Summit on Canadian Soil Health 2017

Student Scientific Poster Competition

August 22-23, 2017
Delta Hotel, Guelph, Ontario

The Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS), Ontario Chapter is pleased to be sponsoring a Student Scientific Poster Competition as part of the Summit on Canadian Soil Health 2017, organized by the Soil Conservation Council of Canada (SCCC). The encouragement of young people to pursue their education and careers in natural resource management has long been an objective of the SWCS Ontario Chapter, in particular through the annual awarding of the Arthur D. Latornell Award of Merit. This poster session provides an opportunity for students to showcase their project work and their interest and concern for soil health specifically.

The Student Scientific Poster Competition is seeking posters that convey scientific theory/hypothesis, methods and results related to a project or thesis a student has personally undertaken. Students are required to register to be part of the poster session and must be present on August 23 to potentially receive their prize. Student poster participants are provided a reduced registration fee ($150 prior to July 7, $175 after July 7) that includes full participation in the Summit on August 23 – a tremendous opportunity to learn about soil conservation issues from renowned experts.


  • The costs and consequences of soil degradation
  • Technical and scientific gaps that contribute to soil degradation
  • Motivators and drivers that encourage soil remediation and care
  • New information, new opportunities


  • Relevancy of poster to Summit themes
  • Ability to clearly communicate scientific question, method and results
  • Ability to convey importance of question/results to public

Prizes will be awarded for winner ($300), first runner up ($200) and second runner up ($100). To enter the competition, students must register for the Summit and be in attendance the day of the Summit (Aug 23, 2017) to receive their award.

Register on-line for the Summit through the link on the SCCC website


  Early Bird (before July 7, 2017)

  • One Day Summit (Wed Aug 23): $150
  • Full Summit (Summit & Tour): $200

  After July 7, 2017

  • One Day Summit (Wed Aug 23): $175
  • Full Summit (Summit & Tour): $225

Posters will be on shared poster boards. Maximum size of poster is 44"x44" (112 cm x 112 cm); please respect size limitations in order to share the board space. Poster space will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Posters can be attached with velcro or push pins. Posters are to be set up between 5 and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 22; contact the Poster Session Chair if this will be impossible. Posters that have been or will be submitted to other conferences will be accepted.

Poster entry information is to be emailed to Pamela Joosse, SWCS, Poster Session Chair () or entered on-line at: Entries received by July 31, 2017 are eligible for cancellation fees. Posters will be accepted up to Tuesday, August 22 with registration fees and entry information. Only presenters for which registration and payment has been received will be judged in the competition.

Any questions about the Student Scientific Poster Competition can be directed to the Poster Session Chair Pamela Joosse at .