Canberra environment and soils short course

Monday, March 29th 2021 8:30am - 4:30pm


11 Kirinari Street, Bruce, ACT


This two-day course is aimed at those who work with soils in and around the Canberra area and specially those who work in the field of contaminated land or soil nutrition. This course will cover Canberra geology and how to identify rock types, the relationship of soils to geology and vegetation, metals in soils, their bioavailability, and how they relate to plants and geology. Come along to understand fundamentals of assessing soils in the field and how you can use this knowledge to understand water movement, contamination, geochemistry, and ecotoxicology. The course will take you through what drives the fate and behaviour of chemicals in soils, especially in the Canberra region, and the different soil types and what they mean to your area of expertise. This is a hands-on, applied short course where we will handle soils both in the classroom and out in the field

SETAC Members - Please contact EIANZ Central Office to register at the member rate via 03 8593 4140 or

Day One

Held in the Teaching Lab, Building 27, University of Canberra, Institute of Applied Ecology.
This day will be a combination of lectures and practical sessions on rocks, regolith, soils and groundwater processes.

Day Two

Field trips to sites demonstrating the concepts covered in the lectures and practical sessions, as well as highlighting some of the soil-related environmental issues in Canberra.

This course is fully catered, please advise of any dietary requirements during the registration process.

Meet the speakers

Ken McQueen - Geologist and geochemist
Peter Fogarty - Consultant soil scientist, Certified Professional Soil Scientist

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