Alberta Soil Science

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20th to 22nd, 2018

Harnessing Big Data to Advance Soil Science


Workshop: InnoTech Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta
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Banquet (Feb 21st) and Accommodations: Radisson Hotel South
Use code 0213Inno18 when booking ($124/n).


The agenda and summaries of presentations and summaries are available in the 2018 Program.

Abstract Submission

Please apply to present via the Abstract Submission Template. The deadline to submit has been extended to January 19th, 2018.

Travel Assistance

Student travel assistance is available: To apply, please download the request form.


Plenary Speakers

Dr. Angela Bedard-Haughn (University of Saskatchewan)

Increase the knowledge of landscape-scale relationships through the integration of new technologies (e.g. GIS and digital soil mapping) and extensive regional soil survey information available from the Soil Landscapes of Canada database

Ryan Brown (Starscream Aerial Services)

An Alberta based company that specializes in the collection of big data using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in environmental and agricultural applications

Dr. Krista Uggerslev (NAIT)

Create big data tools for locating, curating, and synthesizing more than a million research findings

Jack Payne (Farmers Edge)

Creating innovative agricultural practices that help growers boost crop production and improve sustainability.

Pre-Conference Workshop

Konstantin Dlusskiy, PhD, P.Ag.

(Tuesday Feb 20th at 3:00-5:30 pm) This pre-workshop activity is for environmental and reclamation practitioners as well as others who are interested in learning more about the genesis and classification of the Anthroposolic soil order. Download Summary


Professional Development for Soil Scientists and Students

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Oral and poster presentations include: keynote papers focussed on the workshop theme, technical papers within four distinct fields, and volunteer papers. Currently the five technical groups are: Land Use, Soil Fertility, Land Reclamation, Forest, Riparian and Wetland Soils and Pedogenesis and Soil Inventory.


Regional Interaction

The Alberta Soil Science Workshop is held to facilitate regional interaction among professionals in soil science. Typically 100 to 150 participants gather for a 1 to 2 day program.



Workshop participants include a diversity of professionals from private industry (e.g. consultants in agronomy, pedology, reclamation, remediation, and environmental services; chemists from commercial analytical laboratories), government (federal, provincial, municipal) and academia (universities and colleges).


Student Support

The workshop is graduate student-friendly, providing an excellent opportunity to enhance presentation skills in a supportive setting (travel bursaries are available for out-of-town students; awards are made for the best student presentations).

Alberta's Soil Science Symposium since 1962

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