NSW branch news and events

The New South Wales branch holds a range of events throughout the year.

Annual Haraold Jensen Lecture

The annual lecture is named after Harald Jensen (1879 – 1966), a geologist and soil chemist.

From 1909 to 1912 he was soil chemist and soil surveyor with the NSW Department of Agriculture , then chief government geologist of the Northern Territory (1912-16) and temporary government geologist in Queensland (1917-22), after which he spent most of his career as a consulting geologist. He was senior geologist for the Aerial Geophysical Survey of Northern Australia (1938-40) and investigated mica deposits in central Australia for the Commonwealth Government (1942-43).

Throughout his career Jensen took a keen interest in the vegetation, especially eucalypts, of the areas he visited as a geologist. He wrote a  large number of scientific papers and reports, most of which were published in the journals NSW.

Harald Jensen Lecturers

2017 Dr Pam Hazleton ‘Transferable knowledg and skills widen the horizons for future soil scientists


2015 Ms Rebecca Lines-Kelly ‘Sharing the love: Two decades of soils communication’

2014 Associate Professor Balwant Singh ‘Training soil scientists for the 21st century’

2013 Professor Neal Menzies ‘The Challenge of predicting metal transfer throught the soil-plant-animal continuum – r
eflections on the challenges of bucket soil chemistry through to synchrotron studies’

2012 Dr Mark Conyers ‘Particulates vs partisans, humus vs the rotten, charcoal vs the cooked’

2011 Dr John Williams ‘Restoration of soils for productive landscapes’

2009 Professor Alex McBratney ‘Soil Carbon: the known unknowns’

2008 Professor Rob Fitpatrick ‘The weight of the world on the shoulders of soil science: amazing new linkages between
soil, water quality, extreme drought conditions and criminal investigations’

2005 Dr Pat Walker ‘Soil Pioneers of Australia’