I was very fortunate to obtain a grant from the BSSS which enabled me to attend the 20th World Congress of Soil Science at Jeju in June 2014. There was an extensive range of soil science topics presented at the conference. I enjoyed taking the opportunity to learn more about the research on greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils and the use of biochar as a soil amendment, which is being conducted throughout the world, as this is my area of PhD research.
The EGU General Assembly 2014 was attended by over 12,000 scientists from more than 100 countries around the world. Of particular interest to me, the Soil System Sciences session ‘Strategies for effective soil carbon sequestration through synergies in pyrogenic carbon, charcoal and biochar research’ received in excess of 30 abstract submissions. Typically, the research of wildfire pyrogenic carbon, charcoal and biochar are often undertaken in isolation, despite analogous formation, function
I was an invited expert attending the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) stand "Soil - the hidden treasure" at the recent Euro Science Open Forum ESOF - Science in the City ‘building bridges’ festival which took place in Copenhagen from 21-24 June, 2014, and which was opened by EU President Manuel Barosso and HM Queen of Denmark. Some tens of thousands of delegates came onto the site over the four days, from scientists and researchers, to general public and school parties.
20th World Congress of Soil Science: First International Soil Judging Competition, Jeju, South Korea
I must admit when I was offered the opportunity to go to Korea as part of the European team for the “First International Soil Judging Competition” I was no way on earth saying no! Definitely up for that! Miss Enthusiasm right here!
Over the last four and a half years a small team of Society Members and staff along with Dawn Lauder of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre and Beverly MacLean of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau have been preparing for the Society's bid to host the World Congress of Soil Science in 2022.
Today sees the start of the 20th World Congress of Soil Science at the ICC in Jeju, South Korea. The Congress marks the 90th Aniversary of the IUSS and takes place from Sunday 8th June until Friday 13th June 2014. Ian and Kathryn from the Society office will be there manning our stand (Number 20) within the Exhibition Hall - so if you are there pop by and say hello!
The European Geophysical Union General Assembly is one of the largest gatherings of geoscientists in the world, with over 12000 participants descending on Vienna, Austria. Attending conferences and driving knowledge exchange is a major part of the transition from being a student to a full research scientist.
On 31 October, the Global Soil Partnership Secretariat convened a workshop to discuss about the establishment of the European Soil Partnership. The Berlin communiqué was prepared by the participants GSP partners and agreed to establish the European Soil Partnership whose Secretariat is based in Ispra, Italy.
I recently received £500 from the British Society of Soil Science, which I used to attend the European Geosciences Union 2014 Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria. I gave an oral presentation entitled ‘Land-use change for bioenergy crop production in Britain: carbon sequestered in soil or lost in transition?’.
In February I received a BSSS student conference grant to attend OrgN 2014, an “international workshop on organic nitrogen and plant nutrition – from molecular mechanisms to ecosystems”. Here I gave an oral presentation on some work that I have conducted during my PhD on separating biotic and abiotic mechanisms of dissolved organic nitrogen (N) removal from grassland soil systems.