science: Collaboration for Food Security” and “Urban Agriculture and Urban Soils for Food Security”.

Participants discussed issues of soil health at all levels. Professor Rainer Horn, like other speakers, told how a rational attitude to the use of soil can help to achieve the main goals of sustainable development at the global level. In particular, it will help ensure the food security, to reduce the poverty level and to improve the quality of life.

Discussing the issues at the regional level, the speakers noted a lack of consulting services to farmers, as well as shortening of the amount of educational programs in the field of soil science. The guests of the conference shared experience in the popularization of soil science among children and students in their countries.

World Soil Day Agenda

Photos from events


Plenary session "The State of Soils"

The Second Annual Roundtable in Russia "Scientific-Education Collaboration in Soil Science and Food Security"

Roundtable 1: Education in Soil Science: Challenges and Solutions
Roundtable 2: Soil Science: Collaboration for Food Security Roundtable 3: Urban Agriculture and Urban Soils for Food Security
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