As part of the World Congress of Soil Science 2022 (WCSS) we are pleased to announce the launch of the quadrennial, hotly contested, Soil Judging Competition! This is an opportunity to demonstrate your skills, whilst enjoying some time away in Stirling, the historic “Gateway to the Highlands”. In teams of four you will spend time in training with some of the foremost experts in the field of soil science, before representing your country or region in competition at sites across scenic Scotland. With prizes presented on the opening night of the World Congress, during the prestigious opening ceremony, this is an accolade worth working for.
The British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) is hosting the 22nd WCSS on behalf of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), and the competition will include the high-level training including guest speakers, which is associated with this event. Offering education, skills, support, and professional development across all stages of a soil professionals’ career is the core BSSS’ aims and we are keen to share local knowledge with researchers at the early stages of their career to enhance their knowledge and learning.
Can you take the challenge? Want to see how your team measures up against your international competitors? Are you an Early Career scientist? You can find more information, including eligibility criteria and registration, on the WCSS 22 website at www.22wcss.org or by contacting us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
All teams, and team members, must satisfy the conditions below to compete in the soil judging competition. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact the organisers on email@example.com
Dates: 26 July 2022 - 31 July 2022
Location: Stirling University Campus
Board Basis: Full Board
Price: £3500 per team of 4. Additional person(s) accompanying £875 each
Welcome to the soil judging competition of the 22nd World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS)! Located on campus at Stirling University this programme comprises three days of classroom and field-based training before beginning the competition phase which will be held over two days at a secret field- site. This programme offers plenty of opportunity to grow your knowledge base, skills, and professional network. For all days there will be lunch provided, breaks with complimentary refreshments, and transport to and from field locations. You can find out more information about the competition at www.22wcss.org or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Guest Speaker - Scottish Soil Governance: How soils fit into the landscape of Scotland’s environmental legislation.
Lecture One - Soils of Scotland: Formation, history, survey, and mapping of soils; where they are and how they are used
Lecture Two - Soil Judging Concepts
Lecture Three - Soil Functionality Concepts: Soil properties, processes, functions, and ecosystem services
Field Trip - Stirling University Soil Pits
Guest Speaker - Farming in Scotland: National Farmers Union of Scotland
Lecture One - Brown Earths in Scotland: Formation, description, identification, and functionality
Lecture Two - Peat Bogs in Scotland: Formation, description, identification, and functionality
Lecture Three - Podzols in Scotland: Formation, description, identification, and functionality Field Trip – Flanders Moss and Valley bottom Gleysol
Guest Speaker - Climate Change and Carbon Offsetting: Use and misuse of the carbon offsetting concepts
Lecture One - WRB Soil Classification Concepts: Structure, diagnostics, and descriptors
Lecture Two - USDA Soil Classification Concepts: Structure, diagnostics, and descriptors
Lecture Three - Soil Functionality Concepts: Linking soil characteristics to multiple ecosystem functions and services
Field Trip - Forest Podzols and soil formation factors at Dumyat
Soil Judging Competition - Field Location