Welcome to the IUSS
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.
IUSS President at World Soil Day celebration
On December 3 FAO's Global Soil Partnership held the official World Soil Day celebration 2021 which was attended by around 4.000 people from 182 countries. Key highlights were:
- Launch of the Report “Global Soil Laboratory Assessment report”
- Winner’s announcement: Glinka World Soil Prize 2021 and King Bhumibol World Soil Day Award 2021
- Announcement of the winners of the Soil Contest (Children’s Book contest on soil salinization and Kids2Kids Poster contest on soil salinization)
The winners of the Soil Contest were presented by Laura Bertha Reyes Sánchez, IUSS President 2021-2022.
Presentation of IUSS President: IUSS PRESIDENT WSD-2021.pdf
IUSS and FAO invite you to know the winners of our Children's booklet contest at https://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/booklet-contest/en/,
and to participate in voting on Facebook: /globalsoilpartnership by your preferred finalist poster from our children drawing contest to define the winners until Dec. 5.
See the five finalists per each category here: https://www.fao.org/world-soil-day/poster-contest/en/.
IUSS wishes all its members a HAPPY WORLD SOIL DAY 2021!
International Symposium on Managing Land and Water for Climate-Smart Agriculture – Request to submit abstracts
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is organizing an International Symposium on Managing Land and Water for Climate-Smart Agriculture in Vienna from 25 July 2022 to 29 July 2022. Approximately 400 participants from IAEA Member States and invited international organizations are expected to attend this event.
The purpose of the event is to review recent development of nuclear, isotopic and related techniques to improve land and water management practices, provide information on the development of tools and technology packages to build soil resilience, adapt farming practices to the impact of climate change, as well as to nuclear or radiological emergencies; and to identify knowledge gaps, research needs and new opportunities to develop climate-smart agricultural practices to build capacities and transfer of technologies to Member States. The event is aimed at scientists, academics, research managers and laboratory personnel, policy makers from governmental, non-governmental and international organizations, donor agencies and potential partners.
Please note that IUSS will chair one of the sessions, e.g. on soil conservation, and exhibit during the symposium.
IUSS members are encouraged to submit abstracts according to the requirements set out in https://conferences.iaea.org/event/270/ until January 31,2022.
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
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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.