Midlands Soil Discussion Group

Midlands Soil Discussion Group

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

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BSSS Annual Conference: Closing Date for Abstracts- 10th June!

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.

Looking back on March: An Update from Dan

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...

2018 MSDG Annual Workshop - Soil Resource Conservation and Sustainable Management

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Event venue: 
British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5GG, United Kingdom
Event description: 

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


Event flyer: 

Looking back on January: An Update from Dan

Hello everyone,

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.