The IUSS Jeju Award

Sponsored by the Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer (KSSSF)


The IUSS Jeju Award was co-established by IUSS and the Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer (KSSSF) in commemoration of having the successful 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) in Jeju, Korea in 2014. The Award is a strategic award being delivered to a young and mid-career soil scientist who has innovative and outstanding accomplishments in education, research, or extension in soil sciences and has made a substantial contribution to IUSS missions.

Initiating in 2018, the IUSS Jeju Award will be given to one awardee every four years at each World Congress of Soil Science. The Award consists of a plaque or equivalent, a certificate, a US$1,000 honorarium, and financial support for air fare and accommodation to attend the presentation at the WCSS. If there is no acceptable candidate, the award will not be given.

Criteria & Guidelines

A. Eligibility

  1. Eligibility of nominators
    Nominations for the IUSS Jeju Award are accepted only from members of the IUSS. Members of the the IUSS Committee on Prizes and Awards (CPA) are ineligible to make nominations.
  2. Eligibility of nominees
    Nominees for the Award must be living at the time when their nominations are submitted. Nominees for the award must have completed a Ph.D. degree in soil science and their career must have been less than 15 years after their completion of Ph.D. degree in Soil Science. Members of the Prizes and Awards committee are ineligible to be nominated.

B. Nomination procedures

  1. Preparation: Preparation of the best nomination possible for a distinguished colleague is a compliment to both the nominee and the nominator, and it provides maximum assurance that the nominee will be selected to receive the award. Obtaining the assistance of the nominee in supplying information is permissible and may improve the accuracy and completeness of the documentation. Clearly identifying and evaluating the nominees contribution is the most important part of the nomination, because nominations are ranked primarily on this basis.
  2. Format: Each nomination must contain the nomination proper and one copy of each supporting letter (not more than three letters). A cover letter from the nominator is not necessary; if the nominator includes a cover letter, it will be considered as one of the three (maximum) supporting letters. The total nomination package must not exceed 10 pages. This translates to 7 pages maximum for the body of the nomination, plus the three one-page letters of support. NOTE: It is imperative that nominations do not exceed the length specified in these instructions. Nominations that exceed the specified length will not be considered. All nomination materials must be submitted to the Chair of the Committee on Prizes and Awards (CPA). This can be done by E-mail as well as by regular mail.
  3. Deadline: The deadline for receipt of the nominations is 12 months before the beginning of the next WCSS at which the prizes are to be bestowed.

C. Processing of nominations

The Committee on Prizes and Awards (CPA) evaluates the nominations. This can be done by correspondence and need not involve a meeting of the Committee itself. The Committee sends its recommendation to the President of the Union, with a copy to the Secretary. Persons selected to receive the Award are informed promptly by the Secretary after a decision has been taken by the CPA.
If a nomination is not successful, it can be re-submitted after four years.

D. Nomination format

The nomination documents must contain the following information: Title of the award, with the name of the nominee and the name of the appropriate award.

1. Qualifications of the nominee
2. In addition, list only the ten (10) most significant publications, patents, presentations or products in literature citation form.
3. Evaluation (not more than three pages)

A concise summary and evaluation of the nominee’s significant contributions; explain why the nominee is especially well qualified to receive the award.

4. Supporting letters

Not more than three supporting letters are to be included, each one page in length. Supporting letters are solicited by and addressed to the nominator. Members of Committee on Prizes and Awards are not eligible to write supporting letters.

IUSS Jeju award 2018

John McLean Bennett

John McLean BennettThe IUSS is extremely proud to announce that the winner of the first IUSS Jeju Award is John McLean Bennett of the University of Southern Queensland.

John McLean Bennett, Associate Professor of Soil Science at the University of Southern Queensland, grew up on a sheep and cattle station situated in semi-arid rangeland (New South Wales) where he developed a strong linkage to the land, agriculture and resource management. He subsequently graduated the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management) with Honours (Soil Science), and The University of Sydney with a PhD (Soil Science). Through these degrees he grew a strong appreciation for taking a systems approach to soil management, which he has taken into his leadership positions with his university and as Federal President of Soil Science Australia.

John is a soil physicist with expertise in soil structure. His research falls into three key areas, with an overarching context of soil security and digital rural futures: 1) Applied soils and irrigation projects in collaboration with agricultural/mining industries, 2) Fundamental research directed towards understanding water quality interactions with soil physical and chemical mechanisms and processes; and 3) Agricultural extension and data management. He seeks to use fundamental understanding of soil physics and chemistry to move theoretical approaches towards catchment scale prediction and decision management tools.


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Page created: 19.05.2021 | Page updated: 12.10.2019

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