This conference will focus on the key scientific issues of sodic soil reclamation, face the theoretical innovation of soil sodificaton and improvement of sodicsoil management. It will build a communication platform for scholars, enterprises and decision-makers, exchange the latest scientific frontiers through a variety of ways such as academic reports, posters and seminars. It provides useful references for the improvement and utilization of sodic land in different regions of the world.
The conference will be jointly organized by the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and the People’s Government of Jilin Province, China. It will be hosted by the Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Salt-affected Commission of the Soil Science Society of China. It will be held in Changchun, Jilin Province, China, for a period of three days (one day field trip).
Further details can be found here.
The British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) is delighted to announce the latest webinar in the lunchtime series of Zoom into Soil. Zoom into Soil: Hidden Processes in Soils, hosted by BSSS’ Northern Soil Network (NSN), will take place on Wednesday 12 May from 12.00 to 1.00pm and is free of charge for all delegates.
Zoom into Soil: Hidden Processes in Soils will feature Dr Carsten W. Müller, Associate Professor for Soil Science at the University of Copenhagen, and Dr Tinashe Mawodza, a Research Fellow at Nottingham University, with their presentations, Soil processes regulated at the microscale – using microscopy to zoom into soil and Demystifying secrets of the hidden half – an exploration of root-soil interactions using X-ray and neutron tomography.
In his presentation, Dr Carsten Müller will explain how soil’s capacity to store carbon and being a habitat for soil fauna and microorganisms are intricately linked. The decay of plant residues and the parallel build-up of soil organic matter happens at microscale sites within the complex 3D soil matrix. He will take you to these microscale hot spots and highlight the formation of soil organic matter at the interface of plants, microorganisms and soil minerals.
Research Fellow Dr Tinashe Mawodza will briefly describe how hidden root interactions with soil can be visualised and analysed at the micro- and macro- scale using complimentary imaging techniques. He will give examples of how this has been used to unravel previously unknown soil phenomena and share a few insights from his research within this field. Dr Mawodza will also outline challenges that may limit the deployment of these techniques in investigating soil processes at different scales.
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Taking place 17-21 May 2021 - at a critical juncture in the COP26 pre-meetings and negotiations - Climate Exp0 is the first virtual conference from the COP26 Universities Network and the Italian University Network for Sustainable Development (RUS), sponsored by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Cambridge University Press and COP26.
Over five days, Climate Exp0 will showcase the latest thinking and most relevant UK and international research across five themes including Green Recovery; Nature-based Solutions; Mitigation Solutions; Adaptation and Resilience; and Finance and Regulation.
Across three virtual stages each day, more than 200 speakers from over 18 countries have been confirmed so far, to participate in a variety of sessions ranging from keynotes and panel discussions, to roundtables, poster presentations and on-demand content.
Free, online and open to all, it marks a unique occasion at which global policymakers, academics, practitioners, students and members of the public will gather together to collaborate, share and debate climate change policy, to help influence policy discussions ahead of COP26 in November.
Download the programme and sign up to the Climate Exp0 mailing list to be notified when registration opens.
Soil is a key element for sustainability, mitigation of the effects of climate change and food production. In addition, it is the support of human activities, both cultural and productive. The symposium focuses on aspects associated with soil degradation, with an emphasis on Mediterranean environments, and proposes solutions to reverse these situations.
Join the South West Soils Discussion Group (SWSDG) for their regional meeting, Soil management: lessons still to be learned?
The free virtual meeting is open to both members and non-members and will take place on 26 May from 13:00 to 14:30.
The meeting programme will include the following:
Please sign-up to the event below and the meeting link will be sent by email closer to the date.
The free virtual meeting is open to both members and non-members and will take place on 26 May from 13:00 to 14:30.
Please sign-up to the event and the meeting link will be sent by email closer to the date.
BUILDING BRIDGES AND CONNECTING SOIL PROPERTIES
The Canadian Society of Soil Science annual meeting will be held virtually from June 6th to June 10th, 2021.
Conference Website: http://www.csss2021.ca/
Registration is open from March 17th until May 24th, 2021
Additional important dates:
The next in our free lunchtime webinar series, Zoom into Soil: Celebrating the Work of Early Career Researchers will take place on Wednesday 9 June from 12:00 – 1:00pm and will feature Xavier Portell-Canal, Laura Schnee and Lorenzo Rossi who will give an overview of the recent letter from ECRs to the EJSS Editor and provide discussion around mental health. Further details to follow.
Please register in advance.
The European Light Microscopy Initiative was created in 2001 to establish a unique communication network between European scientists working in the field of light microscopy and the manufacturers of their equipment. Its aim is to promote the quickly developing field of light microscopy as a fundamental research tool for the life sciences and to strengthen the channels of communication between researchers, core facilities and industry.
The annual meeting, which has been running for two decades at various venues across Europe, has an excellent reputation within the microscopy community, making this meeting a key event in the calendar of hundreds of scientists and developers. The strength of this meeting lies in the mixture of scientific lectures on state-of-the-art, high-end microscopy combined with “hands-on” workshops and exhibition of the latest technology, organized by the leading companies in the field.
Due to the current situation, the 2021 meeting will take place the first time in a virtual format. The focus of the scientific sessions is on leading edge developments and its implementation to life science.
The sessions, which will form the basis of the scientific programme, are listed below:
Groundswell’s mission is to lead a global movement towards farming systems that use the principles of Regenerative Agriculture.
Groundswell believe that the the 5 principles of Regenerative Agriculture are:
The aim of the Groundswell Event is to disseminate information on soil health by providing a platform for dialogue between decision makers at all levels in the agricultural sector, promoting discussion towards finding practical solutions to producing nutritious food whilst increasing soil organic matter and biodiversity.
For full details and to register your interest see https://groundswellag.com/.
LOFS Manager, Annabel Shackleton, said:
“By 27th June, restrictions should be lifted for most parts of the country, allowing events to go ahead with minimal risk, giving our farmers and the public confidence to enjoy a safe, informative and fun day out on farm as they always have.”
Anticipating that LEAF Open Farm Sunday will be more popular than ever this year after several months of restricted activity and many country shows cancelled, Ms Shackleton is encouraging as many farmers as possible to open their farm gates in June for socially distanced farm walks and talks.
Host farmers are also being asked to use a booking system this year, whether through the LOFS TryBooking ticketing service, Facebook, or their own, in order to avoid overcrowding. This will help keep staff and visitors Covid-safe, and to inform visitors in case of any changes in plans.
“Big events may not be practical this year, but if the public is surging to the countryside, we’d love to see hundreds of smaller events taking place,” said Ms Shackleton. “This is an excellent opportunity to share the farming, sustainability and food production story, but also, crucially, how to respect the countryside as we head into the summer holidays, which may see many more people spending time in rural areas for their staycation.”
LOFS is working with farmers to produce a series of films offering support on hosting events, and guidance on complying with Covid-safe measures. More details will follow later this month.
Although the last weekend in June will be the ‘official’ 2021 date, farmers across the UK wishing to host the Sunday before or after will have access to the same LOFS support and resources.
You can register your event here & read the full press release here.
Registration is now open to all persons interested in the Soil Science Australia (SSA) and the New Zealand Society of Soil Science (NZSSS) Joint Conference, in association with ASPAC.
Should you require any assistance please contact the Conference Managers at Conf2020@soilscienceaustralia.org.au or by phone on AUS +613 8080 8087 / NZ +643 928 0620.
More information to follow in 2021!
Event website can be accessed here.
The objective of Eurosoil 2021 is to bring together leading research scientists working on soil related topics and stakeholders dealing with issues of public concern, such as soil degradation and consequences of climatic changes. The important bridging role of soil practitioners to translate scientific knowledge into practice will be emphasised during Eurosoil 2021.
The registration deadlines are as follows:
Full details of the event are available here.
Soil Physics in Agricultural Production, Water Resources and Waste Management.
With Agriculture, Ecology and now Mining heavily dependent on advances in soil physics, these topics will be included in a broad theme, suited to the region.
The Skukuza Rest Camp of the Kruger National Park, in the north-eastern part of South Africa is the location for the meeting. The Skukuza camp, situated on the banks of the Sabie river offers an ideal game viewing location and a wide variety of game can be observed during short road excursions from the camp. Delegates will be safely housed in the modern camp and will be offered a mid-week excursion to hydrological and soil research sites in this pristine savannah.
Further event details can be found here.
Following a recent decision by the Society’s Board, the Annual Conference will take place virtually this year on Tuesday 7 September along with the Annual General Meeting. Keep an eye on our website for further information and updates in due course!
The ESSC (European Society for Soil Conservation), the EURECYS (European Ecocycles Society) and the Organising Committee invite you to attend the 1st International Joint Congress on Sustainable Management of Cultural Landscapes in the contest of the European Green Deal.
The objective of the congress is to shed new light on critical issues concerning the exploitation of ecosystem services, conservation of cultural heritage and to assess new perspectives to the future development of the cultural landscapes in the context of the European Green Deal.
The Congress is open to scientists, students, educators, managers, policy and decision-makers. It will consist of invited lectures, scientific sessions with oral and poster presentations, and a scientific and cultural excursion.
Further information on the Congress can be found here.
The Early Careers (EC) Committee of the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) is inviting abstract submissions for its EC Conference which will take place virtually in October 2021. The conference is fully funded for all BSSS EC members, covering ticket price and any related fees. The conference will provide an online environment for postgraduate students, PhD researchers, post-docs, and early career industrial researchers to showcase their work whilst encouraging networking and collaboration.
Further information on the abstract submission process can be found here.
Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) has a formal role in the planning system in England and Wales and is designed to prevent the loss of our best and most versatile land in line with the principles of sustainable development.
This training course, designed and presented by agricultural land classification (ALC) experts from Natural England and the Welsh Government, offers a unique opportunity to learn about the background and technical basis of the current ALC guidelines.
By the end of the course you will learn:
The course will include the opportunity to work within a group to undertake an ALC grading desk exercise to apply what you have learned.
This course is designed for:
The virtual course will consist of three consecutive half-day morning sessions (Tuesday 23 to Thursday 25 November) and a further question and answer session two weeks later (Tuesday 7 December).
For non-soil specialists, prior or subsequent attendance on our Working with Soil course, Exposing and Describing a Soil Profile, or equivalent is highly recommended.
Certification and CPD
Following attendance at the three November sessions, delegates will receive a completion certificate.
Delegates should review the BSSS Working with Soil ALC competencies to understand what additional training and practical work they should undertake to be fully competent in this area of work.
CPD has been applied for through BASIS.
Registration will open in due course.
The World Congress of Soil Science 2022 (WCSS 22) is a leading international soil science conference, held every four years in different countries and attended by over 3,000 soil scientists from around the globe. The next Congress is being organised by the British Society of Soil Science on behalf of the International Union of Soil Sciences.
The Congress theme, ‘Soil Science – crossing boundaries, changing society’ will focus on the link between soil and society, with sessions covering soil systems, soil processes, soil management and how we interact with and use soils around the world. There will be opportunities for specialist workshops and discussion sessions across a wide range of soil disciplines. The core programme is supported by tours and a cultural and arts programme for delegates and the wider public to explore our diverse environment and culture.
Further information can be found here.