Soil conference plants itself in Glasgow this summer

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The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) is set to welcome the 22nd World Congress of Soil Science, marking the first time it has returned to the UK since 1935. 

Attracting 3,000 soil scientists from across the globe, the Soil Science – Crossing Boundaries, Changing Society event will kick-off in Glasgow on 31 July.

This year’s congress is organised by the British Society of Soil Science and the International Union of Soil Science. It takes place every four years and was last held in Rio de Janeiro.

The event organiser has a particular focus on sustainability, with the Congress offering soil science specialists the chance to discuss the critical global issues relating to soil including managing soil sustainably, preserving its ecosystem, and mitigating climate change. 

“As an environmental charity, sustainability is one of our core values and working with a venue that shares these values is important to us. We have worked closely with the SEC to ensure that wherever possible, we mindfully reduce the event's carbon footprint, conserve resources, take action towards preserving our natural environment and encourage delegates, stakeholders and business partners to do the same,” said British Society of Soil Science executive officer, Sarah Garry. 

SEC director of conference sales, Kathleen Warden, said: “Our team worked closely with the Glasgow Convention Bureau and many of our local partners to bring this event to Scotland for the first time and we’re pleased to be able to showcase our incredible city to its guests.”

In 2021 the campus hosted COP26 which has left a lasting environmental legacy. Most significant was the creation of the now globally recognised Net Zero Carbon Events initiative which was launched during COP26 and saw representatives from across the industry come together to commit to action on climate change. 

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A desire to travel led Holly Patrick to the business meetings and events world and she’s never looked back. Holly takes a particular interest in event sustainability and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. When she’s not working, she can be found rolling skating along Brighton seafront listening to an eclectic playlist, featuring the likes of Patti Smith, Sean Paul, and Arooj Aftab.

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