Conference information

Aims and Overview

The aims of the conference include providing a platform for STARS researchers to showcase their research, both to their peers and the wider community, including stakeholders and policy makers. Researchers will have the opportunity to reflect upon how their work fits into the wider soil science picture and beyond.  It will provide an opportunity for strengthening of existing ties, and for building new ones. The conference will include Keynote speeches, from eminent soil scientists, oral and poster presentations along with workshops and structured opportunities to network and build new links and collaborations. 

This is an exciting time for the STARS CDT, a unique opportunity to bring together all its PhD students and supervisors to celebrate the diversity and depth of soil science research in the UK today. We will meet in the Low Wood Bay Hotel on the banks of Windermere. 

The conference will be structured around the four STARS themes:

· Understanding the soil root interface

· Soils & the delivery of ecosystem services

· Resilience & response of soil functions to global changes

· Modelling the soil ecosystem at different spatial & temporal scales

Since the first cohort of STARS students are approaching the concluding stages of their PhD research and will soon be moving on, this is the perfect time for them to share their research experience with their peers and celebrate the successes of all the STARS students.

STARS is always seeking to make new connections and establish new collaborations with soil science researchers, stakeholders and policy makers. If you would like to know more about the conference please contact the STARS office.   

Further information will be posted on this page as it becomes available. 

Email us

The Low Wood Bay hotel was chosen in part due to it’s beautiful and inspiring location. Also it is able to accommodate the large number of participants expected and can provide spacious and comfortable conference, meeting and workshop rooms. The hotel has just undergone a very substantial extension and refurbishment and provides excellent accommodation and facilities. So if you are coming to the conference don’t forget your sports wear so you can take advantage of the new Health Club. 

Visit the Low Wood Website

Full programme available here

Conference handbook available here

There will be scope for informal meetings and activities from 3pm on Monday 14th January. Registration will be from 4.45pm and Professor Steve McGrath will open the event at 6pm on Monday 14th January with an event entitled “Working with global challenges”. 

Keynote speakers confirmed are; Hans-Jörg Vogel – Helmholtz centre for Environmental Research, Germany, Richard Bardgett – University of Manchester, Steven Banwart – University of Leeds, Saoirse Tracy – University College, Dublin and Kate Buckeridge – University of Edinburgh. 

Further guest speakers are taking part in workshops throughout the event. 

The event will close after lunch at 2.30pm on Thursday 17th January.