The social activities at the conference are an important part of the conference, allowing you to catch up with other delegates between sessions. You can book for the following functions when registering.

Welcome Reception

Welcome to the 2019 SOM Symposium! This is the first social opportunity to catch up with your colleagues and sponsors and exhibitors of the Meeting.  The welcome reception also provides a great opportunity to meet delegates who are attending the symposium for the first time.

  • Date: Sunday 6th October 2019
  • Time: 1700-1900
  • Where: Gallery, Level 1, Hilton Adelaide
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Cost: Inclusive for full registrations and exhibitors, book during registration process.  Additional tickets can be purchased for AUD $60 by guests and day registrations.
  • Entertainment: Brad Lee

Brad Lee is one Adelaide’s finest guitarists and vocalists. He has a wealth of experience playing around Australia and is a full time professional musician.

Early Career Researcher Networking Event

Come along to meet and network with fellow early career scientists and hear career insights from leading international scientist Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, the President of Soil Science Australia Assoc. Prof. Luke Mosley, and Superstar of STEM Dr Samantha Grover.  Drinks and nibbles to follow!

The event is being sponsored and organised by Soil Science Australia. Interested students and early career researchers should indicate attendance during the symposium registration process.

  • Date: Monday 7th October 2019
  • Time: 1800-2000
  • Where: Ballroom A, Hilton Adelaide
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual

CROWN Panel: How can we translate SOM research into improved farming practices?

Join us and be part of a panel discussion that will explore how SOM research can be translated into improved farming practices. The panel of experts, practitioners, and government representatives includes:

    • Dr Abad Chabbi, INRA, France, representing the ‘4 Per 1000’ initiative
    • Prof Francesca Cotrufo, Colorado State University, USA
    • Prof Ellis Hoffland, Wageningen University, Netherlands
    • Jeff Baldock, CSIRO
    • Tim Goodes, PIRSA
    • Rob Kerin, Primary Producers SA
    • Melissa Rebbeck, Climate and Agricultural Support
    • Edward Scott, Field Systems Aus
    • Peter Wadewitz, Australian Organic Recycling Association

Panel members and the audience will discuss the following topics in a moderated panel discussion:

  • why is SOM not considered in farmer’s decision making process, and how to change it?
  • should SOM enhancing farming practices be incentivised, and if so, in which way?
  • is Australia’s payment scheme for soil carbon sequestration a model for the world?

The event is being sponsored and organised by the Centre for Recycling of Organic Waste and Nutrients (CROWN) at the University of Queensland. Interested Symposium participants should indicate attendance during the symposium registration process.

  • 1745-1915: Panel Discussion
  • 1915-2000:  Drinks and nibbles
  • Date: Wednesday 9th October 2019
  • Time: 1745-2000
  • Where: Ballroom A, Hilton Adelaide
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual

Symposium Dinner

The 2019 SOIL Symposium invite you to attend the Symposium dinner hosted at the National Wine Centre of Australia.The National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide is a truly special place to experience in its unique surroundings, nestled in the heart of the city’s Botanic Gardens.  As the home of the nation’s wine collection, the Centre offers wine lovers an unparalleled opportunity to learn more, and enjoy the rich diversity of varieties produced in Australia.

  • Date: Tuesday 8th October 2019
  • Time: 1900-2300
  • Where: Hickinbotham Hall, National Wine Centre
  • Dress Code: After 5
  • Entertainment: Brian Ruiz
  • Cost: Inclusive for full registrations, book during registration process. Additional tickets can be purchased by guests, exhibitors and day registrations for $130.
  • Transport: Meet the coaches outside the Hilton at 1840 to travel to the National Wine Centre.  Coaches will return to the Hilton via Adina Apartment Hotel, Holiday Inn Express, Mercure Grosvenor Hotel.

Self Drive?:  See the Wine Centre Parking Guide (PDF) if you prefer to drive yourself.

Brian Ruiz is a man who sings from the soul!

His honey-husked vocals have shared the stage with Aussie greats like Jimmy Barnes, Diesel, Paul Kelly, Vika & Linda Bull and countless others and he has toured nationally and internationally with the bands Kaha, Fruit, New White Sneakers and The Huckleberry Swedes.


7th International Symposium
Soil Organic Matter

6 – 11 October 2019

Hilton Adelaide

Adelaide, South Australia


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