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
We are delighted to announce the new SEESOIL committee chair will be Harriet Robson from 1 Jan 2019. Congratulations Harriet!
‘They think it’s all over … it is now!’ Kenneth Wolstenholme (1966)
This year, Dan and his team of ECR Reps have planned a special post-conference social for all Early Career Researchers, including all current PhD students and Post-Docs! It’s free and you’re invited!
“See you tomorrow,” creaks the laboratory door. The day’s work is complete. Those two great shepherds – fatigue and hunger – slowly steer my colleagues and I away from the department and into the warmth of a summer’s evening.
Soils are crucial for sustainable development and healthy soils are central to achieving many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
With keynote speakers, including Dr Cheryl Palm from the University of Florida, addressing issues such as Soils and Food Security, Climate Change and Health and Water Quality, the British Society of Soil Science 2018 Annual Conference will provide an opportunity to deliberate and discuss these critical topics.
“Shoulders of upland brown laid dark to the sunset’s bosom, | Living amber of wheat, and copper of new-ploughed loam, | Downs where the white sheep wander, little gardens in blossom, | Roads that wind through the twilight up to the lights of home.” [E. Nesbit, Out of the fulness of the heart].
The James Hutton Institute will be hosting Open Farm Sunday at Glensaugh Farm on the 10th of June this year. Please come along for a full day of activities and presentations, and also please consider letting me know (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to help represent BSSS and take part (you'll need a pair of willies!).
Happy Springtime everyone,
Tunnelling a passageway through the soil, furnishing our beds and borders with elegance and vitality is a floral promise. A promise of longer days, and lighter evenings; a promise to banish the clouds and cast off the rain. This promise, once dormant under thick clods of earth, now stands tall and dainty; a yellow delicacy swaying to the music of Springtime...
Just a quick reminder about the meeting at Newcastle's Life Centre on the 22nd of February, on the subject of soil spatial datasets. There are still spaces available, and if you are coming then you are encouraged to bring a relevant poster for the poster competition that will take place during lunchtime.
Further information and registration is available at http://www.soils.org.uk/event/1344
The aims of the meeting are: