Student Representative: Ashley Gorman
This forum is a platform for BSSS student members to communicate within the student member community. We hope this will form an open dialog between student members, enhancing communication and creating an opportunity to celebrate the hard work of the student cohort. So, please feel free to post your soil related interests/publications/conference attendance/grants awarded/ events/advice etc. We look forward to reading them!
Your ideas and help are always welcome- we would like to know how you think the society should evolve for students or if you would like to get involved please comment here or contact Ashley directly.
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/
Please see message below from Eleanor Leach from Salford University:
We are running the Student Retention Conference: Support throughout education here at Salford University, Manchester on Friday 30th June 2017. The day will bring together senior people, key stakeholders and establish strategic partnerships.
Good afternoon everyone,
This is a reminder that the deadline for you to submit your abstract and complete your registration is next week -TUESDAY 31st! Template and info can be found here >>> http://soils.org.uk/event/1051
So far, the response to the abstract call has been amazing and has attracted lots of new members.
In previous years, the BSSS student representative elections has been an online vote - how boring!
This year we are changing it up and for the first time ever, we are going to hold the election at our ECR conference in April 2017 - as if you needed another reason to attend?
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.
The Rank Prize Funds
Soil Organisms and Pollutants and their Consequences for Human Health
15th to 18th May 2017
The Wordsworth Hotel, Grasmere
Professor Margaret Oliver (Editor-in-chief of EJSS) would like to nominate a student to give a presentation and attend this conference (details below). If you are interested, please contact Phil Haygarth (email@example.com) before the end of Thursday 3rd November.
Notes for Junior Speakers
Good morning student members,
Please see information below sent by the Royal Geographical Society about teacher training scholarships for postgraduates.
Based in Southern Germany, closing date 20th October 2016
Organised by the International Fertiliser Society, a new award scheme for researchers working at the M.Sc or Ph.D levels, or equivalent, who can demonstrate how their work will provide practical benefits to farm crop nutrition.
The inaugeral Brian Chambers award, organised and funded by the IFS, occurred in 2015 (information about the 2015 entrants and winners), with a cash prize of £1,000 for the winner, plus £500 each for two runners-up.
There is a free NERC training course on soils run by BSSS and SSP (Soil Security Programme) in the week beginning Monday September 19th. It is a residential 5-day course at Cranfield and travel costs will also be included.
More information and sign up is here: http://soils.org.uk/event/940
Please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested!