Last month, CCRI Research Assistant Charlotte Chivers attended the World Congress of Soil Science in Glasgow and gave two oral presentations. The event ran for six days from 31st July until 5th August and was an opportunity for a wide range of stakeholders to interact, discuss and further the agenda related to this delicate global resource.
Charlotte’s first presentation detailed findings from the NERC-funded LANDWISE project surrounding social science approaches for integrating local knowledge when modelling the impact of natural flood management measures. Chris Short from CCRI also worked on this project.
Her second presentation gave an overview of the EU-funded MINAGRIS project (‘MIcro- and Nano-plastics in AGRIcultural Soils’). This project is exploring the environmental implications of micro- and nano-plastics on agricultural soils. There are twenty partner organisations associated with the project which began in early 2021 and will run for five years. More information regarding MINAGRIS can be found on its website or Twitter stream.
This was one of the first major ‘in-person’ events that Charlotte had attended since the COVID-19 pandemic. Reflecting on the congress, she said “it was great to be back at such an event, particularly as it was focussed on such an important topic – soils are relied upon for 95% of food production! I found it really inspiring attending so many of the sessions and networking with soil scientists from around the world”.
You can access the presentations made by Charlotte via the links below:
You can also follow Charlotte on Twitter @cachivers.