Program & Speakers

A conference opportunity for invaluable networking, and in-depth discussions with up to 400 soil colleagues, scientists, academics and practitioners and up to 40 Certified Professional Development (CPD) hours can be claimed!


CONFERENCE PROGRAM: Soils, the key to the past, the present and the future

Please note that the program is subject to change without notice

SATURDAY 17 - SUNDAY 18 NOVEMBER

2-DAY FIELD TRIP TO SW SLOPES OF NSW (optional – fees apply)  How to manage soil constraints in an otherwise productive crop/ pasture growing region 

Soil Judging competition – Canberra region

National Soils Conference 2018 Welcome Reception – Hyatt Canberra

MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

  •  The Hon. Mr. David Littleproud MP – Federal Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources
  • Dr Penelope Wensley – Soil Science responsibilities in the 21st Century
  • Dr Michele Barson – Maintaining soil condition and ecosystem services in the Australian environment

SESSION TOPICS

  • Sustaining the soil resource: policy to practice
  • Soil nutrients: balancing N, P and other nutrients’ availability and environmental risk
  • Soils education and training: from schools to citizen science in CPSS and CSAM
  • Erosion management: from buildings to cities, from puddles to the Great Barrier Reef
  • What makes a good soil consultant?
TUESDAY 20 NOVEMBER

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

  • Philip Glyde – Balancing the Murray-Darling Basin’s water resources
  • Philip Mulvey – Balancing risk and opportunities for ‘contaminated’ soils

SESSION TOPICS

  • Waste management: balancing benefits, protection and regulation
  • Soil forensics and archaeology: what lies beneath?
  • Soil for food and fibre; in a changing climate
  • Contamination: assessment, monitoring, classification and rehabilitation
  • Regolith geoscience: tracing the interaction through soil
  • Utilising the soil food web to create healthy soil
  • Managing soil degradation due to urbanisation, industry, mines, transport and military activity
  • Clay and soil minerals: progress, prospects and future challenge
WEDNESDAY 21 NOVEMBER 

FIELD TRIPS

  • Winery soils – Soils as a controlling factor in wine quality and quantity
  • Urban soils – Converting rural and contaminated soils into urban landuses
  • Horticultural – Working with soils to improve horticultural productivity

WORKSHOPS

  • Soil and Plant Analysis Workshop – new thinking, extra value
  • PFAS Workshop
THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER 

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

  • Harald Jensen Lecture – Dr A Cowie – Sustainability assessment of land management and key aspects of soil carbon dynamics.  Presented as the Harald Jensen Lecture for 2018
  • Dr Gupta Vadakattu – Soil microbiology and biology both from management perspective and ‘biological fingerprinting’

SESSION TOPICS

  • Soil Classification Workshop
  • Soil organic carbon sequestration in a challenging environment
  • Extreme soils: management of acid sulfate conditions, terrestrial soil acidification, waterlogging, salinity and sodicity
  • New soil chemical testing technologies and recommendations for agricultural and environmental benefit
  • Soil microbial ecology: its adaptive roles in soil restoration and responses to stresses
  • Acid sulfate soils workshop
  • Laboratory QA and assessment; the key to a successful soil consistency
  • Soil: In the digital age- Advances in proximal soil sensing and digital soil morphometrics
FRIDAY 23 NOVEMBER

KEYNOTE ADDRESSES

  • Associate Professor Frances Hoyle and Dr Lisa Lobry de Bruyn  – Connecting soils’ knowledge to the community: the reasons and means
  • Professor A. McBratney – Soil Science in the future: Adding value and security in the 21st Century

SESSION TOPICS

  • Urban soils
  • Soil information systems
  • Managing soil physical constraints to productivity