Abstract submission

The Call for Abstracts is now open. Click on the link below to submit your abstract.

Papers are invited across the broad spectrum of soil science.

The following session topics have already been identified:

  • Soil as a critical resource.  From policy to focussed action
  • Soil: A vital component for environmental services
  • Soil and waste management: Balancing benefits, protection and regulation
  • Soil damage to rehabilitation: Urbanisation, industry, mines, gas fields, transport, military
  • Soil forensics and archaeology:-What lies beneath?
  • Geochemical fingerprinting: Hidden secrets
  • Soil chemistry: Advances in soil and plant testing and recommendations
  • Laboratory QA and assessment: The key to a successful soil science consultancy
  • New soil technologies for agricultural and environmental benefit: Risk assessment
  • Irrigation impacts: Managing constraints in irrigated agriculture
  • Addressing subsoil: Limitations to plant growth and urban development
  • Carbon sequestration: Realistic, verifiable targets or simply improved management?
  • Soil for food and fibre: In a changing climate
  • Soil physics: Understanding and addressing physical limitations of soils
  • Irrigation impacts: Managing constraints in irrigated agriculture
  • Erosion management: From buildings to cities, from puddles to the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Soil biology: Not just SOC-managing the soil food web
  • Pedometrics: Predicting soil genesis, classification and distribution
  • Soil: In the digital age• Pedology: From theory to practice
  • Regolith geoscience: Tracing the interaction through soil
  • Geomorphology: From soils to landscapes
  • Urban soils:  Please explain!
  • Soils knowledge & heritage: School, TAFE, university, kindred professions, citizen science
  • High Performance Soils – Profit and the Environment

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 250 words)
  • 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