Midlands Soil Discussion Group

Midlands Soil Discussion Group

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

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UK PlantSci 2016

Event date: 
Monday, April 11, 2016 to Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Event venue: 
John Innes Centre, Norwich
Event description: 

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


Keynote speakers:

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/




Event date: 
Monday, September 12, 2016 to Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Event venue: 
Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Event description: 

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



Event date: 
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Event venue: 
Keele University, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Event description: 

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.

Midlands Soil Discussion Group meeting 2015 - cancelled

Dear All
I am afraid to say we did not have a sufficient number of people register for our meeting at the Allerton Project this year and so we have had to cancel the event on 22nd April (2015). Hopefully we will be able to organise another event next year. I'd be keen to find out why people could not manage to make it this year, so please let me know if you have a chance - maybe the date was not ideal for some? Best wishes, Barry

Soapbox Science 2015

Soapbox Science is an annual public science communication event that transforms public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate. The event follows the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists.