IUSS Alert 2 (June 2005)

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Important dates for the 18th World Congress of Soil Science

The dates for abstract submission and program development are:

September 15, 2005   

Deadline for abstract submission at www.18wcss.org

January 1, 2006   

Convenors and co-convenors have finalized draft of scientific program

January 15, 2006   

Authors will be notified on the status of their oral or poster abstracts submitted

May 1, 2006   

Presenters not registered will be dropped from program and abstracts withdrawn from the CD-ROM. Convenors and co-convenors finalize scientific program

For a list of symposia see: http://www.iuss.org/bull105media/symposia.htm

Nominations for the

IUSS DOKUCHAEV award and the LIEBIG award

Two awards are presented by IUSS at each World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) to recognize outstanding contributions in two specific areas:

    IUSS-Dokuchaev Award for basic research in soil sciences

    IUSS-Liebig Award for applied research in soil sciences

These two awards are differentiated by the type of contribution rendered, not by professional membership grouping. Eligible are members of the International Union of Soil Sciences. The deadline date for receipt of the nominations is 12 months before the beginning of the next WCSS at which the prizes are to be bestowed. For further details see  http://www.iuss.org/popup/IUSSawards.htm

Year of Planet Earth brochure on soil now published

The International Year of Planet Earth project was conceived by the International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS) and UNESCO. The Year now enjoys the backing of all relevant IUGS sister unions in ICSU, including the IUSS. It has now won the full political backing of 16 nations, together representing half of the world population. The brochure 'Soil - the Earth's living skin' can now be downloaded from the website www.esfs.org/downloads.htm and www.iuss.org (brochure is 2.3 Mb).

This is part of the Outreach Programme, which will operate as a funding body, receiving bids for financial support that will help register and reinforce the central message of the Year in the mind of the general public and decision-makers. The International UN Year of Planet Earth offers soil science a suite of opportunities. It might provide a prominent platform for the launching of a 'World Soils Day' and be used to generate outreach towards the 2006 IUSS World Congress in Philadelphia, together with numerous related activities. Soil scientists may also recognize the relevance of their science in several of the Year's science themes, for example in Health (dust problems), Climate (palaeosol records), Resources (soil: a renewable resource?) Megacities (urban soils), and Hazards (risk of soil loss). For further information on see http://www.esfs.org

Professor vacancies in the Netherlands

ITC Enschede is looking for a professor of earth surface system analysis. Wageningen University has a vacancy for a professor of earth system science. Details on these vacancies can be found at the Jobs page of www.iuss.org

Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture (AGORA)

The AGORA site provides access to 745 journals from major scientific publishers in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. AGORA is available to students and researchers in qualifying not-for-profit institutions in eligible developing countries. To date, 400 institutions in 55 countries - from the 69 countries eligible - have registered to use AGORA's valuable online resources. Moreover, eleven publishers have joined the initiative in addition to the nine founding publisher partners. The content available through AGORA now comprises almost 600 key journals in food, nutrition, agriculture and related biological, environmental and social sciences. This is making a significant impact on researchers, students and others in the scientific community in developing countries and countries in transition. In fact, FAO and its partners such as Cornell University are seeking to increase participation from users and publishers even further, and are reaching out to those countries which, as of yet, have no subscribers. It was also agreed that particular attention needs to be paid to improving accessibility of AGORA content for organizations with poor connectivity.

Website: http://www.aginternetwork.org/en/

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