2016 Vic joint Om event 


Inaugural Soil and Environmental Science Quiz 

The Victorian Branch held its inaugural Soil and Environmental Science Quiz night for students on the 4th of May 2017. The night was hosted by RMIT and included teams from RMIT, La Trobe University, University of Melbourne and Monash University. The quiz was well contested, with the event coming to a tiebreaker between RMIT and Latrobe University, which was eventually won by RMIT.  The students, enjoyed the camaraderie on the night and we look forward to the next one. We would like to acknowledge sponsorship from Westernport Water and RMIT's Centre of Environmental Sustaiility and Remediation (EnSuRe), and thank our expert panel of judges; Robert van de Graaff and Steve Faulkner, our host Hannah Mikkonen and Rashda Zafar who was the driver behind the event.

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The Victorian Branch invites you to:

Organic Matter in Soils Symposium:  Role in Soil Health and Remediation

Natural organic matter in soils plays a key role in maintaining soil health and soil fertility. Soil management practices in agriculture, remediation of contaminated soils and other activities that affect our vital soil resources, need to give due consideration to the role of organic matter.

The Victorian Branch of Soil Science Australia and the International Humic Substances Society (Australian/NZ Chapter), are holding a one-day symposium on the theme of soil organic matter, with particular emphasis on Soil Health and Remediation. The symposium should be of interest to people in both traditional agriculture sectors and the contaminated land sectors.

When: Friday, July 22nd at 9.15 am.

Where: Lecture Theatre E7, 14 Alliance Lane

Monash University, Clayton Campus, Wellington Rd, Clayton, (park in N1 multistorey carpark on the ground floor only: $10 per day)

Two excellent Keynote Speakers have accepted

Professor Jim He -The University of Melbourne. Prof He will speak on how soil organic matter shapes the soil microbial community and soil health; the roles of organic matter in shaping soil microbial communities and in determining soil health by using some research examples. It will also include some case studies where organic matter has helped in remediation of degraded and polluted soils.

Dr Michael Rose – NSW-DPI. Dr Rose will speak on a National GRDC funded project which has been looking at herbicide residues in soil and effects these may be having on soil health and latent effects on subsequent crops.

Early career researchers (PhD and post-docs) and industry consultants are especially welcome to submit a short Abstract (limit one-page) for a limited number of 20 minute presentation slots available. Abstracts should be sent to (cc by 30th June

Registration Fees:

Soil Science Australia, Australasian Land & Groundwater Association (ALGA) 
and The Australian Contaminated Land Consultants 
members Association members (ACLCA)                                         $80

Non-members                                                                                                                                                                      $120

Students and Retirees                                                                                                                                                           $40

Please register by 15th July. Register and pay on-line at

For further information contact Tony Patti (, School of Chemistry, Monash University or Vanessa Wong, School of Earth Atmosphere and Environment, Monash University (



Come and join the Victorian Branch in the countdown of the International Year of Soil.


The first event is a seminar Smart Technologies for Soil Science: Sustaining Food Production and our Environment at Melbourne University Burnely Campus in conjunction with Golder Associates - register via  

The second event is with the Moral Fairground and the Victorian Government Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources in Federation Square on Saturday December 5. 

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Annual Leeper Lecture 13th November 2015 vic2011llgleeper

The 2015 Leeper Lecture will be given by   
Prof Neal Menzies
from the University of Queensland




Celebrate Soil Symposium 2 September 2015  

You are invited to the  "Celebration of soils Symposium" on the 2nd September at Charles Sturt University Thurgoona  to celebrate the International Year of Soil. Keynote speakers include  Professor Jeff Baldock head of soil carbon research CSIRO, Associate professor Pauline Mele La Trobe University and Department of  Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Professor Iain Young University of New England and Dr Peter Kopittke University of Queensland. Nathan Heath, who most of you will be familiar with as he worked both sides of the Murray River as a soil agronomist, is the dinner speaker  Please read the flyer for
further details.

The program has been developed to explore current research, extension and on farm practices occurring across Australia into the world of soil. The key topics include, soil chemistry, soil biology and soils physical structure with key note addresses around soil carbon and legislation / policy to protect soils. Full program and registration detail at: 

Royal Society of Victoria International Year of Soil Lecture

You invited to a lecture hosted by the Royal Society of Victoria as part of the 2015 International Year of Soils to be given by Soil Science Australia member Christian Wallis on "Beneath the surface: living with our industrial legacy through urban renewal."  The lecture will be held at the Royal Society of Victoria (8 La Trobe St,Melbourne) on Thursday May 14 from 7.00-8.00 pm. The lecture is free to attend and there will also be a light dinner provided by the Royal Society for $20.  Registration via 

Nominations sought for the 2015 Leeper Lecturer

Please visit the Leeper Lecture page for more information

Mornington Peninsula Vineyards Field Trip

The first event for 2014 is a fieldtrip exploring the soils of Mornington Peninsula vineyards this Friday. This is an opportunity to view some of the diverse soils present in the vineyards of the region (Red Hill, Tuerong and Moorooduc). The trip will commence at 10.30 am at Paringa Estate, Red Hill. Lunch will be around midday, then after this we will visit the remaining three vineyards (listed below). Mark Imhof and David Rees will be on hand to provide a thorough ‘commentary’ of the soil profiles, and geomorphology of the landscape at each location. 

Registration link:

It is free to attend the trip and lunch is available for $20. 

You will need to organise your own transport to get to, and around the wineries.

All participants must wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to have their boots/shoes disinfected in a foot bath at Paringa.
There will be an opportunity for wine tasting at Paringa and Moorooduc vineyards.

The wineries that will be visited include: 

    1. Paringa Estate, 44 Paringa Road, Red Hill South 
    2. Port  Phillip Estate, 263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South
    3. Kooyong Estate, 110 Hunts Road, Turing
    4. Moorooduc Estate, 501 Derril Road, Moorooduc

Please register your attendance via the below link.

If you have any questions about the trip, please call Gary Clark on 0417132078. If you have any questions about registering, please email Caroline via

We look forward to seeing you there.   


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