tion with the UCD Earth Institute and the Soil Science Society
of Ireland organised a `Soils for Society' conference in UCD on
December 5th designated by the UN/FAO as World Soil Day.
The symposium focused solely on soils, their importance
and protection, as a non-renewable natural resource and as
natural capital that underpins all land-based ecosystem services
our society benefits from. In Ireland there is a need for more
appreciation of the fact that soils do not only provide food
but also many other ecosystem services for society, including
water regulation, carbon storage, as a habitat of biodiversity, as
a platform for infrastructure, and as an archive of our archaeo-
logical history. Since the withdrawal of the EU Soil Framework
Directive in 2014, soils and soil protection are supposed to be
incorporated in all environmental, sustainability and planning
policies. To achieve this, public engagement and discourse are
required with researchers, stakeholders and wider society about
soils, the state of our knowledge in regard to pressures on soils,
challenges and solutions.
The conference included a keynote talk by Jessica Davies, (UK)
and a presentation by eminent Irish soil scientist John Ryan.
Other talks. By academics and scientists working in various
soil-related areas, from environmental law to soil nutrient man-
agement, were also given and the afternoon session encom-
passed five talks by stakeholders including The Environmental
Pillar, Teagasc, and AFBI from Northern Ireland.
among the best in the world, according to the latest
U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Now placed 19th globally, UCD is the only Irish uni-
tation impact and the number of highly cited papers
that are among the top one percent most cited in
the area rank 7th and 3rd in the world respectively,"
he added. "The importance of agricultural science in
society is increasing steadily and UCD is pleased to
be acknowledged as a world leader in the area".
formance indicators to determine placement.
collaboration, and publications.
UCD was in the top three for institutions globally
with the most highly cited papers among academic
research. Over 252 universities were included in the
U.S. News Agricultural sciences subject rankings.
which profiles leading universities and research in-
stitutions, as well as the company's' Web of Science
platform for the period of 2012-2016.