Science in IUSS
- The Strategic Plan provides the broad framework for the ongoing and future developments of IUSS.The IUSS President and the President’s Committee are responsible for drafting the IUSS Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan shall be refreshed at least every four years; the President will determine if a more frequent review is required based on the progress made against objectives and the changing landscape in which IUSS and its members are working. The Strategic Plan will be presented to the Executive Committee for discussion, enrichment and final drafting by consensus. The Strategic Plan must be approved by the Executive Committee by a simple majority; it will then be presented to the Council for its approval at their meeting. The Strategic Plan forms a major part of the IUSS Council Policy.
- The IUSS President and the President’s Committee are responsible for drafting the Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan must be presented to the E. C. for discussion and contributions for its improvement to get the final document which must be approved by the Executive Committee by a simple majority. This Implementation Plan will then be presented to the Council for its approval at their meeting.
- The implementation of the Strategic Plan and the scientific activity of IUSS are undertaken through the Divisions, Commissions and Working Groups. There are Four Divisions, each with a number of 5-6 Commissions each and a variable number of Working Groups.
- Working Groups are part of one or more Division(s)/Commissions. Members with common interests in topics not specifically addressed by Divisions or Commissions may propose the establishment of a Working Group. The Working Group will normally exist for a short period of time as long as it maintains an active program of scientific work, but normally will not exist beyond 8 years.
- Divisional Officers – Each Division has a Chair elected in a ballot and two Vice-Chairs nominated by the next host of the World Congress.
- Commission Officers – Each Commission has a Chair and Vice-Chair elected in a ballot.
- Each Division is responsible, through the Divisional Nominating Committee, with drawing up a list of candidates for Division and Commission Officers and submit this list to the Electoral Committee.
- Voting for Division and Commission Officers – The Division Chairs and Commission Chairs and Vice-Chairs are elected in a vote by individuals organised and managed by Full Members. The Full Member returns to the Secretariat the name of the individual receiving most votes for each position in their nationally organised ballot.
- The recently established Research Forum aims to identify emerging scientific themes; providing a cross-cutting commentary of the Strategic Plan; identification of cross-cutting issues of the Divisions; communication of key (research) findings done by the Commissions and Working Groups to the scientific community.
IUSS soil Song
Music: “Boxturtle Bob” Chirnside
Lyrics: “Boxturtle Bob” Chirnside and Alfred Hartemink
First sung at the closing ceremony of the 18th World Congress of Soil Science on 15th July 2006
We call it soil
It is our life! We call it soil
It is the stuff, in which we toil
From soil we’ve sprung, to soil we’ll go
Protect the soil of this earth so we can grow
From the podsols beneath snow drifts
To aridisols where few crops live
Soil is as varied, as the rainbow
And is as precious as a rainbow’s pot of gold
Some soils are dry, some soils are wet
Some soils are fertile and from them high yields you get
But if you don’t, give to the soil
Then you will not reap a thing for all your toil
We study chelates, leachates and porosity
We learn our muck and peat and mineralogy
Some study urban, some study rural
And we can tell just by the smell who’s in manural
Soils are just like, humanity
With yellow, brown, red, black and white, you’ll see
That some are dull, and some are gray
And can fall prey to greed of man that’s our decay
A living world beneath our feet
It even lives, beneath our streets
With flora and fauna, so complete
That it can save us from the brownfields of defeat