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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.

32nd International Geological Congress in Florence (Italy)

Winfried Blum (Austria), Emmanuel Frossard (Switzerland), Benno Warkentin (USA) and Ugo Wolf (Italy) organized a session at the 32nd IGC that was entitled “Function of soils for human societies and the environment” on the 21st of august 2004. The session chaired by W Blum and E Frossard had 8 oral presentations and 10 posters. About 60 people visited the oral session. All the papers were presented and briefly discussed. The presentations gave a broad overview on soil genesis, soil mapping and on the services soils perform for the environment and the human societies including the conservation of archaeological assets. A special emphasis was made on the relationships between soil science and geology. Finally the European framework for soil protection was presented. At the end a general discussion was held on the definition of soils, and on how soil science and geology could develop more intense collaborations. The posters all of high quality dealt with extremely different topics such as mapping, biodiversity, soil pollution and soil degradation… This session contributed to address one of the objectives of the conference that was increasing collaboration between earth disciplines. The overheads of most oral contributions as well as some posters will be soon available of the web site of the IUSS ( http://www.iuss.org/division4/publications.htm )