Welsh Soil Discussion Group

Welsh Soil Discussion Group

The Welsh Soils Discussion Group was set up to encourage discussion and interest in the study of soils in Wales. The group provides an oportunity for British Society of Soil Science members and others with an interest in soil from different institutions/ industry to meet and discuss problems and topics of common interest.

Group Chair: Ian Rugg

Group Secetary: Mrs Sarah Coe

Group Treasurer: Vacancy

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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 http://www.plantsci2016.org.uk/




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: http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/57


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 http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/56    Note: Accommodation and travel expenses are not covered by organisers.


The call for papers is now open - the deadline for abstracts is 15 April:  http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/53


Welsh Soils Discussion Group - 2016 Spring Meeting

Event date: 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Event venue: 
Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom
Event description: 

Please come and join us for our next group meeting and discussions.  With BASIS CPD points available, the final agenda for the meeting is as follows:


1000   Arrivals and coffee

1030   Welcome and Introduction (Ian Rugg)

* Work of the BSSS and Working with Soils Training Programme (Sarah Coe NRW)

* EU and UK / Welsh soils policy update (Ian Rugg WG)

* DEFRA & other R&D updates (Ian Rugg WG)

*  University / Student update (John Scullion - Aberystwyth University / Richard Hill - Aberystwyth University)

1100 Speaker sessions

* Speaker 1 Dr Fiona Fraser (Cranfield University) : Probing the basis of soil resilience

An update on Corstanje et al 2014 paper on soil resilience. A discussion on the importance of taxonomic class, parent material and soil texture in resilience, as well as the need for a systems approach to soil management.

* Speaker 2 Richard Hartnup (ex. Soil Survey of England and Wales): Using the National Soil map - how it was made and what it tells us.

Background to how the National Soil Map was made, how it should and shouldn’t be used and what Soil Associations actually tell us.

1200 Lunch  (not provided)

1300 Speaker sessions

Speaker 3 Antonio Rodriguez (Bangor University): Simulating extreme flood events in grasslands. Cycle of nutrients and microbial community structure. 

* Speaker 4 Dr Joanna Niziolomski (Cranfield University): The Welsh Soils Evidence Review

Key findings of the recently completed Welsh Government Soils Evidence Review. This is a synthesis of key soils research affecting Wales, identifying

evidence on state and condition of Welsh soils to help inform future R&D and policy.

1415 Discussion session

What do people want from the group, topics for meetings, website, suggested speakers, venues, strengthening links between soil, ecology and agriculture.

1500 Close

BASIS CPD points are available for attending this meeting so please ensure you have your Basis ID number with you on the day. 4 CPD points have been accredited -  3Environment, 1Personal Development.

The meeting is free for members and £10 for non-members. 

Booking is now closed for this event.

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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.

Early Careers Researcher Conference

The 2015 Early Career researchers’ (ECR) conference will be held at the University of York on the 7th and 8th of April.

Running since 1986, this conference brings together vibrant PhD students in the area of soil science.

An important aim of the ECR conference is to provide a platform for early career researchers to present their work and network with their peers and colleagues. This conference is, therefore, an excellent opportunity for students to showcase, discuss and disseminate their work in a formal setting.