2019 Annual Conference "Managing Soil Resources to Secure Our Future"

Event date: 
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 to Thursday, September 5, 2019
Event venue: 
The Edge, Endcliffe Village, University of Sheffield, Sheffield United Kingdom
Event description: 

Managing Soil Resources to Secure Our Future

The multi-functionality of soils puts ever greater pressure on how and what expert advice is provided to manage our soils and the time that remains until we must reduce Greenhouse gas emission gets ever shorter.

Brexit and the 25-year plan will determine the direction of financial support for agriculture and the use of soils for production. However, will the area of highly productive soils be further jeopardised by the housing crisis?

Will the next generation molecular techniques provide the tools for managing the soil’s biological component?

How can land managers be supported in enhancing their skills and understanding of soils to meet future needs?

Are soils in the natural environment likely to be affected by the same drivers of change? Certainly we have to be concerned about science, policy and practices in all these aspects of management.

Innovative research and research applications from all areas in soil science will be required to tackle these challenges.

Keynote speakers:

  • The Presidential Lecture “Linking Soil and Human Health” will be delivered by Professor John CrawfordRothamsted Research
  • The Russell Lecture "Soil Ecological Engineering and Soil Microbiome Management in Terrestrial Ecosystems" will be delivered by Prof. Dr. Marcel van der Heijden   1,2  1) Swiss Federal Research Institute Agroscope, Zurich Switzerland 2) University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland    


New for 2019:   

"Impact on soils of the change towards reduced tillage"  

Experiences will be shared by invited expert speakers:

  • Russell McKenzie - Arable Manager, D J Tebbit/John Sheard Farms
  • Dr Alastair Leake - Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust & Allerton Project 
  • Dr Thomas Keller - Agroscope Switzerland and SLU Sweden 
  • Professor Duncan Cameron - The Institute for Sustainable Food, University of Sheffield
  • Dr Blair McKenzie - The James Hutton Institute    

Topics discussed will include challenges to effective deployment of reduced tillage such as:

- Compaction

- Altered transport pathways of agrochemicals

- Propagation of soil borne diseases

- Need for increased use of herbicides to control weeds and volunteers

- Occasional difficulties with establishment

A Panel discussion will follow.  


A total of 10 BASIS CPD Points have been awarded to this conference as follows:  1 Crop Protection / 6 Environment / 1 Plant Nutrition / 2 Health & Safety




Conference Timings:

Weds 4th Sept: Opens 10.00am (Registration from 9.15am)  -  Closes 6.00pm 

Thur 5th Sept: Opens   09:00am  -  Closes 4.00pm.



There are three choices of accommodation in Endcliffe Village, all within a 5 minute walk of the The Edge Conference Centre, the venue for this meeting. 


Conference Dinner Menu can be viewed here