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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NSN Early Careers Event

Regrettably, due to operational reasons, we have to cancel the NSN Early Careers event due to take place on 14th December 2016. Many apologies for this, but don't forget that BSSS will be holding a larger Early Careers event at Lancaster University on 19th-20th April 2017.

Please WATCH OUT for news of a workshop on Peatland Restoration to be held in February 2017. This is a joint event between NSN and SSDG. Information on registration will be posted soon.

Northern Soils Network - Soil Health Report Discussion

Event date: 
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Event venue: 
Newcastle and Lancaster United Kingdom
Event description: 

Following the soil health enquiry, the first UK Soil Health Report was published on the 2nd June 2016.

Drawing from eighty pieces of written evidence and 16 expert witness oral evidence, the Environmental Audit Committee have created a report which considers the current state of soil health; the extent to which current policies and programmes protect our soils; and discusses suggestions arising from the enquiry to help protect the health of our soils.

Join the Northern Soils Network to discuss the future of UK soils and the potential impact and importance of this Report in an informal and friendly setting. 

Locations: The Town Wall pub, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5HZ (in the Library Room) or The Robert Gillow, 64 Market  Street, Lancaster, Lancashire LA1 1HP.

Meeting starts at 7pm but you are welcome to arrive from 6.30pm for informal networking

Cost: Free to BSSS members, £5 to non-members, includes a free drink and nibbles

Booking is now closed for this event.

Groups audience: 

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: