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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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Sardinia Summer School on Climate Change and Land Degradation Neutrality: Modelling Tools and Integrated Approaches

Event date:

Monday, July 17, 2017 to Friday, July 21, 2017

Event venue:

Nuoro, Sardinia

Event description:


The School is targeted to graduates, doctoral and post-doctoral students in environmental disciplines, agronomy, soil science, applied biology, natural resource management, landscape planning, environmental sciences from all over the world. Given the highly interactive activities planned at the Summer School, the number of participants is limited to 30.
Please note that the Summer School will be activated from a minimum number of 12 applicants.

The concept of “Land degradation neutrality” - LDN - was proposed by the UNCCD as a central objective in the context of the sustainable development goals. However, LDN has not been investigated in detail at the higher levels of scientic research and education. The scientific debate on this topic is of interest at the scientific community level including the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ) as it is relevant also for the proposed climate change mitigation policies. For instance, forecasts on the impact of climate change on agricultural and forestry systems developed by the worldwide scientific community do not take into account medium and long-term effects of climate change on soil organic carbon dynamics. Soil organic matter dynamics strongly affect the agronomic fertility, hydrology and even the mitigation potential of greenhouse gas emissions. 

The summer school is designed to address these issues by integrating the application of tools for quantitative analysis (mathematical models) with discussion on case studies, to improve the participants' ability to critically understand the
complex interactions between biophysical and social processes that characterize sustainable development in a context of climate change.

A detailed handbook is available here

The deadline for applications to the Summer School is 30th June 2017.


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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IFDC: Technology Advances in Agricultural Production, Water and Nutrient Management

Event date:

Monday, August 21, 2017 to Friday, September 1, 2017

Event venue:

USA (Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Washington, D.C.)

Event description:


Who Should Attend?

  • Agronomists, soil scientists, researchers and extensionists from national and international agricultural research institutes and universities.
  • Policymakers from governments and ministries in charge of agricultural productivity and planning.
  • Executives and managers of fertilizer and agricultural input organizations.
  • Government officials involved in developing strategies for increased agricultural production through the use of emerging technologies that promote resource conservation and increased efficiencies.
  • Innovative farmers.

Why Participate?

  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of recent technological advances in the areas of biotechnology, sensor-based irrigation, information management, precision agriculture and remote-sensing technologies.
  • Become familiar with the farm-level impacts of each of these advances on water and nutrient management under changing climatic conditions.
  • Get an opportunity to observe and discuss with other participants from many countries and backgrounds the practicality and economics of integrating these innovations into the mainstream of major crops.
  • Be exposed to trends and challenges in the agricultural global market and see how farmers, agribusinesses and policymakers are adjusting to them by using state-of-the-art information and technology available for today’s agriculture production.
  • Visit to the country’s largest outdoor farm show to discover first hand the latest in farming technology.

For more information regarding this training program, please click  here and read the detailed program description.

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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 

Next steps for UK food labelling policy and opportunities post-Brexit

Event date:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Event venue:

Central London, United Kingdom

Event description:



Examining the next steps for UK food labelling policy, this conference takes place in the context of uncertainty over the future for domestic food labelling policy post-Brexit.

The seminar will include a keynote address from Karen Lepper, Deputy Director, Access to Labour, Food Information and Standards at Defra.

Sessions will consider the future for UK food information regulation in relation to wider policy objectives - including the Obesity Plan and promoting healthier food choices, as well as increasing the UK food and drink industry’s international competitiveness and encouraging greater transparency on product origins, quality and animal welfare standards.

With Defra’s recently publishing its areas of interest for research - including on more effective labelling and consumer confidence in food - delegates will discuss the future of food labelling regulation in a changing food retail market, particularly focusing on the rise in popularity of online grocery shopping, the growth of third-party delivery services, and the position of the out-of-home food sector.

For further information and to book your place.



Public engagement: Getting started (Royal Society of Biology)

Event date:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Event venue:

Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place, London WC1H 9RS, United Kingdom

Event description:


This course will provide participants with an understanding of what public engagement is and what's in it for them. Participants will gain awareness of a range of public engagement opportunities available, and gain confidence in taking the first steps towards undertaking public engagement activities.

Tutor: Ceri Harrop is a freelance public engagement professional and currently holds freelance contracts with The Royal Society and The Nuffield Foundation. Ceri also works part-time as the Public Programmes Manager for the Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell-Matrix Research. Ceri has built a vibrant and strategic public engagement programme from scratch and works to support and enable researchers to put public engagement into practice. Ceri has a longstanding passion for public engagement, which she discovered early on in her research career as a PhD student and has continued with ever since.

Who: This course is suitable for anyone who would like to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence to take their first steps into public engagement.               

CPD: This event has been approved by the Royal Society of Biology for purposes of CPD and can be counted as 15 CPD points.

Fees: From £140 +VAT

As a Member Organisation of the Royal Society of Biology, BSSS members are eligible to up to 50% discounts on RSB training courses.            

Please see the event webpage for further info and booking.



Priorities for UK food security post-Brexit: investment, innovation and regulation

Event date:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Event venue:

Central London, United Kingdom

Event description:


This seminar will examine the priorities for UK food security in a post-Brexit context - and how policy and industry practice will need to respond to the challenges and opportunities.

It will include keynote addresses from Jayne Brookman, Head of AgriFood, Knowledge Transfer Network, and Professor Charles Godfray, Hope Professor and Director, Oxford Martin Programme on the Future of Food, University of Oxford.

Delegates will discuss issues relating to costs across the supply chain, international trading relationships, support for domestic food production and the way forward for UK agri-food policy.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

Brexit - latest thinking on the implications for UK food markets, trade and consumers;

International markets - priorities for future trade policy and commercial strategies, and identifying potential opportunities;

Protecting UK consumers - from the impact of food price volatility, particularly those on lower incomes;

Innovation in domestic food production - responding to opportunities, assessing regulatory options and improving knowledge transfer and speed to market;

Funding - future investment and support for producers and others in the supply chain after the UK leaves the EU;

Global positioning - maintaining the UK’s position in agri-food science and how businesses, research institutions, technology providers and others should develop collaborative approaches going forward; and

UK agri-food policy - opportunities for the UK outside of the EU to review regulations governing food and the environment, and evidence-based policymaking, whilst safeguarding sustainability and safety levels in the face of pressures of negotiating new trade agreements and increasing productivity levels.

Further information and registration is available on the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum website

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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NIFLUM International Expert Workshop 2017

Event date:

Thursday, September 28, 2017 to Friday, September 29, 2017

Event venue:

Berlin, Germany

Event description:


The NIFLUM International Expert Workshop 2017 is expected take place at 28 and 29/9/2017 in Berlin and focuses on the evaluation of methods for the measurement of gaseous nitrogen emissions (NH3, N2O and NOx) from synthetic fertilizer application. It’s main goal is to work out recommendations for a standardized measurement practice to collect data for the calculation of EMEP emission factors. The workshop contains review and expert lectures about the formation, mitigation, analysis and modeling of N emissions as groundwork for later cooperative poster sessions and intense discussion panels (see schedule below). With unclear results, we will work on recommendations for a fast way to identify appropriate standard measurement approaches.

We enthusiastically welcome experts from all countries of the European Union and are looking forward to an intense and successful expert workshop.

Food and packaging waste reduction policy - investment, innovation and enforcement

Event date:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Event venue:

Central London, United Kingdom

Event description:


This seminar will bring together policymakers and key stakeholders across the food supply chain to discuss the next steps for reducing food and packaging waste in the UK.

Sessions will discuss the way forward for avoidable waste prevention, including changing consumer behaviour, promoting further collaboration and innovation across the food industry, and priorities for meeting WRAP’s Courtald Commitment 2025 to reduce resource consumption in the food supply chain by 20% by 2025.

Further sessions will assess priorities for promoting and enforcing the waste hierarchy, as well as investment challenges and opportunities for more sustainable waste management practices. Discussion will also look at UK-wide perspectives on food waste policy including lessons learnt from devolved and international approaches.

Options and charges are as follows:

Places at Food and packaging waste reduction policy - investment, innovation and enforcement (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

This event is CPD certified.

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

Agricultural Land Classification Course

Event date:

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

Event venue:

Colmore Gate, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Event description:


Taking place at Colmore Gate, Central Birmingham this training course offers you a unique opportunity to refresh your skills or learn how to conduct and present an agricultural land classification survey.

It is the only course available and has been designed and will be taught by agricultural land classification (ALC) experts from Natural England and the Welsh Government.

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. We have launched this course in response to criticism of the standard of many ALC reports currently being submitted with applications for land development.

By the end of the two days 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
  • 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 further enhance your ability and confidence.

You will receive a detailed, comprehensive course book and cd versions of the ALC Guidelines and Meteorological Office ALC climatic data

Please note that accommodation is not included.

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

To pre-register

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

2017 Society Annual General Meeting 'Soils and Sustainable Development Goals'

Event date:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Event venue:

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

Event description:




More details and a Call for Abstracts to follow soon.


2018 Society Annual Meeting

Event date:

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

Event venue:

Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom

Event description: