Scottish Soil Discussion Group

Scottish Soil Discussion Group

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 Sarah Buckingham (Scotland’s Rural College)

Group Secretary: Dr Jennifer Carfrae (Scotland’s Rural College)

Group Treasurer: Dr Nikki Baggerly

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Latest posts

VOCs in soil: investigation to remediation - 18th February 2019 Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

With a new British Standard ‘Taking soil samples for determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — Specification’ scheduled for publication in 2019, BSSS and IES have decided to organise an informal half day event to discuss VOCs in soil in the context of contaminated land investigation and remediation.

The event will be free to members of both societies with industry and regulator speakers giving their perspectives on the topic and providing a platform for discussion and networking.


ECR Conference 2019

We are delighted to invite all BSSS Early Career Members to the 2019 ECR Conference which will be held at The Edge, University of Sheffield on 16th-17th April 2019. Registration is now open! The deadline to register is 27th January 2019.


Managing Soil Organic Carbon in Scottish Soils

Event date: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Event venue: 
SRUC, Kings Buildings, Lecture Theatre B, W Mains Rd, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, United Kingdom
Event description: 

The Scottish Soils Discussion Group will be hosting a meeting in Edinburgh to promote and discuss the range of data and knowledge available on soil organic carbon (SOC) in Scottish soils, highlighting effective management options for SOC conservation and potential for C sequestration. How much C do we have in Scottish soils?  Can we sequester more C in Scottish soils?

The objectives of this meeting are:

  • To showcase current knowledge of SOC stocks in Scottish soils including SOC measurements across land uses, modelling and mapping.
  • To discuss the capacity for increased C sequestration as a means of GHG mitigation as highlighted by the ‘4per1000’ initiative and evidence available on potential C saturation.
  • To review practical guidance for SOC management and conservation across land uses.
  • To provide a forum for people in different organisations to discuss ongoing and future activities, to highlight potential gaps in knowledge and to develop ideas for future collaboration and research.

Speakers Include:

Allan Lilly (James Hutton Institute), Ute Skiba (CEH), Joanna Cloy (SRUC), Amanda Thomson (CEH), Rita Razauskaite (University of Aberdeen), Paul Hargreaves (SRUC).

  • BSSS MEMBERS - FREE

  • NON MEMBERS -  £10.00

  • Lunch and refreshments are included

THIS MEETING IS NOW FULL AND BOOKINGS ARE CLOSED.  

 

Event flyer: 

Early Careers Researcher Conference 2019

We are delighted to invite all BSSS Early Career Members to the 2019 ECR Conference which will be held at The Edge, University of Sheffield. Whether you’ve just started your PhD or Post-Doc or whether you are near to their completion, the BSSS ECR Conference will be an excellent opportunity to present your research, develop your networks and think ahead about careers and job opportunities.


VOCs in soil: investigation to remediation

Event date: 
Monday, February 18, 2019
Event venue: 
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Scotland
Event description: 

In collaboration with The institution of environmental sciences (IES), we are hosting an afternoon discussion meeting (1.30 to 4.30pm) on the 18th February at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh.

With a new British Standard ‘Taking soil samples for determination of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) — Specification’ scheduled for publication in 2019, BSSS and IES have decided to organise an informal half day event to discuss VOCs in soil in the context of contaminated land investigation and remediation.

The event will be free to members of both societies with industry and regulator speakers giving their perspectives on the topic and providing a platform for discussion and networking.

The draft programme is available here

The event is aimed at the broadest membership so student members interested in a career in the industry as well as established practitioners and researchers are all welcome.

REGISTRATION CLOSED


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