Taking care of soils since 1924


The IUSS is a democratic organization having several positions to be elected and a collective responsibility for them. Here is a Table summarizing the procedures for the main kinds of elections.


Position Nomination               Selection             Recommendation                Voting Max. time in charge
President-elect Executive Committee, Full Members,
Divisions and Commissions
Committee for Presidential elections Executive Committee Council 2 years, followed by 2 years as President and 2 years as Past president
Vice President Member hosting the WCSS Not applicable Not applicable Council 4 years
Division and Commissions Chairs Divisions, Commissions,
Council and Full Members
Divisional Nomination
Electoral Committee Individual members through
Full Members
8 years
WG (Chair is selected within the WG) Individual members Not applicable Division(s) Executive Committee 8 years
Honorary members Individual members through
Full Members,
and Honorary Members
Committee for Presidential elections Executive Committee Council ever
Chairs and Members of the Standing committees Executive Committee Executive Committee Not applicable Council 8 years
Treasurer Full Members Ad hoc task force appointed
by the President
Executive Committee Council 8 years
Secretariat Full Members Ad hoc task force appointed
by the President
Executive Committee Council Subjected to periodic evaluation
Task forces President or
Executive Committee
Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Ad hoc


IUSS Presidential Election

Outcome of 2022 IUSS Presidential Election

Prof. Victor Okechukwu Chude
Prof. Victor Okechukwu Chude

Victor Okechukwu Chude from Nigeria, former President of the Soil Society of Nigeria, received 47 votes in his favour, no votes against and no abstaining votes. All votes cast equal 61% of the Council members.

He will take up the position of President-Elect on 1st January, 2023. He will be the first African IUSS President (2025/26) in the history of IUSS and will celebrate with us the next WCSS in China in 2026.

Let us congratulate him on this success!

IUSS Presidential Elections 2022 – call for voting

The election of the next President of the IUSS is due this year. The appointment of the President represents a total of six years commitment to the Union by serving two years each as President-Elect (2023/24), President (2025/26) and Past-President (2027/28). The Standing Committee on Presidential Elections has defined the respective procedure and the guidelines. Nominations should be made by two accomplished, highly-respected senior soil scientists. The nomination period for the Presidential elections 2022 closed May 31. Having considered the received nomination, the IUSS Standing Committee for Presidential Elections (PEC) unanimously agreed to recommend that

Victor Okechukwu Chude, Nigeria

is the candidate for this year’s Presidential Election.

The candidate is of good financial standing as member of his National Society and his National Society is in good financial standing with the IUSS.

The IUSS Executive Committee agreed that the IUSS Council should vote on this candidate.

Please find the candidate’s Full Nomination Package here: https://www.iuss.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/full_nomination_package_chude.zip

The video of the candidate


The Council members are asked to send an email to the IUSS Secretariat at iuss.secretariat@crea.gov.it informing the IUSS Secretariat if they are in favour of the candidate or not until September 30 at the latest.

Position of IUSS President – Profile Statement and Required Qualifications

As its Senior Officer, the President of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) will provide leadership, focus and direction both within and outside of the IUSS.

Within the Union, the President, working together with the other President’s Committee and in consultation with the Executive Committee and Council, will be expected to develop and implement strategic directions and actions to take the Union forward to ensure that it is recognised as the pre-eminent international body in the field of soil science.

The President will chair meetings of the Council, the Executive Committee and the President’s Committee and will be responsible for the proper conduct of the business of the Union.

Externally, the President will represent the Union in international forums, such as the International Science Council, and will act as its spokesperson when dealing with the media, national members of the IUSS, sister organisations, United Nations entities and government departments as required.

Download information (Pdf, 55kb)