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LEARNING LIVE 2023

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ECO Stage
  1. An integrated approach to leatherjacket and chafer grub control
    Extensive, and ongoing research trials in UK turf are highlighting the need for integrated strategies to manage soil pests. This session discusses the benefits of an Integrated Pest Management Programme.
  2. Taking a global look at sustainability
    While we might strive for more sustainable practice, and meeting national targets such as net zero, what about huge pollution and carbon issues elsewhere in the world? This session how global issues may impact on practices here in the UK.
  3. Microplastic concerns around 3G pitches
    What are the environmental concerns around synthetic turf pitches and what is the EU doing to address them?
  4. The future of artificial grass pitches
    The future of artificial grass pitches.
  5. Improvements for the sustainable design and maintenance of 3G pitches
    Enhancements in the design and maintenance of synthetic turf sports surfaces for more sustainable facilities.
  6. Recycling solutions for synthetic turf
    How to dispose of artificial turf ethically and in an environmentally safe way.
Main Stage
  1. Multi-sport facility funding
    NGB funding strategies and advice on how to secure funds for your club.
  2. Delivering the Ashes
    Grounds managers at England's most iconic cricketing venues talk about the overcoming challenges in hosting this year's Ashes tournament.
  3. Meet the team behind the Women's Ashes' pitch delivery
    These female pioneers will discuss how they got involved in this initiative and how they'd like to its legacy to help promote grounds management as a career option for women and girls.
  4. The Grounds Management Framework - a game changer for effective sports-turf management
    Your chance to ask questions linked to the GMA's newly launched   Grounds Management Framework - to help you get on a clear career pathway, improve your pitch standards and progress within the industry.
  5. Elevating Rugby Pitch Quality - Lessons from Rugby World Cup 2023
    This session looks at the integral role played by Natural Grass in stadia pitch management for the 2023 Rugby World Cup and looks at the challenges encountered and the valuable lessons learned.  The M ...
  6. Grounds Management: The state of play
    An update from the GMA on the current state of play across the grounds management landscape.
Spotlight Stage

Nothing is off limits as we delve into the most prevalent topics in the industry.

  1. Welsh FA's natural turf pitch investment
    An update on facility investment in Wales via the Cymru Football Foundation, and how the Foundation and FAW is implementing its sustainability strategy.
     
  2. Independent Turfgrass Research update 2020 to 2023
    Relevant new data from a range of 'independent' research studies carried out in Ireland between 2020 and 2023, including: Surfactant trials; Rootzone amendments; Earthworm casting; and Potassium Phosphite.
  3. Skillful leadership best practice
    A panel discussion on leadership and the importance of team culture - to ensure leaders are looking after their team members, and themselves.
  4. Climate changed...what comes next?
    An important audience participation event concerning where we were, where we are now and where we are going with concern to UK weather under the umbrella of a rapidly changing world.
  5. Essential Health & Safety at Work
    Key challenges facing the industry and how to apply these into your business.
  6. Interactive turf disease clinic
    A chance to discuss with pathology experts regarding the global trends in pests and diseases- and what is creeping in to the UK due to climate change.
  7. Integrated Pest Management in 2023
    Amenity Forum's National Action Plan and DEFRA's pesticide policy compliance & enforcement.
ECO Stage
  1. Non-Pesticidal disease management
    Controlling turfgrass disease in the absence of, or with limit fungicide availability by using the ‘disease pyramid’ and targeting factors which influence disease. Areas of discussion to include dew control, air movement, and light quality, and how rolling, sand topdressing, mowing and irrigation practices can also reduce disease levels. The presentation will a , which successfully, not only controlled disease, but enhanced turfgrass quality and growth.
  2. Working in a chemical-free world
    With multiple pressures driving change in turf maintenance and the tools available to grounds teams, integrated turf management is now of paramount importance . This session will focus on the potential impact of the EU’s proposed Sustainable Use Regulation on UK and EU sporting venues and the impact assessment work carried out by UEFA and the EGA. 
  3. The OAS's latest research in UK Sportsturf Management
    All the latest developments from The Turf Science & Technology Centre in Great Dunmow in Essex. Trial data and discussions around relevant topics such as disease management, recovery from wear, drought tolerance, surface playability, fertiliser use efficiency and sustainability. Presenting practical data from scientific trials that will help Turf Managers improve their playing surfaces at all levels.
  4. Interactive Soil Science Clinic
    Your chance to ask the industry experts about your soil-related issues and how to tackle them.
  5. Wetting agents & dew dispurgents
    This session looks at different types of products, focusing on the science of how they function, the chemistries used and the benefits you should expect to see, along with key performance criteria.  
Main Stage
  1. Interview: Creating a sustainable landscape
    Carolin talks about her career journey at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, overseas, at local authorities and managing civic society, volunteering with the Landscape Institute and her current work at the National Trust. This included supporting the development of a green infrastructure strategy for Cambridgeshire - plus the importance of designing and maintaining green spaces for the benefit of people and nature.
  2. Skillful leadership best practice
    A discussion on leadership and the importance of team culture - to ensure leaders are looking after their team members, and themselves.
  3. Celebrating Volunteer Heroes
    We talk to volunteer heroes Groundsman (Wes) Matthews, and GMA award winner Dean Gibbons about working around the day job, finding funding opportunities and making your budget spread further.
  4. The Grounds Management Framework - a game changer for effective sports-turf management
    Your chance to ask questions linked to the GMA's Grounds Management Framework - to help you get on a clear career pathway, asses your pitch standards and progress within the industry.
  5. Grounds Management: The state of play
    An update from the GMA on the current state of play across the grounds management landscape.
  6. Future Water Restrictions for golf greens and sports turf

    The 25-Year Environment Plan, the Environment Act 2021, including water companies requirement to reduce Non Household by 9% by 2037, have created the perfect storm for the leisure turf irrigation, resulting in requirements to reduce both abstraction volumes and mains use at the same time.


    The water industry is facilitating alternative water sources that could provide alternatives for the leisure sector, alongside encouraging onsite water storage to reduce demand conflict.


    Come to SALTEX and find out how water availability will change, how long you have, and what you should consider in your search for alternative sustainable water sources.

Spotlight Stage

Nothing is off limits as we delve into the most prevalent topics in the industry.

  1. Managing Up
    Building relations with club key stakeholders and justifying capital expenditure.
  2. Pitch Testing - a new approach
    Benefits of pitch testing to ensure peak performance and player safety.
  3. Handling conflict in the workplace
    This energising session will help you to get better results in your work. You will learn how to deal effectively with awkward customers, demanding colleagues, tricky contractors, difficult suppliers and unhelpful officials. If you want to get the most from the working relationships with people above you and below you in the organisation - without making any enemies - then this session is for you. 
  4. LED lighting rig transition - learnings so far
    Agronomical learnings on the usage of LED technology and the challenges that come with the increased microclimate control. 
  5. How to run a pitch improvement project
    Helping you to develop, procure and run pitch improvement projects - such as new construction, drainage and irrigation.
  6. Integrated Pest Management in 2023
    Amenity Forum's National Action Plan and DEFRA's pesticide policy compliance & enforcement.