The Scottish Soils Discussion Group was recently re-formed, and is intended to encourage interest and discussion, and to foster ideas and debate in relation to Scottish soils. We aim to provide a forum for people from science, industry and other interest groups to share ideas and discuss problems. Our activities include the organisation of events and aiding the flow of soil-related information between and within BSSS and other groups.
Group Chair: Dr Matt Aitkenhead (James Hutton Institute) and Dr Sarah Buckingham (Scotland’s Rural College)
Group Secretary: Dr Jennifer Carfrae (Scotland’s Rural College)
Group Treasurer: Dr Nikki Baggerly
“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.
“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].
The James Hutton Institute will be hosting Open Farm Sunday at Glensaugh Farm on the 10th of June this year. Please come along for a full day of activities and presentations, and also please consider letting me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to help represent BSSS and take part (you'll need a pair of willies!).
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...
Just a quick reminder about the meeting at Newcastle's Life Centre on the 22nd of February, on the subject of soil spatial datasets. There are still spaces available, and if you are coming then you are encouraged to bring a relevant poster for the poster competition that will take place during lunchtime.
Further information and registration is available at http://www.soils.org.uk/event/1344
The aims of the meeting are:
It feels like just a few days ago that I sat down and wrote my New Year’s ReSOILutions. However, a month has passed already! There’s already a fine film of dust over the Christmas baubles and though we gaze out onto frosty mornings with dreams of summer, we realize that Spring – that season of hope and renewal – will be around soon enough. I hope you’ve had a wonderful January.
I have been asked to circulate information about the available post of CXC Programme Manager which is being advertised.
ClimateXChange (CXC) is a Scottish Government funded Centre of Expertise, based at the University of Edinburgh, but drawing upon academic resources from across Scotland, and helping bridge the gap between academic knowledge and policy formulation/delivery.
The role of Programme Manager is both challenging and very rewarding, and may be of potential interest to researchers or policy practitioners (see link below for further information)