ASSSI NSW Branch: Annual Harald Jensen Lecture

21 September 2009

The Harald Jensen Lecture is an annual lecture held by the NSW Branch of the Australian Society of Soil Science (Inc.), as a forum to discuss and reflect upon contemporary and historical soil science issues. The Inaugural Lecture was delivered in 2005 by Dr Pat Walker. Since then other pillars of Soil Science in Australia, such as Neil McKenzie (Chief of CSIRO- Land & Water), Bob Gilkes (Professor Emeritus UWA) and Rob Fitzpatrick (a well known pedologist with CSIRO- Land & Water) spoke on various topics.

This year our distinguished Professor Alex McBratney will deliver the Harald Jensen Lecture - focusing on the topic: 'Soil Carbon: The Known Unknowns'. In the context of offsets in carbon pollution reduction scheme and its obvious influence on soil quality, Alex will talk about 'what we think we know about soil carbon, and then about what we know we don't know.' Alex sees this as one of the major future challenges for soil science. This is a hot topic at the moment and I would like to extend an invitation to all in to register to attend this lecture. Usually the occasion is very relaxed, semi-formal gathering of soil scientists and allied scientists (and their partners).

Contact: Jane Aiken

Phone: 6355 7217 or 0407 853 635