Soil Science Australia (WA Branch) hosts the 2017 Boodja Soil Science Lecture.
Boodja is a Noongar word for “land” and the lecture series acknowledges the important role of Aboriginal understanding in the responsible management of our soil and land.
This year the WA branch is honoured to receive the lecture from Professor Stephen Smith, Professor of Bioresource Systems and Head of Environmental and Water Resource Engineering at Imperial College London.
Peter has 25 years research experience investigating the treatment and agronomic properties of sludge and organic wastes recycled to land.
When: 24 August 4.30 – 6.30 pm
Where: Pre-lecture refreshments and networking at the Murdoch Tavern followed by the lecture in the Beazley Lecture Theatre
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2017 Professor Stephen Smith
2015 Professor Rob Fitzpatrick
2014 Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO
2013 The National Advocate for Soil, former Governor-General, Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd)
History of the the Annual ‘Boodja’ Soil Science Lecture
Many years ago the WA Branch of Soil Science Australia had some part to play in the delivery of the annual Gentilli Lecture (initiated and coordinated by society member Dr Karl-Heinz Wyrwoll). While the Gentilli Lecture has continued, it is now promoted by the University of Western Australia’s Institute of Advanced Studies and it does not have a focus on Soil Science.
In 2011, WA Branch members voted to pursue the concept of re-initiating a Western Australian annual lecture in soil science – a lecture that could be delivered in an informal setting that would promote outstanding and prominent aspects of soil science in Western Australia.
After much consideration from the many options presented, the Annual Soil Science Lecture was given the name “Boodja” – a common Western Australian Aboriginal (Noongar) word for ‘land’ and a suitable match as this lecture series acknowledges the important role of Aboriginal understanding in the responsible management of the soil and land.
The Noongar people are the traditional owners of the South-West land division of Western Australia, which is defined by 14 different areas with varied geography and 14 dialectal groups. For thousands of years Noongar people have resided on and had a cultural connection to this land. Everything in our vast landscape has meaning and purpose, and the connection to Boodja (the land) is passed on through stories and expressive forms of art – which is what we hope to follow through this annual WA lecture series.
In 2012, the WA Branch was honoured to have the Australian Advocate for Soil Health and former Governor-General, Major General the Hon. Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd), present the inaugural lecture. This Lecture now takes its place amongst the other prominent annual lectures delivered in each state branch of Soil Science Australia.