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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

Presentation Skills

Event date:

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Event venue:

Royal Society of Biology, Charles Darwin House, 12 Roger Street, London United Kingdom

Event description:


Please register by Friday the 22nd of September to secure your place on this course. 

This course covers personal presentation and body language; structuring your presentation; uses and abuses of visual aids; and meeting the needs of your audience.

Course tutor Sue Smith is professor in medical education and director of teaching at the National Heart and Lung Institute, a constituent of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London.

This half-day course is for those who have had little experience of giving presentations.

This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 12 CPD points.     

BSSS Members can attend this course at the reduced rate of £100 plus VAT (Full price is £150 plus VAT)

Agricultural Land Classification Course

Event date:

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to Thursday, November 2, 2017

Event venue:

Colmore Gate, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Event description:


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 two day 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 in order to be verified by the Natural England and Welsh Government statutory consultees on planning applications involving soils and agriculture
  • how to present ALC results as an expert witness

As well as taught sessions, you will carry out a group ALC grading desk exercise to apply what you have learned.

The 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.

Completion of the course is not a certificate of competence to undertake ALC surveys.  Competence in undertaking ALC surveys, as described in Working with Soil Document 2 (below), will require subsequent relevant survey experience.

For non soil specialists, prior or subsequent attendance on Working with Soil courses Exposing and Describing a Soil Profile and Understanding Soil Variability at Landscape to Local Scale or equivalent courses, is strongly recommended.  

The two-day course will take place at Colmore Gate, Central Birmingham  - please note that overnight accommodation is not included.

This course qualifies for CPD points for professional practice schemes. BASIS CPD has been awarded at a total of 10 points (6 Environment + 4 Personal Development)


I'm A Scientist

Event date:

Monday, November 6, 2017 to Friday, November 17, 2017

Event venue:

Online Activities

Event description:


A free online event where school students meet and interact with scientists. It’s an X Factor-style competition between scientists, where students are the judges.

Students challenge the scientists over fast-paced online text-based live CHATs. They ask the scientists anything they want, and vot for their favourite scientist to win a prize of £500 to communicate their work with the public.

Agri-Tech East REAP Conference 2017

Event date:

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Event venue:

Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Hinxton, Cambridge, CB10 1RQ

Event description:

Productive, profitable and sustainable?
Can agri-tech deliver a hat-trick?

Soil tillage has led to soil erosion at rates that threaten sustainable food supply. As a result, farming practices that work with nature are gaining momentum.

But for the whole value chain to embrace this challenge we need a dialogue based on good science, relevant metrics and consistent standards.

At REAP we are looking at how today’s best practice is being enhanced by emerging agri-tech.

Early adopters share their experiences from the field, regulators outline future strategy, and researchers and technologists provide insights into emerging agri-tech developments.

£125 for members of Agri-Tech East*
£200 for non-members*
£50 for bursary holders* (see below for more details)

Bursary application, sponsored by Anglia Farmers

Anglia Farmers is offering the opportunity to attend Agri-Tech East’s flagship REAP conference for the discounted rate of £50 (+VAT) per delegate. We are keen to offer the opportunity to see world-leading speakers and participate in thought-leadership debate about the future of farming and the role of innovation in new technologies. Anyone in the UK who is a grower or farmer, of who is in full-time education in agriculture is eligible to apply.

Bursary applications must be received by 1st October 2017 - applications received after this date will not be considered. Successful applicants will be informed by 10th October. 

Turning Data into Decisions in AgriFood

Event date:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Event venue:

Central London, United Kingdom

Event description:


Harnessing the power of Big Data to generate new insights, practices and products is one of the key priorities of today's AgriFood supply chain. Numerous sensors and connected devices are deployed to help AgriFood companies to collect data related to production, processing, and distribution of AgriFood products, referred to as Internet of Things (IoT). Software applications with machine learning are required to collect, analyse, and integrate data, connect devices and guide decision making within the AgriFood supply chain. Data can help farmers to optimise inputs and adjust crops and land management regimes depending on many variable conditions between the fields, crop varieties, and climatic conditions. Data can also help suppliers of crop protection products to produce more accurate recommendations, or to gather evidence on their efficacy with more precision, reducing their use and environmental impact.

For example, growers integrate agronomic, environmental and operational data to ensure the correct supply of fresh produce to customers on a daily basis. In another example, IBM and Mars collaborate to use big data to improve food safety, by developing an index of foodborne diseases, which can in future be used to understand what triggers contamination and the spread of foodborne diseases and minimize the risk. Data can also be used to analyse shopping habits of millions of consumers, and help suppliers to develop an effective marketing strategy, based on purchasing patterns and demographic breakdowns.

There are a number of challenges in using data in the AgriFood sector. From data availability, to data exchange and interoperability between different data sets. Standardisation of data acquisition and analysis will help to integrate different data sets and create more value. Turning data into decisions is the key for harnessing the power of data. The event will focus on key needs of the AgriFood sector in using data, discuss the existing barriers, and present a number of potential solutions and joint initiatives.

The event is likely to attract a lot of interest due to the fact that the issue of turning data into decisions is affecting all sectors in the AgriFood supply chain, as well as regulators. There is a considerable body of knowledge and tools available on use of data in agriculture, but a disruptive innovation is needed to make a better use of these knowledge and tools. More data exchange for collaboration and business process control in the chain is necessary in order to combine data and create more value. There is a demand for common pool investments into data sharing platforms, data standards, and infrastructure.

The event will cover the following themes

  • Why we need data and how to make them meaningful
  • Examples of data collected from sensors and connected devices, and software applications for data analysis and integration
  • Data analysis, integration, role of machine learning and power computing
  • Data modelling e.g. for use in financial models and models related to the environment and climate
  • Using data for decision making. e.g. development of software for customer interface, and integrating data with agrifood practice
  • Data sharing platforms and standards
  • Governance around data ownership, privacy, and security 

ICERAP 2017 – International Conference on Ecosystem Resilience and Agricultural Productivity

Event date:

Wednesday, November 22, 2017 to Friday, November 24, 2017

Event venue:

Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda

Event description:


A significant proportion of livelihoods in tropical regions particularly in Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) are heavily ecosystem dependent. Equally, the development strategies of the regional economies are premised on harnessing ecosystem and environmental resources to sustain the economic growth and increasing food, fibre and energy demands for the populations.

Whilst the national economies show rapid growth, there is increasing concern on declining ecosystem health, and agricultural productivity given the rapidly increasing population.

This conference aims to cultivate the emerging knowledge crucial for solving the complex and interconnected issues of ecosystem resilience, increasing agricultural productivity and sustaining livelihoods under climate change

3rd Biostimulants World Congress

Event date:

Monday, November 27, 2017 to Thursday, November 30, 2017

Event venue:

Hyatt Regency, Miami, Florida USA

Event description:


On the occasion of the 3rd Biostimulants World Congress that will take place 27-30 November 2017 in Miami, USA, we are pleased to invite participants from public and private research and educational institutions, and from the governmental and commercial sector to send us their abstract for consideration as an oral or poster presentation. 

Abstracts should contribute to our understanding of the role and use of Biostimulants in agriculture, including, but not limited to:  Biostimulants and plant development, nutrient uptake, yield, crop quality, interactions with the plant or soil microbiome, and crop tolerance to environmental stresses. Research that utilise agronomic, physiological or molecular tools providing insight into  the mechanism or mode of action of Biostimulants are particularly welcome.

Abstracts that demonstrate scientifically rigorous and statistically robust benefits to plant productivity and crop production are also welcome.

Abstracts covering legislation and registration procedures will also be considered.

Abstracts that are purely commercial or are not of general interest will not be considered.

Details on how to submit a paper can be found here

Submission Deadline - Friday 19th May 2017

UK '4 per mil' Debate

Event date:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Event venue:

Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrew's Place, Regent's Park, London NW1 4LE, United Kingdom

Event description:


The BSSS 2017 annual meeting (with AGM) will host presentations and debate on what the ‘4 per 1000’ initiative means for UK soils.

The ‘4 per 1000’ (4 per mil) initiative was launched at the COP21 in 2015, with the aim to slow down the increase in atmospheric concentrations of CO2 by annually increasing global soil organic carbon stocks by 0.4 % per year.

This initiative has sparked mixed reaction to the feasibility of achieving this, and discussion over what this means for soil management. We now invite you to contribute to this debate.

CALL FOR POSTERS: We welcome abstracts for poster presentations that align to this topic - to spark debate or that underpin the ‘4 per 1000’ initiative. Limited spaces are available.

All submissions must be made on the form below. Closing date: Monday 23rd October.


Dr Abad Chabbi - INRA, France

Dr Joanna Clark - University of Reading, UK 

Professor Claire Chenu - INRA, France    "Scene setting and overview of the '4 per 1000' initiative

Professor Bridget Emmett - CEH, Bangor, UK    "Policy, the national perspective and monitoring"

Professor David Powlson - Rothamsted Research, UK    "Achievability from land management"

Along with keynote speakers, lively debate, lunch, poster sessions and the society AGM, there will be an informal early evening drinks and canapes networking reception, closing at 7pm or thereabouts!

Registration is from 10:30am over coffee and the debate will commence at 11am. 

This website will be regularly updated with further details so watch this space!  



Ecology Across Borders

Event date:

Monday, December 11, 2017 to Thursday, December 14, 2017

Event venue:

ICC Ghent, Belgium

Event description:


The British Ecological Society (BES), the Gesellschaft für Ökologie (GfÖ) and NecoV have agreed to hold a joint Annual Meeting, 11 – 14 December 2017, in Ghent, Belgium. 

This is the first time the BES, GfÖ and NecoV have held a conference together and we are delighted to be working together to deliver a meeting of 1,200 leading ecologists from around the world in Belgium. The joint meeting aims to build closer ties between the vibrant academic ecological communities in Europe, and meets the strategic objectives of all three of the ecological Societies. The meeting will bring together ecologists to discuss the latest advances in ecological research across the whole discipline and will focus on the major environmental challenges at the European level. The meeting will be held in association with the European Ecological Federation (EEF).

ICSSPN 2018 – 20th International Conference on Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

Event date:

Thursday, January 25, 2018 to Friday, January 26, 2018

Event venue:

Holiday Inn Paris Montparnasse Avenue Du Maine, 79-81 Paris, 75014 France

Event description:


The ICSSPN 2018: 20th International Conference on Soil Science and Plant Nutrition aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition.

It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition

Important Dates

Abstracts/Full-Text Paper Submission Deadline   July 31, 2017
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection   August 14, 2017

Final Paper (Camera Ready) Submission & Early Bird Registration Deadline   December 12, 2017
Conference Dates   January 25 - 26, 2018

Priorities for the UK food and farming industry: policy, competitiveness and new markets

Event date:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Event venue:

Central London, United Kingdom

Event description:


This seminar will bring together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss policy priorities for the food and farming sectors, as the Government negotiates the UK’s future relationship with the EU.

Delegates will also consider the potential impact of the new Agriculture Bill, which seeks to provide stability for farmers and protect the UK’s natural environment, following the Secretary of State’s commitment to reform agriculture policy, with farming subsidies having a greater focus on environmental stewardship post-Brexit.

Further sessions will look at the steps that can be taken to support a growing and competitive rural economy whilst ensuring high standards in produce and farming practices. Attendees will also discuss priorities for exporting UK food produce, securing new international trade agreements, and addressing challenges around access to a skilled workforce.

The agenda includes a keynote address from Sally Warren, Director of Food, Defra.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  •              The future policy landscape for the food and farming industry - and key sector perspectives on the UK’s exit from the Common Agricultural Policy;
  •              Challenges for delivering a ‘Green Brexit’ and safeguarding food standards;
  •              Next steps for research - with discussion on funding and opportunities to promote collaboration with industry;
  •              Skills development and meeting the demand for labour across the supply chain;
  •              Promoting exports internationally and opportunities to access new markets; and
  •              Post-Brexit scenarios for UK agri-food trade policy, and their implications for the sector.


Seminar keynote addresses from: Sally Warren, Director of Food, Defra; David Baldock, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy; Harry Hamilton, Project Facilitator, Harnessing Tomorrow’s Skills Network and Project Facilitator, Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association; Professor Angela Karp, Director for Science Innovation, Engagement and Partnerships, Rothamsted Research; Dr David Lloyd-Thomas, Head of Food Policy & Strategy Unit, Welsh Government; Liz Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, International Meat Trade Association; Gary Mitchell, Vice President, NFU Scotland; David Swales, Head of Strategic Insight, AHDB and David Watson, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, London.

Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.

Additional senior participants are being approached. 

Booking is open now

Draft agenda subject to change

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

9.05 - 9.35

The policy landscape for the UK food industry going forward

Sally Warren, Director of Food, Defra

Questions and comments from the floor

Sector priorities on the future of UK food and farming 

9.35 - 9.45

The long term vision for the agriculture sector - standards, productivity and growth

Gary Mitchell, Vice President, NFU Scotland

9.45 - 9.55

Delivering a ‘Green Brexit’ - safeguarding standards and promoting sustainability

David Baldock, Executive Director, Institute for European Environmental Policy

9.55 - 10.05

Securing the competitiveness of the UK food industry

Senior representative, food

10.05 - 10.15

Meeting workforce demand and developing the skills the sector needs

Harry Hamilton, Project Facilitator, Harnessing Tomorrow’s Skills Network and Project Facilitator, Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association

10.15 - 10.25

Next steps for UK food research - funding, innovation and collaboration

Professor Angela Karp, Director for Science Innovation, Engagement and Partnerships, Rothamsted Research

10.25 - 10.55

Questions and comments from the floor

10.55 - 11.00

Chair’s closing remarks

Sue Hayman MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

11.00 - 11.30


11.30 - 11.35

Chair’s opening remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

Supporting a global agri-food industry

11.35 - 11.55

Promoting Scottish and Welsh food and drink produce internationally

Dr David Lloyd-Thomas, Head of Food Policy & Strategy Unit, Welsh Government

Senior representative, Scotland

11.55 - 12.05

International case study: opportunities for UK - Australian agri-food trade

David Watson, Senior Trade and Investment Commissioner, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, London

12.05 - 12.15

Priorities for exports and new market opportunities

Liz Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, International Meat Trade Association

12.15 - 12.25

Post-Brexit scenarios for UK agri-food trade policy

David Swales, Head of Strategic Insight, AHDB

12.25 - 12.55

Questions and comments from the floor

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum closing remarks

Senior Parliamentarian

Michael Ryan, Deputy Editor, Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum


AWSPT’18 – 3rd International Conference on Air, Water, and Soil Pollution and Treatment

Event date:

Sunday, April 8, 2018 to Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Event venue:

Budapest, Hungary

Event description:


The AWSPT’18 aims to become the leading annual conference in fields related to air, water, and soil pollution and treatment. The goal of AWSPT’18 is to gather scholars from all over the world to present advances in the relevant fields and to foster an environment conducive to exchanging ideas and information. This conference will also provide an ideal environment to develop new collaborations and meet experts on the fundamentals, applications, and products of the mentioned fields. AWSPT’18 is part of the 3rd World Congress on Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering (CSEE’18).

Paper Submission Deadline: October 20, 2017


SETAC Europe 28th Annual Meeting

Event date:

Sunday, May 13, 2018 to Thursday, May 17, 2018

Event venue:

Rome, Italy

Event description:


SETAC Rome is a 5-day event featuring a variety of training, networking and learning opportunities. You cannot miss this event if you are interested in emerging research, regulatory developments and the latest methodologies in environmental toxicology and chemistry.

Between 2,000 and 2,500 scientists, assessors, regulators and managers from academia, business and government, representing an average of 60 countries, provides a unique networking opportunity and a chance for cross-collaboration long after the closing session.

ETAC Europe is one of five Geographic Units (GU) of the global Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), established to promote and undertake activities of SETAC in Europe, and to support activities of SETAC in the Middle East and Russia. As a Geographic Unit we share the mission of SETAC.

SETAC Europe is dedicated to the use of multidisciplinary approaches to examine the impacts of stressors, chemicals, and technology on the environment. The Society also provides an open forum for scientists and institutions engaged in the study of environmental problems, management and regulation of natural resources, education, research and development, and manufacturing. SETAC Europe is incorporated in Belgium as a not-for-profit organisation. The society is governed according its articles of association and by-laws. SETAC Europe maintains its administrative office in Brussels, Belgium.

The primary goals of SETAC Europe are:

  • To support the development of principles and practices for protection, enhancement and management of sustainable environmental quality and ecosystem integrity;
  • To encourage interactions among environmental scientists and disseminate information on environmental toxicology and chemistry; and
  • To provide a forum for communication among professionals in government, business, academia, and other segments of the environmental science community and for the protection and welfare of the general public.

Abstracts are being accepted until 29th November 2017.

Soil Improvement: Impact of Management Practices on Soil Function and Quality

Event date:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 to Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Event venue:

Game and Wildlife Trust, Loddington, Leicester LE7 9XE, United Kingdom

Event description:


Soil functions and agricultural productivity are closely linked. The application of soil improving techniques is crucial to maintain soil functions, long-term productivity and the broad range ecosystem services provided by soils. these techniques include tillage, crop diversity, crop management, cover crops and the use of organic amendments. The effectiveness of soil management practices will vary with soil type, farming systems and agro-climatic zones. Management practices should be practical and economically viable to encourage uptake by farmers. Equally, important is the development of land use policies to secure the wider societal benefits provided by soils.

Papers are invited with a perspective on management to improve soil functioning. Management strategies will include, for example:
• Use of organic materials 
• Precision farming
• Cover cropping
• Crop diversification
• Cultivation
• Decision support tools

Research can consider the impact on: soil biological, chemical and physical quality, crop productivity, economic and practical implications and also approaches for measuring and monitoring soil improvement.

Invited Speakers

  • Lizzie Sagoo (ADAS)
  • Elizabeth Stockdale (Newcastle University)



2nd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment and Materials Technology

Event date:

Sunday, June 10, 2018 to Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Event venue:

Gangwon Province, Korea

Event description:


Welcome to the 2nd International Conference on Bioresources, Energy, Environment, and Materials Technology (BEEM2018):Technology Nexus for the Resonance of Nature and Humans!

We would be delighted for you to join this momentous occasion to share your scientific ideas and celebrate with us in Gangwon Province, Korea from June 10-13, 2018, at the BEEM2018 Conference, the only regionally specialized convention supported by both the federal and provincial governments.

This conference was specifically designed to stimulate new research activities in the technological fields of bioresources, energy, environment, and materials. We encourage you to participate in the progress of the shares of research with eminent researchers through active discussion collaboration.

The Daemyung Resort Vivaldi Park has been tentatively chosen as our conference venue, which is surrounded by a breath-taking forested area (11,239,720 m²) in the verdant, mountainous village of Hongcheon, Gangwon Province, Korea. (Note that the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will also be held in the same location for 17 days from February 9-25,2018).

Equipped with Korea’s newest and most luxurious accommodation facilities and world-class convention center, Vivaldi Park offers a wide variety of recreational and leisure activities for your entertainment and relaxation.
Please feel free to contact the secretariat anytime with your inquiries ( We look forward to seeing you all in Gangwon Province, Korea!


Co-Chair: Professor Yong Sik Ok, Korea University

For full details and to register please see website.

Groups audience: 

21st World Congress of Soil Science

Event date:

Sunday, August 12, 2018 to Friday, August 17, 2018

Event venue:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Event description:


Soil Science: beyond food and fuel

2018 Society Annual Meeting

Event date:

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 to Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Event venue:

Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom

Event description: