All events are provided by the British Society of Soil Science.
Planned sessions look at priorities for the UK Government in developing new international trade agreements; what next for UK farming subsidies - in light of the Chancellor’s announcement that CAP Pillar 1 funding will be guaranteed until 2020; the future farming policy landscape, including meeting challenges for food sustainability and mapping the timeline for creating a reformed system of agricultural subsidy to support UK farmers.
Further discussion will also consider best practice to improve the efficiency and growth of UK agriculture production, and next steps for supporting the rural economy.
Guest of Honour: Senior speaker confirmed from Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
We are also delighted to be able to include in this seminar a keynote address from: a senior representative from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Guy Smith, Vice President, NFU and Lucy Smith, Head of CAP Reform and Crop Policy, The Scottish Government.
Further confirmed speakers include: Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director, National Trust; John Elliott, Head of Economic and Policy Evaluation, ADAS; Dr Nerys Llewelyn Jones, Head, Agri Advisor Solicitors; Christopher Price, Director of Policy and Advice, Country Land and Business Association and Mark Suthern, National Head of Agriculture, Barclays Bank.
Baroness Parminter, Liberal Democrat Lords Principal Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Neil Parish MP, Chair, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee have agreed to chair the seminar.
The ability to expose a representative soil profile and to describe it accurately and consistently are skills that are fundamental to the study of soil in the field. This practical one day course at Shuttleworth College is the first of three courses covering the foundation skills and teaches you how to:
The course is part laboratory and part field based. Working in a small group, you will dig your own pits, be taught each aspect of soil description back in the laboratory and then describe horizons back from your own pit.
You receive a training pack that includes an illustrated course manual with detailed instructions on all aspects of site and soil exposure and description, soil description forms for future use and a hand lens.
The course also qualifies for CPD points for various professional practice schemes - full details will be added shortly.
The Foundation Skills training triangle comprises this course along with Introduction to Soil Classification and Understanding Soil Variablity at Landscape to Local Scale.
Please read our booking Terms & Conditions carefully - see below.
The University Putra Malaysia, in association with the Malaysian Soil Science Society are hosting an international conference on Sustainable Soil Management
AFCP 2017 Student Forum
This biennial event will take place on 5th April 2017 at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, and will include presentations and posters from invited students funded by some of the Agrifood Charities.
Further details will be available shortly.
Please contact Elizabeth (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in attending this event.
AFCP have a new look website – please visit www.afcp.org.uk
The British Society of Soil Science invites you to a fully funded two day Conference for Early Career Scientists at Lancaster University, 19-20 April 2017.
Regardless of what stage you are in your PhD studies, this event will be an excellent platform for you to disseminate your research in an informal, friendly setting and network with fellow soil scientists.
Over two days, we will enhance your knowledge of cutting-edge soil science research as well as develop your skills in how best to communicate your science.
We are excited to announce that Professor Mark Reed from Fast Track Impact will be joining us to give you excellent tools on how to generate impact from your research.
You can also sign up to free additional training sessions on Publication Writing, Grant Writing and Post-doc applications and chat to our scientists and consultants for advice on progressing your career after your PhD.
This year is a very special one for us at BSSS as we will be celebrating our 70th birthday so we will be taking a slightly different approach to our conference dinner. Get your party hats on because we will be rolling back the years at our birthday party with some of your favourite party games - not forgetting the most important part – the birthday cake!
This conference is fully funded for all of our BSSS Student Members and covers registration, accommodation, workshops, seminars and catering.
For queries please contact the office on 01234 754429.
The EGU General Assembly 2017 will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary and space sciences. The EGU aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience. The EGU is looking forward to cordially welcoming you in Vienna.
Agriculture and the environment are intricately linked within a complex ecosystem; with agriculture both depending on and impacting critical natural resources. Canada’s agriculture sector is an important steward of the environment and has an important role to play in meeting today’s global sustainability and climate-smart goals.
This year’s conference, taking place April 24-26, 2017 in Winnipeg, MB, will foster important discussions among policy makers, industry stakeholders, entrepreneurs and the research community about agriculture’s impact on the environment in a changing climate. AIC 2017 will also showcase world-class innovative research taking place across Canada and explore how green growth in the sector can build on a strong scientific, evidence-based foundation.
Biodiversity is the variety of all life on Earth. This includes all species of plants and animals and the natural systems that support them. Consequently, biodiversity is important for its own sake, but also because human survival depends upon it. It contributes to our economy, our health and wellbeing, and it enriches our lives.
Six years into the Biodiversity 2020 strategy, originally published in August 2011, the mission to halt overall biodiversity loss, support healthy well-functioning ecosystems and establish coherent ecological networks, with more and better places for nature for the benefit of wildlife and people, remains as important as ever. The most recent data on the 24 indicators and 50 measures, published in January 2016, revealed that 22 of the 44 measures assessed over the long term show an improvement, compared to 17 of the 41 measures that are assessed over the short term; while 13 measures showed a decline over the long term, and ten a decline in the short term. The next major update on these indicators is provisionally planned for June/July 2017.
Specifically, the measures that show improvement in both the short and long term, including sustainable fisheries, greenhouse gas removals from UK forests and expenditure on UK and international biodiversity, suggest that important progress has been made. Significant challenges remain however, particularly concerning pressures from invasive species and the status of pollinating insects. In addition, the indicators showed that public sector spending on biodiversity has declined in the short term.
More recently, the UN Biodiversity Conference, which took place in Mexico in December 2016, highlighted the need for governments and businesses to integrate biodiversity into their practices to halt biodiversity loss. While also in 2016, the government began payments to farmers as part of the New Environment Land Management Scheme (NELMS), with the overall priority of the scheme to promote biodiversity.
This timely symposium provides an excellent opportunity for local authorities, environmental organisations, developers, third sector organisations and other key stakeholders to examine the latest developments on achieving the biodiversity targets and assess the initiatives and programmes designed to promote biodiversity and conservation, as well as providing the opportunity to discuss the next steps to halt biodiversity loss in the future.
This seminar will provide an opportunity to assess the next steps for biodiversity, wildlife conservation and natural capital, including priorities for safeguarding the UK’s natural environment in the context of Brexit.
Areas for discussion:
Following the Environment Secretary’s recent speech committing to launch a consultation on Defra’s 25-year Environment Plan;
Publication of the Natural Capital Committee’s 4th annual state of natural capital report that recommended the Government should proceed rapidly with their 25-year environment plan;
The Environmental Audit Committee’s report and their recommendations on safeguarding the future of the natural environment after Brexit;
Funds recently awarded through the Countryside Stewardship scheme that included grants for woodland creation and habitat conservation; and
Publication of Defra’s UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 report that recognised current risks to natural capital and wildlife ecosystems.
A full transcript of the proceedings, together with short papers invited from delegates, will be shared with UK Government officials and regulators most involved in the progress of policy in these areas, and with relevant Select Committees, ministerial offices and Parliamentarians - and provided to all delegates.
Keynotes: Shirley Trundle, Director, Countryside and Nature, Defra; Harvey Bradshaw, Executive Director of Environment and Business, Environment Agency; Professor Paul Leinster, Professor of Environmental Assessment, Cranfield University and Liz Newton, Director, Strategy Development, Natural England.
Further confirmed speakers include: Patrick Begg, Rural Enterprises Director, National Trust; Dr Richard Benwell, Head of Government Affairs, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT); Martin Crow, Senior Sustainability Manager, Hanson UK; Dr Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association; Andrew Heald, Technical Director, Confederation of Forest Industries (ConFor); Sasha Leigh, Head of Policy Partnerships, Natural Environment Research Council; Louise Martland, Programme Manager - National Delivery, The Environment Bank; Dr Diane Mitchell, Chief Environment Adviser, National Farmers’ Union and Ben Williams, Programme Lead, NHS Forest and Green Spaces, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.
Chaired by: Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (2012-2014) and Baroness Parminter, Liberal Democrat Lords Principal Spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Places have been reserved by a parliamentary pass-holder from the House of Commons and officials from APHA; BEIS; CCC; Defra; DfT; Department for International Trade; Government Legal Department; HM Treasury; NAO; National Infrastructure Commission and the Planning Inspectorate.
Also due to attend are representatives from Agricultural Industries Confederation; AHDB; Anglian Water; Arup; Atkins; Bat Conservation Trust; Bath Spa University; Biodynamic Association; Brunel University London; BSG Ecology; Cannock Chase AONB Partnership; Central Bedfordshire Council; Chester Zoo; Colas; CPRE Wiltshire; Devon Wildlife Trust; Eastleigh Borough Council; Ecosystems Knowledge Network; EDF Energy; Forestry Commission England; Hanson UK; Heritage Lottery Fund; High Weald AONB Unit; ICF Consulting Services; Imperial College London; Indepen; Kent County Council; King’s College London; Lincolnshire County Council; LSE; LUC; National Forest Company; National Gamekeepers’ Organisation; Natural England; Northamptonshire Biodiversity Records Centre; North Yorkshire County Council; Middlesex University; Open Spaces Society; Oxford University Innovation; Parkwood Consultancy Services; Penny Anderson Associates; People Need Nature; Quod; Richard Buxton Solicitors; RICS; Sheffield Hallam University; SongBird Survival; South East Water; Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council; Surrey Nature Partnership; Tarmac; Taylor & Francis; The Crown Estate; The Ecology Consultancy; The Environmental Dimension Partnership; The National Hedgelaying Society; The Open University; The Rothschild Foundation; Travers Smith; University of Reading; University of Sheffield; University of Surrey; VolkerWessels UK; Wessex Water; White & Case; Wilderness Foundation UK; Wildlife and Countryside Link; Wycombe District Council and Yorkshire Water.
Soil variability impacts on the effective management of soil systems. Understanding and recognising these changes in the field is a key skill required to ensure the sustainable use of soil through targeted management practices or to evaluate the potential of soils for different functions and uses.
This two day field-based training course is designed for those involved in soil investigation, zoning and mapping in the following sectors:
It is also beneficial for research scientists working on field sites where soil conditions and processes are important.
Outline course content
The two day course will be held at Plumpton College in Sussex and will make use of the College farm that covers a range of soils across two contrasting landscape zones. The course will involve a significant amount of fieldwork with directed learning in the field and classroom.
At the end of the course attendees will:
Please read our booking Terms & Conditions carefully - see below.
IMPORTANT: Whilst there are no formal prerequisites for this course you should be familiar with soil profile description (e.g. recognising different soil horizons) and key soil properties (e.g. texture, colour).
If you are not experienced in the examination and description of soil profiles, you would benefit from attending the one day Working with Soil Course on Exposing and describing a Soil Profile before attending this course. This is run twice a year and future course dates will be listed on Working With Soil
This year’s theme for the congress will be "Urbanization: a challenge and an opportunity for soil functions and ecosystem services".
The SUITMA 9 congress will summarize the experiences and existing methodologies in analyses, assessments, and modelling of anthropogenic effects on soils and the related ecological risks to the sustainability of soils of urban, industrial, traffic, mining and military areas (SUITMAs) and explore the potential of SUITMAs to provide key functions and ecosystem services.
The scientific program will include a plenary session, 14 thematic sessions and 6 round tables, 4 one-day field tours and two post-congress tours. On-line registration and abstract submission until January 15, 2017.
Similar to last year there will be six themed sessions and a panel Q & A at the end of each session. In each session invited speakers have been asked to address a series of globally significant questions based on their own plant science research and policy work.
These questions are as follows:
1) Madagascar: megadiverse and misunderstood – how can we hope to reverse threats to biodiversity?
2) The immediate risk of extinction: climate change won’t matter if everything has already died out…
3) Wildfires: a necessary evil?
4) Invasive plants: born to invade?
5) From field to healed: how do we detect the medicinal plants of the future?
6) Valuing nature: which plant species are most valuable?
There will also be a poster session for which we are inviting abstract submissions.
For more information and to register, please visit the symposium website: http://www.kew.org/sotwp-symposium
Following the success of the previous courses in 2015 and 2016, the Society continues to offer this one-day introductory course specifically to meet the needs of postdoctoral researchers in academic or industrial environments.Who is the course aimed at?
The workshop will finish with a Q&A session from current laboratory team leaders, who will give practical experience and advice. Panel members TBC. Due to the interactive nature of the course, capacity is limited to 15 places, which are offered on a first come, first served basis.Course tutor
The course tutor is Charlie Wilson OBE MRSB. For the last six years he has been a coach and consultant in teamworking and leadership, working with industry, banks and schools. Before that he was an officer in the Royal Navy with a varied career that included everything from Defence Attaché to ship command in both peace and war. On leaving the Navy he completed a masters degree in leadership and management, looking back from an academic point of view at what he had been doing practically for years. This course will be a mixture of relevant theory and broad practical experience, with input from real-life laboratory team leaders.Certification and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
All attendees on this course will receive a certificate of attendance. This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 21 CPD points.
We evaluate all of our training events, to make sure that we maintain a high quality of training. The learning style of this course will be ‘hands on' and interactive, therefore capacity is limited to 16 places which will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
BSSS Members will pay £125 + VAT for this one day course (reduced from £250 + VAT)
Further information and registration available here.
Following the inaugural Biocontrol Asia Conference & Exhibition that took place in New Delhi in 2015 and gathered more than 200 people from 20 countries and the recent inaugural Biocontrol LATAM conference & Exhibition that took place in Campinas, Brazil and gathered more than 450 delegates from 26 countries, New Ag International & 2BMonthly join forces again with IBMA to organize the 2nd Biocontrol Asia Conference & Exhibition.
It will take place in the vibrant city of Bangkok, from Wednesday 7th to Friday 9th June 2017.
More than 300 delegates from the whole Asia-Pacific region and Oceania are expected to gather to discuss the future of biopesticides in the big and smaller markets of the region.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Agronomists, Scientists, Agricultural and Crop
Consultants, Plant Protection Product
Manufacturers, Research Institutions,
Suppliers, Distributors, Traders, Academics,
Journalists, Government Agencies,
Cooperatives, Venture Capitalists, Financial
Sector Representatives, Service Providers,
all those involved in optimising sustainable crop yields and quality!
A joint Conference of the “International Soil Conservation Organization” (19th ISCO Conference), the “World Association for Soil and Water Conservation” (Conference on Soil and Water Conservation of WASWAC), the “European Society for Soil Conservation” (8th ESSC Congress), the “International Union of Soil Science (USS-Comnmissions 3.2, 3.6), the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), the “International Erosion Control Association” (IECA) and the “World Erosion Control Association” (IECA) and the “World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research” (WASER), in parallel with the VIII Simposio Nacional sobre Control de la Degradación y Restauración de Suelos (SECS)
The IUSS Working Group on Digital Soil Morphometrics held its inaugural global workshop 1-4 June 2015 in Madison, USA. The workshop focused on in situ soil property assessment, soil depth functions, mapping and imaging of the soil profile and use and application of digital soil morphometrics. The workshop was attended by 70 soil scientists from over 15 countries.
The Second Global Workshop on Digital Soil Morphometrics will be held 20-23 June 2017 at The James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland UK
The 14th International AquaConSoil Conference will focus on sustainable use and management of soil, sediment and water resources.
AquaConSoil2017 will take place in the Convention Centre in Lyon, classed as a UNESCO world heritage site and will host delegates from research institutes and universities, governmental and consultant organisations and from industry.
AquaConSoil is organized by Deltares, in cooperation with the local French consortium of scientists, policy makers and consultants coordinated by BRGM.
AQUACONSOIL 2017 THEMES & TOPICS
1. Assessment and monitoring of soil, water and sediment quality
1a. Adaptive monitoring based on real time data, model driven
1b. Sensors and sampling
1c. Molecular monitoring of microbial processes
1d. Integrative methods, overall indicators
1e. Groundwater-soil-sediment-surface water interaction and system dynamics
2. Risk assessment
2a. Human health risks
2b. Environmental risks, including bio-availability
2c. Risk assessment of emerging pollutants and multi-compounds
2d. Risks related to subsurface energy systems & (waste) storage in the subsurface
3. Advances in remediation technologies
3b Chemical remediation
3c Physical techniques, including thermal techniques
3d Phyto remediation and ecological engineering
3f Stabilization techniques
3g Combined treatment technologies and technology trains
3h Other technologies
4. Strategies and policy for pollution management and remediation
4a. Remediation goals and strategies
4b. Sustainability and socio-economic appraisal of remediation technologies and strategies
4c. Managing large scale industrial pollution
4d. Managing large scale agricultural pollution
5. Reuse and upgrading of land, water and sediment in the circular economy
5a. Brownfield regeneration and redevelopment of former industrial areas
5a. Recovery of nutrients and other valuable resources
5c. Reuse and upgrading of water, soil and sediment products
5d. Pollution control by constructions and infrastructure
6. Sustainable use & spatial planning of the subsurface
From 26 June to 1 July 2017 the 25th anniversary of Pedometrics will be celebrated in Wageningen, the Netherlands. Pedometrics is a branch of soil science dedicated to the application of mathematical and statistical methods for the study of the distribution and genesis of soils. Abstract submissions are now open for conference topics ranging from ‘big data, data mining and machine learning for soil science’ to ‘proximal soil sensing’. The organisers are also calling for submission of proposals for pre-conference workshops. Pedometrics 2017 is organised by the Pedometrics Commission of the International Union of Soil Science and its Working Groups: