Victorian branch news and events

The Victorian branch holds regular events and activities throughout the year including lectures, field trips, symposia and quiz nights.

Dirt Drinks - Wednesday 27 March from 5.30pm to 7pm

at the Lincoln Hotel, Carlton

Victorian Branch members past, present and future

Please join us for nibbles, drinks and networking at Soil Science Australia Victoria’s first Dirt Drinks at The Lincoln.

Let’s make it bigger and better on the mainland 😊

Thanks to everyone who made the recent Pizza Night at Melbourne Uni such a success - we're looking forward to meeting more of our members at this central and low key event.

Come along and find out what your Society has planned for 2019 and put forward your ideas. 

WHEN:  Wednesday 27 March from 5:30 to 7pm

WHERE: The Lincoln Hotel, 91 Cardigan Street, Carlton VIC 3053

RSVP: to theVIC Branch Secretaryby Monday 25 March.

Public transport: the closest train station is Melbourne Central and trams 1, 3/3a, 5, 6, 16, 64, 67 and 72 stop on the corner of Swanston and Queensberry Streets, a couple of minutes walk away.
Parking: On-street parking is available nearby, with a multi-storey carpark at 96 Grattan Street a few minutes walk away.


Strategic Agricultural Land - consultation (March to April 2019)

The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning is working with Agriculture Victoriaand Deakin University to identify strategic agricultural land within 100 km of central Melbourne. They are currently running an engagement period on this body of work andwe need your input!

This is critical and timely work given ongoing issues of urban encroachment, food resilience and climate change adaptation surrounding most of Australia’s major urban centres.

Soil Science Australia will be submitting a formal response to DELWP's proposed assessment criteria, methods and current works.

In order to provide an informed response, weare seeking input from interested and qualified soil scientists to provide robust review and recommendations on the government works to date. Your response will be collated along with other member responses to form a formal response submission from Soil Science Australia.

There are several ways you can be a part of this.

At Dirt Drinks on 27 March at The Lincoln we will hold small group discussions on this topic. If you can’t make it tomorrow or need more time to consider your response, please answer the attached questionnaire by 9 April.

Download the

SSA questionnaire
Fact sheet
Proposed assessment criteria

For further detailed information, visit the Engage Victoria site.

Please return your questionnaire by 5pm on 9 April to inclusion.



Leeper Lecture

The Leeper Lecture is named in honour of Dr Geoffrey W Leeper (1903 - 1986).

Dr Geoffrey W Leeper

  • Educated University of Melbourne (BSc 1924, MSc 1926)
    University of Adelaide 1927 
  • Rowett Research Institute Scotland 1929 Research scholar in chemistry, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Melbourne 1930-32
  • Lecturer in Agricultural Chemistry 1933-46
  • Associate Professor 1946-62
  • Professor 1962-69
  • President, Royal Society of Victoria 1959-60
  • President, Victorian Branch, Australian Institute of Agricultural ScienceHonorary Life Fellow, Royal Australian Chemical Institute.

Geoffrey Leeper wrote four books, two on trace elements, one on soil chemistry and one on soils. Peter Ryan described Leeper as "one of Australia’s most distinguished and useful citizens" (quoted in The Age newspaper, 1986, several years after Leeper's death). 

Click below for the

Leeper Lecture Guidelines 

Leeper Lecture nomination form (word format)  (pdf format

List of Leeper Lecturers