Soil can be seen as an important and delicate interface between biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and lithosphere. Biogeochemical processes occurring at this interface are crucial for maintaining soil ecosystem function, plant productivity and water quality. Aside from controlling the fate of pollutants, this interface plays a key role within the biogeochemical cycles and thus for soils to act as a source or sink of greenhouse gases.

Bearing this in mind, the present symposium seeks to create a platform for exchange and discussion between scientists from different fields of soil science, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, ecology and environmental science.