Integrating Soil Biodiversity into Ecosystem Services

First Annual SOB4ES Meeting: Fruitful Discussions, Insightful Workshops and Meaningful Connections in Vigo, Spain

One year into the project, the SOB4ES consortium came together for their first Annual Meeting from 11-12th June 2024. The University of Vigo kindly hosted the meeting at the city centre of Vigo, Spain.

The first day was dedicated to general sessions to present scientific updates related to the work done in the past year. Through different workshops, all partners were involved in fruitful discussions on the second day of the meeting. Plans were made about the upcoming soil biodiversity data collection as part of temporal sampling, and methodologies were aligned. These workshop sessions allowed an in-depth overview of the progress made and the next steps to take within the SOB4ES project.

Furthermore, the first steps were made towards connecting with other ongoing EU projects that are part of the EU Soil Mission. SoilWise, BENCHMARKS and sister-project BIOservicES were invited and involved in insightful discussions. Throughout the 2-day meeting, consortium partners could enjoy the delicious food from Galicia while continuing in both formal and informal discussions. Ultimately, all participants were excited about the project start and started looking forward to the (field)work and the next in-person meeting in 2024!