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
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.
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
Please note that everyone attending the meeting will need to register in advance to enable us to accurately organise seating and refreshments.
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.
'Go, sit upon the lofty hill, | And turn your eyes around, | Where waving woods and waters wild | Do hymm an autumn sound' (Elizabeth Barnett Browning, ‘The Autumn Poem’)
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!).