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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BSSS annual meeting on World Soil Day : The 4 per mil initiative

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 - 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/


Forest Soils Under Global Change - Annual Workshop of the Midlands Soil Discussion Group

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Event venue: 
BIFoR Research Forest Site at Nobury Junction STAFFORDSHIRE
Event description: 

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.

Brief Schedule
Time                                                                Activity
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.

 


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


World Soil Day #soilchat - London pub meet-up on 5 Dec

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 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/

 

 


INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CONTAMINATED SITES 2016

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

 


ANNUAL WORKSHOP OF THE MIDLANDS SOIL DISCUSSION GROUP (MSDG)

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.


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