Stefaan De Neve is professor in Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management (Department Environment, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, UGent), and head of the research group with the same name, consisting of 2 professors, 3 post-doc researchers and 12 researchers (including PhD students) His research is basically on carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycling in soils. This research has both strongly fundamental aspects and applied aspects (implications for nutrient use efficiency and nutrient losses, greenhouse gas emissions, soil functions). He is author of 144 SCI papers (H-index = 31) and various books and book chapters. He teaches Soil Science, Environmental Soil Science, Soil Fertility, Nutrient Management, Soil Management aspects of organic farming. He supervised 85 MSc theses, and 22 completed PhD theses (defended). In the past 8 years he organized 5 international conferences (3 in Gent and 2 in Indonesia). His research is highly internationally oriented, with completed and ongoing projects in China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Cuba. He was involved in the development of the Soil Thematic Strategy which was intended as basis for the development of a European Soil Directive.