Visit to Department of Soil and Environment Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden.

2018-02-09
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Lecturer Otilija Miseckaite (Institute of the Water Resources Engineering, Faculty of Water and Land Management) with the support by Erasmus training programme visited Department of Soil and Environment Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) on 29th of January -2nd February 2018, Uppsala, Sweden.

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) was founded in 1977. At present, it’s 4 faculties: Landscape Architecture, Horticulture and Crop Production Science, Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences, Forest Sciences, Veterinary and Animal Science. In 2016 SLU had a staff of 2 774 full-time equivalents, 3 745 full-time equivalent students, 604 active doctoral students. Soil and Environment department has about 160 employees including 30 PhD students.

The aim of this visit was to participate in workshop, discuss the potential of future cooperation in research as well as visited research facilities and to build up new contacts with scientists.

Agricultural soils are vital for a multitude of life-supporting ecosystem services, e.g. nutrient cycling, food supply, biofuel production and climate regulation encompassing carbon sequestration. Drivers linked to agriculture account for 70% of the projected loss of terrestrial biodiversity, and the systems may not be resilient to changing climatic conditions. The EU Common Agricultural Policy reform acknowledges this challenge and actively works towards a policy on sustainable intensification of agricultural land.

Lect. Otilija Miseckaite attended the explotory workshop on Sustainable Intensification of Agriculture – Challenges in Soil Science confronting Global Food Security.  Scientists made presentations mainly focusing on Soil security, Future potential of long-term field experiments and farm platforms, Sustainable land use and water management in Africa and Asia, Developing novel farming systems.

The aim of this workshop was to gather international and SLU researchers focusing on soil science related questions with the area of sustainable agriculture.  The workshop was organised by the Department of Soil and Environment, SLU, and co-organised by the research platform SLU Future Food.

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