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Soil Science Australia and the New Zealand Society of Soil Science invite you to join us at the Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference. This is the 5th Joint Australian and New Zealand Soil Science Conference, and the first to be held in Tasmania. Over 300 delegates from throughout Australasia are expected to attend, including researchers, analysts, educationists, advisors, extension agents, land managers and policy makers from national, state and local government, universities and the private sector. The conference theme Soil Solutions for Diverse Landscapes reflects the breadth of soils, landforms and climate across the region, and the corresponding breadth of land use; from agriculture to forestry, conservation, recreation and urban use. There really is something in this conference for everyone concerned with understanding and managing soils.

Conference Themes
The themes for the Conference will focus on:
1. Soil philosophy, soil education and the future of soil
2. Soil carbon and climate change
3. Pedology, soil stratigraphy and Quaternary landscape history
4. New techniques in soil spatial analysis
5. Soils and infrastructure developments
6. Soil fertility and soil contaminants
7. The living soil
8. Soil and land degradation
9. The physical soil
10. Forensic soil science

For further detail on the Conference themes please refer to the Presenters Zone.

The program will also include a series of technical workshops including:
• Valuation of natural capital and ecosystem services (NZSSS)
• Soil policy, legal and professional standards and the CPSS scheme
• Soil water and water balance modelling
• Soil description competition or workshop

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Conference Poster

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The quadrennial Kirkham Conference of the Soil Science Society of America  on “Exploring Frontiers in Soil Physics” will be held in New Zealand at Massey University, 28-30 November, 2012. Click here for further details.

Conference Hosts



Conference Supporter

School of Agricultural Science


Organising Committee

  • Dr Richard Doyle, TIA - School of Agricultural Science, University of Tasmania (Convenor)
  • Dr Leigh Sparrow, TIA, University of Tasmania (Proceedings Editor, Sponsorship, ASSSI Tasmanian Branch President)
  • Dr Lucy Burkitt, Massey University, NZ (Proceedings Chief - Editor)
  • Mr Richard McEwan, DPI Victoria and President of ASSSI
  • Dr Allan Hewitt, President of NZSSS
  • Dr Brent Clothier, Past President of NZSSS
  • Mr Sam Rees, Macquarie Franklin (Conference and Tas Branch Secretary)
  • Dr Paul Adams, Forestry Tasmania (Sponsorship)
  • A/Prof Colin Birch, TIA, University of Tasmania (Proceedings assistance)
  • Dr John Paul Cumming, Geo-Environmental Solutions (Sponsorship)
  • Ms Linda Bennison, Executive Officer, Soil Science Australia

Field Trip Leaders

  • Dr Paul Adams, Forestry Tasmania (Intra-conference field trips)
  • Dr Brent Clothier, Landcare NZ (Intra-conference field trips)
  • Dr Bill Cotching, TIA, University of Tasmania
    (Pre conference field trip)
  • Dr Richard Doyle, TIA (Intra-conference field trips)
  • Dr Marcus Hardie, TIA, University of Tasmania (Intra-conference field trips)
  • Dr Peter McIntosh, Tasmanian Forest Practises Authority (Intra-conference field trips)
  • Mr Robert Moreton, DPIPWE (Intra-conference field trips)
  • Dr Martin Moroni, Foresty Tasmania (Intra-conference field trips)
  • Dr Philip Smethurst, CSIRO (Intra-conference field trips)

Latest Information

Field Trips

A new Urban Field Trip has just been added. Visit the Field Trips page for further details.

Provisional Program

The provisional program is online. Click here to view.


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The Sponsorshiop & Exhibition Prospectus is now available. Click here for more details.

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