International Members

The British Society of Soil Science has a large amount of Members who reside outside the UK and so we have provided a forum space here for them to share ideas, exchange views and comment as they wish.  

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The 2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost

Event date: 
Sunday, July 2, 2017 to Thursday, July 6, 2017
Event venue: 
Sapporo, Japan
Event description: 

The 2nd Asian Conference on Permafrost (ACOP2017) will take place in Sapporo, Japan from July 2–6, 2017.

Make sure you DO NOT miss this conference, which will be held on Hokkaido, the northernmost island of Japan.

Delegates will participate in state-of-the-art oral and poster presentations in the modern city of Sapporo (host of the 1972 Winter Olympics). Field trips will visit marginal and extrazonal mountain permafrost sites that support unique geo-eco-hydrological features.

All aspects of frozen ground research will be covered, from needle ice to deep permafrost, from frozen ground engineering in cities to permafrost on volcanoes, and from links between frozen ground and ancient cultures to present-day outreach.

Plan now to enjoy science and engineering, excellent food, and unique field trips in Sapporo in summer 2017!

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1st WORLD CONFERENCE ON SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION UNDER GLOBAL CHANGE (CONSOWA) “Sustainable Life on Earth through Soil and Water Conservation”

Event date: 
Monday, June 12, 2017 to Friday, June 16, 2017
Event venue: 
Lleida, Spain
Event description: 

Sustainable Life on Earth through  Soil and Water Conservation

A joint Conference of the “International Soil Conservation Organization” (19th ISCO Conference), the “World Association for Soil and Water Conservation” (Conference on Soil and Water Conservation of WASWAC), the “European Society for Soil Conservation” (8th ESSC Congress), the “International Union of Soil Science (USS-Comnmissions 3.2, 3.6), the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), the “International Erosion Control Association” (IECA) and the “World Erosion Control Association” (IECA) and the “World Association for Sedimentation and Erosion Research” (WASER), in parallel with the VIII Simposio Nacional sobre Control de la Degradación y Restauración de Suelos (SECS)

Programme is available here.

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Third Wageningen Soil Conference

Event date: 
Sunday, August 27, 2017 to Thursday, August 31, 2017
Event venue: 
Wageningen, The Netherlands
Event description: 

Humankind is currently facing unprecedented challenges regarding food security, water resources, climate change and biodiversity. 

The participants of the 2015 edition of the Wageningen Soil Conference agreed that soils play a key role in confronting these challenges. 
In their resolution, they emphasized the important role of soil organic carbon for several soil functions, and that a professional communication 
strategy is needed to ensure that society benefits from soil-based solutions.

In 2017, Wageningen University & Research would like to invite you to the third edition of the Wageningen Soil Conference, to continue work on identifying actions for soil-based solutions that help achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to initiate programs that aim at a lasting increase in soil organic carbon, and to develop narratives on soil-based solutions that are convincing to policy makers and other stakeholders.

Themes addressed during the third Wageningen Soil Conference are: 

  • Climate Change
  • Food Security
  • Water Resources
  • Biodiversity
  • Land Functions
  • Governance and Policy

We will address these topics in a dynamic way, by top key-note speeches, challenging debates as well as oral and poster presentations by participants.

For further information please refer to the First Circular. 

Details on registration and submission of abstracts are on our website 

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Growing Media and Composting International Symposium

Event date: 
Sunday, August 20, 2017 to Friday, August 25, 2017
Event venue: 
Portland, Oregon, USA
Event description: 

The International Symposium on Growing Media, Substrate Analysis and Compost Utilization in Horticulture will be hosted in Portland Oregon, USA from 20-25 August, 2017. 

The website for this Symposium has full details on the education session, tours, opportunities, etc. and will be regularly updated in the coming weeks.

Symposium topics and the Call for Abstracts (if you choose) is also listed.

This is the world’s greatest stage for "All Things Growing Media" and 2017 will be only the second time meeting has been hosted in the United States (the first being 2009).

The Symposium will feature the worlds experts (science and industry) in all areas of growing media and composting including: peat moss, advances in and uses of compost, coconut coir, hydroponics, wood fiber and bark manufacturing and use, biochacharacterization and use, substrate analytical analysis, substrate biology, substrate hydrology, urban environment substrates etc. 

Participants from 30+ countries are normally in attendance as well numerous local growers and industry professionals. 

The International Peat Society (IPS) will also be a part of this Symposium and will be meeting during that week. All of the Canadian Peat Companies and Associations will be invited, as well all professional and retail substrate/soil/compost manufacturers in North America.  

We are expecting (recruiting and inviting) a lot of industry people to this meeting, not just academic or manufacturing folks: Greenhouse/Floriculture growers, Cannabis growers/markets, Nursery growers, Extension Personnel, etc. 

We chose Portland Oregon because of the large-scale horticulture in the region, accessible International Airport and easy public transportation system, the wonderful weather in August!  The West Coast of the United States is also a favorite destination with many attractions. California and Las Vegas are to the South, Seattle Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia to the North.

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can provide any additional information.  

Brian Jackson

Substrate Research Page:

Associate Professor

Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University














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41st Annual Conference of the Soil Science Society of Nigeria - Bauchi 2017

Event date: 
Monday, March 13, 2017 to Friday, March 17, 2017
Event venue: 
A​bubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria
Event description: 

"Land Degradation, Sustainable Soil management and Food and Nutrition Security"


            1.      Soil Related Aspects of Sustainable Development Goals

            2.      Management of Degraded soils in Nigeria: Strategies and Challenges.

            3.      Soil Information Services in Nigeria: A necessary tool for Sustainable Land Management.

            4.     Climate change: A challenge to Sustainable Land Resource Management and Soil Productivity

            5.      Soil fertility Management in Nigeria.

            6.      Indigenous Technical knowledge, Training and capacity building in Soil Science

            7.      Soil Related aspects of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

The 41st annual  Soil Science Society of Nigeria Conference on Land Degradation, Sustainable Soil Management and Food and Nutrition Security aims to bring together  academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Land Degradation and Sustainable Soil Management in relation to Food Security and Nutrition.

It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators in soils, food science, human nutrition and health to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Land Degradation, Sustainable Soil Management, Food Sufficiency, Quality and Human Health.

Call for Papers

All distinguished authors are kindly encouraged to contribute and help shape the conference through submissions of their abstracts, papers and posters.  High quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Land Degradation and Sustainable Soil Management are cordially invited for presentation at the conference.

Submission of Abstract Closes - 31st December, 2016

Any submission received later than the above date will not be published in the Book of Abstracts.

Submission of full length paper closes - 31st January, 2017.

Abstracts should be submitted to the Email address:

·         Each of the corresponding authors whose articles are accepted for presentation will be notified and consequently be expected to bring to the conference three (3) hard copies of the manuscript and a softcopy in a CD.

·         Each corresponding author should provide complete details (Affiliation postal address, E-mail Address and Telephone Numbers) to enable us reach him/her.


Members                          -                        N5, 000

Non-Members                  -                        N7, 000


Membership                                Registration                              Annual Dues

Student member                         N1, 000                                     N2, 000       

Ordinary member                        N2, 000                                     N10, 000     

Life member (<50years)           N125, 000                                  -      

Life member (>50years)           N100, 000                                  -

Corporate member                     N50, 000                                    N10, 000


Pre-conference registration can be effected through:

First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Abuja Main Branch

Account Name: Soil Science Society of Nigeria

Account Number:     2004729093

Sort Code:     011084060


Agro-allied companies, Research Institution and Centres, Faculties/Schools of Agriculture, Forestry and Earth Sciences, State Agricultural Development Projects, etc., are invited to exhibit and showcase their products and services during the conference at a reduced fee of N10, 000 only. They are also invited to advertise in the book of programme events at a reduced rate of N5, 000 for half page and N10, 000 for full length page.

Important Contacts:

LOC Chairman 

Professor N. Voncir. Email:


LOC Secretary.

Dr. Hassan A. Muhammad:


Official LOC Email:









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BioControl LATAM

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 to Thursday, November 17, 2016
Event venue: 
Royal Palm Plaza Hotel, Campinas, San Paulo, Brazil
Event description: 

The 3 day meeting will feature selected presentations on key current Biocontrol topics delivered by world renowned speakers/organisations.

Conference papers will contribute to our understanding of the role and use of biocontrol solutions in agriculture, including:

  • Global Biocontrol Market
  • Market for Biocontrol in LATAM
  • Main trends in the LATAM industry
  • Biocontrol Regulatory in LATAM
  • The US legislation, an example to follow?
  • Biocontrol as a business – adoption by growers and distributors
  • Biocontrol and biostimulants: going together in LATAM?
  • Biologicals Production and Formulation
  • Emerging technologies in microbials, natural extracts and semiochemicals

Provisional Programme is available here

Online Registration is open


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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:


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    Note: Accommodation and travel expenses are not covered by organisers.


The call for papers is now open - the deadline for abstracts is 15 April:


Combined Congress 2016

Event date: 
Monday, January 18, 2016 to Thursday, January 21, 2016
Event venue: 
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein South Africa
Event description: 

The Combined Congress 2016 will take place from 18-21 January 2016 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein.

The congress theme is “A nation embracing agriculture, ensures its future”.

Abstract submission deadline is 18 October 2015.


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10th International Conference on Mine Closure

Event date: 
Monday, June 1, 2015 to Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Event venue: 
Hyatt Regency Hoyel, Vancouver Canada
Event description: 

Mine Closure has become an internationally recognized conference series since it was established in 2006. The 10th International Conference on Mine Closure will offer a multidisciplinary global forum for exchanging views and developing capacity, to ensure that new mines are designed with closure in mind, and old sites are closed economically, while minimizing environmental and societal impacts.

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