It gives us great pleasure to invite you to the joint conference of the New Zealand Society of Soil Science and Soil Science Australia. The conference will be held in one of the most iconic places of New Zealand, Queenstown, and will run from 12-16 December 2016.
The overarching theme of the conference is ‘Soil, a Balancing Act Down-under’ and reflects the challenges we are facing in managing our soils to reach a careful balance between many, often competing, land-use, productivity and environmental aspirations. A central question of the conference is “What is required from soil science and soil scientists, now and in the future, to enable society to achieve the balance?”
We have an exciting line-up of keynote and plenary speakers covering a wide range of topics, from soil fertility, to soil biology, greenhouse gases, land use intensification and future farming challenges and opportunities. The conference is structured around the following key themes:
- Pedology, soil landscapes and spatial mapping
- Balancing soils physical function and their management in the environment
- Effective management of nutrients and water
- The living soils: macro/micro biology
- Protecting our soil resource from degradation & contamination
- Soils and climate change
- Balanced solutions at a farm system and catchment scale
- Advances in soil science for improved decision making
We also anticipate that the conference will include a debate between leading science, industry and policy representatives to challenge the question whether soil science can provide the solutions that will allow us to continue to ‘eat of our cake …’ so to speak.
It promises to be an exciting conference and we are looking forward to welcoming you in Queenstown in December.
On behalf of the organising committee,
Cecile de Klein (AgResearch)