The Ecology of Soil Health Summit meets in conjunction with the Soil Ecology Society Biennial Meeting starting on Monday, June 5 at 2 pm. The Summit concludes Wednesday, June 7 at 12:30 pm.  The SES meeting continues through Thursday June 8 at 9 PM, with an optional field trip on Friday June 9.

2 pm  Plenary session: Overview of Soil Health Opportunities & Challenges

Welcome: Matthew Wallenstein, President, Soil Ecology Society; Director, Innovation Center for Sustainable Agriculture; Associate Professor, Colorado State University

Plenary session: Overview of Soil Health Opportunities & Challenges

2:30 pm Keynote: Whendee Silver, Professor and Rudy Grah Chair, University of California, Berkeley 

3 pm Keynote: Jacob Parnell, Senior Scientist at Novozymes, Inc.

3:30 pm Keynote: Michael Doane

4 pm Moderated Keynote panel discussion: Miles O’Brien, Moderator

5 pm Poster Session and Reception (appetizers and cash bar)


7:30 am Breakfast: coffee, pastries, and fruit

8:30 am IGNITE Session: The Science of Soil Health
5 minute lightning talks;  selected from submitted abstracts from Soil Ecology Society

10 am Break

10:30 am Soil Health Programs and Funding Opportunities (overviews followed by panel discussion)
TBD, Director of Agriculture, The Nature Conservancy
Wayne Honeycutt, CEO, Soil Health Institute
Nick Goeser, Director of Soil Health and Sustainability, National Corn Growers Association
Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research
Matt Carstens, Senior VP, SUSTAIN at Land O’ Lakes
Dr. Jennifer Moore-Kucera, USDA NRCS


12:30 pm Lunch

1:30 pm  Breakout Session: Determining Research Priorities
Soil Ecologists: What is the next frontier?
Practitioners: What do we wish scientists could tell us?
Supply Chain: What new innovations are needed? What are the barriers to adoption?

2:30 pm Break

3 pm Panel Discussion: Priorities for research (summary of breakout sessions)
Science:  Keith Paustian, Professor of Soil Ecology, Colorado State University
Practitioners:  Nick Goeser, Director of Soil Health and Sustainability, National Corn Growers
Supply Chain:  Allison Thomson, Science & Research Director, Field to Market
Moderator:  Miles O’Brien

4 pm International Perspective
Lynne Macdonald: CSIRO
Esther Ngumbi

5 pm Poster Session II + Mixer

7 pm Banquet Dinner

7:30 am Breakfast

8:30 am  Innovations in Soil Health: Start-Up Pitches (followed by panel discussion)

Dan Morash, CEO, California Safe Soil
Colin Bell, Chief Growth Officer, Growcentia, Inc.
Brian Buege, Head of Technology, CoolPlanet, Inc.
Will Brinton, CEO, Solvita, Inc.
Barry Goldman, Indigo Ag
Diane Wu, Co-Founder, Trace Genomics

10 am Break

10:30 am Moving forward:  Building Bridges Between Industry, Scientists, and Practitioners
Bill Buckner, President, Noble Foundation
LaKisha Odom, Scientific Program Director, Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research
Kate Scow, Professor of Soil Science and Soil Microbial Ecology, University of California, Davis
Stuart Grandy, Associate Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, University of New Hampshire

12 pm Wrap-Up

12:30 pm Adjourn + Box Lunches

Soil Ecology Society Meeting Continues at 1:30

1:30 pm Parallel Oral Sessions

3 pm Break

3:30 pm Parallel Oral Sessions

6 pm Graduate Student Mixer – Prost Tap House

8 am Keynote Address

9 am Parallel Sessions

10:30 am Break

11 am Parallel Sessions Continue

12 pm Lunch

1:30 pm Parallel Oral Sessions

3 pm Break

3:30 pm Parallel Oral Sessions

6:30 pm Banquet Dinner and Awards

This schedule is preliminary and subject to change.

Keynote panel discussion moderated by Miles O’Brien, Emmy-award winning veteran independent journalist who focuses on science, technology and aerospace. He is the science correspondent for the PBS, NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series FRONTLINE and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series.