Thursday, 9 May 2013
Soil/Water Catchment Biogeochemist
Soil/Water Catchment Modeller
The closing date for both applications is 24th May (not long!) and interviews will be held on the 13th June. Please contact me if you wish to know more details or apply through the web site.
Monday, 15 April 2013
Friday, 12 April 2013
Mike's email said:
"LEC's 2013 Volcanic Processes Field Course to Sicily has been treated to some of Mt. Etna's best firework displays. On Wednesday the group of 20 undergraduate and postgraduate students, along with three visiting students from across Europe saw small ash plumes from Etna's active vent. However, this was only the prelude to a sustained fire fountaining event that started on Thursday evening and is continuing now (06:30, Friday morning). The fireworks have been accompanied by explosions that have been large enough to rattle windows where we stay in Nicolosi, 10 km from the volcano. In an unusual move on Thursday evening, students voted to do work (volcano observations) rather than be taken out to eat free pizza!"
The photos below were taken by LEC's Dr Mike James and Dr Steve Lane.
Nice one folks!
Tuesday, 12 March 2013
Get behind Glasgow!
Why and how the British Society of Soil Science can win the case for hosting the World Congress of Soil Science in Glasgow, Scotland
Soils underpin our basis for life and civilization on earth. Soils provide the food we eat and purify the pollutants that circulate around the planet. In short, soils provide the basis for the sustainable future of planet earth.
A great opportunity….
We are bidding to host the World Congress of Soil Science (ICSS) in Glasgow in 2022 and this is a great opportunity for us all; and we have never been in a better position to go for this. We can expect to bring over 2000 participants to our shores.
Why the British Society of Soil Science?
The BSSS already has close to 800 members and about a quarter of those are international members. In June 2014 we will present our case to the International Union of Soil Science in Korea – the analogy is rather like a soils version of bidding to host the Olympics. In order to prepare this bid we have formed a committee tasked with preparing the first case.
What are we doing?
At the moment we are going through a series of consultations in our BSSS meetings, through our publication ‘The Auger’ and our website (www.soils.org.uk), to collect inputs and ideas about what our members and wider national stakeholders would like to see in the proposal. This first ‘consultation phase’ will conclude at the AGM of the Society in the Autumn, after which we will merge into new phase of bid preparation, to be presented in Korea in June 2014. After we win the bid we will enter the next phase….delivery….
•The congress has not been held in the UK since 1936 in Oxford
•The diverse nature of UK landscape presents multiple challenges to soil science both in application and practice
•The UK has a world leading soils research community and long established research stations that
•Easily accessible location
•Strong global soil science presence and links
Get behind Glasgow
We are asking for your views and registration of support for the ‘Get Behind Glasgow’ campaign. We are preparing a website for the Congress and would like you to post the ‘Get Behind Glasgow to Host the 2022 World Congress of Soil Science’#Glasgow2022WCSS on your blogs, email footers and websites and create the hashtag ”#Glasgow2022WCSS on your twitter sites.
•What would you like to see in Glasgow 2022, what is our universal selling point?
•What would you like the conference look like?
•What are the exciting things about Scotland and Britain that you would like to see us making the most of, from both a soil but also a tourist point of view?
Follow developments on Phil Haygarth’s blog (http://landwaterblog.blogspot.co.uk) or Tweet @ProfPHaygarth #Glasgow2022WCSS.
BSSS Glasgow 2022 Committee (Phil Haygarth, Katherine Alton, Helaina Black, Bruce Lascelles, Jason Owen, Willie Towers)
Sunday, 24 February 2013
As part of my BSSS Presidential work, I spent last Tuesday night and Wednesday in Aberdeen. On Tuesday evening I met and chatted with IPSS Chair Jason and then on Wednesday, with a full day I met Liz Baggs, the new President Elect at the University, and afterwards, with Helaina, Kathryn and Willie, we met and chatted about soils education plans as well as thinking ahead to the Glasgow 2022 bid. here are some of the merry gathering just before I dashed off for the train home.....