The Northern Soils Network (NSN) originally comprised two Northern Regional Soil Discussion Groups (East and West) but combined forces in recent years to improve the group offering.
Group Chair: Dr Jenny Jones
Deputy Chair: Eleanor Reed
Group Treasurer: Current vacancy
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
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.
Regrettably, due to operational reasons, we have to cancel the NSN Early Careers event due to take place on 14th December 2016. Many apologies for this, but don't forget that BSSS will be holding a larger Early Careers event at Lancaster University on 19th-20th April 2017.
Please WATCH OUT for news of a workshop on Peatland Restoration to be held in February 2017. This is a joint event between NSN and SSDG. Information on registration will be posted soon.
I hope that those of you who attended the Annual Meeting earlier this month had an enjoyable time. This is just to remind those of you who were unable to attend that the programme (with abstracts) is available on the BSSS site here http://soils.org.uk/event/920.
Following the soil health enquiry, the first UK Soil Health Report was published on the 2nd June 2016.
Drawing from eighty pieces of written evidence and 16 expert witness oral evidence, the Environmental Audit Committee have created a report which considers the current state of soil health; the extent to which current policies and programmes protect our soils; and discusses suggestions arising from the enquiry to help protect the health of our soils.
Join the Northern Soils Network to discuss the future of UK soils and the potential impact and importance of this Report in an informal and friendly setting.
Locations: The Town Wall pub, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5HZ (in the Library Room) or The Robert Gillow, 64 Market Street, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1HP.
Meeting starts at 7pm but you are welcome to arrive from 6.30pm for informal networking
Cost: Free to BSSS members, £5 to non-members, includes a free drink and nibbles
Booking is now closed for this event.
The report on Soil Health produced by the Parliamentary Environmental Audit Commission is published today: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-sele...
The media covering it to varying degrees.
I am delighted to report that we now have a team in place to support the activities of the group. The deputy Chair is Dr Eleanor Reed who works for Wardell Armstrong LLP in Newcastle. Eleanor's role will be to work with the entire NSN, but she will concentrate in the first instance in making contact with BSSS members in the north-east. Our Student Rep is Bea Burak from the University of Lancaster. It's great to have them both on board.
Dr Eleanor Reed has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the Northern Soils Network. She is one of six soil scientists working from the Newcastle office of Wardell Armstrong LLP. Eleanor is passionate about soil. Her PhD was in soil geochemistry followed by post-doctoral positions at Nafferton Ecological Farming Group, and Bangor University. Her soil interests include soils in agriculture, forest and peatland environments with particular focus on nutrient use efficiency, carbon cycling and soil quality.
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
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/
I thought I’d update NSN members on recent developments. I am near to finalising the appointment of a Deputy Chair and Student Rep for the group. I will let you know once these roles are confirmed. This will mark an exciting development for us.