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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Latest posts

Special Interest Groups discussion

Dear all,
There has been some discussion in BSSS about forming ‘special interest’ groups that would enable people with interests and skills in specific areas of soil science to discuss things more effectively. Examples of special interest groups could be Soil Physics, Modelling or relating to particular soil types, such as Peatland. If you have any thoughts on this idea or on specific groups that you would like to see, please let me know.
Matt Aitkenhead

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



Welsh Soil Discussion Group meeting

The Welsh Soil Discussion Group have arranged a meeting in Aberystwyth for 26 April 2016. They have thought about meeting formats and are inviting discussion on what members want to see from the WSDG.

There will be a 30 minute update at each meeting on EC soil activities, UK and Welsh policy development, R&D updates, ‘hot topics’ and student / university updates.


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:


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    Note: Accommodation and travel expenses are not covered by organisers.


The call for papers is now open - the deadline for abstracts is 15 April:


Meeting of interest in the Midlands

Members of the Scottish Soils Discussion Group are invited to this event being organised by the Midland Soil Discussion Group:
The workshop includes a guided tour of a commercial Anaerobic Organic Wastes Digestion Facility near Stafford in the morning, followed by presentations on the subject area in the afternoon at Keele University.
When: Wednesday March 09, 2016 (9.30 am to ~5 pm).
Venue: Keele University
To register your attendance, please, follow the link below:

Soapbox Science 2015

Soapbox Science is an annual public science communication event that transforms public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate. The event follows the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists.