2012 Research Symposium

Throughout the epochs, civilisations that have failed to secure their soil have fallen by the wayside of history. With globalization, securing soil is crucial for the whole of humanity’s future wellbeing.

The 2012 Agriculture and Environment Research Symposium– jointly hosted this year by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment and the United States Studies Centre – will bring together experts from across the globe to discuss the different dimensions and approaches that must be considered in the development and establishment of international research and policy agreements on Soil Security.

Professor Ian Chubb, Chief Scientist of Australia, and Professor Marie Bashir, Chancellor of the University of Sydney, will open the 2012 Agriculture and Research Symposium. The Symposium will investigate the Political, Economic, Social and Scientific dimensions with a line-up of local experts and a cross-section of international speakers including:

  • Professor Edward B Barbier - John S Bugas Professor of Economics, University of Wyoming, USA
  • Professor Johan Bouma - Emeritus Professor of Soil Science, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • Professor Cornelia Flora - Charles F. Curtis Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University, USA
  • Professor Rattan Lal - Distinguished Professor, School of Environment & Natural Resources, Ohio State University, USA

Hosted by Professor Mark Adams, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment and Professor Robert Hill, Adjunct Professor in Sustainability from the United States Studies Centre, the 2012 Research Symposium is relevant to scientists, economists, industry, government and business.

A coherent Soil Security strategy will maintain and improve the world’s soil resources to ensure continuity of quality food, fibre and fresh water, making major contributions to energy and climate sustainability and maintaining biodiversity and the overall protection of ecosystem goods and services.

A 3-minute thesis (3MTTM.) challenge for our final year PhD students will be contested. Click on the link for more information about this exciting new challenge, which gives current postgraduates just three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance. The exercise develops academic, presentation, and research communication skills, and supports the development of research students' capacity to effectively explain their research in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.



FROM 8:00AM - 4:30PM

FROM 3:00PM - 4:00PM



Lecture Theatre 101, New Law School, Camperdown Campus

Detailed information about the venue, a map, parking information, and instructions on getting to campus by bus, train and car, can be found here.


  • Public Lecture is a free event
    Symposium is $20
    Cocktail reception is $10
    Symposium $20
    Cocktail reception $20



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