The Brian Chambers award, organised and funded by the IFS, was
launched in 2015 (information about the 2015 entrants and
winners), with a cash prize of £1,000 for the winner, plus £500
each for two runners-up.
In 2016 it was again run successfully, attracting a strong and
varied selection of entries. The international nature of the
competition was underlined by entries from Ethiopia, India,
Pakistan, Slovenia, South Africa, the USA, United Kingdom and
Zimbabwe. It was very pleasing that several of the finalists
were able to come to the conference.
The judges found the task of selecting the three winners to be
just as challenging as was teh case in 2015. Eventually, however
they concluded that the research that justified winning the first
prize was by Andreas Carstensen, a PhD student at the University of
Copenhagen, Denmark. His entry described the development of a
new hand held sensor to detect phosphorus deficiency in field
crops. His poster can be viewed here.
A short interview with Andreas about his research has been recorded. To hear this, click on the small
white 'play' triangle at the top of the new screen that will
There were also two runner up entries, that were awarded £500
each. The first of these was from Lotte Woittiez, from
Wageningen University, Netherlands, who is studying poorly balanced
plant nutrition in palm oil farming. An interview with Lotte about
her research will be recorded when she returns from carrying out
field work in Indonesia. Poster.
A short interterview with Lotte has also been recorded. To hear this, click on the
small white 'play' triangle at the top of the new screen that will
The second runner up was Matthias Westershulte, from Osnabruck
University Germany, who is studying nitrogen dynamics following
slurry injection in maize. A short interview with Matthias will be
recorded once he has met a pressing submission deadline! Poster
The Brian Chambers award will be run again in 2017. Submissions
will be invited from researchers in all countries; attending our
Conference in the UK will be unnecessary. As in 2016 entries
will be welcome from researchers working in both academic
and extension organisations.
The 2017 award will open for submissions in July, and
will remain open until 15 September 2017.
Participation in the award will be open to the following
Qualifying research activity must either have been
completed, or be at an advanced stage of study.
The evaluation criteria that will be used to judge award entries
Benefits of participation
In addition to the cash prizes for the three submissions judged
to best meet the award criteria, the participants who go through to
the second stage will also benefit from having their work viewed by
the Conference delegates. In addition all the posters will be
displayed on the IFS website. Depending on the topic and
practical considerations, we may also invite the winner to present
a paper at a future IFS Conference.
For further information, please contact the IFS Secretary: email@example.com
0044 (0)1206 851 819
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Colchester CO1 9PR UK
Brian Chambers and the International
This award commemorates Professor Brian Chambers, who died in
2014. Brian was Head of the Soils and Nutrient Group at ADAS, and a
Council Member of the International Fertiliser Society. Having
published over 300 scientific papers, Brian was internationally
renowned for his pioneering research on manure management and the
minimisation of environmental pollution.
He also played an important role in the European and UK Soil
Science community serving as President and Fellow of the Institute
of Professional Soil Scientists (IPSS), visiting Professor at
Cranfield University, a member of British Society of Soil Science,
and the International RAMIRAN Network.
Brian and his work is being remembered by the creation of two
different but complementary initiatives: the UK focused Brian
Chambers Soils Fund the IFS International Award. Both reflect
Brian's interest in encouraging young people to enter this
important and rewarding area.
The International Fertiliser Society is a scientific Society
founded in 1947, with members from about 50 countries
worldwide. Its main objectives are:
To provide an international
forum for discussion and dissemination of knowledge of scientific,
technical, environmental, economic and safety aspects of the
production, marketing, use and application of fertilisers.
The IFS provides professionals working in fertiliser production
and crop nutrition with a unique combination of :