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World Soil Day presented by SoilsWest and Soil Science Australia @ State Library of Western Australia - Theatre
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

SoilsWest and Soil Science Australia (Western Australian branch), with support from DPIRD, invite you to celebrate World Soil Day 2022, Monday December 5 at the State Library of Western Australia Theatre.

Connect with your community and hear exciting perspectives from leading soil researchers, practitioners, industry, producers, and students across four themes:

Roots Run Deep: First Nations knowledge – ARC Training Centre for Healing Country – panel session and Q&A

  • Stephen van Leeuwen, Curtin University
  • Rachel Standish, Murdoch University
  • Christian Miller-Sabbioni, Curtin University
  • Adam Cross, Curtin University
  • Heidi Mippy, Noongar Land Enterprise Group

Landscapes: Perspectives at scale – individual presentations

  • Tim Overheu, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)
  • Paul Galloway
  • Soil and Landscape Science Group, Curtin University
  • Craig Scanlan, DPIRD
  • Bonnie Jupp, Perth Natural Resource Management

Where Food Begins: Healthy soil, healthy food – individual presentations

  • Ana Gowrea, Edith Cowan University
  • Tona Sanchez-Palacios, Murdoch University
  • Jonty Kammann, DPIRD
  • Blythe Calnan, Runnymede Farm
  • Jim Campbell- Clause (AHA Viticulture) & Angela Stuart-Street, DPIRD

Back to Earth: Circular economies – individual presentations

  • Bede Mickan, University of Western Australia
  • George Mercer, University of Western Australia
  • Deborah Holtham, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
  • Daniel Murphy, Murdoch University

This free event will run from 9:00AM to 4:30PM at the State Library Theatre and Theatre Foyer before concluding with a social sundowner ending at 6:00PM.

Complementary morning tea, lunch, and light refreshments at the close of day sundowner will be provided.

Please aim to arrive for registration between 9:00AM and 9:30AM.


Venue information:

State Library of Western Australia (25 Francis St, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth WA 6000)

The THEATRE is located on the ground floor on the Northern side of the Library and can be accessed from the main entrance in the Cultural Centre or from Francis St. You will see our event set up in the Foyer area just outside the Theatre.

Perth Train Station exits into the Cultural Centre across from the State Library, or City of Perth Parking is available nearby at the State Library or Cultural Centre lots.

Please note this is an in-person only event and presentations will not be live-streamed or recorded.


VIDEO COMPETITION – Share your soil story!

As part of World Soil Day celebrations, SoilsWest and Soil Science Australia are holding a short video competition.

The contest is open to all, with videos being 20-60 seconds in duration, shot in portrait format, and relate to the theme of why soil is important to you or shows why soil is important in the world.

  • We want entries to tell the world why soil matters. You could show how soil is connected to so many different things in our daily lives
  • Show how soil can be fascinating and fun
  • The direction you take is up to you

Soil Science Australia (WA) are offering $500 in prizes across three categories:

  • Overall winner judged by panel – $300
  • Under-18 winner – $200

How to enter:

Send your video entries to and share on Twitter tagging @SoilsWest and @SoilScienceAust

Videos will be screened at this World Soil Day event.

Entries must be submitted by November 30.