The Northern Soils Network (NSN) originally comprised two Northern Regional Soil Discussion Groups (East and West) but combined forces in recent years to improve the group offering.
Group Chair: Dr Manoj Menon
Deputy Chair: Dr Eleanor Reed
As you know the NSN team will be meeting members of the network at a reception on the first morning of the Annual Conference. We are really looking forward to meeting you all. To help us with catering, please could you confirm that you will attending this event. Please email Jenny Jones at NSN@soils.org.uk by Monday 27th August. Thanks.
You will have seen my post from earlier this week re the reception for NSN members at the Annual Conference next month. Thank you to those who have told me that you will be coming to the reception. It would help us enormously if those who have not yet responded could do so by Monday 27th August. We need to know numbers so that we can have a suitable venue. Please contact me on NSN@soils.org.uk.
Hello NSN members, we are looking forward to seeing many of you at the Annual Conference in Lancaster next month. We will be holding a tea/coffee reception specifically for NSN members at 10:15 am on 4th September. This will be a great opportunity for us to meet each other. It would be a great help for the catering if you could let me know that you will be attending the reception. Please email me on NSN@soils.org.uk. See you there!
Don't forget that the deadline for nominations for Chair of the Northern Soils Network is 25th July 2018. The role of Chair provides a great opportunity to celebrate the activities of this fantastic region, to influence the direction of the Society at Council meetings, and to support Early Career Researchers. Jenny Jones is happy to speak to potential applicants to discuss the details of the role.
Jenny Jones is stepping down as Chair of the Northern Soils Network with effect from 31st December 2018. We are looking for nominations from members of the NSN for election for this role. Jenny will be happy to provide more information on what the role involves. We would like to introduce the new Chair to members at the Annual Conference at Lancaster University in September so suggest that nominations for Chair should be received by 25th July 2018 to allow time for the NSN community to respond to the nominations.
“See you tomorrow,” creaks the laboratory door. The day’s work is complete. Those two great shepherds – fatigue and hunger – slowly steer my colleagues and I away from the department and into the warmth of a summer’s evening.
Soils are crucial for sustainable development and healthy soils are central to achieving many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
With keynote speakers, including Dr Cheryl Palm from the University of Florida, addressing issues such as Soils and Food Security, Climate Change and Health and Water Quality, the British Society of Soil Science 2018 Annual Conference will provide an opportunity to deliberate and discuss these critical topics.
I hope that everyone is enjoying the May sunshine after the prolonged winter.
“Shoulders of upland brown laid dark to the sunset’s bosom, | Living amber of wheat, and copper of new-ploughed loam, | Downs where the white sheep wander, little gardens in blossom, | Roads that wind through the twilight up to the lights of home.” [E. Nesbit, Out of the fulness of the heart].
Happy Springtime everyone,
Tunnelling a passageway through the soil, furnishing our beds and borders with elegance and vitality is a floral promise. A promise of longer days, and lighter evenings; a promise to banish the clouds and cast off the rain. This promise, once dormant under thick clods of earth, now stands tall and dainty; a yellow delicacy swaying to the music of Springtime...