I am responsible for the Natural Capital Soil Project at the Europen Commission's Joint Research Centre. Our focus is to provide European Union policy makers with specific advice and knowledge relating to soil for the design, implementation or review of policies. Our cometences address issues relating to environmental protection and ecosystem services, agricculture and climate change. Although we have a major focus on the European Union and immediate neighbours, we are also active on a global perspective with particular activities in Africa, Latin America and currently, Asia. I have a strong interest in awarenss rasing and outreach as an increasingly urban society has lost contact with the value of soil.