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The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to promote all branches of soil science, and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities. This website provides information for IUSS members and those interested in soil science.

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IUSS Bulletin 129IUSS Bulletin 129 (December 2016)

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Internat. Decade of Soils

At the conference ‘Celebration of International Year of Soils 2015 – Achievements and Future Challenges’ IUSS President Rainer Horn proclaimed the International Decade of Soils 2015-2024!
The IDS shall be a continuation of the efforts made during the International Year of the Soils 2015. It will be marked by a number of activities on the national and international levels.
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Development of National Soil Science Societies in the BRICS group of countries

Currently, there are at least 74 national soil science societies in the world (ESDAC, 2016; IUSS, 2016), indicating that soil science followed the trend of organizing societies in various scientific fields.

In this paper light is shed on the development of national soil science societies from the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which partly reflects the soil science history of these countries.

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Call for nominations for the Dan Yaalon Young Scientist Medal 2017

This medal will be awarded by IUSS Division 1 Soils in Space and Time and Commission 4.5 History, philosophy and sociology of soil science.

The nominees may be proposed by institutions, societies, commissions and working groups of the >>Read more


Upcoming Meetings

  • 01. March 2017

    2nd International Tea Bag Index Workshop

    Vienna, Austria

    Participants can submit abstracts to present the work they are carrying out with Tea Bag Index in different locations and ecosystems to two sessions: 1) Global usage of Tea Bag Index session (oral talks) OR to 2) Poster session.
    New abstract (250 words) submission deadline: 31.12.2016

    Workshop website: https://www.ages.at/service/ages-akademie/programm-detail/kalender/detail/event/2nd_international_tea_bag_index_workshop/


  • 13., 14., 15., 16., 17. March 2017

    Soil Science Society of Nigeria, 41stAnnual Conference on “Land Degradation, Sustainable Soil Management and Food and Nutrition Security”

    Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria

    Abstract submission to sssn.atbu2017@gmail.com closes on 31st December, 2016.
    For more information, contact; Local Organizing Committee Secretary, Dr. Hassan A. Muhammad:+2348057749934/+2348038984434, hassanam2002@gmail.com, sssn.atbu2017@gmail.com