International Members

The British Society of Soil Science has a large amount of Members who reside outside the UK and so we have provided a forum space here for them to share ideas, exchange views and comment as they wish.  

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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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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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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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Phosphate Fertilizer Production Technology Workshop (IFA & IFDC)

Event date: 
Monday, October 2, 2017 to Friday, October 6, 2017
Event venue: 
Marrakech, Morocco
Event description: 

The 2017 IFA & IFDC Phosphate Fertilizer Training is coming and we would like to invite everyone who needs to learn about the basics of this fascinating product to one of the most exciting places in the world: Marrakech, Morocco.

If you have young or new production engineers and agronomists who would benefit from seeing the bigger picture, or if you know business partners and stakeholders who would appreciate an introduction to phosphate fertilizers, then this interactive workshop, which includes technical visits to OCP Phosphate facilities, would be perfect for them. It is also an excellent refresher for those interested in phosphate fertilizer.

Around 300 participants have graduated from this phosphate training program in recent years and speak very highly of the experience. Great technical leaders and speakers, a great learning experience, and great networking guaranteed!

Who Should Attend?

This IFA/IFDC workshop is designed for engineers and agronomists in the industry. Previous workshops have also attracted other specialists in the fertilizer industry such as executives, senior managers and those involved in areas of environment and research, all of whom have found the program useful. Entrepreneurs have also benefited from the program.

Why Participate?

  • Examine the status of the most recent phosphate fertilizer production technologies and identify future trends and needs. 
  • Improve your technical knowledge across a broad range of phosphate production techniques, including understanding the best available technology options, economic factors impacting the sector, energy use scenarios and the best approaches to safety and environmental management.
  • Enhance your analytical and troubleshooting skills in order to better identify and resolve operational inefficiencies of your facilities.
  • Provide an opportunity to exchange ideas on a range of production topics with leading technology experts and other workshop participants.

Please see website for full details and registration 


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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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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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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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1st WORLD CONFERENCE ON SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION UNDER GLOBAL CHANGE (CONSOWA) “Sustainable Life on Earth through Soil and Water Conservation”

Event date: 
Monday, June 12, 2017 to Friday, June 16, 2017
Event venue: 
Lleida, Spain
Event description: 

Sustainable Life on Earth through  Soil and Water Conservation

A joint Conference of the “International Soil Conservation Organization” (19th ISCO Conference), the “World Association for Soil and Water Conservation” (Conference on Soil and Water Conservation of WASWAC), the “European Society for Soil Conservation” (8th ESSC Congress), the “International Union of Soil Science (USS-Comnmissions 3.2, 3.6), the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), the “International Erosion Control Association” (IECA) and the “World Erosion Control Association” (IECA) and the “World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research” (WASER), in parallel with the VIII Simposio Nacional sobre Control de la Degradación y Restauración de Suelos (SECS)

Programme is available here.

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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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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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