The biennial conference for students and now early career members was held on 16th and 17th April 2019 at the University of Sheffield United Kingdom.
Over 75 delegates spent the two days at the conference sharing their research either in oral or poster presentations. They also had the chance to network with each other and participate in two workshops covering career opportunities and tips on how to prepare for your Viva.
The Best Oral Presentation Award was presented toThomas Murphy (Slowing the flow“The impact of woodland creation on soil properties in Dartmoor flood risk catchments.") by Professor Wilfred Otten at the 2019 ECR Conference at the University of Sheffield (16th and 17th April 2019).
The Best Poster Award was presented to Katy Faulkner ("Resilience of forest soil and root-associated microbial communities to extreme weather events") by Professor Wilfred Otten at the 2019 ECR Conference at the University of Sheffield (16th and 17th April 2019).
Researchers report that the distribution of forest types worldwide is based on the relationships plant species forged with soil microbes to enhance their uptake of nutrients. These symbioses could help scientists understand how ecosystems may shift as climate change alters the interplay between plants, microbes and soil.