The Midlands Soil Discussion Group (MSDG) was first formed on the 23rd November 2011 at Nottingham university thanks to the efforts of Professor Sacha Mooney. The group has grown from strength to strength since then.
Group Chair: Dr Sami Ullah
Group Secretary: Professor Mike Fullen
Group Treasurer: Dr Fiona Nicholson
“See you tomorrow,” creaks the laboratory door. The day’s work is complete. Those two great shepherds – fatigue and hunger – slowly steer my colleagues and I away from the department and into the warmth of a summer’s evening.
Soils are crucial for sustainable development and healthy soils are central to achieving many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
With keynote speakers, including Dr Cheryl Palm from the University of Florida, addressing issues such as Soils and Food Security, Climate Change and Health and Water Quality, the British Society of Soil Science 2018 Annual Conference will provide an opportunity to deliberate and discuss these critical topics.
“Shoulders of upland brown laid dark to the sunset’s bosom, | Living amber of wheat, and copper of new-ploughed loam, | Downs where the white sheep wander, little gardens in blossom, | Roads that wind through the twilight up to the lights of home.” [E. Nesbit, Out of the fulness of the heart].
Happy Springtime everyone,
Tunnelling a passageway through the soil, furnishing our beds and borders with elegance and vitality is a floral promise. A promise of longer days, and lighter evenings; a promise to banish the clouds and cast off the rain. This promise, once dormant under thick clods of earth, now stands tall and dainty; a yellow delicacy swaying to the music of Springtime...
Memorial picture of MSDG 2013 workshop, chaired by the late Dr B Rawlins (front row, 2nd from left)
The theme of this meeting is soil resource conservation and sustainable management, which is of critical importance for protecting environmental quality, food security, biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation.
The annual meeting of the MSDG group will examine the link between soils and geology through a tour of the BGS geological core store, a viewing of old soil maps, a demonstration of the immersive 3D geovisonary facility and a journey through UK time along the geological walk, in the morning, followed by selected presentations showcasing latest research in soil science in the afternoon.
An invited talk by Drs Andrew Tye and Murray Lark on “The contribution of the late Dr Barry Rawlins to soil science” will be one of the afternoon talks.
10. 00 AM Arrival and Registration at BGS, Keyworth, Notthingham NG12 5GG
10.30 to 12.00PM Tours of the BGS geological core store, old maps, immersive 3D-geovisonary suite and the geological walk
12.00 to 1.00PM Lunch
1.00 to 1.30 PM Invited Talk: Contribution of the late Dr B Rawlins to soil science
1.30 to 4.30 pm Seminars (~15 min talks)
4.30 to 4.45 pm AGM
- The event is free for members
- Non-members are asked to pay a fee of £15
Registration includes lunch and refreshments
BOOKING FOR THIS MEETING IS NOW CLOSED
It feels like just a few days ago that I sat down and wrote my New Year’s ReSOILutions. However, a month has passed already! There’s already a fine film of dust over the Christmas baubles and though we gaze out onto frosty mornings with dreams of summer, we realize that Spring – that season of hope and renewal – will be around soon enough. I hope you’ve had a wonderful January.
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.
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/