STARS Autumn 2021 conference


After six years STARS CDT is now coming to an end and looks to the future with STARS Legacy. At our 4th and final STARS conference we would like you to join us in thinking about soil science research with a wider perspective. We will be creating a platform for all our conference delegates to discuss, workshop and formalise how our research can best address global key challenges. Engaging with questions such as:

  • How can soil science best address the issues it is posed to address?
  • How can soil science research contribute practically to policy, practice, and regulation and what have been and continue to be the barriers to progress in this area?
  • What do other disciplines offer the progressive soil scientist and what work practices are required to aid positive knowledge exchange and development?

We will be running a series of workshops Soils in Context where each of our invited diverse keynote talks intended to encourage this wider perspective, will be followed by a 90 min workshop. The outputs of these workshops will form the basis of a multi-authored manuscript, with involvement of all interested delegates, with intended publication in a high-level peer reviewed journal.

It is our pleasure to present these distinguished keynotes:

Anna Krzywoszynska, Sheffield University, Department of Geography, Research Fellow

Judith Nyiraneza, Charlottetown Research and Development, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Research Scientist

Nigel Clark, Lancaster University, LEC, Chair of Social Sustainability

Roy Neilson, The James Hutton Institute, Ecological Sciences, Group Lead Plant-Soils Interaction

Diana Wall, Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University, Distinguished Professor

Jess Davies, Lancaster University, LEC, Chair in Sustainability

We are also very pleased to announce we will be joined by:

Dee Hennessy, Creative Exchange, Facilitator and Coach (yes, our in-house facilitator and coach)

Holly McKelvey, Holly Draws, Visual Science Communicator and Illustrator (yes, our-in house illustrator and science artist)


Researchers in soil science (especially ECR), those working in soil focused policy, researchers from other disciplines that work with soils, land management representatives, stake-holders with major investments in soil eg: distributers, agronomists, local and national political representatives, decision makers.

If you are unsure if this event will be useful for you, please just drop us a line and ask.


Follow this link to register, by 30th August at the  latest. Due to the design of the conference, which includes delegate engagement and the receipt of a conference pack we do expect registration to be a commitment to engage in at least the majority of the event. If this becomes difficult following registration please get in touch with us, a two week notice period would be greatly appreciated.