Upcoming events

    • 10 May 2021
    • (UTC+08:00)
    • 12 May 2021
    • (UTC+08:00)
    • Changchun, China

    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.

    • 12 May 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: 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.

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


    • 17 May 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 21 May 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    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.

    • 24 May 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 26 May 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • “Ciutat d'Elx” Congress Center, Elche, Spain

    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.

    Further details can be found here.

    • 26 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Microsoft Teams

    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:

    • Tim O'Hare, Soil & Landscape Consultancy, will give a talk on Soil management for construction projects, followed by a discussion
    • Iorwerth (Yog) Watkins of the Westcountry Rivers Trust will lead a discussion on Concerns for the growing enthusiasm for fodder beet and its impact on soil health 
    • Rounding up with a discussion on soil management looking at what we've got right and where we still need to improve things. 

    Please sign-up to the event below and the meeting link will be sent by email closer to the date.


    • 26 May 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Microsoft Teams
    • 482

    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:

    • Tim O'Hare, Soil & Landscape Consultancy, will give a talk on Soil management for construction projects, followed by a discussion
    • Iorwerth (Yog) Watkins of the Westcountry Rivers Trust will lead a discussion on Concerns for the growing enthusiasm for fodder beet and its impact on soil health 
    • Rounding up with a discussion on soil management looking at what we've got right and where we still need to improve things. 

    Please sign-up to the event and the meeting link will be sent by email closer to the date.

    • 06 June 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 10 June 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)


    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
    $175 non-members
    $125 members
    $50 students

    Additional important dates:

    • Presenters will be notified by April 15th, 2021
    • Final agenda ready by May 6th, 2021
    • Award applications/nominations are now open https://csss.ca/awards-criteria
    • 09 June 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    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.

    • 22 June 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 25 June 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    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:

    • Correlated Multimodal Imaging across the scales (Session Chair: Julia Fernandez-Rodriguez)
    • Image Data Analysis and Management (Session Chair: Sian Culley)
    • Probes and Functional Imaging (Session Chair: Dorus Gadella)
    • Live Imaging Microscopies (Session Chair: Gopi Shah)
    • Super-Resolution Microscopies (Session Chair: Paula Sampaio)
    • Multimodal/Multiomics (Session Chair: Urs Ziegler)

    Register Now

    • 23 June 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 24 June 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Lannock Manor Farm, Hitchin, SG4 7EE, United Kingdom

    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:

    • To create diversity
    • Armour the soil surface
    • Minimise soil disturbance
    • Continuous living roots
    • Livestock integration

    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/.

    • 27 June 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • UK

    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.

    • 27 June 2021
    • 4:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • 02 July 2021
    • 4:15 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Cairns, Australia

    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.

    • 05 July 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 09 July 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Virtual Webinar

    More information to follow in 2021!

    Event website can be accessed here.

    • 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
    • (UTC+02:00)
    • 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

    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!

    • 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.

    • 11 October 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 15 October 2021
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • Online

    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.

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

    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).


    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.

    • 31 July 2022
    • (UTC+01:00)
    • 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.