This March, BDJ and Pensoft join GSBI’s 3rd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference

17 March 2023

Between 13th and 15th March, the 3rd Global Soil Biodiversity Conference organised by the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (GSBI) promises to be “the top meeting for all scientists, technologists, experimentalists and modellers, students and practitioners working on any aspects of soil biodiversity science and its linkages to the functioning of our global biosphere.”

The event, which is expected to welcome 1,000 participants from around the world, is organised by the GSBI: a grassroots scientific collaboration of nearly 4,000 members from 126 countries, seeking to promote the best available scientific knowledge of soil biodiversity and associated ecosystem functions to inform environmental policy at a global scale.

This year, the local hosts are the University College Dublin - which will also be the conference venue - and Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority.

Under the theme “Science as a basis for the sustainable use and conservation of soil biodiversity”, the conference is to bring the latest updates on soil biodiversity research and knowledge for scientists, policy makers, regulators, environmental agencies, conservationists, land user managers and other stakeholders in the sustainable use and conservation of soil biodiversity.

The scientific programme is split into six sub-themes:

  • Global Drivers of Biodiversity
  • Soil Biodiversity for Sustainable Agriculture
  • Aboveground-Belowground Interactions
  • Novel Techniques in Soil Biodiversity Research
  • Threats to Soil Biodiversity & Protection of Soil Biodiversity
  • Restoration of Soil Biodiversity


The conference participants will be warmly welcomed at the Pensoft stand, located in the Exhibition Hall. There, everyone will be able to learn more about the open-access scientific publisher and technology innovator, its biodiversity journal portfolio, including the data-driven and quite unique Biodiversity Data Journal (BDJ), and two scientific projects: TUdi and SOLO, dedicated to healthier soils across the Old Continent. Within both European Union-funded initiatives, Pensoft is a key partner, who contributes with expertise in science communication, dissemination, scholarly publishing and development of digital tools and platforms.

Researchers attending the conference might be specially curious to find about the newly launched GBIF-led article collection in the Biodiversity Data Journal, aptly titled Soil biodiversity. There, authors are invited to submit data papers that describe datasets about soil organisms submitted to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility in 2023. Amongst the requirements is that the datasets need to contain at least 5,000 occurrence records, and that the studied taxa must be spending at least one of their life stages in soil. Find more about the call on the GBIF website.


You can find more information about the conference and register for the event from the conference website. Stay up to date with the event on Twitter via the #GSB3 hashtag and the GSBI channel (@theGSBI).


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