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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.

Soil Science Societies for IYS

There are a number of Soil Science Societies all over the world working on soil protection; these Societies are cooperating within the framework of the IUSS.

For the International Year of Soils the IUSS and the Soil Science Societies have decided to enforce networking and to provide information about all the activities of each Soil Science Society.
On this site each month one Soil Science Society will introduce itself and provide information on topical soil issues in the respective country.

Information will be about

  • WHO – Presentation of the responsible Soil Science Society (500 characters max)
  • WHAT – Description of activity, idea, topic or event (max 1,500 characters)
  • WHEN & WHERE – When and where will the activity or event take place, when & where should the idea be implemented (max 300 characters)
  • SOIL MESSAGE – During the IYS a soil message will be presented.

National & International Activities from National Soil Science Societies


Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN)

Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (JSSSPN)

Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS)

British Society of Soil Science (BSSS)

Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (JSSSPN) - September 2015

Dokuchaev Soil Science Society (DSSS) - November 2015

Latin American Soil Science Society

Spanish Soil Science Society

Malaysian Soil Science Society

Finnish Society of Soil Sciences

Egyptian Soil Science Society (ESSS)

Chinese society of soil and fertilizer sciences (Taiwan)

Costa Rican Soil Science Society

Egyptian National Committee of Soil Science