News update, March 2016

Groups audience: 

I thought I’d update NSN members on recent developments. I am near to finalising the appointment of a Deputy Chair and Student Rep for the group. I will let you know once these roles are confirmed. This will mark an exciting development for us.

On Thursday 3rd March I attended a Council meeting of the BSSS. These meetings are always good not least because they are organised brilliantly by the Society’s new Executive Officer, Ian Brown. The meeting provides an excellent opportunity to meet with people who share our passion for soil. In her Presidential Report, Liz Baggs spoke about the regional groups being integral to the road towards the World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) to be held in Glasgow in 2022. We, as one of the Regional Groups, are seen as key to raising the profile of the society and harnessing enthusiasm for the various events that the Society puts on. All Chairs of the Regional Groups will now have regular audio meetings to share ideas and good practice. We will also investigate the possibility of joint meetings. Dr Bruce Lascelles updated us on progress towards WCSS2022. This is a huge task and, although 2022 seems an age away, we all know how quickly time flies. So, we in the NSN are in for an interesting time. Next year is the 70th anniversary of the Society; I’ll keep you informed of birthday activities proposed.

The fact that you are reading this means that you have registered to join the Northern Soils Network. I suspect that there may be other members out there who have not registered to join the group. If you know of anyone who is a member of BSSS, please could you check if they have joined NSN and encourage them to register if they have not done so already. The more we have the merrier.

The deadline for ‘The Auger’ is the end of April. Please do contact me if you have carried out (or are planning) any soil-related activities which it would be good to share with the full BSSS membership. As always, you can contact me on