From 15-17 June, TAUW together with Politecnico di Milano (Italy) hosted the 14th edition of the TAUW Soil Seminar, a biannual event that brought together international experts from the six TAUW countries and our academic partners to discuss critical soil and groundwater issues. The seminar provided an excellent platform for knowledge exchange and networking, as attendees were presented with a wide range of studies and research.
The seminar was a two-day events held in the premises of Politecnico di Milano. It featured a varied program with a high and in-depth level of discussion. Attendees were presented with a wide range of studies and research on critical soil and groundwater issues. The event kicked off with a general introduction by Martin Doeswijk, Director of the Strategic Programme Soil & Groundwater, in which he also showed a movie clip of the Dutch movie ‘Onder Het Maaiveld’ (translated: Planet Soil). The movie clip served as an excellent foundation for the seminar, emphasizing the importance of healthy soils. The movie makes the invisible visible and highlights the fascinating world below our feet.
The first day of the seminar featured a specific session on knowledge exchange and covered topics such as the REMEDI project and the challenges of trace substances in the environment. The seminar session for the trace substances in the environment session was hosted by Ignacio Barco Luengo and Edna Rodriguez Riveros for the session on substances of very high concern (SVHC). On the second day, the focus shifted towards SVHC and the EU Soil Strategy. The seminar provided an excellent platform for international soil colleagues to network, share knowledge and engage in in-depth discussions. The event was also an opportunity for relaxation, catching up with colleagues, and building new relationships.
The collaboration between TAUW and Politecnico di Milano was not limited to the seminar itself. On the day before the seminar started, Florian Wölfl, data scientist at TDE, with support from Angeliki Koupa, one of the REMEDI researchers, organised a hands-on computing workshop prior to the event. The workshop was open to both academic researchers and colleagues and aimed to provide an opportunity to learn more about coding.
“Very good atmosphere with many interesting points of view from Europe. I really appreciated the experience of my colleagues on emerging contaminants.” - Fabio de Palma
Overall, the TAUW Soil Seminar was a resounding success, providing a valuable opportunity for professionals to come together and share their insights on critical soil and groundwater issues. The collaboration with Politecnico di Milano added an extra dimension to the seminar, creating an environment for learning and networking.
To learn more about the topics discussed at the TAUW Soil Seminar and our expertise in the field of soil and groundwater, please contact one of our experts.