South East England Soil Discussion Group

South East England Soil Discussion Group

The South East England Soils Discussion Group (SEESOIL) is a vibrant group.

Dr Jack Hannam, Cranfield University – Chair

Dr Martin Lukac, University of Reading  – Vice Chair

Dr Elena Vanguelova, Forest Research – Tree Planting Coordinator

Dr Tom Sizmur, University of Reading – IYS2015 Coordinator

Julian Gold, Hendred Farms


Latest posts

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

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:

Hope to see you there!

Kind regards,
Jack Hannam (SEESOIL Chair)

You can follow SEESOIL on twitter @sesoil for updates

Plant and soil interactions: from the micro- to the macro-scale

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Event venue: 
The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB, United Kingdom
Event description: 

SEESOIL has organised a meeting at The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew on 22nd March 2017. This gives us the opportunity to hear about the work of Kew’s fungal ecology group on mycorrhizal associations in natural habitats in Europe.

Registration is at 10am and after lunch, there will be a garden tour taking in the practical side of soil management for the wide range of plants at Kew, with internationally recognised, Head of Arboretum Tony Kirkham. 

We are also able to visit the fascinating Ethnobotanical Collections, which are not open to the general public. See

Places on the afternoon tours are very limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.  Please indicate your choice when you register.

Delegates also have free entry to Kew Gardens that they can use in the afternoon.

The event is free to BSSS members and £10 for non-members. 

Please bring your own lunch - tea/coffee will be provided at registration. 


Directions: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB

All delegates must enter through the Jodrell Gate. See attached map below. The School of Horticulture is straight ahead. Enter through the Main entrance on the right hand side of the building. 

For information please contact SEESOIL secretary  Elena Vanguelova or SEESOIL Chair Jack Hannam

The Future for UK Soil Science

Event date: 
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Event venue: 
Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Hertfordshire United Kingdom
Event description: 

Soil is the foundation on which every arable farmer builds their business. This Arable Horizons talk lifts the lid on the innovations set to deliver the much-needed advances in soil science and technology.

Find out how developments such as new sampling techniques, fresh approaches to tilling and advanced soil management strategies could limit degradation and make the future of farming more secure.

BSSS President Professor Wilfred Otten, Professor of Soil Biophysics, Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute is the keynote speaker for this event.

More details and how to register for the event can be found here

London Pub meet up to celebrate World Soil Day!

Event date: 
Monday, December 5, 2016
Event venue: 
The Somers Town Coffee House, London, United Kingdom
Event description: 

To celebrate World Soil Day, SEESOIL are hosting a London pub meet up for a #soilchat on Monday 5 December, from 7pm-9pm.

Just drop in anytime and stay as long as you like...

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 on 60 Chalton St, London NW1 1HS. The pub is located between Euston and Kings Cross.

Please email me Jack Hannam to let me know if you plan to come so I can keep track of numbers and make sure I order enough snacks!

Everyone is very welcome and I hope to see many of you there.

Jack Hannam

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 The pub is located between Euston and Kings Cross.

ECR Event: careers in soil science (Cranfield Thurs 19 May)

SEESOIL Early Career Researcher event - careers in soil science

A careers event at Cranfield University on Thurs 19 May is FREE to attend for BSSS members and is open to all . Hear from experts in different sectors and get tips on effective CVs and interviews. Come along and network!

Please register for the event here as places are limited:

Alex Cooke & Jack Hannam

SEESOIL Early Career one day event - “What next? Careers in soil science” joint meeting with IAgrE

Event date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Event venue: 
Vincent Building, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK. 10am - 3pm
Event description: 

Are you wondering what to do post-PhD? What are the options? How do I go about getting a job that uses my skills in soil science?

Don't miss the opportunity to find out about options at this FREE event!

Hear the varied career pathways from soil scientists currently working in a variety of professional and academic sectors.  Speakers include Professor Dick Godwin (Harper Adams, Cranfield University, Czech University of Life Sciences), Dr Emma Garfield (Gs Growers), Dr Laura Hathaway-Jenkins (Tim O’Hare Associates), Dick Thomson (British Society of Soil Science) and Dr Jack Hannam (Cranfield University).  They will provide a brief overview of their career journey and offer tips and hints of getting on the career ladder in various sectors.  Learn about options available to gain professional chartership from BSSS ad IAgrE and also what you can do to improve your chances of landing a job and getting into your preferred sector.

The meeting is co-sponsored by BSSS, SEESOIL and IAgrE (Institution of Agricultural Engineers) and is FREE for members from both societies or £10 for non-members. A networking lunch is included.

Booking is now CLOSED for this event.


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