EVENT #22 VIC Branch Leeper Memorial Lecture 21st November 2014. Soils in fire-prone ecosystems – where does all the charcoal go? Is the title of the 2014 Leeper Lecture to be given by Prof Heike Knicker, Spain. The lecture will be held at the University of Melbourne with dinner afterwards at the Melbourne University Graduate House. The Lecture is part of the Deans Lecture series for the newly formed Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science. An invitation will be sent to members next month.
EVENT #25 CAIRNS WORKSHOP QLD Branch Nature Management and Distribution of Queensland Soils Workshop November 5-6th 2014. Two day workshop run by Bernie Powell CPSS-3 provides a solid introduction to the Australian Soil Classification system and how to use it. More information in the Workshop Flyer. Members should register for events via their member portal and non-members can register via the Public Registration events page.
EVENT #18 Soil Science Australia 2014 National Soils Conference November 23rd - 27th 2014. Organised by the Victorian Branch the conference includes the Early Career Workshop, Fundamentals Exam, CPSS Workshop, Student Soil Judging Competition along with the conference program of plenary, oral and poster sessions. Register via Online Registration Link
EVENT #32 MACKAY WORKSHOP - 8 December 2014 “Understanding Soil Features for Soil Management” One day training course presenting practical soil theory with hands on training for environmental scientists and technicians that do not have specialist soil training but have a role in achieving stable outcomes on disturbed land wiht presenters: Dennis Baker and Peter Shields Booking link Further information flyer
EVENT #33 BRISBANE WORKSHOP - 10 November 2014 “Dispersive and Tunnel Prone Soils - Characterisation and Management’” A one day course discussing the different processes and physico-chemical factors which result in soils being dispersive and prone to tunnelling. The course will also cover management options and case studies. The target audience is any person working in the resource, construction, and agriculture industries. Presenters: Dr Rob Loch CPSS-3 (Landloch Pty Ltd) and Simon Buchanan CPSS-2 Booking link Further information; flyer
Soil Science Australia Members - 20% Discount on CSIRO Publishing Book Titles and Personal Journal Subscriptions - Conditions for this offer are a) the 15% discount will apply to the RRP off all book titles (no further discount for titles already on sale). b) discounted journal subscriptions are for personal use only; the discount does not apply to institutional journal subscriptions c) to receive the 15% discount, members need to identify themselves as belonging to ASSSI at the time of purchasing CSIRO PUBLISHING products. For online purchases members should add 'Soil Science Australia Member’ to the Special Instructions field when completing the Delivery & Payment Details d) Members must claim their discount at the time of purchase; no refunds will be applied after the subscription or book order has been processed. Orders can be placed by members contacting the Customer Service team via firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 1300 788 000 or placing their order via our websitewww.publish.csiro.au
2015 INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF SOIL ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED
2015 European Conference/Field Trip September 8-15 2015. Abstracts invited + registration for travel for entire/part of cruise with Evergreen Tours now open. Click this link for the preliminary flyer.
eARTh project website launched http://www.theearthproject.com.au/ Sponsors and supporters welcomed.
Profile NEWSLETTER August 2014 Low Resolution (2MB) August 2014 High Resolution (13MB)
Please send contributions for the December issue of Profile to email@example.com - reports, stories, photgraphs welcome, before November 15.
2014 National Soil Conference
2014 Society Award winners to be announced at the 2014 National Soil Conference. Congratulations to the winners of the following 2013 Society awards
LJH Teakle Award Dr Robert E Holloway (SA) CG Stephens PhD Award in Soil Science Dr Brendan P Malone (NSW) Australian Society of Soil Science Inc. Publication Medal Dr Raj Setia (SA) JA Prescott Medal of Soil Science Dr Gordon (Jock) Churchman (SA)
SUBMISSIONS BY THE SOCIETY
CPSS response to the Soil Advocate Questions (June 2013)
SUBMISSION TO THE SOCIETY Please use the links below to submit articles or photographs for either
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Members registering for the first time need to follow the steps below
The Society has begun using a new membership management system that will allow members to manage their details online. The system has been tested for several weeks and has been easy to use. The membership data has been transferred successfully and a pilot test saw data easily retrieved and updated.
All members have been sent an email containing registration instructions and personal login details. Please contact the federal office if you require this information to be resent.
Currently you can login and change your details online and select if you wish to appear on the membership directory. Future updates will allow you to access the newsletter electronically, upload OPD diaries, register for events and pay subscription dues online. Feel welcome to explore the system but please understand that we will roll it out slowly one feature at a time; only the membership information is loaded at this point in time.
To access your member profile you need to register online as follows:
1. Open a web browser and go to
2. Click on the “Register” button on the top right hand corner
3. Enter the following information (taken from your existing profile) exactly as shown below into each of the four cells. The code and other details are in the registration email sent to you. Take care not to add spaces or change capitals with the text you enter or you will be denied access..
Member Code First name Last name Postcode
Don’t worry if you think one or two of the above pieces of information are not entirely correct – enter the information “as is”, you can fix it once your login to your member profile. The best way to enter the information is to copy and paste the text making sure you do not have any additional space after the text.
After you have registered you can login. The username for the login will be your membership number preceded by a capital S. User numbers have been expanded to 5 digits by adding zero in front of the number. eg member AO 645 is now S00645 or AS 1894 is now S01894 and AR 145 is now S00145. You will be asked to change your password on your first login. Please record this information in a safe place.
After you log in you can check and edit your details by clicking either the “My Membership” or “My Details” button. Both icons take you to the Membership Self Service Portal where you can select “My Details”. One of the features that we hope will be invaluable is the Member Directory. Years ago the Society printed a list of members and circulated it to all financial members with the current Rules. Due to changes in privacy laws we have been reluctant to print and distribute lists of members to members however we believe the member directory is a way to safely provide these details. Currently the default is set as opt out. If you would like to be displayed in the member directory please go to My Details and select No in the Opt Out.
Soil Science Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that serves as the peak body for soil scientists across Australia, and seeks to advance soil science in the professional, academic and technical fields. It is a member of the International Union of Soil Sciences.
Members work in government departments, research organisations, universities and private enterprise and reside across Australia and overseas. Members belong to one of seven Branches, each of which organises a separate program of activities annually. The Federal Council coordinates and oversees this federation of branches.
If you are involved professionally in any aspect of soil science, or simply have a keen interest in soil and soil science, you may apply for membership to the Society. Certified Professional Soil Scientist accreditation, CPSS, is available to suitably qualified and experienced members of the Society.
If you are looking for work as a soil scientist you may like to visit the web page listing Soil Science Employment Opportunities. You are welcome to download the latest Newsletter, conference proceedings and other relevant soil information via the Downloads Page.
The 20th World Congress of Soil Science, Soils Embrace Life and Universe, will be held in JeJu Korea from June 8 - 13 2014. The National Soil Conference is in Melbourne in November 2014 and the Soil Change Matters Workshop is in March 2014