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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


Policy priorities for protecting natural capital in England and the role of a 25-year Environment Plan

Event date:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Event venue:

Central London, UK

Event description:


With the Environment Secretary due to introduce a 25-year Environment Plan by the start of 2018, this seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss policy priorities for further protecting the environment and conserving natural capital.

The agenda includes keynote addresses from: Nick Barter, Deputy Director, Natural Environment Strategy, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency.

Discussion will focus on measures to protect the environment, including the funding mechanisms and access to capital for new schemes; the potential impact of additional Government support such as the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund aimed at encouraging farmers and organisations to implement environmentally-friendly measures; and further options for policy.

Sessions will also bring out latest thinking on how the direction of policy fits in with the commercial use of land, the future relationship between conservation and good business practice, latest thinking on the role of the planning system in environmental protection, and challenges for developing the evidence base to inform policy decision-making with the setting up of the Natural Environment Research Council as part of UK Research & Innovation (UKRI).

For further information and to register please visit the website.


Spatial datasets for soil in the UK – Scottish Soil Discussion Group (SSDG) and Northern Soil Network (NSN)

Event date:

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Event venue:

Life Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP, United Kingdom

Event description:

Event Description:

The Scottish Soils Discussion Group and the Northern Soils Network will be hosting a joint meeting in Newcastle to promote and discuss the range of spatial soils datasets available around the UK, highlighting factors such as licensing and metadata which have an effect on the quality and usefulness of such datasets and the maps and models derived from them.

  • To showcase the range of soil-related datasets currently being used across the UK, particularly relating to modelling, mapping, and visualisation.
  • To provide a forum for people in different organisations to discuss ongoing and future activities (e.g. Digital Soil Mapping) and to develop ideas for future collaboration and research.
  • To increase people’s awareness of differing licensing and metadata issues associated across a range of different organisations.
  • To identify ways in which current work is being used for the benefit of society and in policy development, and how these can be improved in the future.  

The meeting will run from 10am - 4pm at the Life Centre, NewcastleDiscounted parking is available and details will be sent with your joining instructions.

Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch.

BSSS Members -  £15

Non - Members -  £32

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN     Please note: ALL delegates MUST register in advance for this meeting as places are limited.

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CPNB 2018: The Dundee Conference - Environmental Management & Crop Production

Event date:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Event venue:

Apex City Quay Hotel, Dundee Scotland

Event description:


CPNB 2018 ("The Dundee Conference") will be the foremost Conference concerning environmental management and crop production and associated topics in northern environments. Whilst the long-established Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain is not changing its name, the change in the title of this year's Conference to Crop PRODUCTION, reflects the wider remit of recent conferences.

The Dundee Conference covers Agri-environmental and Economic Aspects, Combinable Crops, and Potatoes. 

Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain

CPNB 2018 is organised by The Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain, a non-profit making Registered Charity which brings together The James Hutton Institute, Scotland's Rural College, Scottish Agricultural Science Agency, SNH and the agricultural trade in Scotland.

There are five sessions of invited papers and research reports with ample time for discussion. There are also two poster sessions. The Conference has been allocated a total of 12 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points (6 points for each day attended) towards the BASIS Professional Register.

Aims of the Conference

The aim of the Conference is to bring together farmers, agricultural and horticultural advisers, the technical staff of the agricultural chemical trade and all those concerned with recent advances in crop production methods and in chemical and non-chemical crop protection, including advisory, research and government organisations, to discuss crop production and protection problems prevalent in northern environments. In addition to those from Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland, the Conference will be of relevance to many others in Northern Europe.

Draft programme is available here

Sustainable Management of Soil and Water Resources in relation to Food Security, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.

Event date:

Monday, March 12, 2018 to Friday, March 16, 2018

Event venue:

Obafemi Awolowo University, Moor Plantation, Ibadan, NIGERIA

Event description:


The 42nd Annual Soil Science Society of Nigeria Conference aims to bring together scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Sustainable Management of Soil and Water Resources in relation to Food Security, Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.  


Call for Papers is now Open

The Papers from original research works relating to soil science, environmental studies, agronomy, water resources and climate change among other relevant professional disciplines and based on the conference themes and sub-themes are welcomed from researchers and scholars for oral or poster presentation during the conference technical sessions. Papers are expected to conform to the format acceptable to the Nigerian Journal of Soil Science. The manuscript should be prepared in English and double line spaced with Times Romans font size 12.

For full details and to submit please visit the website

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Next steps for farming productivity - innovation, investment and knowledge transfer

Event date:

Monday, March 12, 2018

Event venue:

Central London, UK

Event description:


This seminar will be a chance to assess the opportunities and challenges facing the future of farm productivity in the UK.

Delegates at this conference will consider policy priorities for supporting an innovative and competitive farming sector - with discussion on funding, skills, infrastructure and industry partnerships.

It follows the recent announcement by Defra and the Rural Payments Agency of £200 million of funding for landowners to improve farm productivity, including investment into rural broadband, new equipment and land management. It also comes at a time of wider discussion around what the shape and funding structure of the UK’s agriculture sector will look like as we leave the EU, following the Secretary of State’s commitment to farming subsidies having a greater focus on environmental stewardship post-Brexit.

For full details and registration please see the website

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.

Conference Soil Classification and Education

Event date:

Friday, May 18, 2018 to Sunday, May 20, 2018

Event venue:

Toruń, Poland

Event description:


Globalization and global environmental issues, as well as unification of scientific research and teaching on the EU and global levels require harmonization of technical languages, such as the terminology used in soil science. Important part of our technical language is soil description and classification.

Despite the long-term development of the unified system - World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB), it is still not used by the teaching staff in Europe on a satisfactory level. National/local focus in soil sciences teaching still dominates that complicates exchange of information, students and professionals.

The aim of this conference is to present solutions for international education in soil science, elaborated within the Erasmus+ FACES project, to present the new attempts to soil description and classification. Participants' experiences and thoughts related to soil science teaching would be a frame for discussions, both indoor and outdoor ones.

Preliminary Programme available here

The Future of Long-term Experiments in agricultural science

Event date:

Monday, May 21, 2018 to Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Event venue:

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire UK

Event description:


To celebrate the unique role of the Classical and other Long-Term Experiments in agricultural science, we are holding a conference to explore their role in resolving questions regarding sustainable agriculture. The conference will follow a recent Global Long-Term Experiments workshop that began to plan a Global Long-Term Experiments Network (GLTEN), assessing its progress and viability. 

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.

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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

Soils and Sustainable Development Goals - 2018 Society Annual Meeting

Event date:

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

Event venue:

Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, United Kingdom

Event description:

More information to follow shortly, along with Abstract details.


21th ISTRO Conference 2018

Event date:

Monday, September 24, 2018 to Thursday, September 27, 2018

Event venue:

Paris, France

Event description:


The International Soil Tillage Research Organization (ISTRO) is an international association whose objective is to stimulate research on tillage and no till, compaction and, more broadly, to contribute to soil protection and to improve soil quality.

The scientific topics during the conference will focus on advances in soil structure characterization, soil compaction, biogeochemical processes and carbon sequestration, with a special interest on soil ecology and ecosystem services. Equipment strategies will also be discussed with soil tillage strategies, smart farming, tires and tillage equipment design.

Abstract submission until 1 March 2018.

90 Years Forest Research Institute – for the Society and Nature

Event date:

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 to Friday, October 26, 2018

Event venue:

Metropolitan Hotel, Sofia, BULGARIA

Event description:


The Conference

The Forest Research Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences is pleased to announce that its Anniversary Conference "90 Years Forest Research Institute – for the Society and Nature" is going to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria on October 24-26, 2018.


The conference is aiming at bringing together leading scientists, international experts, and government representatives to network and share the latest research, programs and policies in the field of forestry, ecology and environmental studies.

The objective of the event is to link traditions and innovations in international and local experience with forest ecosystems, their resources, services, functioning and management for social wellbeing.

More information will be available soon ( and

General topics

  • Forestry and Ecosystem Management 
  • Forest Ecology: Forests, Soil and Water Interactions
  • Forests and Climate Change
  • Silviculture and Forest Genetic Resources Management
  • Forest Health
  • Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Biological Invasions
  • Forest Engineering
  • Natural Resource Policy
  • Forests and Interdisciplinary research


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