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 Jenny Jones
Deputy Chair: Eleanor Reed
Group Treasurer: Current vacancy
UK PlantSci is the annual conference of the UK Plant Sciences Federation, established to showcase the wealth of plant sciences in the UK.
This meeting provides a unique forum for all those interested in the plant sciences to come together and share their knowledge and expertise. Delegates will have the opportunity to interact with stakeholders, industry and different research communities.
Session topics include:
- Heterosis and epigenetics
- Abiotic stress
- Ecosystem resilience
- The plant microbiome
- The molecular basis of signal transduction in plants
- Plant signalling
- Future generations
Giles Oldroyd, John Innes Centre, will give the opening keynote presentation
Philip Poole, University of Oxford will present a keynote lecture on The plant microbiome and the importance of the Rhizosphere to plant growth and resilience.
For more details or to register, visit http://www.plantsci2016.org.uk/
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.
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: http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/57
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 http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/56 Note: Accommodation and travel expenses are not covered by organisers.
The call for papers is now open - the deadline for abstracts is 15 April: http://contaminated-sites.sazp.sk/node/53
Members of the Northern Soils Network are invited to this event being organised by the Midland Soil Discussion Group:
Dear Northern Soils Network,
I am writing to update you on progress with the network since I took over as Chair. Unfortunately, ill-health stymied my initial attempts, but I'm now firing on all cylinders.
Some of you will know that I have agreed to take over the role of Chair of the NSN from Peter Shanahan. I'm passionate about soil having taught and researched it for 30+ years. So, I accept the role with delight, but with a smidgen of trepidation. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Peter for the excellent work that he has done for the NSN. I hope that I can do as well as he did.
It was a very good council meeting in Edinburgh on 24th March.
The following are things for NSN members to consider:
- If you have any events planned for IYS2015 please get in touch.
- BSSS merchandising is available from Cranfield, including pens, leaflets and golf tees!
- BSSS is looking to become more involved in policy and would like to know of who (and how) to contact members of parliament and the House of Lords.
Postdoctoral Research Assistant opportunity at the University of York.
46 month fixed term contract from 1st November 2015