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

Soil Science Australia


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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