Abstract submission

The Call for Abstracts is now closed, and abstracts are being reviewed.

Author notifications will be sent in late July.

Papers are invited across the broad spectrum of soil science.


The following session topics have already been identified:

  • Sustaining the soil resource: policy to practice
  • Waste management: balancing benefits, protection and regulation
  • Soil for food and fibre: In a changing climate
  • Soil organic carbon sequestration in a challenging environment
  • Utilising the soil food web to create healthy soil
  • Soil microbial ecology: its adaptive roles in soil restoration and responses to stresses
  • Extreme soils: management of acid sulfate conditions, terrestrial soil acidification, salinity and sodicity
  • Managing soil physical constraints to productivity
  • Soil nutrients – Balancing N, P and other nutrients’ availability and environmental risk
  • Soils education  and training: From schools to Citizen Science to CPSS and CSAM
  • Clay and soil minerals: progress, prospects and future challenges
  • Soil forensics and archaeology: What lies beneath?
  • What makes a good soil consultant?
  • New soil chemical testing technologies and recommendations for agricultural and environmental benefit
  • Regolith geoscience: Tracing the interaction through soil
  • Pedometrics: Predicting soil genesis, classification and its spatial distribution, digital mapping
  • Laboratory QA and assessment: The key to a successful soil science consultancy
  • Soil: In the digital age- Advances in proximal soil sensing and digital soil morphometrics
  • Managing soil degradation due to urbanisation, industry, mines, transport and military activity
  • Erosion management: From buildings to cities, from puddles to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Contamination – Assessment, monitoring, classification and rehabilitation
  • Urban soils

The conference aims to be interactive and inclusive to encourage vigorous, critical debate in a mutually respectful environment.


A 15 minute introduction / overview will commence each new topic/session.  This will be followed by a series of 10 minute contributed presentations, and then a 10 minute wrap up/ integration to highlight the key points made and to point to future directions for the discipline.

Each registered attendee can submit a single paper as a senior author.  Papers can have multiple authors but you can only be senior author on one paper.  All senior authors and keynote speakers are required to register.


Authors are asked to nominate their preference for oral (10 minutes) or poster presentation.


When submitting an abstract you will be required to provide the following information:

  • Abstract title: a brief, interesting and explicit description of the presentation(<15words)
  • Preferred session topic (the scientific committee may allocate your abstract to a different session)
  • Name and address of lead presenting author
  • Preferred presentation type (oral presentation, poster)
  • Authors’ names (lead author is normally expected to present the material)
  • Authors’ affiliations
  • Abstract (max. length 2 pages). Note: you must use the abstract template downloadable here.
  • Biography of presenting author (max. length 40 words) i.e. name, present role, area of research interest
  • Acknowledgement that you intend registering and attending the National Soils Conference 2018 if your abstract is accepted


Abstract notifications will be sent to submitting authors in early-August 2018.

If you have any queries with the submission process, please contact the Conference Secretariat by telephone on +61 2 6198 3218, or by email to soilscience@kaigi.com.au