Welcome to the IUSS
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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.
Fighting for a better world implies striving for deeper knowledge. Soil scientists are fully aware of this, and their knowledge will be the key for preventing the loss of fertile soil, which will be one of the hardest human challenges in the coming years. IUSS invites our entire community to celebrate our 97th anniversary by fighting TO STOP SOIL DEGRADATION and by EDUCATING CHILDREN TO ACHIEVE IT.
Call for Nominations: Dokuchaev, Von Liebig, and Jeju Award
At each World Congress of Soil Science IUSS presents three awards to recognize outstanding contributions in basic and applied research and to an early-career scientist:
IUSS Dokuchaev Award for basic research in soil science
IUSS Von Liebig Award for applied research in soil science
IUSS Jeju Award for an early-career scientist’s contributions to the IUSS mission
Eligible nominees and nominators must be members of the IUSS. Go to https://www.iuss.org/about-the-iuss/awards-prizes/awards/and then click on the award name to get additional details. On each award page click on “Criteria & Guidelines” to learn about eligibility requirements and nomination procedures. Nominations are due 31 July 2021.
Please send them to Tom Sauer (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair of the IUSS Committee on Awards and Prizes.
IUSS and FAO Children’s book “The magical world of soil biodiversity”
In the framework of World Soil Day 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), the educative project “THE IUSS GOES TO THE SCHOOL”, and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) launched a children's book contest on Soil Biodiversity with the motto "Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity". The book contest on soil biodiversity has given visibility to the importance of soil organisms and raised awareness on the urgency of protecting soil biodiversity. This collection of 10 stories in particular for children aged 6-11 years includes the best entries received from a total of 97 books spanning over 75 countries.
Discover and download the book: https://doi.org/10.4060/cb4185en
International Decade of Soils
In the framework of World Soil Day (WSD) 2020, FAO, IUSS and GSP launched a scientific children’s book contest on Soil Biodiversity with the motto “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity”. FAO, IUSS and GSP invite all those interested
Upcoming Meetings & Events
The outbreak of the Corona virus is clearly a rapidly evolving situation. The organisers of the meetings listed below will be constantly reviewing the situation in the light of global and country-specific advice to inform decisions to minimise the additional risks to attendees, their communities and those living in the meeting’s host country.
The IUSS will also continue to monitor the situation, and advise that prior to attending meetings our members review up to date information from their country’s government, the WHO and from the host country to ensure that everyone’s health and wellbeing remains a priority.