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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 136  IUSS Bulletin 136 (June 2020)

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Internat. Decade of Soils

IUSS – FAO – GSP children’s book contest on Soil Biodiversity

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 >>Read more


IUSSFAO-GSP Children’s book contest on Soil Biodiversity

You are interested how the best scientific children’s books on Soil Biodiversity look like?

The winners will be announced during the WSD celebrations on 4 December 2020, 13:00-14:30 CET.

Register for this event at:

Recommended Publication

New book of IUSS published

The most recent book in the IUSS book series of the International Decade of Soils (2015-2024) Global Soil Proverbs. Cultural Language of the Soil was published in the CATENA series GeoEcology Essays.
The book features an impressive number of proverbs compiled in 32 chapters from 29 different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania, sharing insights about philosophy, culture, and life in each country.

>>Read more


Outcome of 2020 IUSS Presidential Election 

Edoardo Antonio Costantino Costantini from Italy, current Secretary of the European Society for Soil Conservation, received a clear majority of the votes and was the successful candidate in this election. He will take up the position of President-Elect on 1st January, 2021. He will be the first Italian President in >>Read more

Upcoming Meetings

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.

PFAS – Dealing with Contaminants of Emerging Concern
Monday, 30. November 2020 to Tuesday, 1. December 2020
AgroEco2020 - 3rd International Scientific Virtual Conference
Wednesday, 2. December 2020 to Thursday, 3. December 2020
International workshop Soil conservation and Environmental Protection
Thursday, 3. December 2020 to Saturday, 5. December 2020
SSA / NZSSS Virtual World Soil Day Event
Friday, 4. December 2020 to Friday, 4. December 2020
U.S. World Soil Day event: A Diverse Soil Science Future
Friday, 4. December 2020 to Friday, 4. December 2020
Global Soil Conference 2020 - Caring Soils Beyond Food Security
Wednesday, 9. December 2020 to Sunday, 13. December 2020
2nd joint workshop on digital soil mapping and GlobalSoilMap WGs
Monday, 14. December 2020 to Friday, 18. December 2020
Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20)
Tuesday, 2. February 2021 to Thursday, 4. February 2021