Breaking ground together: Solutions for urban and post-industrial soil de-sealing

Breaking ground together: Solutions for urban and post-industrial soil de-sealing

Thematic Event on Soil De-sealing

The European Union Soil Mission is spearheading a transformative initiative to address one of the most pressing ecological challenges of our time – "soil sealing."

This thematic digital event sheds light on the multifaceted aspects of soil sealing, particularly in urban and post-industrial contexts, and explores innovative practices aimed at its reversal.

The event delves deep into the issue of soil sealing, a phenomenon where natural soil surfaces are covered with impervious materials such as concrete or asphalt, leading to reduced soil health and biodiversity.

Furthermore, the event showcases exemplary endeavors in "de-sealing" efforts emphasising multi-stakeholder practices, and highlighting the necessity of collaboration among governments, businesses, communities, and civil society to effectively tackle soil sealing and foster healthier urban ecosystems. Through this collaborative spirit, the event seeks to inspire, inform, and empower participants to contribute to the EU Soil Mission and shape the future of sustainable urban and post-industrial soils.



Event Agenda

Part 1 45 minutes
Welcome and introduction to the event and the theme Eugenio Morello and Anita De Franco, Politecnico di Milano on behalf of NATI00NS 
Addressing soil de-sealing at the EU level Luca Montanarella, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, ESDAC
Green with Gray Federico Broggini, Latitude Platform, Brussels


Part 2 60 minutes
Presentation of the collective discussion and collaborative sessions With Andrea Arcidiacono, Luca Montanarella, Federico Broggini, Silvia Ronchi. Moderated by: Anita De Franco and Eugenio Morello
De-sealing and healthy soils Chiara Ferrè, UNIMIB
Living labs for soil de-sealing Dolinda Cavallo, ENOLL

First thematic event in a series of six

The thematic event Breaking ground together: Solutions for urban and post-industrial soil de-sealing, organised by Politecnico di Milano, takes place on 14 December 2023 at 10:00 CET. It explicitly addresses two objectives of the EU Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe: stop soil sealing and increase re-use of urban soils and improve soil structure to enhance biodiversity.

These events are conducted entirely online, featuring impactful introductions to specific topics by esteemed keynote speakers and real-world practitioners. Beyond informative sessions, the format is designed to stimulate interactive discussions, providing a platform for networking among European stakeholders addressing similar soil challenges. Our vision is to break down barriers and catalyze connections that transcend geographical boundaries. To further facilitate collaboration, NATI00NS will unveil matchmaking opportunities through our dedicated Matchmaking Platform during these events. This initiative aims to connect like-minded individuals, organisations, and experts, fostering partnerships that contribute to the collective mission of nurturing healthy soils across Europe.

Join us on this exciting journey of exploration, knowledge sharing, and collaboration as we embark on a series of events dedicated to advancing the cause of sustainable soil management. Together, let’s build a foundation for a healthier and more resilient future!



Thematic events, what comes next

11 January 2024  10:00 – 12:00 CET
Beyond gender barriers in the agrifood system: Innovative women improving food & soil health
Organisers: Eit-Food

18 January 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Industry engagement for sustainable soil health: Joining living labs
Organisers: BusinessMed

24 January 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Smart Soils: Smart Specialisation meets EU Soil Mission

25 Janurary 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET 
Soil health from a forest land-use perspective
Organisers: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

15 February 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Soil decontamination
Organisers: Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (IUNG)

Thematic event
Online, virtual event


Politecnico di Milano