Start date

3rd September 2017

End date

7th September 2017


4.00 pm to 4.00 pm


Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden, Herts., AL5 2JQ, UK

Registration deadline

16th July 2017 - early bird registration

Event type

Research & Innovation

Healthy soils for sustainable agriculture: the role of SOM

The 6th International Symposium on Soil Organic Matter (SOM2017) will be held at Rothamsted Research from 3 – 7th September 2017, and is Chaired by Professor Jennifer Dungait.

Soil degradation threatens global food security: SOM2017 focusses on the key role of SOM management for sustainable agriculture – to produce sufficient, nutritious food for all, whilst maintaining other critical ecosystem services including climate regulation through carbon sequestration.  

SOM2017 is being run in partnership with the British Society of Soil Science, and is supported by the BBSRC and NERC through the Soil Security Programme, BASF and the Global Farm Platform.

This biannual meeting was established 10 years ago to meet a need for a global research perspective on the science of SOM. The meeting at Rothamsted is the first in the UK, and follows successful meetings in France (2007), USA (2009), Belgium (2011), China (2013) and Germany (2015). It promises to be a truly international meeting, with more than 420 abstracts submitted from over 50 countries.

The programme addresses important themes in SOM research, ranging from novel approaches to modelling SOM from the soil pore to global scale; identifying and quantifying SOM using the latest technologies; the relationship between SOM and soil health in agricultural systems; and the socioeconomic perception of SOM as natural capital.

For the first time, SOM2017 will offer an open workshop for farmers and land managers to engage with scientists to showcase and share experience and knowledge about how to manage SOM in agricultural systems.

Full programme details