Soil as a solutionin facing the big challenges
and reaching the goals for the planet
Auditorium, Brussels Environment



Monday, March 2nd, 2020


08h30   Attendees’s welcoming

Welcoming speech

Saïd El Fadili, Chef de la sous-division Sols – Bruxelles Environnement
Claudia Olazabal, Cheffe de l'Unité "Land Use & Management Unit" à la Direction Générale Environnement - Commission Européenne

Session 1

Soil as a solution for agriculture and food


Effects of different rates of sewage sludge on soil physicochemical properties, growth and yield of bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea) in a degraded ultisol, agbani, enugu, South Eastern Nigeria
Oliver Echezona Ngwu, Researcher-Lecturer Consultant – Enugu State University of Science and Technology (Belgique)


ISCR-based Remediation of Herbicide/Pesticide-impacted soils in Canada, China, Colombia, Sweden, and the United States: 22 years of success and surprises
Alan Seech, Senior Manager - PeroxyChem (USA) & Michael Mueller, Business Development Manager, EMEA - PeroxyChem (Austria)


Evaluate the physical and biological functions of soils using pragmatic approaches
Frédéric Vanwindekens, Chercheur post-doctorat - Centre Wallon de Recherches Agronomiques (Belgique)

10h30   Coffee break

Live soils: from the dynamic measurement of CO2 capture from the atmosphere in agricultural soils to a system of financial valuation of this positive externality

Nathalie Libbrecht, Directeur du programme Sols Vivants - Earthworm Foundation

SANISOL tool: Combination of health risk assessment and environmental quality of plants grown on potentially polluted soils to provide pragmatic recommendations to gardeners

Maud Le Bel, Coordinatrice des Etudes de Risques – SPAQuE (Belgique)

Soils and ecological transition. The levers that link agricultural policy, value chain and farmers for a move to action

Pascal Boivin, Professeur HES-SO Genève & Président, European Confederation of Soil Science Societies – ECSSS (Suisse)

The link between soil and urban agriculture

Saïd El Fadili, Chef de la sous-division Sols – Bruxelles Environnement (Belgique)

Questions, Restitutions & Conclusions

13h00   Lunch

Session 2

Soil as a solution for health

Chemical or Natural? Including LCA in Social CBA to Compare Remediation Alternatives for a Dry-Cleaning Facility

Lies Huysegoms, Doctoral researcher – KU Leuven (Belgique)

ECOSOL, valorization of industrial fractions by the production of bioactive molecules

Cécile Nouet, Coordinatrice de projet – Université de Liège (Belgique)

Combine the phytostabilization aided with the cultivation of aromatic plants producing essential oils for the phytomanagement of soils contaminated by the ETM (Project PhytEO)

Robin Raveau, Doctorant – Unité de Chimie Environnementale et Interactions sur le Vivant, UCEIV-Université du Littoral Côte d’Opale, ULCO (France)

Questions, Restitutions & Conclusions

15h30   Coffee break


Session 3

Soil as a solution for biodiversity

Agroecology in the Regional Natural Park of the Ariège Pyrenees under the power lines - How to better take into account the soil in the areas under the RTE power lines and its impact on

Claire-Emmanuelle Mercier, Président – ATESyn (France)

Overview of species and environments frequently found on construction sites, quarries, sites and industrial wastelands

Denis Colart, Ingénieur agronome des eaux et forêts – Conseiller en environnement indépendant (Belgique)

On-site stimulated phytomanagement approaches of contaminated sites: A tool to foster the remediation market via a sustainable and economically feasible way

Panagiotis Gkorezis, Project Manager – TerraCorrect (Belgique)

Realtime groundwater flow & direction measurement in a restored tidal marsh along the Scheldt estuary

Goedele Verreydt, Founder - iFLUX (Belgique)

Questions, Restitutions & Conclusions

17h45   End of day 1

Tuesday March 3rd, 2020

08h30   Attendees’s welcoming

Session 4

Soil as a sustainable resource

Experimental investigation of a pilot-scale concerning ex-situ bioremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons contaminated soils

Valer Micle, Professor & Ioana Monica Sur, Lecturer - Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

« UBELL » or why monitor long-term in situ treatment of groundwater?

Samuel Wildemeersch, Hydrogéologue - Spaque (Belgique)

Pilot scale ‘in pile’ thermal desorption remediation of soil contaminated with mercury and pesticides

Niels Ploug, Sales & Product Manager - Krüger A/S (Denmark)

Thermal conductive heating for PFAS remediation

Eriksen Søren, Project Engineer - Krüger A/S (Denmark)

10h20   Coffee break

Ovam Tongeren: Enhanced reductive dechlorination of PCE and TCE in a source zone via recirculation: pilot test and results

Pieterjan Waeyaert, Projectleider Environmental Solutions – Envisan, Jan De Nul Group (Belgique)

Excavated soil as a secondary resource

Valérie Cappuyns, Professor – KU Leuven (Belgique)

Circular economy onbrownfields: the European project REGENERATIS

Claudia Neculau, Responsable Service R&D et Innovation - Spaque (Belgique)

Towards an end to the artificialisation of soil in Wallonia?

Christine Ruelle, Ingénieur de Recherches, Lepur-ULiège (Belgique)

Bodems en grondachtige afvalstromen als basis voor secundaire grondstoffen in hoogwaardige bouwmaterialen

Wouter Vermin, Manager Treatment & Valorisation - Bioterra, Group De Cloedt (België)

Phytoextraction with Arabidopsis halleri intercropped with Salix viminalis to redevelop metal contaminated urban area : PHYTOEXCO project

Arnaud Grignet, Doctorant – Institut National de l’Environnement Industriel et des Risques, INERIS (France) & Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale, ULCO (France)

Questions, Restitutions & Conclusions

13h00   Lunch

Session 5

Soil as a solution for energy and climate

Photovoltaics - consumer of large floor surfaces

Jérôme Flament, Directeur Commercial – Perpetum Energy (Belgique)

NatAdGES: a project dedicated to the mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions N2O by soils

Catherine Hénault, Directrice de Recherche – Institut National des Recherches Agronomiques, INRA (France)

Landfill-mining and ecological restoration/rehabilitation of the old dump of Bordes (France, 64)

Lilian Marchand, Ingénieur d’études – LyRE, Suez Environnement (France)

Knowing the potential of landfill resources to protect soils and mitigate climate change : The RAWFILL project and its ELIF inventory

Renaud De Rijdt, Gérant – Atrasol (Belgique)

   Coffee break


Questions, Restitutions & Conclusions

   End of the conferences