Zoom into Soil: Celebrating the Work of ECRs

May 26, 2021 | News

The British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) is delighted to announce the latest webinar in the lunchtime series of Zoom into Soil. Zoom into Soil: Celebrating the Work of Early Career Researchers, hosted by BSSS’ European Journal of Soil Science (EJSS), will take place on Wednesday 9 June from 12.00 to 1.00pm and is free of charge for all delegates.

Zoom into Soil: Celebrating the Work of Early Career Researchers will be chaired by Dr Xavier Portell-Canal, a Research Fellow at Cranfield University, and will feature Laura Schnee, a Doctoral Candidate student at the University of Bremen, and Lorenzo Rossi, a Research Fellow at the University of Milan, with their presentations, Rethinking scientific publishing: a perspective from the next generation of soil scientists and Mental health is not optional: solution-driven thoughts on wellbeing in academia. The webinar is a follow-on discussion to the letter written to the EJSS Editor by Early Career Researchers with a title Bypass and hyperbole in soil science: A perspective from the next generation of soil scientists (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ejss.13064).

In her presentation, Laura Schnee will invite you to see scientific publication as a means for exchange and debate rather than solely collecting publications in prestigious journals. She will explain how early career researchers encourage the exploration of new models of publishing to realise minimal costs both for readers and authors while maintaining high-quality peer-review.

Research Fellow, Lorenzo Rossi, will explain how in the last decades, incidence of mental health issues and awareness of mental wellbeing has constantly raised among graduate and postgraduate students, but also in established researchers. Research quality and innovation are critically dependent on human creativity, brought about by a healthy work environment. The mental health burden of the scientific actors is threatening the pillars of the knowledge society. Lorenzo will introduce reflections sourced by an international network of early career researchers in soil science, suggesting possible actions that can be taken by everybody involved in the scientific process.

To book a place at the seminar visit Go To Webinar:


BSSS will host their next webinar on 7 July, with further monthly dates and registration details to be announced.





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British Society of Soil Science

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Notes for Editors

  • The British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) is an established international membership organisation and charity committed to the study of soil in its widest aspects. The society brings together those working within academia, and practitioners implementing soil science in industry. Soil scientists’ research findings are essential for investigating the feasibility of agricultural, landscaping, construction, conservation and archaeological projects. Our members are employed by both private and public sector institutions including academic universities, conservation charities, construction companies and consultancies.
  • Participants can register for the June seminar via the Go To Webinar link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3388426970784598287
  • Laura Schnee is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Bremen in Germany. Her research so far has been focusing on the interactions organic amendments, like biochar and compost, can have with the different compartments of the soil environment. This includes influences on microbial diversity and abundance, microbial habitat quality, but more recently also aggregate-level soil organic matter dynamics and soil organic matter quality following repeated amendments of biochar and compost in tropical soils. She aims to finish her PhD this year and to subsequently pursue a career in the sparkling field of soil science. For future research activities, she envisions diving more into the field of (spatially explicit) organo-mineral and microbe-mineral interactions. In her spare time, Laura enjoys a good hike and travelling the globe with friends – given current circumstances permit it.
  • Lorenzo Rossi is a research fellow at the University of Milan (UNIMI) after completing a Double Ph.D. in Functional Ecology at the University of Montpellier and in Methods and Models for Engineering at the University of Cassino. His research deals with soil-plant interactions and soil carbon cycle, with an applied interest in the use of sustainable solutions for ecosystem services maximization in the natural and engineering domains. Lorenzo’s current research topic in UNIMI focuses on biogeochemical cycles in natural forests, dealing with carbon storage and physiological responses to natural disturbances and forest management. Growing up in a family predominantly composed of psychiatrists, psychotherapists and psychoanalysts has made Lorenzo interested in the implications of mental health on his discipline (even if it made him stay far away from being a psychologist himself!).

Recordings of the previous Zoom into Soil events are available on the BSSS YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHHciYt47RFZLqcQ6QGkjxg.

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