Upcoming events

    • 19 October 2021
    • 21 October 2021
    • 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

    • 20 October 2021
    • 22 October 2021
    • Online

    The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, its Global Soil Partnership (GSP) and Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the International Network on Salt-affected soils (INSAS), the Science-Policy Interface of United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (SPI-UNCCD), the International Center on Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), the International Network of Salt-Affected Soils (INSAS), and the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture (WASAG) are pleased to invite you to the Global Symposium on Salt-affected Soils (GSAS21) "Halt soil salinization, Boost soil productivity". The event will be a fully virtual science-policy meeting held on 20-22 October 2021.


    GSAS21 will bring together over three thousand international participants with the aim of sharing knowledge on salinity prevention, management, and adaptation in the context of food security, climate change and ecosystem restoration and establishing critical connections among policy makers, food producers, scientists, and practitioners.


    FAO Director-General will open the symposium along with H.E. Jamshid Khodjaev (Minister of Agriculture, Government of Uzbekistan), The Honourable Penelope Wensley AC (National Soils Advocate, Australia), Mr Ibrahim Thiaw (Executive Secretary, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification - UNCCD), Mr Aziz Karimov (Head of the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture - ICBA - Regional Office for Central Asia and South Caucasus) and Ms Laura Bertha Reyes Sánchez, (President of the International Union of Soil Sciences - IUSS).


    Eminent scientists will set up the scene of the Symposium: Ms Angelica Kaus (University of Groningen), Mr Raul Lavado (University of Buenos Aires), Ms Kristina Toderich (International Platform for Dryland Research and Education, Tottori University), Mr John Triantafilis (Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research), and Mr Piet Nell (Agricultural Research Council).


    During the Symposium, over 80 keynote addresses and oral presentations will be delivered and seventy scientific posters will be displayed under four main categories:

    Theme 1: Assessment, mapping, and monitoring of salt-affected soils;

    Theme 2: Integrated soil-water-crop solutions in rehabilitation and management of salt-affected areas;

    Theme 3: Agenda for action to prevent and rehabilitate salt-affected soils, protect natural saline and sodic soils, and scale-up sustainable soil management practices.

    Testimonies from the field: Good practices to manage salt-affected soils.

    Download the agenda here.

    Register for the event - https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_V0bT5cFoSB6p0U24EowfCQ

    • 23 November 2021
    • 07 December 2021
    • 4 sessions
    • Zoom
    • 4

    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).

    Course Programme and Speaker Biographies

    The course programme and speaker biographies are available to download online.


    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.

    • 07 December 2021
    • 09 December 2021
    • Paris, France

    22nd PARIS International Conference on Advances on Chemical, Agricultural, Biological & Environmental Sciences (CABES-21) scheduled on Dec. 7-9, 2021 Paris, Franceis for the engineers, practitioners, scientists, researchers, scholars, and students from all around the world and it also includes the industry people to present ongoing research activities, and hence to foster research relations between Academia and industry. The conference is sponsored by Eminent Association of Pioneers (EAP). This conference provides opportunities for the delegates to share new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration. All the submitted conference papers will be peer reviewed by the program/technical committees of the Conference. 

    ***Papers written in FRENCH and ENGLISH are Acceptable***

    • 29 March 2022
    • 31 March 2022
    • Online

    The Second International Laayoune Forum on Biosaline Agriculture (LAFOBA2) is organized jointly by the African Sustainable Agriculture Research Institute (ASARI), Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) and the OCP foundation in partnership with Phosboucraa foundation and the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA). LAFOBA2 will be held online from 29 - 31 March 2022.

    The Forum is organized in view of the enormous impact soil and water salinization has on ecosystems, agriculture, livelihoods and food security worldwide. It is important to clearly map the areas already affected by salinity or at risk on a global scale and develop and implement strategies and practices to effectively and efficiently address these effects.

    The forum is also a continuation of the previous successful First International Laayoune Forum on Biosaline Agriculture, as salinity still affects many aspects of human life and the concept for the use of saline water for irrigation to increase food production has been advocated by many research scientists, organizations, institutions and authorities for the last more than five decades.

    The forum will also look at the progress that has been made in salinity management at national, regional and global levels. As practice and policy on salinity management have been further advanced, the forum will benefit a wide range of stakeholders, including scientists, policymakers and experts, in that it will serve as a platform for exchange of knowledge on the latest advancements and work on salinity.

    Salinity management and effective use of saline soil and water resources for food, feed and biofuel production will be the overarching objective of the forum.

    The forum will also have the following broad objectives:

    • to share examples of successful strategies, policies, measures, projects, and case studies to adapt to and mitigate salinization around the world for current and future scenarios considering climate change
    • to form linkages and partnerships between various national, regional, and international initiatives targeting salinization
    • to facilitate dialogue between policymakers, donors and development agencies, scientists and experts
    • to develop joint proposals of action at national, African, and international levels

    Participation is free of charge for authors and attendees. Accepted short papers will be gathered in the proceedings of the conference that will be published online in Environmental Science Proceedings, ISSN: 2673-4931 (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/environsciproc).

    After the conference, the Committee will select manuscripts that may be included for publication in Special Issue "Advances in Biosaline Agriculture" (Plants | Special Issue : Advances in Biosaline Agriculture (mdpi.com)) in Plants journal (ISSN: 2223-7747; impact factor: 3.935 (2020), Journal Rank: JCR - Q1 (Plant Sciences) / CiteScore - Q2 (Plant Science)) and undergo full peer review. Conference participants are encouraged to submit a full paper to the dedicated Special Issue. The Sponsoring journal Plants will provide a 10% discount on the Journal’s Article Processing Charges to all conference participants that submit a paper to the Special Issue. Only 1 discount per person and per submitted article will be allowed. Note as well that this journal discount cannot be combined with any other discount type provided by MDPI. Selected best papers (Number not yet determined) will be fully supported by the conference sponsors regarding publication fees.

    LAFOBA2 offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without the concerns or expenditure of travel — all you need is your computer and access to the internet.


    • 26 June 2022
    • 30 June 2022
    • 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
    • 05 August 2022
    • 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.

    • 13 March 2023
    • 15 March 2023
    • Dublin, Ireland
    Mark your calendars to join the GSBI in Dublin, Ireland for three days of soil biodiversity science, workshops, and discussions on the hottest research! Deadlines for abstract submissions TBA, so check this space for further announcements.