Conferences and webinars organised by the International Fertiliser Society

The Society normally organises two conferences each year, which last for two days. Each Spring we hold a Technical Conference, covering aspects of fertiliser production and handling, whilst each December our Agronomic Conference covers topics relating to crop nutrition and fertiliser usage. Our conferences are complemented by a series of online webinars.

Both conferences offer 11-12 extended presentations on topics that are both topical and of substance, by leading researchers and practitioners within the industry, most of which are accompanied by detailed written papers. Presentation length is typically twice that at some conferences, providing speakers ample opportunities to explore their subject in depth. For delegates from the UK, attendance at these conferences is worth ten BASIS FACTS CPD points.

Further, both conferences are structured to provide ample time for valuable discussion and networking, including a conference dinner, which online events cannot replicate. The value of this for those with a technical focus is enhanced by the non-commercial, collegiate atmosphere, due to the Society’s culture of commercial neutrality and independence.

Both Members and non-Members of the Society are welcome to attend our conferences. Members benefit from a substantial discount off the Registration fee.

Agronomic Conferences

Our residential Agronomic Conference is held at Robinson College, Cambridge, UK, in the first half of December. In addition to the presentations, this event also offers a poster display, with a dedicated session for the consideration of these, along with the final of the annual Brian Chambers International Award for Early Career Researchers in Crop Nutrition. Many delegates consider the Conference to start on the prior evening, when an informal dinner and team quiz provide excellent opportunities for networking.

Our plans for our expanded 2022 75th anniversary Conference are being finalised. Information is available to view on our 2019 and 2021 events. Examples of recent subjects include soil carbon management, nitrogen usage efficiency, the practicalities of regenerative agriculture, the role of selected micro-nutrients such as silicon and boron, biostimulants, pH management, control of emissions from crop production, soil quality and structure, soil carbon, cover crops, inhibitors and circular agriculture.

More detailed information on the papers presented at previous Agronomic Conferences can be seen by clicking on the appropriate button.

Technical Conferences

Our Technical Conference is held a different venues within Europe each year. The 2022 IFS Technical Conference was to be held in Amsterdam, on 12-13 May 2022, but unfortunately had to be cancelled. Most of the papers will instead be presented at a combined conference to be held in December.

The biennial Francis New Memorial Lecture is presented at either the Technical or Agronomic Conference, as appropriate. Examples of recent subjects include the reduction of fertiliser production carbon footprint, new technologies to better process low quality sources of phosphate, recycled sources of phosphate, improvements in production process control, the management of aging facilities, emissions control, and practical aspects of health and safety management.

2022 Technical Conference

12 – 13 May 2022

Details of the what the 2022 Technical Conference would have involved are available to view.

Agronomic and Technical webinars

Our webinars cover a variety of both production and agronomic topics, to the same depth and level of detail as at our Conferences. All include a question and answer session. They are also open to both Members and non-members of the Society.

Information on forthcoming and past Agronomic and Technical webinars can be found using the relevant buttons.

Recent series of webinars looking at aspects of soil carbon

In May 2022 the Society was delighted to be partnering with Fertilizer Australia to run a series of three webinars covering aspects of soil carbon management under the different conditions that exists in Europe and Australia. As well as a presentation by an expert from both parts of the world, each webinar included a panel discussion to explore the issues in more detail. Links to recordings of these webinars are available via this webpage.

Forthcoming webinar on aspects of soil management

On Wednesday 5 October the Society is collaborating with the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) to run a webinar comprising two speakers. This will run from from 12:00 – 1:00pm BST.

The first speaker will be Dr Gerard Ros from Wageningen University and Research who specialises in the use of deep learning technologies, empirical and process-based models to quantify the current and desired carbon and nutrient fluxes in agriculture.

The webinar is free for anyone to attend and please register with the BSSS in advance.