Research Director at the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Sciences at the French National Research Center (CNRS) Leader of the Paris Soil organic matter research Group Scientific expert of the 4/1000 initiative
Cornelia Rumpel is a soil biogeochemist working for the French National Research Center (CNRS) at the Institute of Ecology and Environment in Paris, France. Her work is concerned with the dynamics of organic matter at the molecular scale and biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in natural and managed ecosystems. She is dealing with temperate and tropical environments and contributed to the change of several paradigms. Since a few years her work focuses on innovative agroecological strategies to increase soil carbon sequestration. She is also working at the science policy interphase to communicate the value of soil carbon for global health, climate change adaptation and food production.
International “4 per 1000”...
Aged 60, Dr. Paul LUU is an agronomist specialised in tropical agronomy, with degrees from AgroParisTech, the Institute of Tropical Zones and the University of Montpellier (PhD). He started out in the field (6 years) in agricultural research projects (Saint Lucia, Sri Lanka and Tonga) before joining the international relations department of the French Ministry of Agriculture. He was in charge (7 years) of relations with the FAO, the WB and the CGIAR, of bilateral relations with Africa and the Mediterranean, and of the management of French food aid (200,000 t of cereals per year). He then spent 9 years developing agriculture in the French overseas territories as Technical Advisor for “Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry” and as Director of ODEADOM. In 2011, Paul LUU was appointed Director of Agropolis International (Montpellier – France) before joining the CGIAR Consortium in September 2013 as Liaison Officer with the French authorities, then as Protocol Officer. Since September 2016, Paul LUU has been seconded by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Food as Executive Secretary of the international Initiative “4 per 1000: Soils for Food Security and Climate”, launched at the COP 21 in Paris.
Research Director at the Department of Functional Ecology and Biochemistry of Soils and Agroecosystems of the French Research Institute for Development (IRD)
Dr Tiphaine Chevallier investigates the dynamics of soil organic matter with land use changes and climate change. Her objectives are to understand the major mechanisms of organic carbon sequestration in soils. She utilizes both the natural variability of soil properties and experimental manipulations to estimate the vulnerability of soil carbon to global changes. Her studies are particularly focused on tropical soils and recently on calcareous soils. Moreover, she is well involved in the dissemination of scientific work to non-academic audiences.
Research Director at the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment (INRAE) Professor at AgroParisTech, France Coordinator of the European Joint Research Programme EJP SOIL Chair of the Rnest network scientific & technic committee
Claire Chenu is research director at INRAE (French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment) and consulting professor of soil science at AgroParisTech. She is a member of the research unit ECOSYS at Palaiseau in Paris area. Her research deals with soil organic matter, which has a prominent role in ecosystem services provided by soils. She addresses the roles of soil organic matter in soil physical properties and investigates carbon dynamics and sequestration in agricultural soils. She was the 2019 Soil Science medallist of the European Geosciences Union and the recipient of the 2019 INRA Research Lifetime Achievement Award. She is involved in the science-policy-practice interface and in awareness raising activities on soils. She has been nominated Special Ambassador for 2015 the international year of soils by the FAO. She is member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the 4 per 1000 initiative and of the International Technical Panel on Soils. She chairs the scientific and technical committee of the French soil experts network “Rnest”. She leads the EU H2020 European Joint Programme SOIL that associates 24 European countries: “Towards climate-smart sustainable management of agricultural soils”.
Institute of Microbiology of...
Head of the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology
Petr Baldrian studied microbiology at the Faculty of Science of the Charles University in Prague. Currently, he is the head of the Laboratory of Environmental Microbiology of the Institute of Microbiology of the Czech Academy of Sciences. His scientific work focuses on the ecology and biogeography of soil microorganisms, especially the contribution of bacteria and fungi to ecosystem functioning and their response to climate change. The main studied models are soils in forests under various impact of human management. Petr Baldrian is a supervisor of students of bachelor, master and doctoral degrees and professor of Environmental Sciences at the Charles University in Prague where he teaches several subjects in the field of microbial ecology. Petr Baldrian is a Highly Cited Researcher who published over 250 papers in impact factor journals with more than 20 000 citations. His research was awarded, for example with the Academic Award of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic or the Prize of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic. Petr Baldrian is the editor of ISME Journal, Microbiome, FEMS Microbiology Ecology and Fungal Ecology. Since November 2021, he serves as the president of the Czech Science Foundation.
Cranfield University, UK
Professor of Soil Biophysics. School of Water, Energy and Environment. Centre for Soil Agrifood and Biosciences.
Wilfred Otten joined Cranfield University in May 2016 as Professor of Soil Biophysics. He obtained a degree in Agricultural Engineering with special reference to Soil Science and Fertilizer Use (Wageningen University, The Netherlands) and a PhD degree in Horticultural Sciences, focusing on closed fertigation systems (Wageningen University, The Netherlands). Prior to joining Cranfield, he worked in the Department of Plant Sciences of Cambridge University and was Director of the Scottish Informatics, Mathematics, Biology and Statistics Centre at Abertay University. Wilfred has a track record of combining fundamental questions with applied research to work towards sustainable solutions to manage soils. Combining emerging technologies characterising soil at microscopic scales with innovative modelling he explores drivers of microbial dynamics in soil and how these drive SOM dynamics, stability of soil systems, and underpin soil health. He works with a range of industrial partners and stakeholders to improve physical properties that reduce soil and water losses and reduce environmental impact on the farm. Wilfred is a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Science and from 2017-2018 he was President of the British Society of Soil Science.