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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Latest posts

Lancaste rUniversity vacancy Senior Research Associate in Plant-Soil-Nutrient Interactions

Senior Research Associate in Plant-Soil-Nutrient Interactions
Lancaster Environment Centre
Salary: £32,277 to £37,394
Closing Date: Thursday 13 November 2014
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: A1089
Applications are invited for a NERC-funded post-doctoral position, tenable for three years, to investigate the development of a suite of novel land conditioners and plant fertilizers from the waste streams of biomass energy generation.

World Soil Day 5th Dec call for help

Hi all

5th December is world soils day!

To mark this, the BSSS will be going to schools across the country to plant a tree and to highlight soil science.

Can you please email me the name and address of a school in your county that would be a contender for this activity in the north of England. Deadline for passing this to BSSS HQ is 17 Oct, so not long!

I will also need help with this, so lots of volunteers welcome!

Early Careers Researcher Conference

The 2015 Early Career researchers’ (ECR) conference will be held at the University of York on the 7th and 8th of April.

Running since 1986, this conference brings together vibrant PhD students in the area of soil science.

An important aim of the ECR conference is to provide a platform for early career researchers to present their work and network with their peers and colleagues. This conference is, therefore, an excellent opportunity for students to showcase, discuss and disseminate their work in a formal setting.

NSN student rep!

Hello all! It is great pleasure to announce that Kirsty Ross, a PhD student at Lancaster University has offered to be the NSN Student Representative. Kirsty offered her help at the BSSS AGM and will be a valued member of the regional group.

Kirsty, pictured centre collecting her 1st prize for her poster at the AGM (nice one Kirsty!) is studying phosphorous transfer from soil to water.

Council meeting - Manchester University, 2 Sep 2014

Hi all
The Council meeting went well today. Key thing for NSN is to have meetings and field day activities. This not only gets people together, but also brings some funds into the charity. If you have any thoughts on a meeting then do please let me know at

Early Careers Conference - York, April 2015
This is a great opportunity for PhD and post-docs to co-organise and attend this fully funded conference. Please let your students in your departments know about this event. More details will follow.

Welcome to the new look NSN group page


Here is the first group post for NSN on the new-look BSSS website.

This is our space to share news, discuss soil matters in the North and keep communications going.

To kick off, here is a photo of myself with Anthony Hough at the Myerscough College graduation ceremony in June. Anthony won the BSSS Soil Science award for his MSc studies in sports turf science.

Coming up is the AGM in Manchester, 3-4 Sep. I look forward to seeing many of you there.


Pete Shanahan (NSN chair)