The Young Professionals Programme (YPP) took place for the first time at the Global Soil Week 2015. 23 Young Professionals from 13 different countries and 5 continents were offered the opportunity to create a common ground of understanding together with senior experts on the topic of soil through their participation in the GSW. The aim of the YPP is to integrate young professionals from various backgrounds of natural, political and social sciences, media and communication, development cooperation, art, activism and architecture, into the global science policy dialogue on the issue of soils and land.
Part of the application process of the YPP is the development and post-GSW realization of a public outreach event in the participant’s respective working environments. The objective of the events are to raise awareness of the significance of soils and sustainable land management to the general public. The project concepts give a promising glimpse of the dedication of the next generation’s determination to take part in saving the soil. From 10,000 tree seedlings to be disseminated in Kenya, to the learning centre project Common Soil for regenerative agriculture and land restoration, to a photo exhibition, the projects are diverse and innovative.
During the GSW, opportunities were created for discussion and exchange between the Young Professionals and senior experts and mentors in the form of lunch discussion round-tables, and during the open space session: Sprouting new ideas, rooted in old wisdom: inter-generational dialogue on sustainable land management.
Read the rapporteur’s report of the session here.