Northern Soil Network

Northern Soil Network

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

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We have a team!

I am delighted to report that we now have a team in place to support the activities of the group. The deputy Chair is Dr Eleanor Reed who works for Wardell Armstrong LLP in Newcastle. Eleanor's role will be to work with the entire NSN, but she will concentrate in the first instance in making contact with BSSS members in the north-east. Our Student Rep is Bea Burak from the University of Lancaster. It's great to have them both on board.

We have a Deputy Chair!

Dr Eleanor Reed has been appointed as Deputy Chair of the Northern Soils Network. She is one of six soil scientists working from the Newcastle office of Wardell Armstrong LLP. Eleanor is passionate about soil. Her PhD was in soil geochemistry followed by post-doctoral positions at Nafferton Ecological Farming Group, and Bangor University. Her soil interests include soils in agriculture, forest and peatland environments with particular focus on nutrient use efficiency, carbon cycling and soil quality.

UK PlantSci 2016

Event date: 
Monday, April 11, 2016 to Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Event venue: 
John Innes Centre, Norwich
Event description: 

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


Keynote speakers:

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



News update, March 2016

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.


Event date: 
Monday, September 12, 2016 to Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Event venue: 
Bratislava, Slovak Republic
Event description: 

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:


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    Note: Accommodation and travel expenses are not covered by organisers.


The call for papers is now open - the deadline for abstracts is 15 April:


Greetings from new Chair NSN

Hi everyone,
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.