Looking ahead to BSSS ECR 2019

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Once more, Spring has recoiled from dormancy. The grey, melancholic curtains in the sky are drawn back to reveal a sun rehearsing an overture to countless summer days. The grass wrestles off its frosted blanket and embryos of colour, waiting patiently for the calls of the season, sprout life over our banal beds and borders. In Springtime, the lungs of Earth are forgiving creatures. Unlike the stubborn hostility of winter, they do not puff out their polar breath disdainfully. A breeze in Spring can set the world to dance. It can instill glee into the hop of the rabbit, rapture into the song of the robin and bliss into the buds and blooms. An enchantment swells; nature begins to sway buoyantly again, heartened and bolstered in the knowledge that there are better days ahead.

As many of you know, the BSSS Early Career Researcher’s (ECR) conference will germinate on the 16th and 17th April, but by no means are preparations dormant. The ECR Regional Reps and I have been hard at work over the winter, preparing what we believe will be a vibrant and diverse programme. Whilst ideas are flourishing, we are of course very willing to hear from you if you have any suggestions to make for the conference. I am delighted that so many of you are indeed looking forward to the event and on behalf of my team, I would like to thank all those who registered and submitted abstracts last month. You should, by now, have received a letter from the BSSS Office regarding the panel’s decision on your abstract. Please note that the standard of abstracts received this year was of notable high quality and reflective of some of the fantastic work being carried out across the Society. We are very much looking forward to it being exhibited at this year’s ECR conference in Sheffield.

I would now like to put a call out to any Early Career members who would like to potentially chair an oral session at this year’s event. We have some vacancies to fill and we would like to hear from you if you’re interested. We can provide support and guidance on how to effectively chair sessions prior to the conference. It can often be an asset to one’s CV and it’s a great transferable skill. If you are interested, please contact me on student@soils.org.uk before the 1st March 2019.

Much more information about the conference will be sent in due course, especially about the workshops we are planning to convene, the BSSS ECR Time Capsule and the special guests we have secured for the event.

Best wishes for the remainder of the month,

Dan Evans