Organization :



WP3.2 task leader

Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES), Spargelfeldstrasse 191, 1220 Vienna, Austria

Taru Sandén is a post-doctoral researcher at the Department for Soil Health and Plant Nutrition at the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES). Taru is one of the founding members of Tea Bag Index (, which is a method to measure decomposition in soils with the help of commercial tea bags. She focuses on TBI studies in mainly agricultural settings, as well as soil functions, fertilisation and farmer engagement. Taru holds a PhD in Geography from the University of Iceland, in which she focused on “Characterization of soil aggregation and soil organic matter in European agricultural soils”. She also holds an MSc in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland, as well as an MSc in Environmental Science from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Key tasks in LANDMARK

Taru Sandén will be responsible for:

  • WP3 Task 3.2 leader Primary Production soil function
  • WP1 Task 1.2 Stakeholder consultation : existing knowledge, knowledge requirements and prioritisation of soil function contributor