25-30 JUNE

Join us in Darwin for the Soil Science Australia National Conference “Our Soil: Spirit of a Nation”.

For the first time in its history, Soil Science Australia is holding its biennial national conference in the Northern Territory. The theme for 2023 is ‘Our Soil: Spirit of a Nation’.

It promises to be a unique Top End experience!


Delegates will be able to enjoy the Darwin lifestyle and iconic natural environments of the north; explore and understand the important relationships between land, soil and culture of First Nations People; gain rare insight into Top End soils and their land uses in an ancient but flourishing landscape.

With an emphasis on northern rangelands, the conference provides a fantastic opportunity for delegates to

  • Gain a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by land managers in the Top End.
  • Enjoy a unique array of presentations as well as a hands-on experience during field tours.
  • Join hundreds of other delegates on Larrakia Country to experience this unique north Australian experience!

For registration and accommodation bookings, please check out the details on this website. Note, accommodation will be limited so don’t miss out!

I look forward to seeing you all in the Top End in June 2023!

Jason Hill

2023 Conference Chair

2023 Local Organising Committee

  • Jason Hill – Conference Chair – NT
  • Michael Walker – Sponsorship Committee – SSA Executive Officer
  • Justine Cox – SSA Federal Secretary
  • Ivanah Oliver – Conference Treasurer
  • Tim Overheu – SSA WA Vice president
  • Luke Mosley – SSA – Past President 2019-2020
  • Ed Scott – SSA Federal President | Conference Secretary
  • Henry Smolinski – WA Branch President, Chair Scientific Committee
  • Kristie Williams – Co-Chair Scientific Committee
  • Kathryn Coyne – Administration
  • Xanthe Rivett – Marketing & Communications Manager
  • Peter Fogarty – SSA
  • Mike Welch – SSA
  • Nick McGrath – SSA
  • Dr Erinne Stirling – Scientific Committee
  • Dr Emily Leyden – Scientific Committee
  • Dr Nathan Robinson – Conference Committee

Soil Science Australia

Soil Science Australia is the national soil science body and a not-for-profit professional incorporated association for soil scientists and people interested in the responsible management of Australia’s soil resources.

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Soil - A valuable asset

Soils are one of our most valuable resources in Australia, supporting our food, fibre and water supplies. 

Soil underpins our agricultural production, directly contributing approximately $63 billion AUD per year to Australia’s economy.

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About the conference


The 2023 Soil Science Australia Conference brings soil scientists, industry, researchers, practitioners and government together to further research, innovation and understanding of soils. It is Australia’s leading conference for presenting advances in soil science and attracts experts from across the country and overseas.

In the lead-up to the conference the 11th Australian Soil Judging Competition will attract emerging soil scientists from across Australia and overseas to test their soil science skills.

Featured speakers

Spanning the many themes of the Soil Science Conference our Featured Speakers offer attendees knowledge, leadership and inspiration to shape the future of Australian soils.

Speakers include: Costa Georgadis, The Honourable Penelope Wensley – National Soils Advocate and Jo Townsend – NT Environment, Parks and Water Security

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This event is supported by Northern Territory Business Events


This world class venue offers adaptable meeting rooms, auditorium and exhibition halls to cater for up to 1,200 delegates.

With easy access to Asia by air, Darwin is the perfect launch pad to explore Australia’s Top End natural landscapes and cultural heritage. The Centre is conveniently situated a short 15 minutes from the airport, within the vibrant Darwin Waterfront Precinct where delegates can combine business with pleasure in a year-round tropical climate.

Darwin Convention Centre offers a unique Australian destination for all business events, paired with outstanding dining experiences and excellent service. With global expertise and a proven track record, the dedicated team the Darwin Convention Centre will ensure your event is a memorable occasion for event attendees.

Registrations Open
1 December, 2022
Abstracts Close
Early Bird Registration Closes
Abstracts Open
5th March, 2023
Abstract Notification
Late March
9 April, 2023