2018 National Soils Conference

November 18 to November 23, 2018

At the Hyatt, Canberra

Hyatt Hotel Canberra


Conference theme: ”Soil: The key to the past, present and future”

Conference Website

The organising committee for the 2018 National Conference has been busy selecting a Professional Conference Organiser and with producing a sponsorship prospectus:  More information on this shortly.

We expect the conference to will be a great opportunity to showcase your work and to network with your colleagues.  Significant emphasis will be on the ‘Practice of Soil Science’.

This conference will be unique in that it will focus squarely on meeting the soil science challenges of the future.

Activities include:

v  Refresher courses in soil chemistry, physics and biology.

v  Theme keynote presentations emphasising adapting current knowledge for the future

v  CPSS and PhD candidate training

v  Individual research paper presentations

v  Field trips to unique areas

v  Memorable conference food, drink and networking

v  Workshops and reviews on themes such as:

·        Soil: a key to global food security

·        Soil and the yield gap

·        How far can we realistically ‘improve’ non-productive soils?

·        Soil: a vital component for environmental services

·        Soils in conservation/restoration

·        Soil-waste product interaction: disposal to beneficial re-use. The End of Waste

·        Sustainability indicators of soil management

·        Soils in the city

·        Soil and its importance to indigenous people

·        Conveying soils information in the digital age

·        Pedology, pedogeomorphology, micromorphology

·        Soils: pathway to the past – forensics, paleo climate, Antarctic genetics

·        Policy and regulation of soils

·        Professional practice and application of Soil Science

·        Soils knowledge for other professions

·        Teaching soils to 21st century scientists

·        Soils in education

·        Citizen science

·        Regolith and Geoscience

·        Soil Science as a profession:  How do we stack up? How do we interact with other professions?

The conference aims to be interactive and inclusive.


So, save the date and start thinking about your role as a soil scientist in the future.

Our enthusiastic committee is looking for people like you to participate!

So feel free to contact us to swap ideas.


Sponsorship opportunities are available.  A copy of the prospectus will be sent to every member.  Sponsors can target opportunities to showcase their product / services by sponsoring events and items


Conference conveners:

Dr Peter Bacon  0427905440 woodlots3@bigpond.com

Dr Richard Greene  0432663733 Richard.Greene@anu.edu.au


The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP), have released two Expression of Interest (EOI) as follows:

  • EHP15003 Project G – Theme 3 - Sediment management and land condition in extensive grazing lands’

Is seeking proposals for projects in Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments that address the research priorities under Theme 3 of the Strategy, ‘Sediment management and land condition in extensive grazing lands’, which could focus on supporting grazing land managers to; improve land condition; prevent and treat gullies or streambank erosion; and/or refine land management in response to drought.

  • EHP16032 Project B – Theme 6 Local and Regional Solutions

Is seeking proposals from interested parties for projects in priority Great Barrier Reef (GBR) catchments that can address the priorities under the new Theme 6 – Local and Regional Solutions with a focus on identifying effective ways of engaging landholders and local and regional communities in activities that can achieve increased adoption of farm management practices that improve GBR water quality and may enhance farm productivity and profitability.

The above projects are part of the Reef Water Quality (RWQ) Branch’s Science Program that aims to continue and extend partnerships, encourage co-investment, enhance scientific outcomes, and distribute new knowledge to effect on-ground changes that will improve the reef’s resilience.

If interested in either of these projects please go to the Queensland Government tendering website: “Qtender “via the following link: https://www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders/ and either login or register as a supplier to access the required documentation.

All enquiries related to these projects are to be in writing and viaprocurementEHP@ehp.qld.gov.au and contain the project reference number.

This offer closes at 5:00pm Monday 4 July 2016. (Queensland Time)

More Science-Society interfaces for a global soil security

Paris, France, 5-6 December 2016

The 2nd Global Soil Security Conference aims to demonstrate that soil, this highly pressurized and crucial resource, is indispensable partner to meet sustainable development goals. The demonstration will be done by linking businesses, practitioners, policymakers and researchers on soil security dimensions through good working practices, business solutions, scientific outcomes and international initiatives that enhance protection and sustainable management of soils.

We invite you to join us to learn from and share your experiences from land management, business, policy and local practice!                                                                                                                                                

Information, registration and submission: https://gssparisen.wordpress.com/

A friendly reminder to join the Riverina Branch this Friday

for a seminar and field demonstration at the Wagga Wagga Agricultrual Institute

Charles Sturt University Research in Vietnam and equipment for the applying subsoil ameliorants

When: 24 June 2016

Time: 11am - 2.30pm

Where: The Conference Room, Wagga Wagga Agricultural Institiute

There is no cost to attend. 

A Riverina branch meeting will be held at 10 am.

 To register, please click here: 


Brooke Kaveney  -   Effect of tillage on seedbed preparation in Rice/Shrimp farming systems of Vietnam

In 2015 CSU Honours student, Brooke Kaveney spent 5 months in the Vietnamese Mekong Delta studying the effectiveness of different soil preparation techniques on soil salinity. The rice/shrimp system relies on rains to wash salts from seawater inundation  from the rice fields. Brooke created novel methods to measure salinity in the soil solution in pot and field experiments testing various methods of soil preparation available to rice/shrimp farmers in Vietnam. Brooke will discuss the issues faced in the rice/shrimp farming system and how her work has contributed to solving some of the problems faced.

David Gale  -  The potential of compost to ameliorate metal toxicities and increase phosphorous availability in Vietnamese agricultural production systems

Soil Science Australia Members - 20% Discount on CSIRO Publishing Book Titles and Personal Journal Subscriptions - 

Conditions for this offer are

  1. the 20% discount will apply to the RRP off all book titles (no further discount for titles already on sale). 
  2. discounted journal subscriptions are for personal use only; the discount does not apply to institutional journal subscriptions 
  3. to receive the 20% discount, members need to identify themselves as belonging to ASSSI at the time of purchasing CSIRO PUBLISHING products.

For online purchases members should add 'Soil Science Australia Member’ to the Special Instructions field when completing the Delivery & Payment Details  d) Members must claim their discount at the time of purchase; no refunds will be applied after the subscription or book order has been processed.  Orders can be placed by members contacting the Customer Service team via publishing.sales@csiro.au, phone 1300 788 000 or placing their order via our website www.publish.csiro.au

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Soil Science Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that serves as the peak body for soil scientists across Australia, and seeks to advance soil science in the professional, academic and technical fields.  It is a member of the International Union of Soil Sciences



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J.A. Prescott Medal of Soil Science

J.K. Taylor, OBE, Gold Medal in Soil Science

Australian Society of Soil Science Inc Publication Medal

C.G. Stephens PhD Award in Soil Science

L.J.H Teakle Award


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