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28. 10. 2018

Travel Award for PhD Students and Post-Doctoral Researchers to Attend Conferences

On behalf of the Editor-in-Chief, Professor Dr Scott Fendorf (Stanford University, USA), we are pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the annual travel award sponsored by ‘Soil Systems.’

A Travel Award of 800 Swiss Francs will be granted to Post-Doctoral researchers or PhD students to attend soil research-related conferences in 2019.

We are accepting applications for the award until 31 December 2018.

Please find additional details at:


We look forward to receiving applications.

Ms. Janey Zhao

Assistant Editor

Soil Systems Editorial Office

Web-site: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/soilsystems/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/soils_mdpi

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/soil-systems-mdpi-8b9369142/

The ESSC Committee strongly encourages members of the ESSC who are currently PhD students or Post-Doctoral Researchers to apply for a Travel Award to attend the 9th ESSC Congress in Tirana, Albania, to be held from 26-28 September 2019. The First Circular announcing the Congress is available on the ESSC web-site.


02. 04. 2017

Winners of the two ESSC grants

to support their participation to the 8th ESSC International Congress during the next CONSOWA CONFERENCE (Lleida, Spain, from 12 to 16 June 2017)

Layla Márquez San Emeterio

PhD Student

Department of Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry Faculty of Sciences University of Granada (Spain)

I am a graduate in Environmental Sciences from Pablo de Olavide University (Seville, Spain). My first research on the domain of Soil and Water Conservation focused on the monitoring of the hydrological monitoring of an artificial wetlands system, in order to modeling hydrological dynamics and observe the natural evolution of surrounding flora and avifauna. In the meanwhile, I also have been very active in social institutions frequently volunteering my time, in the design and development of activities regarding local environmental education initiatives In 2015 I joined the Department of Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry at University of Granada (UGR), in which I continue working whilst conducting my PhD. I am working in the Project “Reutilization of agricultural wastes in subtropical orchards”, which aims to develop the application of mulching as a sustainable measure for improving soil quality and agricultural productivity. Currently I am working on my PhD thesis at UGR, which explores the evaluation of different bioindicators in soils for assess soil quality and fertility after the addition of prunings in olive groves and subtropical orchards located in Spain.

Alicia Speratti

is a PhD candidate in Dr. Mark Johnson’s lab at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Her research focuses on the use of biochar to improve soil nutrient and water retention in sandy soils of the Cerrado region in Mato Grosso, Brazil. After a year and a half in Brazil conducting her field work, she participated in a 6-month study exchange at the University of Barcelona in Spain.

Before studying at UBC, she completed a B.Sc. in environmental sciences and world literature at the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. in soil ecology at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University, both in Canada. Being originally from Paraguay, she has a strong interest in environmental and sustainable development work in Latin America. This led her in the past to an internship with UNEP Brazil and consultancies with PAHO in Bolivia and CIMMYT in Mexico. She is presently finishing her dissertation and plans to pursue a career in climate change and sustainable agriculture.


Thought for the month

“I am happy in my mud” (response of Chuang Tzu (Taoist philosopher of the 4th Century BC), as he declined the invitation by the Emperor of China to become the Prime Minister

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