Rising Soil Stars

Rising Soil Stars

Wednesday 28 August 2019 from 17:00 to 18:30

The science communication competition Rising Soil Stars allows ten young researchers to pitch their work to a broad audience in just three minutes, using nothing but a single slide to support their talk. We warmly invite everyone to come watch these bright minds present their work and decide who you think is most worthy of the title Rising Soil Star. Drinks will be served before and after the competition.


We proudly present the ten Rising Soil Stars:


Muhammad Aammar Tufail – University of Trento, Italy

Ssssshhh! Bacteria are coming to help you

Collins Amoah-Antwi –  Warsaw University Of Technology, Poland

Structural characterization of humic acids for predicting SOM turnover

Fabio Corradini – Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

Could the use of sludge as fertilizer be a gateway for microplastics to soils?

Anja Derycke – Ghent University, Belgium

Sampling contaminated sites: matching theory and practice

Thangavelautham Geretharan – School of Agriculture and Environment, Massey University, New Zealand

Is phosphate fertiliser derived soil fluorine harmful to N fixation by white clover?

Anna Gomes – University of California, Davis and Lund University, Sweden

What About the Water? Conservation Agriculture in California’s San Joaquin Valley

Lisa Joos – ILVO – Flanders Research Institute for agriculture, fisheries and food, Belgium

A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing

Jeanne Maréchal – University of Rennes 1 (ECOBIO) and Sol Paysage company, France

Psychoanalysis of an urban earthworm

Lauren Menandro – Brazilian Biorenewables National Laboratory (LNBR / CNPEM) and University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil

If the BIOworld is better, soil quality matters

Lena Schulte-Uebbing – Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands

A sustainability indicator for nitrogen management should combine both environment and food production

Their pitches will be assessed by a diverse jury panel consisting of the following members:

  • Thomas Crowther: assistant professor at ETH Zürich and founder of the Crowther lab; keynote speaker during the Wageningen Soil Conference and finalist of the Swiss FameLab 2019 pitch competition
  • Janna Barel: post-doc in the Soil Biology Group at Wageningen University & Research; speaker during the opening of the Academic Year 2018/2019 at Wageningen University
  • Philip Minderhoud: post-doc in the Department of Physical Geography at Utrecht University; former speaker and winner public prize at the 2018 global meeting of the Three Minute Thesis pitch competition
  • Pieter Ploeg M.Sc.: Project Coordinator at Common Soil and Summer of Soil; experienced in translating soil science knowledge to the general public
  • Marie-Aude Hulshoff BA: Chief Operating Officer at the European Association of Geochemistry; editorial manager of several EAG publications