Grants for Young Researchers



Jobs and Studentships


Soil Conservation Projects


XXII Docuchaev Conference, Saint-Petersburg, Russia

Rhizosphere 5, Saskatoon, Canada

9th International ESSC Congress 2019, Tirana, Albania

Erosion and Torrent Control, Belgrade, Serbia – update

Soil and Water Bioengineering in the Mediterean Ecoregion, Spain

Geoecology and Desertification, Almería, Spain

Program and Book of Abstracts, SoWaSe, Imola, Italy (Reports)


28. 4. 2018

The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) celebrates the International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD) on 22 May every year to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. The theme for this year is Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity.


To mark IBD this year, ICIMOD is organizing a writing competition for students and young researchers from its regional member countries – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan.


We invite you to submit a write-up based on your research in 750-800 words. Your writing may take a personal tone, reflecting on experiences that were part of the research process. Please choose one of the below listed categories of focus:

Biodiversity and sustainable development

Equitable access and benefit sharing

Sustainable use of biodiversity

Your submission should include two representative photos with captions and credits in your article, and can be submitted using the online form here.


The deadline for submission is 15 May 2018. Participating authors should be no older than 30 years old. All submissions must be the authors’ original work.


A panel of ICIMOD judges will select three winners based on content, readability, originality, and relevance to the IBD 2018 theme. Winners will be awarded certificates of recognition and USD 100 each as prize money.


Additional details on the competition and other activities to mark IBD 2018 is available here. http://www.icimod.org/?q=30977


11. 3. 2018

Innovation Awards

is a plant & soil nutrition international contest rewarding the 2 best projects with a € 60,000 grant each and with a 1-year research contract.

Learn more and how to apply: https://www.innovation-awards-roullier.com/


4. 3. 2018

Grants for young researchers

Soil and Water Security: Challenges for nex 30 years

June 6 – 8, 2018, Imola, Italy

Flyer  185 kB



02. 04. 2017

Winners of the two ESSC grants

to support their participation to the 8th ESSC International Congress during the next CONSOWA CONFERENCE (Lleida, Spain, from 12 to 16 June 2017)

Layla Márquez San Emeterio

PhD Student

Department of Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry Faculty of Sciences University of Granada (Spain)

I am a graduate in Environmental Sciences from Pablo de Olavide University (Seville, Spain). My first research on the domain of Soil and Water Conservation focused on the monitoring of the hydrological monitoring of an artificial wetlands system, in order to modeling hydrological dynamics and observe the natural evolution of surrounding flora and avifauna. In the meanwhile, I also have been very active in social institutions frequently volunteering my time, in the design and development of activities regarding local environmental education initiatives In 2015 I joined the Department of Soil Sciences and Agricultural Chemistry at University of Granada (UGR), in which I continue working whilst conducting my PhD. I am working in the Project “Reutilization of agricultural wastes in subtropical orchards”, which aims to develop the application of mulching as a sustainable measure for improving soil quality and agricultural productivity. Currently I am working on my PhD thesis at UGR, which explores the evaluation of different bioindicators in soils for assess soil quality and fertility after the addition of prunings in olive groves and subtropical orchards located in Spain.

Alicia Speratti

is a PhD candidate in Dr. Mark Johnson’s lab at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Her research focuses on the use of biochar to improve soil nutrient and water retention in sandy soils of the Cerrado region in Mato Grosso, Brazil. After a year and a half in Brazil conducting her field work, she participated in a 6-month study exchange at the University of Barcelona in Spain.

Before studying at UBC, she completed a B.Sc. in environmental sciences and world literature at the University of Toronto and a M.Sc. in soil ecology at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University, both in Canada. Being originally from Paraguay, she has a strong interest in environmental and sustainable development work in Latin America. This led her in the past to an internship with UNEP Brazil and consultancies with PAHO in Bolivia and CIMMYT in Mexico. She is presently finishing her dissertation and plans to pursue a career in climate change and sustainable agriculture.


Thought for the month

“An empty stomach is not a good political advisor”

(Albert Einstein).

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