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SEC to host Soil Science Congress

SEC to host Soil Science Congress

By Catie Owen.

The Scottish Event Campus (SEC) will host the 22nd World Congress of Soil Science, marking the first time it has returned to the UK since 1935.

This year's event has been organised by the British Society of Soil Science and the International Union of Soil Science, and will take place in Glasgow from 31 July-5 August.

SEC has announced that 3,000 soil scientists globally are expected to attend the congress, which has been themed ‘Soil Science – Crossing Boundaries, Changing Society.’

Sustainable soil

The event will focus on sustainability, offering the congress’ soil science specialists the chance to discuss the sector’s global issues relating to soil, including managing soil sustainably, preserving its ecosystem, and mitigating climate change.

Sarah Garry, executive officer of the British Society of Soil Science, said: “As an environmental charity, sustainability is one of our core values and working with a venue that shares these values is important to us.”

“We have worked closely with the SEC to ensure that wherever possible, we mindfully reduce the event’s carbon footprint, conserve resources, and take action towards preserving our natural environment.”

The SEC has emphasised its environmental responsibilities, having put in place several sustainable initiatives that help organisers to meet their green objectives. In 2021, the campus hosted COP26, where the venue aided in the creation of the globally recognised Net Zero Carbon Events initiative.

To further its sustainability drive, the venue has explained that its catering partner, SEC Food, has revised its catering approach by making several permanent changes:

1) Klimato labelling (Carbon Labelling) is used across the SEC to show the carbon cost of each menu item.

2) All packaging will be reusable or fully recyclable by 2023.

3) Food waste will be reduced to less than 1% of food purchases by 2025 or sooner.

Aileen Crawford, head of tourism and conventions, said: “Glasgow has an ambition to be one of Europe’s most sustainable cities. It currently ranks fourth on the Global Destination Sustainability Index and is the UK’s only EarthCheck accredited city.”