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
I have been asked to circulate information about the available post of CXC Programme Manager which is being advertised.
ClimateXChange (CXC) is a Scottish Government funded Centre of Expertise, based at the University of Edinburgh, but drawing upon academic resources from across Scotland, and helping bridge the gap between academic knowledge and policy formulation/delivery.
The role of Programme Manager is both challenging and very rewarding, and may be of potential interest to researchers or policy practitioners (see link below for further information)
The Scottish Soils Discussion Group and the Northern Soils Network will be hosting a joint meeting in Newcastle to promote and discuss the range of spatial soils datasets available around the UK, highlighting factors such as licensing and metadata which have an effect on the quality and usefulness of such datasets and the maps and models derived from them.
- To showcase the range of soil-related datasets currently being used across the UK, particularly relating to modelling, mapping, and visualisation.
- To provide a forum for people in different organisations to discuss ongoing and future activities (e.g. Digital Soil Mapping) and to develop ideas for future collaboration and research.
- To increase people’s awareness of differing licensing and metadata issues associated across a range of different organisations.
- To identify ways in which current work is being used for the benefit of society and in policy development, and how these can be improved in the future.
The meeting will run from 10am - 4pm at the Life Centre, Newcastle. Discounted parking is available and details will be sent with your joining instructions.
Registration fee includes refreshments and lunch.
BSSS Members - £15
Non - Members - £32
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN Please note: ALL delegates MUST register in advance for this meeting as places are limited.
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.
Scotland’s Geodiversity Charter sets out a vision: That Scotland’s geodiversity is recognised as an integral and vital part of our environment, economy, heritage and future sustainable development, to be managed appropriately and safeguarded for this and future generations.
The Scottish Geodiversity Forum has worked with partners to revise and update the Charter during 2017, ready for the launch of the renewed Charter at this conference with the support of more than 70 organisations.
For full detail see https://scottishgeodiversityforum.org/charter/conference/
CPNB 2018 ("The Dundee Conference") will be the foremost Conference concerning environmental management and crop production and associated topics in northern environments. Whilst the long-established Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain is not changing its name, the change in the title of this year's Conference to Crop PRODUCTION, reflects the wider remit of recent conferences.
The Dundee Conference covers Agri-environmental and Economic Aspects, Combinable Crops, and Potatoes.
Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain
CPNB 2018 is organised by The Association for Crop Protection in Northern Britain, a non-profit making Registered Charity which brings together The James Hutton Institute, Scotland's Rural College, Scottish Agricultural Science Agency, SNH and the agricultural trade in Scotland.
There are five sessions of invited papers and research reports with ample time for discussion. There are also two poster sessions. The Conference has been allocated a total of 12 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points (6 points for each day attended) towards the BASIS Professional Register.
Aims of the Conference
The aim of the Conference is to bring together farmers, agricultural and horticultural advisers, the technical staff of the agricultural chemical trade and all those concerned with recent advances in crop production methods and in chemical and non-chemical crop protection, including advisory, research and government organisations, to discuss crop production and protection problems prevalent in northern environments. In addition to those from Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland, the Conference will be of relevance to many others in Northern Europe.
Draft programme is available here
I am writing up an article for the Auger, on what we have been up to in Scotland in the last few months. If you have been taking part in any soil-related activities or have some interesting soil news you would like people to know about, please let me know (pictures are also good!).
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/
***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.
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.