Grant Report: European Geosciences Union 2014

21st August 2014

The EGU General Assembly 2014 was attended by over 12,000 scientists from more than 100 countries around the world.  Of particular interest to me, the Soil System Sciences session ‘Strategies for effective soil carbon sequestration through synergies in pyrogenic carbon, charcoal and biochar research’ received in excess of 30 abstract submissions.  Typically, the research of wildfire pyrogenic carbon, charcoal and biochar are often undertaken in isolation, despite analogous formation, function

Grant Report: 20th World Congress of Soil Science

21st August 2014

I was very fortunate to obtain a grant from the BSSS which enabled me to attend the 20th World Congress of Soil Science at Jeju in June 2014. There was an extensive range of soil science topics presented at the conference. I enjoyed taking the opportunity to learn more about the research on greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural soils and the use of biochar as a soil amendment, which is being conducted throughout the world, as this is my area of PhD research.

Helping the EU Joint Research Centre run the “Soil - the hidden treasure” stand. Euro Science Open Forum - Science in the City ‘building bridges’ festival, Copenhagen 21-24 June

24th June 2014

I was an invited expert attending the EU Joint Research Centre (JRC) stand "Soil - the hidden treasure" at the recent Euro Science Open Forum ESOF - Science in the City ‘building bridges’ festival which took place in Copenhagen from 21-24 June, 2014, and which was opened by EU President Manuel Barosso and HM Queen of Denmark. Some tens of thousands of delegates came onto the site over the four days, from scientists and researchers, to general public and school parties.

Globally qualified to get dirty

19th June 2014

20th World Congress of Soil Science: First International Soil Judging Competition, Jeju, South Korea 

I must admit when I was offered the opportunity to go to Korea as part of the European team for the “First International Soil Judging Competition” I was no way on earth saying no! Definitely up for that! Miss Enthusiasm right here!

Grant Report: OrgN 2014 Conference

OrgN 2014
28th February 2014

In February I received a BSSS student conference grant to attend OrgN 2014, an “international workshop on organic nitrogen and plant nutrition – from molecular mechanisms to ecosystems”. Here I gave an oral presentation on some work that I have conducted during my PhD on separating biotic and abiotic mechanisms of dissolved organic nitrogen (N) removal from grassland soil systems.