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5th Meeting of the 202nd Session (2022-2023)

Looking After Our Soils So That They Can Look After Us

Professor Pete Smith

Professor Pete Smith

Professor Pete Smith FRS FRSE FNA FEurASc FI Soil Sci FRSB
Professor of Soils & Global Change
Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences
School of Biological Sciences
University of Aberdeen

On Monday 27th February 2023, at 7pm

Soils are under our feet all of the time, but we rarely turn our thoughts downwards to consider the role that they play in supporting life on Earth. Well managed soils are responsible for providing us with clean air and water, the food we eat, pharmaceuticals, building materials, supporting biodiversity, helping us to tackle climate change and they underpin some of our most treasured landscapes. But soil degradation is widespread and increasing. We must look after our soils to ensure that they can continue to look after us.

Pete Smith is Professor of Soils and Global Change at the Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Aberdeen (Scotland, UK) and Science Director of the Scottish Climate Change Centre of Expertise (ClimateXChange). His interests include climate change mitigation, soils, agriculture, food systems, ecosystem services modelling and nature-based solutions.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Scientists, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy, a Fellow of the European Science Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London).

This is a change to the previously advertised programme.