Global Soil Partnership

First meeting of the Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN) – toward establishment and implementation –

Following the 5th GSP Plenary Assembly’s endorsement of the GSP Pillar 5 Global Implementation Plan, one of the first implementation activities is the establishment of the Global Soil Laboratory Network (GLOSOLAN) to take place on 1 – 2 November 2017 at FAO headquarters in Rome. Designed for laboratory researchers and staff to exchange resources, knowledge and experience, this network will be composed of national soil reference laboratories. The goal of GLOSOLAN is to strengthen the performance of laboratories in support of the harmonization of soil data sets and information towards the development of standards. Indeed, the harmonization of soil analysis is a critical component of making soil information comparable and interpretable across laboratories, countries and regions.

Thanks to this network laboratory personnel will be able to give and receive advice and access to training and information on soil analyses, methodologies and laboratory practices.

By enhancing networking and exchanges between different types of laboratories globally, working in all types of settings and across very diverse areas, GLOSOLAN aims to enable equitable access to quality research resources and to promote the application of broadly available ISO standards.

Mechanisms strengthening laboratory networks will include:

  • Improved quality assurance through implementation of validated existing, improved and new standard laboratory procedures;
  • Provision of training for laboratory personnel through the institution of reference laboratories;
  • Promotion of national self-sufficiency and sustainability of laboratory services; 

During this meeting, experiences with harmonization, monitoring programmes and cooperation between laboratories and existing networks shall be shared and discussed, also within existing networks. Indeed, the implementation of this initiative builds on long-term experiences with regional laboratory networks which are already in place, such as through the South-East Asia Laboratory Network (SEALNET). The meeting will pave the way to establishing the GLOSOLAN Terms of Reference and agreeing upon a work plan for the network.

01 Nov 2017
- 02 Nov 2017
FAO HQ| Rome, Italy