The 2024 BSSS Annual Conference To Take Place In Cardiff

May 22, 2024 | Blog, Featured, Featured Blog, News

The British Society of Soil Science 2024 Annual Conference will take place from Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 December in Cardiff. The overall conference theme is Sustainable Soils for People and Planet. The packed multi-disciplinary event spanning the built, natural environment and agricultural sectors, set at the Glamorgan Cricket Club in Cardiff, will provide delegates with a fantastic opportunity to see the latest research and developments within soil science. 

Registration will be open in due course

The exciting and diverse programme will feature keynote speakers and experts and we have invited abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations.

Abstracts

The scientific committee is accepting oral and poster abstracts in one of five topics, linked to the conference theme, Sustainable Soils for People and Planet:

    1. Soil Health
      • Covering all aspects of Soil Health, Soil Functions, Indicators, Metrics, and Ecosystem Service Delivery

    2. Soils for Net Zero
      • Covering aspects such as Carbon Sequestration, Peatlands, Climate Change, Urban Soils, and GHG Mitigation.

    3. Nutrient and Water Management
      • Covering aspects such as Soil Erosion and Water Dynamics.

    4. Technology and Innovation
      • Covering aspects such as Sensors, AI and data, Instrumentation, Modelling, and Decision support tools.

    5. Soil, social sciences and culture
      • Covering aspects including Interdisciplinary Work, Stakeholder Engagement, Participatory Research, Citizen Science, Art and Culture.

    To have your abstract considered, submit it via the submission form below.

    Oral abstract submissions will be open until Friday 2 August.

    Poster abstract submissions will be open until Friday 6 September.

    Programme

    The exciting and diverse programme will feature keynote speakers and experts across the 2 days. On Wednesday 4 December, representatives from all UK nations will take part in our keynote policy session, which will provide an overview of the key soils-related activities and projects being undertaken in each of the nations.

    Following inquiries and studies into soil health in the UK and across the world, many authorities, including the UK EFRA Committee, is calling for soil health to be put on the same footing as water and air. The BSSS Annual Conference will coincide with World Soil Day (5 December) which highlights the importance of healthy soil and advocates for the sustainable management of soil resources. We understand how vital soil is to sustaining life on Earth, producing our food and sustaining rich ecosystems. With new and emerging policies, there is an ever increasing development of policy and commitment to put this into practice to help with the long-term productivity and resilience of the soil.

    The BSSS Conference will also endeavour to explore multiple functions of soil, such as mitigating flooding, adapting to climate change and increasing biodiversity.

    The conference programme will be released in due course.

     

    Presentations

    Over the two days, the conference will feature both oral and poster presentations. We are inviting abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations on: soil health, soils for net zero, water and nutrient management, technology and innovation, and soil, social sciences and culture.

    This is a pivotal time to hear from experts, practitioners, researchers and policy makers about the latest developments in soil management and restoration, and engage with fellow soil scientists and policymakers across related disciplines.

    Tours

    You can also choose to take part in a tour on Friday 6 December. Friday morning will provide an opportunity for delegates to visit a field site, near to Cardiff, and learn about sustainable soils projects.

    There will also be a cultural tour of Cardiff, for those who want to explore the city.

    Gala Dinner

    There will also be a Gala Dinner in the evening on Wednesday 4 December. This will consist of a 3 course meal and entertainment in a local venue in Cardiff, providing an authentic experience for the conference. Further details will be provided in due course.

    Sponsorship

    We have exciting sponsorship packages for our 2024 Annual Conference so if you are interested in supporting the Society and would like learn more, click here.

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