South East England Soil Discussion Group

South East England Soil Discussion Group

The South East England Soils Discussion Group (SEESOIL) is a vibrant group.

Dr Jack Hannam, Cranfield University – Chair

Dr Martin Lukac, University of Reading  – Vice Chair

Dr Elena Vanguelova, Forest Research – Tree Planting Coordinator

Dr Tom Sizmur, University of Reading – IYS2015 Coordinator

Julian Gold, Hendred Farms


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SEESOIL Early Career one day event - “What next? Careers in soil science” joint meeting with IAgrE

Event date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Event venue: 
Vincent Building, Cranfield University, Bedfordshire, UK. 10am - 3pm
Event description: 

Are you wondering what to do post-PhD? What are the options? How do I go about getting a job that uses my skills in soil science?

Don't miss the opportunity to find out about options at this FREE event!

Hear the varied career pathways from soil scientists currently working in a variety of professional and academic sectors.  Speakers include Professor Dick Godwin (Harper Adams, Cranfield University, Czech University of Life Sciences), Dr Emma Garfield (Gs Growers), Dr Laura Hathaway-Jenkins (Tim O’Hare Associates), Dick Thomson (British Society of Soil Science) and Dr Jack Hannam (Cranfield University).  They will provide a brief overview of their career journey and offer tips and hints of getting on the career ladder in various sectors.  Learn about options available to gain professional chartership from BSSS ad IAgrE and also what you can do to improve your chances of landing a job and getting into your preferred sector.

The meeting is co-sponsored by BSSS, SEESOIL and IAgrE (Institution of Agricultural Engineers) and is FREE for members from both societies or £10 for non-members. A networking lunch is included.

Booking is now CLOSED for this event.


Event flyer: 

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




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:


SEESOIL Spring Meeting April 30th - Abstract submission by 10th April

Dear All

SEESOIL Spring Meeting, Feeding the Earth, the soil science underlying food production, East Malling Research, 30th April.

Poster and oral presentation abstract submission has been extended to 10th April.

The event will include morning presentations and discussion, networking lunch and poster session and afternoon tour round the orchards and underground Rhizolab. Guest Speaker, David Hopkins (Royal Agricultural University) will talk on 'What can we learn about soils from long-term experiments?'

Soapbox Science 2015

Soapbox Science is an annual public science communication event that transforms public areas into an arena for public learning and scientific debate. The event follows the format of London Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner, which is historically an arena for public debate. With Soapbox Science, we want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy, learn from, heckle, question, probe, interact with and be inspired by some of our leading scientists.

International Year of Soil 2015 Event - 20th & 21st February 2015

As part of our celebrations for the International Year of Soils the Society has accepted an invitation from the Royal Horticultural Society to have a display stand at their two day Plant and Potato Fair which is being held in Central London on 20th and 21st February 2015.

The stand will be aimed primarily at children and highlight our education outreach activities. There will be a chance for children to build their own wormery and we will have some education material for visitors to look at and take away if applicable.