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GSOP18, Global Symposium on Soil Pollution

Event date:

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 to Friday, May 4, 2018

Event venue:

FAO HQ, Rome Italy

Event description:


FAO will host a Global Symposium on Soil Pollution (GSOP18) at its Headquarters in Rome, Italy on 2 – 4 May 2018. This Symposium, jointly organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS), the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions and the World Health Organization (WHO) is part of the implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management and a direct contribution to the third UN Environment Assembly's resolution on managing soil pollution to achieve sustainable development.

Soil pollution implies the presence of a chemical out of place or present at higher than normal concentrations that has adverse effects on any non-targeted organism. Pollutants can enter soils from a wide range of sources including agricultural inputs, atmospheric deposition, flood and irrigation water, accidental spills, inappropriate waste disposal, and industrial activities. As it cannot always be directly observed in the field, soil pollution is insidiously hazardous. Negative consequences include plant toxicities and subsequent productivity declines, contamination of water and off-site areas and increased human and animal health risks due to the accumulation of contaminants in the food-chain.

The objectives of the Symposium are:

  • Examine the current scientific understanding of soil pollution and its effects on food production and safety, and human health;
  • Reflect on the impact of land use decisions on soil pollution at the national level;
  • Identify limitations and prioritize key challenges related to remediation;
  • Review existing international frameworks addressing sources of pollution to agricultural land; and,
  • Survey the use of soil thresholds globally.

Registration is open now

Enriching the UK’s Biodiversity: Preventing Wildlife Degradation and Assessing Future Policy for Ecological Conservation

Event date:

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Event venue:

Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, London United Kingdom

Event description:


Biodiversity is key to the survival of life on Earth. It underpins the functioning of all ecosystems essential for human well-being, delivering a cultural, social and economic service that enriches our lives. Yet, despite its fundamental importance, biodiversity continues to be lost with its deprivation compromising ecological sustainability. Published in 2016, the National Biodiversity Network’s (NBN) State of Nature report, suggests that the UK is one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world ranking 189th out of 218 countries. Additionally, out of the 8,000 species assessed in the report, 15% are recorded to be either extinct or threatened with extinction from Great Britain. Research by DEFRA moreover indicates only 38.5% of Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI’s) were in a favourable condition in 2016, compared with 44% in 2003.

In response to the issue, the government has altered its application and funding arrangements for the Community Stewardships Scheme, encouraging more environmentally-friendly land management practices to enhance the breeding and foraging opportunities for birds, pollinating insects and other wildlife. As part of its Single Departmental Plan, DEFRA has committed £100 million into a range of projects to support the natural environment, including schemes to remediate contaminated land, restore important peatland habitats and increase woodland planting. Most recent data shows that the government spent an estimated £14.7 billion on environmental protection in 2015 (ONS, 2017).

The EU has also enacted various measures to sustain vital ecosystems and keep our environment healthy. With the UK government negotiating the nation’s exit from the European Union, it is vital that equivalent environmental standards can be maintained post-Brexit.

As the UK seeks solutions to increased demand on living space and food production this symposium provides an excellent opportunity for local authorities, environmental groups, third sector organisations and other key stakeholders to identify priorities for achieving biodiversity and conservation targets. It will also enable all delegates to share best practice in protecting vital habitats and decreasing biodiversity loss in local areas. 

Delegates Will:

  • Examine the impact of the new Community Stewardships Scheme in promoting and protecting biodiversity
  • Review the Biodiversity 2020 Strategy and discuss ways to boost Natural Capital 
  • Discuss the challenges posed by Brexit and how the UK can maintain equivalent environmental standards
  • Explore ways to increase public awareness and understanding of the impact of biodiversity loss and increase engagement in conservation projects
  • Review the State of Nature Report and examine measures that best protect wildlife and natural habitats across the UK
  • Consider Agri – Environment Schemes with flexibility to meet local and regional environmental needs
  • Develop methods for encouraging increased integration and collaboration between public bodies at the local level
  • Scrutinise the role of local authorities in supporting biodiversity projects and providing expertise for communities
  • Scrutinise  innovative financing instruments for developing new biodiversity projects
  • Share best practice in promoting and protecting biodiversity at the national and local levels

Intermediate Level Grant Writing - Royal Society of Biology

Event date:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Event venue:

Charles Darwin House 2, London, WC1X 8TZ, United Kingdom

Event description:


What: You will find out how to develop funding proposals that are strong and persuasive, giving you the best chance of success in a highly competitive market. There will be practical opportunities to critique proposals and receive feedback on one of your own.

Tutor:  Gill Jolly has been involved in professional fundraising for over 30 years as a successful fundraiser, manager and trainer of fundraisers and has worked at a senior level with some of the top income-generation charities. She holds a Diploma in Fundraising and is a Fellow of the Institute of Fundraising. 

Who: This course is for those who need to secure funding for their work from charitable trusts and foundations and who have already made some successful applications                                  

CPD: This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 18 CPD points.

How this course supports registers competencies: This course has been identified as supporting competency development for: Registered Scientist (RSci) 

Competency area: Professional Practice.                                 

Fees: From £180 + VAT      

Please see the event webpage for further info and booking.



2018 MSDG Annual Workshop - Soil Resource Conservation and Sustainable Management

Event date:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Event venue:

British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG, United Kingdom

Event description:


The theme of this meeting is soil resource conservation and sustainable management, which is of critical importance for protecting environmental quality, food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation.

The annual meeting of the MSDG group will examine the link between soils and geology through a tour of the BGS geological core store, a viewing of old soil maps, a demonstration of the immersive 3D geovisonary facility and a journey through UK time along the geological walk, in the morning, followed by selected presentations showcasing latest research in soil science in the afternoon.

An invited talk by Drs Andrew Tye and Murray Lark on “The contribution of the late Dr Barry Rawlins to soil science” will be one of the afternoon talks.

Brief Schedule:

10. 00 AM                    Arrival and Registration at BGS, Keyworth, Notthingham NG12 5GG

10.30 to 12.00PM        Tours of the BGS geological core store, old maps, immersive 3D-geovisonary suite and the geological walk

12.00 to 1.00PM          Lunch

1.00 to 1.30 PM           Invited Talk: Contribution of the late Dr B Rawlins to soil science

1.30 to 4.30 pm            Seminars (~15 min talks)

4.30 to 4.45 pm            AGM

  • The event is free for members
  • Non-members are asked to pay a fee of £15    

          Registration includes lunch and refreshments

Please note that we need ALL ATTENDEES TO REGISTER in order that we can arrange adequate seating and catering. 


For general information please contact Sami Ullah(; phone: 0121-414-8143) and Dr Andrew Tye ( . 

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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.

SWESDG Spring Meeting 2018 – Soil Structure (part 2)

Event date:

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Event venue:

Neroche Hall, Bickenhall, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6TZ, United Kingdom

Event description:


This meeting will build on the Autumn 2017 meeting where we looked at soil structure on light soils. Here we will assess soil structure on heavy soils at Bickenhall Farm.

Two assessment methods will be used to compare and contrast. These will be Visual Evaluation of Soil Structure (VESS) and Visual Soil Assessment (VSA).

Arrive at 10am

Lunch will be provided

Depart by 4pm

We will spend most of the day outside so bring sturdy shoes and clothes appropriate for the weather. You may also wish to bring a spade.

BSSS Members may attend the meeting FREE of charge whilst Non Members will be required to pay £10.00.

Please note that everyone attending the meeting will need to register in advance to enable us to accurately organise catering and seating.

REGISTRATION OPEN                

On booking you will be asked your level of experience in visual assessment and the aspect of soil science in which you specialise / are most interested in. This is so that we can form small groups with a range of experience and specialisms.

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 United Kingdom

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. 

The Scientific Laboratory Show and Conference

Event date:

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Event venue:

East Midlands Conference Centre University Of Nottingham, Nottingham United Kingdom

Event description:


The Scientific Laboratory Show and Conference, in conjunction with the Science Council, offers a unique free to attend laboratory event promising an extensive scientific conference programme with exceptional keynote speakers, a Professional Development Zone and a diverse range of equipment suppliers. Attendees will get the chance to network with peers, learn how they can build a strong portfolio of continuous professional development and discover some of the latest technologies and trends in the scientific arena.

The Science Council, and Scientific Laboratory Supplies are keen to recognise the world leading talent we have in our scientific community and there’s no better way than rewarding these key people with the ability to further themselves at our not to be missed one-day event. A full seminar and workshop programme will be announced shortly and we would like you to extend this invite to your laboratory staff.

World Agriculture Congress

Event date:

Thursday, May 24, 2018 to Saturday, May 26, 2018

Event venue:

Timisoara, Romania

Event description:

Focal Theme of the congress is "Save Agriculture, Save Environment and Save Earth."

The World Agriculture Congress (4th World Research Journals Congress) is being organized by non-profit organization "World Research Association" in collaboration with Banat's University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine “King Michael I" of Romania and Research and Development Station for Bovine from Arad.

Last date for abstract/posters submission is 31st March 2018

The Congress registration fee must also be paid by this date.

Papers/abstracts/posters can be submitted in various subjects of Agriculture Sciences, Veterinary Sciences and Environmental Sciences. Virtual presentation will also be allowed in special cases. 

The 2018 Planetary Health Annual Meeting

Event date:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 to Thursday, May 31, 2018

Event venue:

McEwan Hall, University of Edinburgh, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, United Kingdom

Event description:

The University of Edinburgh, the Planetary Health Alliance, the American Geophysical Union, the Wellcome Trust, and The Lancet Planetary Health are organizing the second Planetary Health Annual Meeting between the 29-31st May  in Edinburgh, with a number of  Living Lab workshops on June 1st. The meeting is supported by the Rockefeller Foundation through a grant to the Planetary Health Alliance.

The programme will focus on the major threats to planetary health in the next 15 years, and  the ways in which our collective knowledge, the resources  and resilience we have in our cultures, our faith and beliefs,  our traditions, communities, the arts, and the political will for change can bring essential change. We will look in in particular at:

  • Who are the most vulnerable and through which pathways do they become most vulnerable?
  • What do we need to do now to adapt to imminent, unavoidable major threats, and what are the interventions that could help avert/ dilute future threats?            
  • What are the current and anticipated barriers to implementing these interventions and how can these barriers be overcome?

We will have an opening public event on the Tuesday morning, a reception at Dynamic Earth on the Tuesday evening and a ceilidh on the Wednesday evening at the National Museum of Scotland.  The Children’s Parliament are involved.

The background to the conference:

In 2015 The Lancet published the Commission on Planetary Health examining the complex and interconnected threats to the health of humans and the health of the environment.  The Commission concluded that our ecological footprint is irreparably altering our climate, destroying land, forests, rivers, oceans, and the ecosystems they maintain.  Without visionary ideas and a commitment to a new set of values our planet cannot continue in its current state and the health gains made throughout this last century will be lost through ocean rising, famines, floodings,  pollution and destruction of core life-sustaining components – air, food, water, soil, greenspace. 

The conference vision:

In Edinburgh, the city of the first enlightenment, we will bring together practitioners, educators, scientists across all disciplines, artists, philosophers, moralists, industrialists, faith leaders and the media to explore what is needed for a paradigm shift, a 2nd enlightenment that advocates for a shared world.   This conference is part of a much greater movement, uniting together many partners across the globe to commit to action.  Its aims are:

a.            To advance the science of planetary health from the global to the local scales, including improved understandings of both threats to human and ecosystem health and evidence-based strategies to  prevent and reduce these threats. 

b.            To achieve broad representation of planetary health researchers and practitioners from both the global North and the global South.

c.            To reinforce the foundational values of planetary health including respect for the value of both human and non-human life; the human rights of all people; and distributive and intergenerational justice.

d.            To model environmental responsibility in the way the meeting is conducted (e.g. satellite events in regions; livestreaming; carbon offsets for air travel; sustainably sourced food; green materials; reduced use of paper).

Alongside the main Edinburgh event we are supporting a number of regional events across the globe (led by businesses, faith communities, schools and colleges etc.) to present the lived experience of the global threats and the novel creative solutions already in place. These regional satellite sessions will serve as the foundation for the evolution of regional planetary health hubs, constituting an effort to institutionalize effective collaboration between various actors and organizations within each region to address the area’s most pressing planetary health issues.

Full details and Registration available on the website

Laboratory Skills Course in Soil Biology and Biochemistry

Event date:

Monday, June 4, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018

Event venue:

Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands

Event description:


This will include training in soil quality parameters such as labile C, microresp  – respiration, extracellular enzyme activity, nematode and enchytraied extraction and basics of identification. Earthworm sampling and identification.

For further details and to register please contact Rachel Creamer (

Deadline for registration: 30th March 2018.
Fee: *Reduced fee of 500 euros and full price registration is 1000 euros.

*The reduced fee applies to BSc and MSc students, PhD candidates, staff of public (national) institutes and organizations based in ODA-listed countries

Soil and Water Security: Challenges for the next 30 years!

Event date:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 to Friday, June 8, 2018

Event venue:

Imola, Italy

Event description:


The objective is to stimulate reflections on the importance of environmental resources for humankind, paying special attention to the new challenges and opportunities concerning Soil and Water Security and Conservation for the next 30 years.

The Conference is open to soil scientists, educators and policy-makers. It will consist of invited lectures, scientific session with oral and poster presentation, and will be subdivided into four main topics.

SEESOIL meeting: #FarmSoil – Discussion meeting for farmers and researchers

Event date:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Event venue:

Hendred Farms, Top Buildings, Newbury Road, East Hendred, Wantage, OX12 8LG, United Kingdom

Event description:


This meeting is an informal forum to bring together farmers and researchers to exchange ideas, research and practices on soil management in agricultural systems.

Hosted by Julian Gold Farm Manager at the Hendred Farm Partnership, the meeting opens at 9:15am with registration and coffee.

The day kicks-off with a farm visit to discuss current trials and experiences. 

The rest of the day will involve interactive discussions (no powerpoint!) based on farmer experiences and results from on-farm trials linked to current academic research in soil management.

The group discussions and activities will focus on two aspects of soil management: soil carbon and nutrient management and everyone is welcome to contribute to the discussions.

Please come prepared to discuss the topics in soil carbon and nutrient management by highlighting examples from farm trials and observations and applied research outcomes.

The event is Free for BSSS members and £15 for non-members (to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments).

Tea/coffee will be provided at registration and lunch is included.

Please note that everyone attending the meeting will need to register in advance to enable us to accurately organise catering and seating.


For further information please contact SEESOIL Chair Jack Hannam or Julian Gold


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Open Farm Sunday

Event date:

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Event venue:


Event description:


“LEAF Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories.

Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday each year.

It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at firsthand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food and managing the countryside.”

How do I find out where my local Open Farms are?

Click on this link and pop your postcode in the search box

Society Members are also involved with Open Farm Sunday and will be participating at these venues


North American Forest Soils Conference – International Symposium on Forest Soils Soils-Forests Interactions in Changing Environments

Event date:

Sunday, June 10, 2018 to Saturday, June 16, 2018

Event venue:

Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Event description:


The 13th North American Forest Soils Conference is being held jointly with the 9th International Symposium on Forest Soils in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of the Historic District of Old Québec in the spring of 2018. We cordially invite you to consider participating in this conference.

We invite presentations on research using field trials, laboratory investigations, long-term monitoring experiments and ecosystem modelling studies that address the conference theme and sub-themes. If possible, presentations should include a statement of the forest management implications of the work. The conference sub-themes are intended to encourage submissions with broad representation of the various soils-forests regions of North America and internationally.

Thematic Sessions

The role of forests and forest soils in climate change adaptation and mitigation
This session will examine forest C and nutrient cycling and soil C sequestration under a changing climate. Research focused on the response of soil processes on upland and wetland forests to climate change and best management practices to protect soil carbon stocks will be included in this session.

Fire effects on forest soils
This session will examine fire effects on soil processes and the consequences of changing fire regimes on forest soils. Research evaluating how changes in soil processes due to fire impacts affects vegetation communities, carbon and nutrient cycling, and water quality will be included in this session.

Management practices, land-use change and soil-forest productivity
This session will examine the effects of forest management and changing land cover type on soil productivity and biodiversity. Research focusing on intensive biomass harvesting, land reclamation and evaluating site sensitivity to soil degradation will be included in this session.

Technological advances in forest soils research
This session will examine how new emerging technologies have made a difference in the management of forests and forest soils. Advances in research methods from the molecular (soil microbiome, DNA extractions, qPCR) to the landscape (remote sensing, LIDAR, digital soil mapping) level will be included in this session.

Forest soil monitoring networks and environmental change: successes and challenges
This session will examine the design, implementation and results from national, regional and local forest soil monitoring programs. Soil resampling protocols, methodological issues and the significance of these networks in the monitoring of soil under large-scale environmental change will be included in this session.

Societal change and forest soils: a balancing act
This session will examine the challenge of balancing the changing expectations of society with scientific knowledge to form policies, regulations and practices for sustainable forest soil management. Changes in forest soil science research emphasis, such as development of soil health indicators and quantification of ecosystem services, will be highlighted. Communication and outreach strategies that translate research results into science policy that meet current and future needs will be included in this session.

Further details can be found here

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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Soil Erosion - Prevention is better than cure

Event date:

Thursday, June 14, 2018 to Friday, June 15, 2018

Event venue:

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire United Kingdom

Event description:


The course will be delivered as a series of interactive sessions, with an optional site visit. As well as covering the principles of soil erosion and its control, the material will be applied to a real case study. There will be an opportunity to visit Cranfield’s unique soil erosion laboratory.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the role of soil erosion and its control.
  • Understand the drivers and processes of erosion of slope forming materials.
  • Recognise the onsite and offsite impacts of erosion and sediment production.
  • Undertake erosion risk assessment using a range of techniques, including the use of erosion prediction models.
  • Understand the principles of soil erosion control and soil conservation.
  • Select, design and evaluate appropriate techniques for the protection of soil and other slope forming materials, using vegetation, inert materials and/or engineering structures (case study exercise).

Core content

  • Erosion processes: drivers, mechanics and processes.
  • Consequences of erosion – on-site and off-site – the need for erosion control.
  • Erosion risk assessment techniques, including erosion prediction models. 
  • Principles of erosion control.
  • Use of vegetation and simulated vegetation in erosion control (bioengineering).
  • Use of engineering structures for erosion control (including biotechnical engineering).
  • Selection, design and evaluation of appropriate erosion control techniques using vegetation, inert materials and/or engineering structures

This course will be of particular interest to Civil Engineers, Landscape Architects, Environmental Managers, Land Managers and those working in related industry roles

Cost £550 Fee includes all course material, refreshments, lunch and evening meal. Accommodation is not included, and must be booked separately.

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Saving our Soils: Understanding and Improving Soil Health

Event date:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Event venue:

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (UK) LLP, 107 Cheapside, London EC2V 6DN, United Kingdom

Event description:


In its 25 year Environment Plan Defra’s Secretary of State Michael Gove has committed to protect soil health and make it as a central pillar of farming policy and the system of farm support that will replace the CAP. Improved soil health is a key environmental public good that will underpin the new agricultural policy the Government consulted on in February 2018. Recent press reports claim that UK soils have reached an emergency situation, and that soil erosion and compaction have been worsened by poor land management practices.

This event, organised by the Renewable Energy Association in conjunction with AD Network and British Society of Soil Science, will examine these claims more closely, with a view to understanding the current situation and exploring how soil health can be improved through best-practice use of existing biomass resources such as digestate, compost and bio-char.

The event will also be a fantastic networking opportunity, where operators, agronomists, spreading contractors, consultants and farmers can meet the scientists and academics who are undertaking research in the field of soil health and applying organic materials to land.

Who Should Attend?

  • AD and composting operators 
  • Agronomists 
  • Consultants 
  • Landspreading contractors 
  • Farmers 
  • Scientists 
  • Academics 
  • Local Authorities 
  • Policy makers 
  • Environmental Regulators 
  • NGOs 
  • Any other interested stakeholder

Delegate Cost:

REA, AD network and BSSS Member - £75 + VAT

All other delegates - £125 + VAT

Full details and registration available here


10th International Symposium on Plant-Soil Interaction at Low pH (10th PSILPH2018)

Event date:

Monday, June 25, 2018 to Friday, June 29, 2018

Event venue:

Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Event description:


The Faculty of Agriculture, Universiti Putra Malaysia in association with Malaysia Society of Soil Science (MSSS), Department of Agriculture of Malaysia and Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) , will be organizing the 10th International Symposium on Plant-Soil Interactions at Low pH (10th PSILPH) on June 25-29, 2018.

The main objective of the symposium is to address issues related to sustainable food production on soils with low pH, with the intention of achieving environmental sustainability.

In tropical regions of the globe, soils with low pH are very common due to the prevailing weather conditions of high temperature and high rainfall all the year round. Low pH soils can cause injuries to the plant root systems, inhibiting overall plant growth. Agriculture and agronomic practices are continuously being developed and/or improved to overcome the problems, facing growers without necessarily neglecting the environment.

In line with the symposium theme “Achieving Sustainable Food Production on Acid Soils, the 10th PSILPH aims to gather researchers, scientists, experts and academicians in the field of soil science, plant physiology and others to share and discuss the latest research findings and thoughts on current status of agriculture production and practices; thus, ensuring food security and environmental sustainability.

Further information and registration details


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