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Soil Science Australia is bringing the Soil Science Australia National Conference “Our Soil: Spirit of a Nation” and Australian Soil Judging Competition to Darwin.

  • Australian Soil Judging Competition: 22 to 25 June
  • Soil Science Australia National Conference: 25 to 30 June (Darwin Convention Centre)


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Soil Science Australia National Conference

With over 300 soil scientists and experts in soils touching down in Darwin, this is a unique opportunity to further research and understanding of soils in the Top End and across Australia. This is the first time the conference has come to the Northern Territory.

Healthy soils help to: improve agriculture productivity, mitigate flooding, store carbon, prevent erosion and much more. Safeguarding the health of our soils is vital to our future, while the costs from degraded soils and their management can be very high and long lasting.

See full program here and speaker list here.

Australian Soil Competition

The 11th Australian Soil Judging Competition will be held by Soil Science Australia in Darwin and surrounds this weekend (22-25 June), ahead of the Soil Science Australia conference (25-30 June).

Individuals and teams from universities and organisations around Australia and New Zealand will take part in the competition, guided by soil science experts. Participants come together to connect, learn and improve their understanding of soil.

Soil Judging Competitions are an opportunity to learn more about soils, soil in the landscape, soil characteristics and the story of soils in your own backyard – in this case soils of the Top End. Participants get insights into soil judging, profiling and landscape management.

The Soil Judging Competition includes two training days and one competition day, leading to the announcement of the winners on the first day of the Soil Science Australia Conference.

Australian National Soil Information System (ANSIS) Launch

The Australian National Soil Information System (ANSIS), will launch on Tuesday morning, 27 June at the Soil Conference

Media Release

June 2023

Unearth the future of our soils.

Over 300 scientists and experts in soils are in Darwin this week to further research and understanding of soils in the Top End, across Australia and beyond.

The Soil Science Australia National Conference “Our Soil: Spirit of a Nation” highlights the importance of the national asset that is soil. Healthy soils help to improve agriculture productivity, mitigate flooding, store carbon, prevent erosion and much more.

Safeguarding the health of our soils is vital to our future, while the costs from degraded soils and their management can be very high and long lasting.

“Bringing the conference to Darwin has been an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the soils of the Top End and their uses.” Says Conference Chair, Jason Hill.  

“We often take what lies beneath our feet for granted” says Edward Scott, Federal President of Soil Science Australia “But it’s an incredible network of living organisms that supports all life above ground. The understanding of soil, through soil science, helps us feed our growing population, improve agricultural production, build safely and manage environmental changes resulting from climate change. The National Conference and Soil Science Australia is key to continuing that work”.

Australia’s National Soils Advocate and Patron of Soil Science Australia, the Honourable Penelope Wensley AC, delivered the opening address. “This is the first time the conference has been in Darwin since the society started in 1955. The indigenous peoples’ connection to country is really strong in the Northern Territory, so the Conference theme — ‘Our Soil: Spirit of a Nation’ — has added significance in this location, and is an apt and timely choice.

“The theme also underscores the message we all need to promote: that soil is a precious resource and vital national asset that we need to safeguard,” she said.

The Australian National Soil Information System (ANSIS), was launched during the conference on Tuesday morning, 27 June. ANSIS brings together soil data from systems across Australia to provide access to nationally consistent soil data and information. ANSIS will help Australians better understand soil and make more informed decisions about managing our important soil resources.  

Conference topics include: soil carbon, soil management, regenerative agriculture, soil health and productivity, soil technologies and soil management systems, among many others.

Conference speakers include:

  • The Honourable Penelope Wensley AC, National Soils Advocate and Patron of Soil Science Australia
  • Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC’s Gardening Australia and an expert in sustainable landscape design
  • Ed Scott, Certified Professional Soil Scientists, Federal President of Soil Science Australia
  • Troy Clarkson – Director, Soil Information Section, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
  • Joanne Townsend – Chief Executive, Northern Territory, Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security
  • Dr Michael Crawford, Chief Executive, Soil CRC
  • Colee Quayle, Team Leader, Contamination GHD
  • Susan Orgill, Select Carbon
Left to right: Jason Hill, Ed Scott, Joanne Townsend, Peter Wilson, The Hon Penelope Wensley AC, Troy Clarkson.
Left to right: Ed Scott, The Hon Penelope Wensley AC, Troy Clarkson, Peter Wilson.