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Note on the Pre-conference Meeting at Chengdu

27th May-2nd June 2007

Following the acceptance in 2004 of China as the host for the next international meeting on soil micromorphology (the 13th) Professor Xiubin He approached executive officers in Commission 1.1 Soil Morphology and Micromorphology about a pre-conference meeting to assist in advancing the organization for this conference. This note records the meeting that took place.

The objective of the pre-conference meeting was to discuss the progress in planning of the conference and associated field trips as well as determine the scientific content and organisational structure. The Conference will be sponsored by the Institute of Mountain Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences and National Natural Science Foundation of China. The location of the conference in China, the first time in the Far East, is especially important since one fifth of the IUSS members are Chinese. Moreover, it will attract the participation of neighbouring countries with a long tradition of soil micromorphological studies.

Two trips were undertaken: a paddy soil and archaeology at Sanxingdui with its splendid museum, and the ancient flood mitigation works at Dujiangyan, and the purple soil country. The latter involved a 3 day >1500km roundtrip from Chengdu to Nanchong, Zhongxian (overnight), Shibaozhai, Chongqing (overnight) and Chengdu with visits to various cultural features (Xishan Park, Shibaozhai temple, Three Gorges Museum) and some stops to examine soils and landuse.

The field trips and business meetings were well organised by Prof. Xiubin He, Dr. Hongyi Zhou, Dr. Donhong Xiong, Prof. Yurong He, Ass. Prof. Yangchun Wang and Dr. Yibei Xu (IMHE).

As a result, the web page of the conference ( www.imde.ac.cn ) was updated and now includes the list of sessions, a call for abstracts and details on conference field trips. The overall outcome of this meeting ensures a successful conference in Sept. 2008.

Left to right: Yanchun Wang, Xiubin He, Geoff Humphreys, Ahmet Mermut, Rosa M Poch, Donhong Xiong.

Left to right: Yanchun Wang, Xiubin He, Geoff Humphreys, Ahmet Mermut, Rosa M Poch, Donhong Xiong.