Keynote speakers

Meet the Keynote Speakers for the 2018 National Soils Conference

Dr Penelope Wensley, Patron of Soil Science Australia. Former Governor of Queensland.  Professional diplomat

Presentation topic: Soil Science responsibilities in the 21th Century

Presentation details: Monday 19 November 2018

Dr Michele Barson, Science Adviser,  Sustainable Resource Management Division, Department of Agriculture

Presentation topic: Maintaining soil condition and ecosystem services in the Australian environment

Presentation details: Tuesday 20 November 2018


Philip Glyde, Chief Executive,  Agriculture and Water Resources, Murray-Darling Basin Authority

Phillip Glyde has been the Chief Executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority since January 2016.  Immediately prior to this Phillip worked for the Department of Agriculture for nine years where he had responsibility for:Phillip Glyde has been the Chief Executive of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority since January 2016.  Immediately prior to this Phillip worked for the Department of Agriculture for nine years where he had responsibility for:

  • Agriculture, fisheries and forestry policy and progress;
  • International trade and market access;
  • The regulation of live animal exports;
  • Export certification services for food; and
  • The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).

Phillip joined the Australian Public Service in 1980 and has worked on natural resource management, industry and environment policies in a number of Australian government departments and overseas. At a national level Phillip has worked in the departments of:

  • Agriculture;
  • Prime Minister and Cabinet;
  • Environment; and
  • Resources and Energy.

Phillip has also worked at the resource Assessment Commission and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research organisation (CSIRO).Phillip has also worked overseas. In the mid 1980s he worked for the Environment Directorate of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris and in the late 90 was seconded to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the United Kingdom.Phillip has an Honours Degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of New England and a Bachelor of Economics Degree from the Australian National University.

Presentation topicBalancing the Murray-Darling Basin’s water resources

Presentation details: Tuesday 20 November 2018


Philip Mulvey, CEO, Environmental Earth Sciences International

Presentation topic: Balancing risk and opportunities for ‘contaminated’ soils

Presentation details: Thursday 22 November 2018

Dr. G Vadakattu, Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO

Presentation topic: Soil microbiology and biology both from management perspective and ‘biological fingerprinting’

Presentation details: Thursday 22 November 2018

Adjunct Professor Anette Cowie, Principal Research Scientist NSW DPI

Presentation topic: Sustainability assessment of land management and key aspects of soil carbon dynamics

Presentation details: Thursday 22 November 2018

Dr Fred Hoyle, Principal Research Fellow, UWA

Dr Lisa Lobry de Bruyn, Senior Lecturer, University of New England

Co-Presentation topic: Connecting soils knowledge to the community: the reasons and means

Presentation details: Friday 23 November 2018

Professor Alexander McBratney, Professor of Digital Agriculture & Soil Science, The University of Sydney

Presentation topic: Soil Science in the future: Adding value and security in the 21st Century

Presentation details: Friday 23 November 2018