The Midlands Soil Discussion Group (MSDG) was first formed on the 23rd November 2011 at Nottingham university thanks to the efforts of Professor Sacha Mooney. The group has grown from strength to strength since then.
Group Chair: Dr Sami Ullah
Group Secretary: Professor Mike Fullen
Group Treasurer: Dr Fiona Nicholson
SEESOIL are co-hosting this year's BSSS annual meeting (it is on our patch) 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 a mixed reaction to the feasibility of achieving this, and discussion over what this means for soil management.
Meet a soil scientist at Open Farm Sunday!
The Society is looking for members to team up with farmers this year for Open Farm Sunday (OFS) to bring soil science to the farm. OFS is an annual open doors, family friendly event for the general public to find out about food and farming. The event is on Sunday 11 June 2017 and participating farms are listed on the OFS website https://farmsunday.org/
Global change including increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide is expected to alter primary productivity in forested ecoystems with implications for altered carbon and nutrient cycling in soils. You are invited to join us for a day long workshop at the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR) site near Nobury Juction in Staffordshire.
The workshop will involve a guided tour of the first UK Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment experiment of BIFoR in the morning followed by relevant presentations in the afternoon.
9. 00 AM Arrival at Nobury Junction Inn, Staffordshire, ST20 0PN
9.30 to 12.30PM *Tour of the BIFoR FACE experiment near Nobury Junction.
12.30 to 1.30PM Lunch at Junction Inn
1.30 to 4.30 PM Seminars (~15 min talks)
4.30 to 5.00 PM AGM (MSDG members)
*Ankle high boots are required for the BIFoR Forest tour. Please, bring yours along!
BSSS Members may attend the meeting FREE of charge whilst Non Members will be required to pay £15 to attend. Registration will cover refreshments and lunch only.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED
If you haven't registered but wish to attend, please contact Dr Sami Ullah to check whether it is still possible.
ANNUAL WORKSHOP OF MSDG, BSSS ON
"FOREST SOILS UNDER GLOBAL CHANGE"
When: WEDNESDAY, May 24, 2017, BIFoR Research Forest Site at Nobury Junction STAFFORDSHIRE
Funded PhD studentships are available in Soil Technology Innovation with Cranfield University and Rothamsted Research. I would appreciate if you could disseminate to potential candidates. Deadline is Monday 20 March.
Just a reminder that registration will be closing tomorrow for the SEESOIL event at Kew Gardens on 22 March. It is free for society members and £10 for non-members.
For further details and registration:
Hope to see you there!
Jack Hannam (SEESOIL Chair)
You can follow SEESOIL on twitter @sesoil for updates
To celebrate World Soil Day SEESOIL are hosting a London pub meet up for a #soilchat. Do come along to meet others over a drink and we’ll provide the snacks. This is an informal social event to talk about what soil means to us and how we can communicate this on World Soil Day. But essentially you can talk about anything you like! We will be upstairs in the Garden Room of The Somers Town Coffee House http://www.thesomerstowncoffeehouse.co.uk/. The pub is located between Euston and Kings Cross.
UK PlantSci is the annual conference of the UK Plant Sciences Federation, established to showcase the wealth of plant sciences in the UK.
This meeting provides a unique forum for all those interested in the plant sciences to come together and share their knowledge and expertise. Delegates will have the opportunity to interact with stakeholders, industry and different research communities.
Session topics include:
- Heterosis and epigenetics
- Abiotic stress
- Ecosystem resilience
- The plant microbiome
- The molecular basis of signal transduction in plants
- Plant signalling
- Future generations
Giles Oldroyd, John Innes Centre, will give the opening keynote presentation
Philip Poole, University of Oxford will present a keynote lecture on The plant microbiome and the importance of the Rhizosphere to plant growth and resilience.
For more details or to register, visit http://www.plantsci2016.org.uk/
Contaminated sites have become one of the largest global problems of the present time. This has also placed them high on the agenda of the European Union.
This conference aims to provide space for discussion, knowledge exchange among experts from government/non-government organizations, public and private sector, praxis, science and academic sector.
The main topics of the conference are legislation strategies, policies, research methodologies, risks analysis, remediation methods and technologies, as well as awareness in contaminated sites management.
The programme is available at: http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/57
There is no registration fee for pre-registered participants: Coffee breaks, lunches, Gala dinner, congress kit, scientific programme and conference proceedings are included free of charge.
Please register in advance at http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/56 Note: Accommodation and travel expenses are not covered by organisers.
The call for papers is now open - the deadline for abstracts is 15 April: http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/53
You are invited to attend the Midlands Soil Discussion Group's workshop on the POTENTIAL OF BIOSOLIDS AND ANAEROBIC DIGESTATE FOR SUSTAININING SOIL FERTILITY.
The workshop includes a guided tour of a commercial Anaerobic Digestion facility near Stafford in the morning, followed by presentations on the subject area in the afternnoon at Keele University, Staffordshire (ST5 5BG).
Booking is now closed for this event.