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The soil is a springboard for the transition of territories, we know it and need to make it known!

Once upon a time there was a group of scientists, technicians, teachers and everyday practitioners, all interested in soil, soils … and who felt the need to talk more about it, to know more, to participate more , to imagine more… So they invented Interpol (in France) and Intersoil (in Belgium), specialized conferences to share with their peers and to disseminate to all audiences.

This year 2023, what will the Lille edition of Intersol be devoted to? To a question that affects us all, in this economically, health and environmentally unstable period: the transition of territories.

Is the soil stable? He who is in perpetual evolution, under our feet, our homes, our businesses. The ecosystem approach is becoming essential for project leaders, local authorities, scientists, service providers... we all need the soil to live, build and prosper. We need to know it, to recognize it, to value it and to preserve it, both in its physical structure and in its biodiversity.

The vision must be integrated and multidisciplinary, from the smallest clay particle to the planning of the urban planning document, from "earthworm" nematodes to European regulations, in order to be long-term and take decisions with full knowledge of cause.

This is the invitation that is made for the 22nd edition of Intersol, to deal with all the actors and stakeholders concerned with soils, crucial themes that are:

. Sustainable soil management, to promote strategic, ambitious and sustainable management,
. Techniques for diagnosing and treating pollutants in soils, to learn from novelties,
. The stake of land in the urban structure, to move towards a reconversion and the multi-use of spaces,
. The subtleties of the biodiversity and environmental risk approach,
. The place of regulations for a real consideration of soils in the territories


If, like us, you are convinced that soil is an essential ally in the transition of territories, then respond to this call for applications because your feedback interests us!


6 major themes 


1. Sustainable soil management: how to achieve and promote strategic, ambitious and sustainable soil management?

Keywords: quality procedures with project owners/companies and other service providers (HSQE, CSR, energy sobriety, carbon footprint, QVT), implementation by project owners and their suppliers of sustainable soil management techniques in the management of projects or in the management of services

1.1. Soils multifunctionality: agronomic potential (including in urban areas) and source of biomass, soil infiltrability and regulation of the water cycle, carbon reservoir, biodiversity reservoir


1.2. Sustainable soil management within companies: controls and monitoring, human needs, material and technical needs, necessary recruitments, expectations of the profession


2. Diagnosis and treatment of pollutants in soils: where are the techniques?

Keywords: emerging pollutants, endocrine disruptors, PFAS, metabolites and co-metabolites, impacts of these pollutants and consequences on the environment, depollution, proven and/or innovative techniques, characterization of health and environmental risks, European feedback, analyses, preliminary investigations and controls, digital tools: evaluation – simulation – modeling (limits and uses), characterization of the bioavailability of pollutants present in soils

2.1. Diagnosis and characterization of environments: innovative tools and methods to take the springboard of the transition of territories


2.2. Treatment and management of pollutants impacting environments, rehabilitation of sites (techniques and strategies): the latest advances in the sector

3. Territorial planning and conversion of sites: the issue of land in the urban and peri-urban structure; conversion of urban to peri-urban spaces: from simple requalification to multi-use

Keywords: land, ZAN, communities, wasteland, town planning, town planning and planning documents, ENR and energy mix, planning - sustainable and circular economic development of territories (SCoT, PLU/PLUi, OAP, PLH, PCAET, SRADDET, etc.), alternative uses

3.1. Sustainable management of territories: consideration of land, economic, legal and ecological dimensions and typologies of soils

4. Biodiversity and environmental risks

Keywords: uses, wastelands, bioindicators, biota, ecosystem services, functionalities, continuum and functions, life in soils, carbon storage, ZAN, wetlands, rehabilitation and refunctionalization of impacted or degraded soils

5. Regulatory and legal news

Keywords: polluted sites and soils, ground and surface water, waste, sediments, legislation and regulations, litigation and case law

6. Special session, young researchers / creators of innovation / startups

Young innovative companies, environmental startups (<2 years), doctoral researcher, young doctor...
This special session will be an integral part of the program. The proposed topics must be related to one of the themes of the congress. They will be presented in the form of pitches.

Contributions will be selected based on:
✧ their ability to present feedback on one or several use cases
✧ highlighting their novelty or improvement in relation to existing knowledge
✧ the technical, economic, energy, environmental and social context
✧ the prospects considered and their justification

To be considered, your application must be sent necessarily with:
- Title of the presentation in French and in English
- A summary in French or in English


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