Early Career Professionals (ECP) Workshop at the National Soils Conference

Date: Monday 19 November 2018

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Time: 1700-1830

Cost: Complimentary. Registration is required.

Early Career Professionals (including later year PhD students) who are delegates at the National Soils Conference are invited to participate in a ECP workshop which will be held from 5:00-6:30 pm Monday 19th Nov. 2018 at the Canberra Hyatt Hotel.

The workshop will consist of an informal discussion chaired by Matthew Smee, Managing Consultant and Trusted Talent Adviser from Hudsons Global Resources. The workshop aims to provide an excellent opportunity for young soil scientists to identify employment trends and opportunities, find out useful information to help them in their careers, mix, and make important contacts.

Light Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the workshop.

Attendance is free but you will need to register to attend.

Matthew Smee is a Managing Consultant within Hudson in Canberra, and has been with Hudson for 14 years. Matthew manages the Policy, Program, HR recruitment specialisation team for Hudson Canberra and also specialises in senior level executive recruitment for clients and candidates. He has extensive knowledge and experience in managing end to end search and selection process and facilitating these processes with executive clients. Matthew holds a Post Graduate degree in Management and an undergraduate degree in Commerce from the Australian National University. Matthew has significant experience managing recruitment assignments across senior executive appointments including CEO appointments for ACT Government, Project Director roles for Transport Canberra and an International Assignment for an Executive Director for an Asian Pacific Collaborative Working Group funded by the Department of Environment. He has developed an in-depth understanding of government with a specialization in major infrastructure projects. Matthew’s significant experience in the recruitment industry has seen many clients seek his advice and guidance on talent acquisition strategies and play a key role in working with clients to drive new talent management strategies for their organisations. Prior to working with Hudson, Matthew had significant experience in working within the Pharmaceutical Industry, and then prior to this the Federal Government Departments, including Australian Customs, Environment Department and Department of Industry, Science and Tourism. Matthew worked in a number of corporate and policy areas of government during his time. As a result of his experience in government and the private sector, Matthew has built a strong ability to effectively deliver to both markets within the recruitment industry

Soil and Plant Analysis Workshop – new thinking, extra value

Convened by members of the Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council (ASPAC)

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018

Time: 1330-1530

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Cost: Complimentary

Please note: This workshop is complimentary to delegates attending all or part of the rest of the conference. Please indicate your interest in attending during the registration process. Single or two day delegates do not need to select Wednesday as an attending day as the ASPAC sponsored workshop is only for 2 hrs.

This general interest workshop will be conducted by ASPAC. It is free for ASPAC members to attend and members are encouraged to attend their AGM commencing at 4 pm.

The workshop structure will include both presentations and group interaction. There will be three Managers from major soil and plant testing facilities that cover commercial, government and university sectors. Each will give their perspective of existing and emerging techniques and tests, future challenges and the value their laboratory offers to the soil and plant testing Industry. An experienced Agronomist will discuss sampling and interpretation of results for soil fertility purposes. The final presenter will give an overview of ASPAC’s objectives and achievements including demonstrated improvement in the quality of both soil and plant testing due to the proficiency testing programs and training workshops that ASPAC run.

For more information, including detailed program information and presenters, CLICK HERE for a printable PDF.

PFAS in Soils – Behaviour, Fate, Risks and Remediation Workshop

Convened by Soil Science Australia’s Certified Practising Soil Scientist (CPSS) scheme

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2018

Time: 1300 – 1600

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra

Cost: Conference delegates: $100 inc GST / Non-delegates: $295 inc GST

Convened by Soil Science Australia’s Certified Practising Soil Scientist (CPSS) scheme

CLICK HERE for full details

Australian Soil Classification Workshop

Date: Thursday 22 November 2018

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra (Mount Ainslie Room)

Time: 1300 – 1600

Cost: Complimentary for conference full delegates. Non-delegates to register at the Thursday Day Registration rate. (Member $390; Non-member $420)

This half-day workshop aims to update the soil science community on a major proposal to introduce a new Soils Order into the Australian Soil Classification (ASC). An Arenosols order is proposed to cover the deep sands that are widely distributed throughout inland arid Australia as well as along our extensive coastline. The proposal will better align with international soil classification but will have significant implications for the Tenosols and Rudosols soil orders. Prior to the workshop, the detailed proposal is being circulated more widely, seeking feedback on the proposal.

The workshop is being led by the Working Group on Australian Soil Classification, who report to the National Committee on Soil and Terrain (NCST). The Working Group’s role is to evaluate proposals to change the ASC and make recommendations to the NCST. Chaired by Bernie Powell, it is comprised of soil scientists from CSIRO and the states and territories.

While soil scientists may submit proposals to amend the ASC at any time, the workshop will also provide an opportunity to make suggestions to the Working Group.

CLICK HERE for a printable PDF

Workshop on the new National Acid Sulfate Soil Guidance

Date: Thursday 22 November 2018

Venue: Hyatt Hotel Canberra (Assembly Boardroom)

Time: 1500 – 1630

The workshop will provide an introduction and overview to the new National Acid Sulfate Soil Guidance documents. The Australian Government, state and territory governments and the National Committee for Acid Sulfate Soils (NATCASS) has released a suite of new resources ( This new guidance material provides clear, non-prescriptive advice for managing acid sulfate soils based on current scientific knowledge and complements existing jurisdictional and national guidance material. The workshop is being held during the National Soils Conference in Canberra.

Presenters: Marcus Waters, Leigh Sullivan, and Luke Mosley

Workshop agenda
1. Welcome and introduction – Marcus Waters, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources

2. Why the new Acid Sulfate Soil national guidance were needed and the synthesis document

3. National Acid Sulfate Soils Sampling and Identification Methods Manual

4. National Acid Sulfate Soils Identification and Laboratory Methods Manual

5. Guidance for the Dredging of Acid Sulfate Soil Sediments and Associated Dredge Spoil Management

6. Guidance for the Dewatering of Acid Sulfate Soils in Shallow Groundwater Environments

7. Overview and Management of Monosulfidic Black Ooze (MBO) Accumulation in Waterways and Wetlands

8. Decision Support Tool to assist in the use of guidance relating to acid sulfate soils