Upcoming events

    • 02 August 2021
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    • 06 August 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) was established in 2003 to promote geosciences and its application for the benefit of humanity, specifically in Asia and Oceania and with an overarching approach to global issues. Asia Oceania region is particularly vulnerable to natural hazards, accounting for almost 80% human lives lost globally. AOGS is deeply involved in addressing hazard related issues through improving our understanding of the genesis of hazards through scientific, social and technical approaches.

    AOGS holds annual conventions providing a unique opportunity of exchanging scientific knowledge and discussion to address important geo-scientific issues among academia, research institution and public. 

    Subscribers to AOGS's direct mailing list are eligible to attend select webinars free of charge at this year's virtual event.

    Speaker Information: https://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2021/public.asp?page=feature_speaker.asp

    • 04 August 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    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: Our Living Soil will take place on Wednesday 4 August from 12.00 to 1.00pm and is free of charge for all delegates.

    Jude Allen and Isla Robertson, the team behind Soil Voices, will present their exciting oral history and audio drama projects focusing on soil! It will be an opportunity to hear more about the 2022 World Congress of Soil Science’s (WCSS) art/science programme which links two major international conferences, COP26 and WCSS, and hopes to inspire a deeper public understanding of the importance of soils. The event welcomes anyone with an interest in soil and with a slightly different theme than usual, it would be a fantastic opportunity for children and families to be involved.

    Jude is currently working on an oral heritage project seeking to preserve oral history relating to soils. She is interviewing scientists, farmers, and laypeople, exploring their connection to the soil through past, and current, relationships, narratives, and recollections. Storytelling is key to engaging people with their environment and these recordings will form a basis for engaging with people for years to come. Many shorter clips are available on YouTube and on the Soil Voices global map.

    Isla is producing an exciting original audio drama called ‘Digging Deeper’; the thrilling story of Ella, a young girl who hears a voice from across the moors. Based around the theme of soils, Digging Deeper weaves bog bodies, modern farming conflicts, and soil stories through time together in a deeply engaging tale.

    Intrigued? Jude and Isla would like you to bring a cup of soil with you to the webinar as they invite you to participate and engage with the stuff beneath our feet!

    To book a place at the seminar visit Go To Webinar:

    https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5040868703741934095

    • 23 August 2021
    • 9:00 AM (UTC+02:00)
    • 27 August 2021
    • 5:30 PM (UTC+02:00)
    • Virtual Event

    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:

    • Early Bird Registration: until 26 May 2021
    • Regular Registration: until 18 August 2021
    • During Congress Registration: from 19 August 2021

    Full details of the event are available here.

    • 29 August 2021
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    • 03 September 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Kruger National Park, South Africa

    The Theme:

    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 Location:

    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.

    • 07 September 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    We are delighted to confirm that this year’s Annual Conference will be held virtually on Tuesday 7 September from 9am – 1pm with a topic of Soil Health – from principles to practice.

    The conference will welcome four speakers who will each present their perspective of soil health and then engage in a panel discussion with questions from our delegates. The four speakers are: Jim Harris from Cranfield University, Elizabeth Stockdale, Head of Farming Systems Research at NIAB, Dr Felicity Crotty, Lecturer in Soil Science at the Royal Agricultural University, and Professor Matthias Rillig from the Freie Universitaet, Berlin.

    Soil Health – from principles to practice will conclude with the President’s Lecture from renowned soil scientist, Professor Rattan Lal. He was awarded the 2019 Japan Prize 'for the sustainable soil management for global food security and mitigation of climate change' and was named the recipient of the prestigious World Food Prize in 2020.

    The virtual event will be followed by the Society’s Annual General Meeting at 12:15pm.

    The Annual Conference is free of charge to BSSS members and please register via https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1739408019461939980.

    • 07 September 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Zoom

    Soils are the foundation of our terrestrial food system. Healthy soils can also play an essential role in mitigating and adapting to the impacts of climate change. However, for a long time now, many soils have been degraded, contaminated, and depleted of nutrients.

    We need a better approach to managing soils that is environmentally sustainable and regenerative - an approach which can provide healthy food for our growing human population. This requires us to align the economic needs of farmers and consumers, promote biodiversity below and above the soil, and optimise soil carbon sequestration.

    With 2021 seeing both the UN Food System Summit and the COP26 Climate Conference, this year represents a crucial opportunity to effect change by bringing the best of scientific knowledge into global agricultural policies and practices.

    For this inaugural John Innes Foundation Annual Lecture, the NISD is delighted to host World Food Prize winner of 2020, Professor Rattan Lal.

    Professor Lal will discuss the major global challenges of the 21st Century: climate change, food insecurity and environmental degradation. He will lead reflection and discussions on those solutions and support mechanisms that will empower farmers to change their management practices and provide incentives for nature-positive agricultural systems.


    Register Now - https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkdu2orjwvHtaJCBoegM2U2169Sl98zmgn

    • 09 September 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 13 September 2021
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • Santo Stefano di Camastra, Sicily

    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.

    • 14 September 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    Organised by SCI's Agrisciences group, British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) and Crop Health and Protection (CHAP).


    Soil forms a core component of natural environments and ecosystems globally, being the basis for humans and many other lifeforms existence. Often viewed as a lifeless substrate, it performs a multitude of key functions and services such as; food production, carbon sequestration, maintaining biodiversity and nutrient cycling, to name just a few. However, these roles can be negatively impacted by damaging practices, leading to a loss of purpose and function. To prevent and reverse these it is important to examine some key questions. What has gone wrong? How can we fix it? Who are the major players who influence this?

    This event is for anyone interested in the future management of soils, from farmers and advisors, Soil scientists and students, to Politicians and government advisors.


    Programme

    14:00 - Welcome and introduction

    14:10 - Talks TBC

    15:00 - Q&A and discussion

    15:30 - End


    Confirmed Speakers

    Soils and climate change - Claudio Screpanti, soil scientist at Syngenta 

    Soils and food production - Laura Weatherhead, Team Leader Croda EMEA

    Managing soils on a practical farm - Speaker tbc

    New frontiers in soils research - CHAP, speaker tbc


    Register now for free - https://www.soci.org/en/events/registration?event={02363DF5-C9C9-4300-8C09-AA0198E2A3C9}

    • 22 September 2021
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    • 23 September 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • NEC, Birmingham


    Registrations are now open for the long awaited 2021 edition of the Contamination & Geotech Expo, taking place on 22-23 September. The event will welcome a plethora of visitors, thought-leading exhibitors and expert speakers to the NEC, Birmingham for an exhibition which can truly connect the industry.

    The Contamination & Geotech Expo 2021 will provide an environment for education and networking. Boasting expert led CPD accredited seminars and cutting-edge suppliers, the event will address the latest topics, trends and solutions surrounding all things Contamination, Geotechnical and Environmental. In addition to a new Local Authority Lounge, the 2021 show will have demonstrations showcasing the latest technology, as well as market-leading companies, equipped with the industry's finest solution-led products and services.

    The Contamination & Geotech Expo is free to attend, and you can register for your ticket here. The organisers look forward to welcoming you back to the UK's leading event for Contamination, Geotechnical and Environmental professionals. 

    For more information, please visit Contamination & Geotech Expo.

    • 01 October 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Virtual

    Conference Day 1 - Developing Our Approach, Crop Production, Soil Health & Quality, Crop Protection, Seeds, Precision Crop Farming, Water & Irrigation

    Conference Day 2 - Crop Management, Soil Biodiversity & Regeneration, Data & Monitoring, Agrochemicals, Crop Nutrition & Health, Pollination & Breeding, Renewable Energy & Low Carbon Systems, Sustainable Recycling & Waste Management

    Register here - https://tech40.net/cea-agenda-copy-ZijDOraQluUPy_Nyr2RsY

    • 11 October 2021
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    • 13 October 2021
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    • Gather Town, online
    Register
    • 15 October 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Virtual

    Conference Day 1 - Developing Our Approach, Crop Production, Soil Health & Quality, Crop Protection, Seeds, Precision Crop Farming, Water & Irrigation

    Conference Day 2 - Crop Management, Soil Biodiversity & Regeneration, Data & Monitoring, Agrochemicals, Crop Nutrition & Health, Pollination & Breeding, Renewable Energy & Low Carbon Systems, Sustainable Recycling & Waste Management

    Register here - https://tech40.net/cea-agenda-copy-ZijDOraQluUPy_Nyr2RsY

    • 19 October 2021
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    • 21 October 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    A key element of the European Commission’s EU Soil Observatory (EUSO) is an open, inclusive and dynamic engagement with its diverse stakeholder base. These include:

    • Relevant Commission services and European agencies
    • International Organisations
    • Member State representatives (ranging from policymakers to the research community)
    • Farming associations
    • Industry representatives
    • NGOs
    • Interested citizens

    To facilitate this interaction, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is organising the first ever EUSO Stakeholders Forum. This three-day event (built on six, focused, half-day sessions) will reflect the challenges facing soil within the various strategies of the Green Deal (e.g. the Soil, Biodiversity and Farm2Fork strategies, Zero Pollution Action Plan) and Horizon Europe’s proposed Mission on Soil Health and Food.

    In addition to a high-level panel on recent soil-related policy developments, the meeting will establish a series of dedicated Working Groups to address burning scientific and policy questions (e.g. soil monitoring, citizen engagement and increased soil literacy, soil pollution, erosion and biodiversity). Participants will be encouraged to engage in discussions and possibly to contribute to the Working Groups.

    Find out more - https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/event/other-event/euso-stakeholders-forum

    • 23 November 2021
    • (UTC-00:00)
    • 07 December 2021
    • (UTC-00:00)
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom
    Register

    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:

    • about how the ALC system has developed over time, its underlying principles and its role within the planning system - the WHAT, WHY and WHEN of ALC
    • all the details of how land is graded - the HOW of ALC
    • what a report should contain to be verified by the Natural England and Welsh Government statutory consultees on planning applications involving soils and agriculture.

    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:

    • soil scientists who wish to extend their experience to (or refresh an existing awareness of) Agricultural Land Classification
    • those commissioning ALC surveys from specialists, and
    • planners reviewing ALC reports.

    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).


    Pre-Requisites

    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.


    Cancellation Policy

    Please view the cancellation policy for this event here.

    • 26 June 2022
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    • 30 June 2022
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Seoul, South Korea

    The 8th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter (SOM) will be held in Seoul, South Korea. The theme of the meeting – “Soil Organic Matter in the Anthropocene” - is a reflection of the challenges that the planet faces today. That if SOM is well understood in its in most nature would unleash the hidden strong potentials that could contribute in different ways including of being a core solution to numerous environmental and agricultural problems.

    As we all know, SOM in soil is the most important carbon sink and the key factor to mitigate global warming. At the meeting, delegates from all over the world are expected to share unique experiences, knowledge and facts in many aspects of this sensible topic that could bring us together into new perspectives, shift of paradigm as well as elaboration of our existing knowledge on the biological, chemical and physical processes that govern and interact with SOM, including their practical application in an increasingly stressed environment.

    Find out more via the event website - https://www.som2022.org/

    • 31 July 2022
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    • 05 August 2022
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • SEC, Glasgow

    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.