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Preserving our soil to ensure the future of the planet

Preserving our soil to ensure the future of the planet

On Friday, September 29, Rey Juan Carlos University will celebrate the 14th European Researchers’ Night in Madrid. In this new edition, different lines of research will be presented on the study of the current state of soils and the urgent need for sustainable management in the fight against climate change.

Irene Vega

The program of activities for this scientific publishing event will revolve around one of Tasks set by the European Union 2030: “Soil Charter for Europe”. This year the host at URJC will be the École Supérieure des Sciences Experimental et Technologie (ESCET) and the slogan of the event is “Let’s take care of our soils for food security and climate change”. In this sense, different lines of research will be presented based on the study of the current state of the soil, from the fields of geology, biology, hydrology or environmental geochemistry. Its relationship to food security and the urgent need for sustainable soil management in the fight against climate change will also be addressed.

Most activities will be aimed at a general audience – including children and their families, as well as ESO, high school and university students – and will consist of dynamic workshops, experiments and demonstrations in the lab.

From the field of biology, it will be demonstrated how drought reduces the ability of seeds to germinate and how it can affect primary production systems in natural and rural ecosystems. In addition, it will be observed how the soil is “alive” by exploring its fauna with the naked eye and under a microscope.

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In relation to the current climate change scenario, the role of the water cycle will also be appreciated and its “journey” through the soil, in a process called infiltration, will be followed, seeing the factors that determine it and the importance of maintaining soil health. Specifically, to ensure their conservation, another activity was planned on the need to properly separate waste and implement a production and consumption model based on the circular economy.

Finally, soil care activities will be organized to ensure food. These proposals include a Escape room “Backgammon,” puzzles and riddles with mime, crossword puzzles, word searches, and food tasting for sensory differentiation. Particular attention will be paid to millet, as 2023 is its international year and because it is one of the cereals with food alerts due to cross-contamination with weeds.

Scheduled activities have limited places to participate and will require advance registration. Starting Monday, September 11, reservations can be made through Events website From URJC.

European Scientific Publishing Project

European Researchers Night is part of the consortium Madrid Night It aims to enhance scientific culture in society in general and promote scientific and technological advocacy among young people. Traditionally, this event is celebrated on the last Friday of September in more than 300 European cities simultaneously.

Rey Juan Carlos University is a partner of the MADRIDNIGHT programme, coordinated by the madrid+d Foundation and funded by the European Union within the Horizon Europe programme, within the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (with grant agreement No. 101061343).

The organization of activities at the URJC is coordinated by ESCET and the Unit for Scientific Culture and Innovation (UCC+I), subordinate to the Vice-Rector for Research, Innovation and Transfer of the URJC.

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In addition, UCC+I activities also enjoy cooperation with the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) – Ministry of Science and Innovation, through Call to help promote scientific, technological and innovative culture 2022.

Practical information

Activity title: “Let’s take care of soil for food security and climate change”

Location: Higher School of Experimental Sciences and Technology (ESCET), URJC Móstoles Campus, C/Tulipán S/N, CP 28933 Móstoles, Madrid

Hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm

Reservations required: Yes, as of September 11, 2023

How to book: website URJC events