About the Conference

SOIL: The key to the Past, the Present and the Future

Sustainable soil management is one of the key environmental, social and economic issues
facing the world today. Increasing global population, globalisation of markets, reducing soil
fertility and increasing mechanisation combine to place greater pressure on soil resources.

If the world’s soil resources are to meet future human needs we must plan for and adapt to
changes. To achieve greater sustainability of soil resources we need to explore the lessons
of the past, reflect on the present and develop concrete plans and goals for the future. This
represents a challenge for decision making at all levels, from individuals to governments.
These decisions must be underpinned with quality science and first hand experiences from
land management.

We invite you to join us in Canberra at the historic Hyatt Hotel from 18-23 November 2018 for the National Soils Conference.



08 January 2018 – Call for Abstracts open

18 June 2018 Abstract Submissions close

01 December 2017– Registration open

27 August 2018 – Earlybird registrations close

Enjoy the:

  • Welcome BBQ on Sunday 18 November
  • Internationally acclaimed keynote speakers from government, university and industry
  • Over 30 specialised sessions with 200 invited and contributed papers
  • Trade exhibitions and poster presentations
  • Pre and mid conference field trips
  • Conference dinner
  • Soil judging competition
  • Kindred organisations including: ASPAC, Regolith and Geosciences, Clay Mineralogy Association and Soil Science Australia special interest group meetings (eg the CRC for high performance soils)
  • Training and refresher courses; including CPSS exam and post graduate training plus workshop sessions on:
    • Carbon sequestration – where to from here?
    • Australian Soil Classification – what is being missed?
    • Acid Sulfate Soils – risk management or risk aversion?
    • Key current issues in soil and plant analysis
    • What makes a good soil consultant?
    • Proximal and remote sensing