2012 Agriculture Research Symposium: Soil Security

17 July 2012

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 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.

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.

For more information please contact Jessica Morris - or Jas Chambers -

A public lecture on Soil Security will be hosted on Monday 16 July in the University's Great Hall, featuring international guests.


Cost: Free

Contact: Jessica Morris or Jas Chambers

Phone: +61 2 9114 0825 or 9351 5397

Email: 0c5321290e2f031b0c5608211d30273d2026211d034d120b2f582826