Soils for Society


Soils for Society poster



This Symposium will focus solely on soils, their importance and protection, as a non-renewable natural resource and as natural capital that underpins all land-based ecosystem services our society benefits from. In Ireland there is a need for more appreciation of the fact that soils do not only provide food but also many other ecosystem services for society, including water regulation, carbon storage, as a habitat of biodiversity, as a platform for infrastructure, and as an archive of our archaeological history. Since the withdrawal of the EU Soil Framework Directive in 2014, soils and soil protection are supposed to be incorporated in all environmental, sustainability and planning policies. To achieve this, public engagement and discourse are required with researchers, stakeholders and wider society about soils, the state of our knowledge in regard to pressures on soils, challenges and solutions.

The conference will start with an international keynote talk (Jessica Davies, UK) and a keynote talk by an eminent Irish soil scientist (John Ryan). The morning session will entail six short talks by academics and scientists working in various soil-related areas, from environmental law to soil nutrient management. The afternoon session will encompass five talks by stakeholders (including The Environmental Pillar, Teagasc, AFBI from Northern Ireland). The conference will conclude with a panel discussion chaired by Ella McSweeney. A poster session will run during the day, and the book "The Soils of Ireland" will be promoted in a short talk by one of the editors (Lilian O'Sullivan) and a display provided by the publishers (Springer).



Our keynote speakers include

John Ryan, formerly with International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Jessica Davies, Lancaster University


Panel Discussion

Chaired by Ella McSweeney



Posters are invited on any topic related to the conference scope. If you want to display a poster, you need to email the poster title, author names and a short abstract (50 words) to the Organising Committee <> who will confirm a poster space. 

There will be a best poster prize for current students presenting an original poster not previously exhibited. If you want to enter this competition please indicate so in the email.



The Symposium will be held in the UCD Clinton Auditorium.

Admission to the Soils for Soicety Symposium is free, however you must register to attend. CLICK HERE TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE


Soils for Society Programme


Getting to UCD

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