Scottish Soil Discussion Group

Scottish Soil Discussion Group

The Scottish Soils Discussion Group was recently re-formed, and is intended to encourage interest and discussion, and to foster ideas and debate in relation to Scottish soils. We aim to provide a forum for people from science, industry and other interest groups to share ideas and discuss problems.  Our activities include the organisation of events and aiding the flow of soil-related information between and within BSSS and other groups.

Group Chair: Dr Matt Aitkenhead (James Hutton Institute) and Dr Sarah Buckingham (Scotland’s Rural College)

Group Secretary: Dr Jennifer Carfrae (Scotland’s Rural College)

Group Treasurer: Dr Nikki Baggerly

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Meet a soil scientist at Open Farm Sunday - members needed!

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/


ECR Tuesday Night Dinner

***Final notice for students arriving in Lancaster on Tuesday 18th ahead of ECR conference***

As it is the Easter holidays, there will be no eating facilities open on campus. If you haven't already eaten something, please grab food in the town centre BEFORE heading out to campus.

The latest you can check in on Tuesday is at 11pm (CETAD, location 13 on map) and after this you can collect your keys from security.


UK Peat Society Meeting

Dear all,

For anyone who is interested in peatlands and peat soils, the UK Peat Society is hosting the International Peatland Society Convention 2017, 28-31 May in Aberdeen, Scotland. The last time this was held in Scotland was in 1989. The focus is on the “Responsible Management of Peatlands” and one of the themes will be on peatland restoration, as well as themes on agricultural and forestry use of peatlands. Details can be found at www.peatlands2017.net.

Matt Aitkenhead


SEESOIL event 22 March - last chance to register!

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:
http://soils.org.uk/event/1160

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,
Jack Hannam (SEESOIL Chair)

j.a.hannam@cranfield.ac.uk
@Dirt_Science

You can follow SEESOIL on twitter @sesoil for updates


Termites and soils in a dryland environment

Event date: 
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Event venue: 
James Hutton Institute, Aberdeen (screened to Dundee site)
Event description: 

Sam Gandy from the James Hutton Institute will deliver this Aberdeen Entomological Club seminar entitled “Termites and soils in a dryland environment”. It will be held at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen (and screened to the Institute’s Dundee site).

More details here


Peatland Restoration: Policy and Practice - Joint meeting SSDG & NSN

Event date: 
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Event venue: 
International Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-on-Tyne, United Kingdom
Event description: 

A joint meeting between the Northern Soils Network and the Scottish Soils Discussion Group will take place on 23rd February in Newcastle. The meeting will cover ongoing work and research in peatland restoration across the UK.

Peatland in the UK has been managed for centuries, and in many places has been drained or cut extensively. Current UK climate goals require a reduction in our national carbon emissions and finding new ways to store carbon from the atmosphere. Peatland restoration has great potential in this area, and may also provide additional benefits in the form of flood risk reduction, improved water supply and reduced soil erosion.

Several speakers will present on research, regulatory frameworks and ongoing restoration work in this area - the programme is attached. There will also be discussion sessions and an opportunity for attendees to network with colleagues and develop future strategies for peatland restoration.

The aim of the meeting is to inform about the current state of peatland restoration in the UK, and to also produce a position paper for circulation to key stakeholder groups.

4 BASIS CPD points have been accredited to this meeting (3 Environment, 1 Personal Development) so please ensure you have your BASIS ID number with you and make sure you complete the form on the day.

Registration costs including refreshments, lunch and parking:

Members of the British Society of Soil Science - £10

Non-members - £30

Speakers will attend for free

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

BOOKING IS NOW CLOSED FOR THIS MEETING

Directions to the meeting can be found at http://www.life.org.uk/visit/how-to-get-here 

For further information please contact Jenny Jones  or Matt Aitkenhead 

Event flyer: 

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