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Working with Soil - Understanding Soil Variability at Landscape to Local Scale

Event date:

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 to Thursday, May 11, 2017

Event venue:

Plumpton College, Sussex, United Kingdom

Event description:


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:

  • agronomy
  • environmental consultancy
  • agricultural land classification
  • habitat management
  • landscape architecture
  • land valuation
  • estate management
  • archaeology
  • forestry.

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.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course attendees will:

  • understand the factors that influence the variability of soils across a landscape and at local scale
  • appreciate the key soil properties that vary at field and landscape scales
  • understand the pros and cons of different survey strategies
  • be able to conduct a targeted soil survey or field investigation to characterise the pattern of soils across an area of land. 


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


9th International Congress of the Working Group on Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas, SUITMA 9

Event date:

Monday, May 22, 2017 to Saturday, May 27, 2017

Event venue:

Moscow, Russia

Event description:


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.

Forest Soils Under Global Change - Annual Workshop of the Midlands Soil Discussion Group

Event date:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Event venue:

BIFoR Research Forest Site at Nobury Junction STAFFORDSHIRE

Event description:


Global change including increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide is expected to alter primary productivity in forested ecoystems with implications for altered carbon and nutrient cycling in soils. You are invited to join us for a day long workshop at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) site near Nobury Juction in Staffordshire.

The workshop will involve a guided tour of the first UK Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment experiment of BIFoR in the morning followed by relevant presentations in the afternoon.

Brief Schedule
Time                                                                Activity
9. 00 AM                                                          Arrival at Nobury Junction Inn, Staffordshire, ST20 0PN

9.30 to 12.30PM                                              *Tour of the BIFoR FACE experiment near Nobury Junction.

12.30 to 1.30PM                                                Lunch at Junction Inn

1.30 to 4.30 PM                                                Seminars (~15 min talks)

4.30 to 5.00 PM                                                AGM (MSDG members)

*Ankle high boots are required for the BIFoR Forest tour. Please, bring yours along!

BSSS Members may attend the meeting FREE of charge whilst Non Members will be required to pay £15 to attend. Registration will cover refreshments and lunch only.

Registration is now open (Please note attendance is limited to 40 delegates)

Scientific Laboratory Leadership and Management Course

Event date:

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Event venue:

Charles Darwin House 2, 107 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8TZ, United Kingdom

Event description:


Management skills are vital for a successful career in a scientific lab environment. As well as their research expertise, successful team leaders need to develop additional skills including the ability to support staff, manage their own team, and deal with issues within the team.

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?
  • Laboratory team leaders and principal investigators who want to improve the way they manage their teams.
  • Postdoctoral researchers who have been selected for, or aspire to, promotion to team leadership positions.
What does the course cover?
  • How teams work and how to work in teams
  • The fundamentals of leadership - a brief overview
  • An introduction to leadership models and styles
  • Successful team management - learning leadership behaviours and dealing with potential issues
  • Case studies
  • Guidance on further study and development

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.

State of the World's Plants symposium 2017

Event date:

Thursday, May 25, 2017 to Friday, May 26, 2017

Event venue:

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, United Kingdom

Event description:


The State of the World’s Plants 2017 symposium will take place at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew between 25–26 May.

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:

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Responsible Management of Peatlands

Event date:

Sunday, May 28, 2017 to Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Event venue:

Marriott Hotel, Aberdeen, Scotland

Event description:


Registration, room booking and payment options for this important international conference 

Information on the Convention programme is available here

‘Early Bird’ discount registration and submission of abstracts of oral and poster presentations have been extended until midnight on Monday 10th April; Standard Registration operates from 11-30 April and Late Registration is available from 1-19 May when registration closes.

BSSS 70th Birthday

Event date:

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The 2nd Biocontrol Asia Conference & Exhibition

Event date:

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 to Friday, June 9, 2017

Event venue:

Bangkok, Thailand

Event description:


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.

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!

2017 CSSS Annual Meeting: Soil and the Environment

Event date:

Saturday, June 10, 2017 to Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Event venue:

Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario Canada

Event description:


Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2017 meeting - Deadline for submission is 15th March 2017

Registration is now open with Early Bird offer available until 15th April 2017

1st WORLD CONFERENCE ON SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION UNDER GLOBAL CHANGE (CONSOWA) “Sustainable Life on Earth through Soil and Water Conservation”

Event date:

Monday, June 12, 2017 to Friday, June 16, 2017

Event venue:

Lleida, Spain

Event description:


Sustainable Life on Earth through  Soil and Water Conservation

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)

Programme is available here.

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Second Global Workshop on Digital Morphometrics

Event date:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 to Friday, June 23, 2017

Event venue:

James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen

Event description:


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

AquaConSoil Lyon 2017

Event date:

Monday, June 26, 2017 to Friday, June 30, 2017

Event venue:

Lyon, France

Event description:


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.


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

3a Bioremediation

3b Chemical remediation

3c Physical techniques, including thermal techniques

3d Phyto remediation and ecological engineering

3e Nanoremediation

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

Pedometrics 2017

Event date:

Monday, June 26, 2017 to Saturday, July 1, 2017

Event venue:

Wageningen, Netherlands

Event description:


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:  

Working With Soil - An Introduction to Soil Classification Training Course

Event date:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 to Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Event venue:

BCA College, Maidenhead, United Kingdom

Event description:


This two day training course offers you a unique opportunity to build your confidence and precision in characterising and describing the soil beneath your feet by introducing you to the principles of soil classification.

Taking place at BCA, Maidenhead it is the only course currently available in the U.K. that covers soil classification, focussing on the widely used World Reference Base and U.K. soil classification schemes.

The course builds on our existing one day course Exposing and describing a soil profile and also links to our two day course Understanding Soil Variability at Landscape and Local Scale.  Together the three courses complete the Working with Soil Foundation Skills training programme.

This course is for you if you are:

  • a soil scientist and want to improve or refresh your skills and knowledge of soil classification to help you understand soil processes at a landscape, farm or field plot scale
  • a research student and need to characterise the soils at your research sites and place these in a global context
  • an environmental or planning consultant carrying out Agricultural Land Classification, Environmental Impact Assessment studies or producing Environmental Statements and need a better understanding of the soil information encapsulated in soil classification schemes and soil survey reports and maps.
  • an agronomist, ecologist, biologist, hydrologist or geographer and want to understand the soil information encapsulated in national soil survey publications and maps and its relevance to your specialism.

By the end of this two day course, you will have learnt:

  • how different soil classifications are structured and designed
  • how soil characteristics are used to identify key diagnostic features used in soil classifications.
  • how key diagnostic features relate to soil processes and functions.
  • How to classify a UK soil using the internationally recognized World Reference Base.
  • how national UK soil classifications relate to the World Reference Base as used in the Soil Atlas of Europe and similar publications for Africa and South America

As well as taught sessions, you will go out in the field to work on a range of real soils. You will also receive a detailed, comprehensive course book.

The course also qualifies for CPD points for various professional practice schemes -  details will be added soon.


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


The 2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost

Event date:

Sunday, July 2, 2017 to Thursday, July 6, 2017

Event venue:

Sapporo, Japan

Event description:


The 2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost (ACOP2017) will take place in Sapporo, Japan from July 2–6, 2017.

Make sure you DO NOT miss this conference, which will be held on Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan.

Delegates will participate in state-of-the-art oral and poster presentations in the modern city of Sapporo (host of the 1972 Winter Olympics). Field trips will visit marginal and extrazonal mountain permafrost sites that support unique geo-eco-hydrological features.

All aspects of frozen ground research will be covered, from needle ice to deep permafrost, from frozen ground engineering in cities to permafrost on volcanoes, and from links between frozen ground and ancient cultures to present-day outreach.

Plan now to enjoy science and engineering, excellent food, and unique field trips in Sapporo in summer 2017!

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Growing Media and Composting International Symposium

Event date:

Sunday, August 20, 2017 to Friday, August 25, 2017

Event venue:

Portland, Oregon, USA

Event description:


The International Symposium on Growing Media, Substrate Analysis and Compost Utilization in Horticulture will be hosted in Portland Oregon, USA from 20-25 August, 2017. 

The website for this Symposium has full details on the education session, tours, opportunities, etc. and will be regularly updated in the coming weeks.

Symposium topics and the Call for Abstracts (if you choose) is also listed.

This is the world’s greatest stage for "All Things Growing Media" and 2017 will be only the second time meeting has been hosted in the United States (the first being 2009).

The Symposium will feature the worlds experts (science and industry) in all areas of growing media and composting including: peat moss, advances in and uses of compost, coconut coir, hydroponics, wood fiber and bark manufacturing and use, biochacharacterization and use, substrate analytical analysis, substrate biology, substrate hydrology, urban environment substrates etc. 

Participants from 30+ countries are normally in attendance as well numerous local growers and industry professionals. 

The International Peat Society (IPS) will also be a part of this Symposium and will be meeting during that week. All of the Canadian Peat Companies and Associations will be invited, as well all professional and retail substrate/soil/compost manufacturers in North America.  

We are expecting (recruiting and inviting) a lot of industry people to this meeting, not just academic or manufacturing folks: Greenhouse/Floriculture growers, Cannabis growers/markets, Nursery growers, Extension Personnel, etc. 

We chose Portland Oregon because of the large-scale horticulture in the region, accessible International Airport and easy public transportation system, the wonderful weather in August!  The West Coast of the United States is also a favorite destination with many attractions. California and Las Vegas are to the South, Seattle Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia to the North.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can provide any additional information.  

Brian Jackson

Substrate Research Page:

Associate Professor

Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University














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Third Wageningen Soil Conference

Event date:

Sunday, August 27, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 2017

Event venue:

Wageningen, The Netherlands

Event description:


Humankind is currently facing unprecedented challenges regarding food security, water resources, climate change and biodiversity. 

The participants of the 2015 edition of the Wageningen Soil Conference agreed that soils play a key role in confronting these challenges. 
In their resolution, they emphasized the important role of soil organic carbon for several soil functions, and that a professional communication 
strategy is needed to ensure that society benefits from soil-based solutions.

In 2017, Wageningen University & Research would like to invite you to the third edition of the Wageningen Soil Conference, to continue work on identifying actions for soil-based solutions that help achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to initiate programs that aim at a lasting increase in soil organic carbon, and to develop narratives on soil-based solutions that are convincing to policy makers and other stakeholders.

Themes addressed during the third Wageningen Soil Conference are: 

  • Climate Change
  • Food Security
  • Water Resources
  • Biodiversity
  • Land Functions
  • Governance and Policy

We will address these topics in a dynamic way, by top key-note speeches, challenging debates as well as oral and poster presentations by participants.

For further information please refer to the First Circular. 

Details on registration and submission of abstracts are on our website 

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6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter

Event date:

Sunday, September 3, 2017 to Thursday, September 7, 2017

Event venue:

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire UK

Event description:


Abstracts are now welcome to be submitted to the Scientific Programme Organisers for consideration on the following topics;

  • Modelling SOM: From soil pore to climate change
  • Methods 1: Visualising SOM
  • Methods 2: Quantifying pools and fluxes of SOM
  • Soil Health 1: Biological interactions
  • Soil Health 2: The role of decomposition
  • SOM as natural capital

Further details can be found on the SOM 2017 website - Closing date for abstract submission is 15th April 2017

Society Members will be entitled to a substantial discount to attend the 5 day Symposium when registration opens in April 2017 

5th Australian National Soil Judging Competition

Event date:

Monday, September 25, 2017 to Friday, September 29, 2017

Event venue:

Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Event description:


Soil Science Australia

Calling team coaches!

The 5th Australian National Soil Judging Competition will be held in Toowoomba Queensland from 25 - 29 September 2017.

Australian and New Zealand universities are welcome to field a team.

The week will be full of both educational and social activities and further details are available here.

Team coaches, please email a notice of your intent to field a team to as soon as possible.


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7th International Conference on Silicon in Agriculture

Event date:

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 to Saturday, October 28, 2017

Event venue:

University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore India

Event description:


Abstract submission and regsitration is open now