Seminar ‘Geophysics & Agriculture: the perfect match?’ on January 31st, 2020

Agrogeophysics is an emerging research field. What are the applications, potential and future research needs? Come and discover with us.

About this Event

The challenges in agriculture are enormous. We have to produce enough food while safe-guarding our environment for future generations. A better understanding of the nature of underlying processes and interactions in the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum of our agro-ecosystems is crucial. Geophysical tools have the potential to characterize and quantify these processes non-invasively from plot to landscape scale. Nevertheless, a number of challenges remain for geophysical results to be fully exploited by decision-makers and other scientific communities. In this seminar, we will explore ongoing research in the field of agrogeophysics, discuss potential applications and highlight future research needs.

Register here.


Thursday 30/1/2020
19:00 Pre-conference dinner in Brussels (place to be confirmed)

Friday 31/1/2020

8:15-9:00 Registration of participants & coffee
9:00-9:10 Welcome word
9:10-9:40 Mihai Cimpoiascu A quantitative link between undisturbed soil pore architecture and time-lapse electrical resistivity measurements of pore fluid content
9:40-10:10 Sathyan Rao Studying signatures of roots from non-invasive electrical measurements
10:10-10:40 Edmundo Placencia To be confirmed
10:40-11:10 Coffee break
11:10-11:30 Guillaume Blanchy Geophysical monitoring for crop phenotyping
11:30-12:00 Benjamin Mary To be confirmed
12:00-13:30 Lunch break + posters
13:30-14:00 Maximilian Weigand To be confirmed
14:00-14:30 Eve Daly The role of geophysics in sustainable agriculture and the protection of groundwater resources in Ireland
14:30-15:00 Cosimo Brogi To be confirmed
15:00-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-16:00 Lidong Ren The use of EMI to assess soil compaction
16:00-16:30 Christian Von Hebel To be confirmed
16:30-17:00 Sarah Garré Geophysics for agriculture? To the roots!
17:30-19:00 Closing drink and finger food


Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech
Auditorium PhV, Building 48 on campus map
Avenue Maréchal Juin
5030 Gembloux

Parking: 3 (or Parking senghor 7 also nearby)
Train station at 10 min. by foot


Nearby hotel: Hôtel les 3 Clés

Easy train connections from Namur (ca. 10min) or Brussels (ca. 30min) where options are available for accomodation.


Sarah GARRE – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech

with support from
ENVITAM doctoral school
Soil Science Society of Belgium (SSSB) – Topical committee II. Soil physics and hydrology

POTENTIAL project closing event | March 17th, 2020

Guidelines for variable rate irrigation and nitrogen fertilization in Potato

The objective of the POTENTIAL project  was to increase N and water utilization in potato by co-scheduling of fertilizer N and irrigation water. The results  demonstrate high potential to combine different remote sensing data in a complementary approach to determine spatio-temporarily the fertilization and irrigation needs of potato. Results of the POTENTIAL project are summarized in a manual with guidelines  for variable rate irrigation and fertilization in potato which is presented at a seminar on 17/03/2020 at The Palace of the Royal Academies in Brussels

13.30  – 16:00  Presentation “Guidelines for variable rate irrigation and fertilization in potato”

with contributions from •Pieter Janssens and Sofie Reynaert (Bodemundige Dienst van België) •Isabelle Piccard and Klaas Pauly (VITO) •Sarah Garre (Université de Liège) •Johan Booij and Jan Kamp (Wageningen university and research) •Christian Von Hebel (forzungszentrum julich) •Mathias Neumann Andersen, Kiril Manevski and Kirstin Koerup  (Aarhus university) •

16:00 – 17:00 Reception