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IUSS Alert 224 (June 2024)

IUSS Alert 224 (June 2024)


 Election of President of the IUSS

Nominations Process for the Position of President

Nominations are to be made by two Nominators who should be accomplished, highly respected senior soil scientists, ideally from two different countries.  The Nominators should also supply joint or individual supporting statements in their covering letter(s).

The Nominators together with the Nominee must provide the information in the attached file (President Election Full Info 2024), including an important ‘Statement of Intent’ plus a full CV.  All information submitted by the Nominee must also be provided to the Nominators to ensure that they can perform their task effectively.

 Full Nomination documentation should be submitted electronically to Prof. Dr. Rainer Horn by 30th June 2024 (Email:  rhorn@soils.uni-kiel.de)

President Election Full Info 2024

Please send a copy to the Secretariat iuss.secretariat@crea.gov.it

The IUSS is pleased to welcome, as new Full Members, Egypt and Moldova, and is very much looking forward to future interactions and shared projects.


 IUSS-Inter- Congress 2024, First Announcement

 Date: October 20th – 24th, 2024

Location: Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre (IYCC), Nanjing, China


Soil Science Society of China

International Union of Soil Sciences

The Inter-Congress agenda consists of IUSS Executive Committee and Council member meetings, with a goal to prepare for the World Congress of Soil Science 2026 (WCSS 2026). In addition, a field trip will be organized to explore the soil resources and rich culture in Nanjing.


Soil Health for Future Generations

Important Dates:

Abstracts submission deadline: June 30th, 2024

Meeting Format

The IUSS Inter-Congress 2024 consists of Executive Committee Meetings, Council

Meetings, an international symposium (October 21, 2024), a site visit to the venue of WCSS 2026 (October 22, 2024) and a field trip (October 24, 2024)

International Forum, Monday 21 October 2024

The international forum features four parallel sessions. Talks will be arranged in areas of the four IUSS Divisions (Soil in Space and Time, Soil Properties and Processes, Soil Use and Management, and The Role of Soils in Sustaining Society and the Environment). Online attendance is supported.

Please contact the Chairs of four IUSS Divisions for further details:

Division 1: Chair: Richard Heck, e-mail: rheck@uoguelph.ca

Division 2: Chair: Giuseppe Corti, e-mail: g.corti@staff.univpm.it

Division 3: Chair: Renfang Shen, e-mail: rfshen@issas.ac.cn

Division 4: Chair: Claudio Zaccone, e-mail: claudio.zaccone@univr.it



Soil Science Society of China:

Xin Song (International forum)

Lingbo Zhou (Payment)

Feifei Tang (Registration)

e-mail: ic2024@issas.ac.cn

International Union of Soil Sciences:

Irene Fabbri

e-mail: iuss.secretariat@crea.gov.it

Website: https://iussic2024.aconf.org/


 1924 Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of Pedology

The conference proceedings were published by the International Institute of Agriculture (IIA) in Rome and were intended to serve as a milestone in the advancement of soil science, producing three volumes and one annex for a total of around 2,000 pages. Besides the report of the general secretary, the Proceedings are organized into three sections:

  1. i) Summaries of communications
  2. ii) Illustrative notes regarding the soil excursions

iii) Conferences, notes, and communications to be included in the Proceedings

These proceedings documented the presentations, discussions, and scientific contributions shared during the conference. Over time, these proceedings have become a significant reference point, providing a comprehensive account of the progress made in soil science up to 1924.

“They serve as a valuable resource for researchers, academics, and practitioners seeking to understand the historical development and evolution of soil science.”



2024 IUSS World Soil of the Year

 The “Chernozem of the Balti Steppe, Moldova” was officially proclaimed as the inaugural “IUSS World Soil of the Year” during the closing ceremony of the 2024 Centennial Congress and Celebration in Florence. Official nomination of this soil was provided by the Soil Science Society of Poland and the Canadian Society of Soil Science, on behalf of the Moldovan Society of Soil Science. Dr. Boris Boincean received the award from IUSS President Edoardo Costantini, on behalf of the Moldovan Society of Soil Science, and then provided an overview of the Chernozems of the Balti Steppe. This was complemented with a presentation, by Dr. Cezary Kabala (Chair of the IUSS WRB Working Group), on the global significance of chernozemic soils. Further information regarding the 2024 IUSS WSY can be obtained by contacting Dr. Boincean (bboincean@gmail.com).

In recognition of the success of various national programs, the IUSS WSY program has been implemented to enhance soil literacy across numerous countries and on a global scale. It is expected that this will aid in compiling a registry of soil heritage, to recognize the inherent natural and cultural values of soils, thereby helping to open doors for soil science to integrate with environmental protection activities and projects. A dedicated webpage is currently being developed for the WSY program on the IUSS website.

To support promotion of the 2024 IUSS WSY, a special issue of Geoderma Regional will be published with a focus on chernozemic soils internationally – this is now open for submissions. Further details can be obtained by contacting Cezary Kabala (cezary.kabala@upwr.edu.pl).

Efforts are also currently underway to convert the IUSS WSY Task Force to a regular Working Group within Division 1 – Soils in Space and Time. In the meantime, the call for nominations for the 2025 IUSS WSY is already open. Inquiries, regarding either participating in the Task Force/Working Group or the 2025 IUSS WSY call, can be directed to the Chair of Division 1, Richard J Heck (iuss.div1@gmail.com).


 IUSS 1924-2024

A Centennial documentation of its national members

Editors: Rainer Horn, Winfried Blum, Laura Berta Reyes-Sànchez

To celebrate the 100 years of the IUSS, Prof. Rainer Horn, Prof. Winfried Blum, and Prof. Laura Berta Reyes Sánchez have edited the Genealogy Book, a centennial documentation of its National Members. In the publication forewords, Prof. Costantini, IUSS President’s, underlines the importance of this book as it “represents a milestone in the history of the IUSS, instilling confidence in a lasting and prosperous future for the IUSS and its members”.

Celebrating the International Union of Soil Sciences Centenary, as a gift for the children of the world the book “Soil is a Source of Life, Water and Food” was launched during the IUSS Centennial Congress.

The book containing 30 Crop Cards (all in English, Spanish, German, French and Portuguese), and 11 stories for children (all in English, Spanish, German, and some also in French and Portuguese), was edited by the IUSS Past President Laura Bertha Reyes-Sánchez and Dr. Rainer Horn.

The book is available on the IUSS website in PDF format with an Open Access license.

The IUSS invites all our members to download it and share it with the children and teachers in their family and professional environments.



In Memoriam

Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer

Waldenburg, 29/07/1938 – Munich 08/06/2024

Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal of IUSS in 2017 has passed away this June. Prof. Töpfer, a worldwide well recognized and accepted politician, held during his life different important positions, among many, as the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. From 2009 to 2015, he was Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) /Potsdam, Germany. Due to his background, he was exceptionally well qualified to bring together representatives from different areas of society, incorporate different forms of knowledge into the development of solutions and bridge conflicting interests. Dr. Klaus Topfer established the World Soil Week project in 2012 and organized annual meetings of soil scientists, policy makers and land managers from around the world. He was a very enthusiastic promoter of soil science and soil protection as well as ecosystem topics besides ocean governance and, last but not least, greater consideration of the cultural dimensions of sustainability. He will be sorely missed by many.


 News from national and regional soil science societies 2024

 Italian Society of Soil Science


Date: July 2nd – 4th, 2024

Location: Palazzo Sersanti, Imola, Italy

 Read more: https://www.fidaf.it/index.php/event/imola-2-4-luglio-2024-giornate-scientifiche-e-culturali-17-anno-dallimpatto-delle-esondazioni-alla-bonifica-dei-suoli-alluvionati/


Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) 


 Date: July 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st, 2024 (Fully Virtual)

The Sustainable Agronomy Conference will provide Certified Crop Advisers (CCAs), agricultural sales professionals, and growers with the opportunity to understand and implement sustainable agronomy in the field more fully. Learn the drivers, economics, agronomics, environmental benefits, and implementation techniques for sustainable crop production. Economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainable agronomy will be considered.

Read morehttps://www.agronomy.org/meetings/sustainable-agronomy/


Brazilian Society of Soil Sciences


 Date: July 28th, 2024 @ 08:30 – August 3rd, 2024 @ 17:00

Location: Universidade Federal de Viçosa – Viçosa-MG, Brazil

A forum to discuss the main issues and potential alternatives and strategies on the management and conservation of soil and water in mountain farming areas (AMo), bringing together people involved in research, dissemination and teaching from associated governmental, nongovernmental and private institutions and from all regions of Brazil. This will be an opportunity for focused discussion in a productive context never addressed, either in Brazil or elsewhere.

Read more:  XXI Brazilian Meeting on Soil and Water Management and Conservation (RBMCSA) and VIII Minas Gerais Soil Science Symposium (SMCS)SBCS


Soil Science Society of Turkey (SSST)


 Date: September 23rd  25th, 2024

Location: Nevsehir-Cappadocia, Türkiye

 Important dates:

Deadline for early registration: 01 May 2024

Deadline for registration: 01 July 2024

Abstract submission deadline: 15 July 2024

Announcement of accepted papers: o1 August 2024

Deadline for submission of full texts: 01 September 2024

Announcement of the Congress Program: 15 September 2024

Publication of the Congress Book: 15 October 2024

Read morehttps://www.soilcongress.org/


 Egyptian Soil Science Society (ESSS)


Date: October 1st – 2nd, 2024

Location: Cairo, Egypt

The conference will focus on soil and water resources development: its challenges and different strategies or solutions in the context of global climate change.

Deadline for the conference: Abstracts 31.08. 2024

All abstracts should be sent to: E-mail: ejssci@gmail.com; What’s App.: 0036202979482

For registration: https://forms.gle/i5hWCG6pnCtD6exo9

Topics of the Conference:

  1. Modern technologies and soil science:
  2. Environment and soil sciences:
  3. Global climate change and global soil crisis
  4. Conservation, and preservation of soil and water resources
  5. Agricultural soil systems
  6. Sustainable management under global changes

Read more: The Second Announcement (ESSS 2024) – iuss.org


 Colombian Society of Soil Science

World Conference on Soil, Water, Energy and Air – EUWCSWEA

 Date: October 5th – 6th, 2024 

Location: Bogota, Colombia

The conference provides a platform for professionals involved in Soil, Water, Energy and Air to exchange knowledge and gain an insight into the state of the art in the current technology, techniques and solutions in Soil, Water, Energy and Air as they have been developed and applied in different countries.

Important dates:

Submission Deadline:  22nd September 2024

Registration Deadline: 27th September 2024

Read more: https://www.allconferencealert.com/event/1141075



Federation of Eurasian Soil Science Societies


Date: October 10th – 14th, 2024

Location: Tsukuba, Japan

Commission 2.5 Interfacial reactions of soil International Union of Soil Science

Key topics such as climate change mitigation, soil C sequestration, rock erosion enhancement, and modeling of soil C and N dynamics are directly or indirectly controlled by the interactions of soil minerals with organic matter and microbes (ISMOMs) that occur at different scales. Progress requires the exploration of interfacial reactions between minerals, organic matter and microbes in the soil, not simply the study of soil C in isolation.

Read morehttp://web.agr.ehime-u.ac.jp/~soil/OtherInfo_ISMOM2024.pdf


United States Consortium of Soil Science Associations


Date: November 10th – 13th, 2024

Location:  San Antonio, Texas and Limited Virtual

Attend the 2024 ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting to inspire change in agronomy, crop, and soil sciences to impact scientific advancement. Rapidly changing climate is one of the greatest challenges for modern agriculture around the world. But there is hope! By leveraging advanced modeling tools, remote sensing, machine vision, autonomous machinery, and robots, AI enables improved soil management, climate-smart farming, and accurate forest mapping. Together, let’s harness the power of AI to revolutionize the future of agriculture at the 2024 ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting. The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America jointly host the premier gathering of ideas, solutions, and innovation from across the field of environmental sciences. Our Annual Meeting is equal parts science, networking, collaboration, and camaraderie. We welcome emerging learners and leaders from industry, government agencies, and academic institutions to explore advances in agronomic, crop, and soil sciences.

 Read more: https://www.acsmeetings.org/register/#:~:text=Held%20November%2010%20%E2%80%93%2013%2C%202024,ceremonies%2C%20and%20enlightening%20field%20tours


 The New Zealand Society of Soil Science (NZSSS)


Date: November 28th – 1st, December 2024

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand

This prestigious professional development event aims to develop skills and knowledge in practical soil description and classification for understanding and interpreting soil and land use capability. No experience required.

The competition aims to teach and develop knowledge and practical skills in soil description, classification, and land use interpretation. These skills are vital when it comes to understanding and protecting soil. It is a great opportunity for students, researchers, contractors, council scientists, and anyone interested in soils to learn, network, and experience new landscapes and soils.

Read more: Soil Judging Competition | NZSSS Association (soilscience.org.nz)


The New Zealand Society of Soil Science (NZSSS)



Date: December 2nd – 5th, 2024

Location: Rotorua Energy Events Centre, New Zealand

Read morehttps://www.soilscience.org.nz/soilsrotorua2024


 News from national and regional soil science societies 2025

 Digital Soil Mapping Working Group (DSMWG) & GlobalSoilMap working group (GSM WG) of IUSS


 Date: January 21st – 24th, 2025

Location: Bengaluru, India

Important dates:

Abstract Submission Deadline: 1st August 2024

Abstract Acceptance Notification: 1st September 2024

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 1st October 2024

 Read more: https://dsm2025.eventsdashboard.in/


 European Confederation of Soil Science Societies


Date: September 8th – 12th, 2025

Location: Seville, Spain

EUROSOIL is the official meeting of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS). It is held every four years and is one of Europe’s most important Soil Sciences events. It provides an excellent opportunity for knowledge transfer among the Soil Sciences community.  Over 2000 participants are expected to attend the event and present their findings through oral and poster presentations encompassing all scientific aspects of Soil Science. The event will also feature workshops and an exhibition of products and services aimed at raising awareness in society, facilitating the exchange of ideas and information, and creating business opportunities offering a platform for researchers, scholars and professionals to exchange knowledge, insights, and innovations. Additionally, during this edition of EUROSOIL, the Iberian Congress of Soil Sciences (CICS) will also be held along with the 1st European Soil Judging Contest in Alicante, one week before the event in Seville.


September 2024: Abstract submission & registration opening

31 March 2025: Early registration deadline

15 May 2025: Regular abstract submission deadline

31 May 2025: Abstract notification to authors

15 June 2025: Regular registration deadline

15 July 2025: Last minute submission (only posters)

8 September 2025: EUROSOIL 2025 starts

Read more: e-mail: eurosoil@viajeseci.es



 Conferences, Meetings and Workshops


 5th Workshop of International Network of Black Soils (INBS)

Date: July 9th – 10th, 2024

Location:  Changchun, China 8:30 – 18:00 PM hybrid format

FAO’s International Network of Black Soil (INBS) organize a symposium in a hybrid format, International Symposium on Sustainable Utilization of Black Soils.

Read more:

The zoom registration link is here:  https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYlfuiqqTIiGNMpTUo7kbgRE9vmeW7M3ZiD#/registration

You can also find the event on GSP website and media here:




European soil ERosion field measurements at Plot scale

EUSO launched a collaborative network targeting soil erosion by water data from European field experiments (EU_ERPlot). The aim of this network is to reach out to Researchers from European institutions to come together and create an open-access database (EU_ERPlot) of soil erosion records collected at plot scale, through a series of diverse land use and land cover features across Europe. This is an action promoted by the EU Soil Observatory Technical Working Group on Soil erosion.

Our data compilation and harmonization is progressing, however, our estimations indicate a significant portion of data is still out there. As a result we will re-open the call for contributions in order to target data generated over the last 10 years.

Deadline: 31 July 2024

Read more: ttps://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/themes/european-soil-erosion-field-measurements-plot


XI SCAR Open Science Conference 2024 “Antarctic Science: Crossroads for a New Hope”

 Date: August 19th – 23rd, 2024

Location: Pucón, Chile

The opening and closing ceremony, plenary lectures and mini-symposia will be live-streamed. The Business Meetings (17-18 & 24-25 August) and Delegates Meeting will be hybrid. The Science Group Business Meetings (21 August), poster and parallel sessions will be in-person only.

Read morewww.scar2024.org


 50th CIEC International Fertilizer Conference – Unleashing Fertilizer Use in the Belt and Road Initiative

Date: September 4th – 7th, 2024

Location: Weihai, Shandong (P.R. China)

The purpose of the 50th CIEC International Fertilizer Conference is food security, which is of primary concern on a global scale, as are environmental aspects and issues related to soil protection. China’s new Belt and Road initiative will unleash the potential of vast regions of the globe for sustainable agriculture. CIEC’s ambition is to strengthen scientific exchange and cooperation to support this global challenge.

Read morehttps://ciec.iae.ac.cn/ or contact the jieli@iae.ac.cn; with cc to: CIFC50@vodafonemail.de.


22nd IUFoST World Congress 2024 of Food Science and Technology

The future of food is now: Development, Functionality & Sustainability

 Date:  September 8th  12th, 2024

Location: Rimini, Italy

Read morehttps://iufost2024-italy.com/


International Conference on “Soil Systems Ecology – Organic Matter, Energetics & Turnover”

 Date: September 9th – 11th, 2024

Location: Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The focus of the International Conferences is on the combined consideration of material and energy flows in soils as an expression and driver of biological activity and interaction. It’s time to get a systemic view on energy and matter fluxes and their interactions with living and non-living soil components.

Important dates:  Registration Deadline: 21st July 2024

Read morehttps://soilsystems.net/events/soil-systems-ecology-international-conference/


WASWAC 4th International Youth Forum on Soil and Water Conservation (IYFSWC)

 Date: September 21st – 24th, 2024

Location: Shenyang, China

In order to help the youth worldwide to play greater roles in the scientific research, technological development, and demonstration & popularization of soil and water conservation, encourage and support the young generation to undertake the historical responsibility entrusted by the times, and to achieve sustainable development in soil and water conservation, World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC) will continue to organize the International Youth Forum on Soil and Water Conservation (IYFSWC) in Shenyang in this coming September.

WASWAC will continue to evaluate the Outstanding Youth Paper, 20240325151638875.pdf (waswac.org.cn), which is set up by WASWAC especially for the outstanding young researchers under the age of 40. The paper passed evaluation will have chance to be published in the official journal of WASWAC – International Soil and Water Conservation Research, and the winners will also be able to obtain a certificate issued by WASWAC and a USD 1000 honorarium.

As an important platform of academic progress presentation and to research ideas exchange, we sincerely invite worldwide scholars, students, and relevant enterprises engaged in the scientific research, technology development, management, teaching and training and engineering design of soil and water conservation, to participate in this forum to share your latest research or technology progress, with oral presentation or poster display.

Award Announcement: Final awardees will be announced in September 2024. The award presentation will be at the 4th International Youth Forum on Soil and Water Conservation.

Read more: WASWAC


 ISTRO 2024.  22nd Conference “Living Roots, Living Soils”

Date: September 23rd – 27th, 2024

Location: Virginia Beach VA, USA (Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Resort)

The theme of ISTRO (International Soil and Tillage Research Organization) 2024 is ‘Living Roots, Living Soils’ and focuses on regenerative agriculture, soil health, cover crops, residue systems and sustainable agricultural production as a whole.

Read morehttps://www.arec.vaes.vt.edu/arec/eastern-shore/istro-2024-22nd-conference.html


 Global Symposium on Soil Data and Information – FAO GSID24: Hybrid event

 Date: September 25th – 28th, 2024  

Location: Nanjing, China

 The Global Symposium on Soil Information & Data (GSID24), co-organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization, its Global Soil Partnership and the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSCAS). Emphasizing the significance of data-driven decision-making, GSID24 aims to catalyse the development and implementation of policies grounded in robust soil data, thereby enhancing the efficacy of global efforts towards sustainable development and climate resilience.

Read MoreGlobal Symposium on Soil Information and Data | Global Soil Partnership | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (fao.org)


The Sixth Global Proximal Soil Sensing Workshop

 Date: October 14th – 17th, 2024 

Location: Ghent, Belgium

The workshop is organized by Ghent University on behalf of the Working Group on Proximal Soil Sensing (WGPSS), established in 2008 under the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). The Sixth Global Proximal Soil Sensing Workshop will continue the discussion from theoretical and practical perspectives, focusing on the applicability of technology in natural resources management. The Workshop invites participants from academia and industry, working on topics including soil and environmental sciences, agricultural engineering, archaeology, forensic investigations, sensor development, near surface geophysics, spectroscopy, agronomy, spatial statistics, and artificial intelligence.

 Important dates:

Full paper submission: August 31st, 2024

Final registration: September 15th, 2024

Read more: Home | GPSS-2024Home | GPSS-2024


 10th International Symposium on Forest Soils (ISFS 2024)

Date: October 15th – 19th, 2024

Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, PR China.

The theme of ISFS 2024 is “Forest Soils under Global Change: Processes, Biodiversity and Ecological Services”, and seven topics will be included that range from assessing the impact of global change factors on carbon, water and nutrient cycling, and ecosystem functioning and services to reclaiming degraded forestlands and managing the resilience of reclaimed land.

Read morehttps://isfs2024.casconf.cn/page/1450021481600913409


 8th International Symposium on Biofumigation, green manures and cover crops

 Date: October 21st – 25th, 2024

Location: San Pedro (BA), Argentina

Read morehttps://biofumigacion.ar/en/home/


 International Conference: Impacts of Soil Amendments on Dryland Agro-Ecosystems (ISADAE 2024)

 Date: October 28th – 30th, 2024

Location: Reims, France

The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA) with IRD and INRAE organize ISADAE2024 conference aims to provide a platform for discussing the latest research and developments in soil management practices and their impact on dryland agro-ecosystems. It also aims to foster international cooperation in developing strategies and projects for sustainable soil management in dryland agro-ecosystems. The Conference is supported by the European Union’s PRIMA research and innovation program and EXEBIO.

Important dates: 

Deadline for abstract submission: June 30, 2024
Notification of acceptance: June 2024
Deadline for full paper submission: July 31, 2024

Read more: Included in the registration fees, the ISADAE 2024 conference offer the possibility of publishing a proceeding paper in a Scopus Indexed journal, and to participate in a forthcoming special issue in the newly launched journal Cambridge Prisms: Drylands, details of which will be announced soon.


Conference website: International Conference on The Impact of Soil Amendments on Dryland Agro-Ecosystems – Sciencesconf.org

European Society for Soil Conservation. Global Soils Conference 2024 Caring Soils Beyond Food Security: Climate Change Mitigation & Ecosystem Services

 Date: November 19th – 22nd, 2024

Location: NASC Complex, New Delhi

Indian Society of Soil Science, New Delhi under the aegis of International Union of Soil Sciences, Italy in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi.

The main objective of the Global Soils Conference 2024 is ‘Caring soil beyond food security: Climate Change mitigation and Ecosystem Services”. This conference aims to address various challenges, issues and concerns/ importance of soils and the latest technology developments in sustainable soil/resource management in the light of the global issues such as food security, soil health improvement, enhancing input use efficiency through new fertilizers, rapid soil assessment techniques, land degradation, environmental quality, biodiversity protection and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

 Read morehttp://www.soilconservation.eu/conferences.html#conferences


17th International Conference on Soil Micromorphology

 Date: December 2nd – 5th, 2024

Location: Puno, Perù

Important dates: Deadline for Early-bird registration: July 31, 2024

Acceptance of abstracts: July – September 2024

Read moreProgram – 17th International Conference on Soil Micromorphology in Puno – Peru (puno2024.com)


Conferences, Meetings and Workshops


18th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis.

Advancing Agricultural Science for Global Sustainability

 Date: June 9th -13rd, 2025

Pre-Symposium Workshop: June 9th.

Post-Symposium Tour: June 14th-16th

Location: Durham, North Carolina USA

The Soil and Plant Analysis Council (SPAC) announces that registration, sponsorship opportunities, and a call for abstracts for the 18th International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis (ISSPA) are now open. The meeting of ISSPA 2025 is hosted by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and North Carolina State University and will take place in Durham, North Carolina, USA, June 9 – 13, 2025, in partnership with the Australasian Soil and Plant Analysis Council, Agri-Laboratory Association of Southern Africa, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Global Soil Partnership.

 Abstract Deadline: March 7th, 2025

Abstract Acceptance Notification: April 1st, 2025

Read more:   International Symposium on Soil and Plant Analysis (ISSPA);  info@isspasymposium.org 18th


 Opportunities for the IUSS members

 New video on soil description and soil classification

 Peter Schad and Chris Just from the Technical University of Munich (Germany) made a new video on Soil Description and Soil Classification. It uses the 4th edition of the World Refefence Base for Soil Resources (WRB). The description is according to the new WRB Field Guide (Annex 1 of the WRB Manual – replacing for WRB the FAO Guidelines for Soil Description, 2006) and the classification considers the new WRB edition. It is available here: https://wrb.isric.org/teaching-material/

During COVID, we produced some videos in German: the description according to the German field handbook and the classification according to the German national soil classification and, in English and Spanish, according to the FAO Guidelines for Soil Description (2006) and the 3rd edition of the WRB (2015).

They were published on the teaching platform of our university in 2020 and in 2022 our institute established a youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-dL7jrqhzwoFfKNLTwGXxQ.

 International Science Council (ISC)

Call for experts to participate in IPCC Scoping Meeting

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has invited the ISC to nominate experts to participate in the scoping meeting for an IPCC Methodology Report on the Carbon Dioxide Removal Technologies and Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage. The meeting will be held by the IPCC Task Force on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories (TFI) and is tentatively scheduled for the second half of October 2024. Please share this opportunity within your Member organization and with your networks and encourage relevant experts to submit their nomination via the ISC

 Deadline10 July 2024

Read morehttps://council.science/news/call-experts-ipcc-carbon-dioxide-removal/


International Science Council (ISC)

The ISC is partnering with the Implementation Support Unit of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) on a project to strengthen the bridge between science and policy by bringing together distinguished scientists, academics, and diplomats to prepare the ground for a stronger science-policy interface within the BWC. We invite nominations of authoritative experts specializing in:

  • Science and Technology Advisory Mechanisms relevant to the fields of disarmament and life sciences,
  • Verification and Compliance of Biological Weapons related activities, and
  • International Cooperation and Assistance under international conventions.

Selected experts will participate in several online meetings from September to October, culminating at the in-person BWC meeting in Switzerland in December.

Deadline: Please share this opportunity widely within your member organization and encourage relevant experts to apply by 14 July 2024.

Experts must be nominated by an executive council member or focal point of an ISC Member organization and will receive an honorarium of 2 000 Euros for their work.

More informationhttps://council.science/news/call-experts-bwc/


INGSA-Africa Science Advice Skills Development Mentorship Program building capacity of early and mid-career African scientists for the effective practice of science advice

The Africa Regional Chapter of the International Network for Governmental Science Advice, is delighted to announce the launch of the third cohort of the Science Advice Skills Development Program (SASDP-3).

This program aims to build the capacity of early and mid-career African scientists across the continent for the effective practice of science advice. Following the success of our inaugural mentoring program in 2022 and a second cohort in 2023, we are eager to continue this momentum. Twenty-two scientists, from 11 countries in Africa, have been mentored so far, by mentors from the African continent and beyond. The report of the first cohort can be found here.

 More information : Call for Mentors Information Pack

Deadline: 15 July 2024


INGSA-Asia Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2024

Building upon last year’s welcoming response, INGSA-Asia is now calling upon scientists, researchers, academics and practitioners across Asia to submit their proposals and applications for the INGSA-Asia Grassroots Science Advice Promotion Awards 2024.

Award recipients will receive a seed grant worth RM 9,600* to organise workshops which highlight the role of science advice in pertinent issues in their home countries.

 Deadline: 31 July 2024

More information: For more information, please download the application guideline here or email us at ingsa.asia@gmail.com


 Global CA-CoP (Conservation agriculture community of PRACTICE for sustainable agriculture, land use and ecosystem management)

The open access journal Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395, IF 3.7) is pleased to announce a new Special Issue titled “Conservation Agricultural Practices for Improving Crop Production and Quality”. Prof. Dr. Mariola Staniak, Prof. Dr. Ewa Szpunar-Krok and Dr. Małgorzata Szostek are serving as Guest Editors for this issue.

 Deadline: August 31st, 2024

Read more: https://www.mdpi.com/si/agronomy/H4FE1QROA2


The Mission Soil

As part of the EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’, the European Commission launched the Mission Soil Manifesto, which calls for action to respond to the urgent need to protect and improve soil health in Europe and beyond. Sign the Manifesto as a representative of a legal entity or as an individual and stand up for soil health!

You will join a community that cares about soil, have the chance to network with others and be informed about the latest research results and activities of Mission Soil.



RIS Inspire – HealthySoil4Life. Training in entrepreneurship and innovation in Soil Health and Food

 Date: July 1st – 12th, 2024 (online); July2 9th – August 1st, 2024 (presential, invitation only)

Location: Vale Feitoso in Penha Garcia, Portugal

Over a period of 3 weeks, the EIT Food Summer Schools, organized by Food4Sustainability CoLAB, Universidad Sevilla and BGI – Building Global Innovators are the ideal opportunity for students, professionals, researchers and enthusiasts of the agri-food industry who are looking for a unique learning experience in contact with nature, at the same time exploring Portugal and meeting new people.

Only participants from RIS countries can apply.

 Important dates: Open until June 30th, 2024

Read more: https://lnkd.in/di8Z9zrM


9th Intensive Training Course on Soil Micromorphology

Location: eniversitat de LIeidae (Tremp, Catalonia) at Departament de Quimica, Fisica i Ciències Ambientals i del Sòl – Av. Rovira Roure 191E 25198 LIeida Catalunya

Duration: 2-weeks in September-October 2024

Read morehttps://www.formaciocontinua.udl.cat/ca/programes-formatius/cursos/4179


 New publications

Title: Soil science in Italy

Editors: Carmelo DazziAnna BenedettiGiuseppe CortiEdoardo A. C. Costantini

History is generally defined as “the study of past events, particularly in human affairs” and is mostly understood when presented chronologically. That’s why someone also defined it as the ‘chronological record of the past’. Knowing the past is extremely important for any society and human being. Past gives us insights into our evolving behavior in many matters of life. The book is seen as a unique opportunity to preserve the memory of the Italian history of soil science. It represents a milestone and a cultural heritage. Moreover, the book is a sort of ideal bridge between the pioneers of soil science in Italy and the young generation of researchers, contributing to spreading awareness of the importance of soil as a fundamental resource.



Title: Natural and human-related variability and transformation of Chernozems on a global and regional scale

Guest editors: Cezary Kabala (Poland), Richard Heck (Canada) and Stephan Mantel (The Netherlands).

Publisher Geoderma Regional special issue

Chernozem is considered an iconic soil, the ‘King of Soils’ as named by V. V. Dokuchaev, due to its spectacular morphology and properties. No other single soil type has such a wide recognisability and appreciation, as well as understanding of its economic and environmental importance, as Chernozem. Chernozems still create among the most productive agricultural zones, crucial for food security. However, Chernozems may suffer from degradation that influences all of their crucial functions. Among the most important threats is the decrease in soil organic carbon content and pools, water and wind erosion, irreversible physical destruction of soil profiles, and soil compaction or soil sealing. Considering the importance of Chernozems for the development of soil science as a modern discipline and global economic and environmental services, Chernozem has been selected as the first World Soil of Year in the programme inaugurated by International Union of Soil Sciences at the Centennial Congress of the International Union of Soil Sciences (May 2024, Florence, Italy).

Topics: the Special Issue will focus on the origin and spatial diversity of Chernozems, natural and human-affected transformations, including the degradation phenomena which can impact the crucial services of Chernozems in food production, mitigation of climate change, water, carbon and nutrient cycling, biodiversity protection, maintaining the cultural and historical heritage, etc. Studies on both the global, regional and local scales are welcome.


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