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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.

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IUSS Bulletin 136  IUSS Bulletin 136 (June 2020)

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Internat. Decade of Soils

IUSS – FAO – GSP children’s book contest on Soil Biodiversity

In the framework of World Soil Day (WSD) 2020, FAO, IUSS and GSP launched a scientific children’s book contest on Soil Biodiversity with the motto “Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity”. FAO, IUSS and GSP invite all those interested >>Read more


IUSS Presidential Election 2020

The election of the next President of the IUSS is due this year. Nominations for two candidates were received, who fulfill the nomination criteria. The IUSS Council shall vote on these two candidates involving the national members until 30 September. The nomination documentation of the candidates is available here:

Recommended Publication

New book of IUSS published

The most recent book in the IUSS book series of the International Decade of Soils (2015-2024) Global Soil Proverbs. Cultural Language of the Soil was published in the CATENA series GeoEcology Essays.
The book features an impressive number of proverbs compiled in 32 chapters from 29 different countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania, sharing insights about philosophy, culture, and life in each country.

>>Read more


IUBS Centenary Webinar Series

"Forgetting How to Tend the Soil” - Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Rattan Lal, IUSS Past President

2 Oct, 2020 | 1:00 PM GMT

We hope you are as excited as we are to learn how Prof. Lal and all sustainability experts continue to be inspired by Mahatma Gandhi >>Read more

Upcoming Meetings

The outbreak of the Corona virus is clearly a rapidly evolving situation. The organisers of the meetings listed below will be constantly reviewing the situation in the light of global and country-specific advice to inform decisions to minimise the additional risks to attendees, their communities and those living in the meeting’s host country.

The IUSS will also continue to monitor the situation, and advise that prior to attending meetings our members review up to date information from their country’s government, the WHO and from the host country to ensure that everyone’s health and wellbeing remains a priority.

3rd ISMC Conference – Advances in Soil Systems Modeling
Thursday, 24. September 2020 to Sunday, 27. September 2020
IUBS Centenary Webinar on Forgetting How to Tend the Soil
Friday, 2. October 2020 to Friday, 2. October 2020
BSSS Zoom into Soil event on Zero Tillage
Wednesday, 7. October 2020 to Wednesday, 7. October 2020
GSS 2020 – 4th Global Soil Security 2020 Conference - "Global Soil Security: Beyond the Soil to Human Health."
Monday, 12. October 2020 to Thursday, 15. October 2020
International Symposium "Efficient Use of Nitrogen in Agriculture"
Wednesday, 21. October 2020 to Wednesday, 21. October 2020
International Conference Contaminated Sites 2020
Monday, 26. October 2020 to Wednesday, 28. October 2020
SUSTREM2020 Conference - Empowering Sustainable Land Management for the Future
Thursday, 29. October 2020 to Friday, 30. October 2020
ISCRAES 2020 - International Symposium on Climate-Resilient Agri-Environmental Systems
Tuesday, 3. November 2020 to Friday, 6. November 2020
2020 ASA, CSSA & SSSA Annual Meeting
Sunday, 8. November 2020 to Wednesday, 11. November 2020
XIII Soil science meeting of southern Brazil - “Knowledge applied to the field and the city”
Thursday, 26. November 2020 to Friday, 27. November 2020
PFAS – Dealing with Contaminants of Emerging Concern
Monday, 30. November 2020 to Tuesday, 1. December 2020
International workshop Soil conservation and Environmental Protection
Thursday, 3. December 2020 to Saturday, 5. December 2020
Global Soil Conference 2020 - Caring Soils Beyond Food Security
Wednesday, 9. December 2020 to Sunday, 13. December 2020
2nd joint workshop on digital soil mapping and GlobalSoilMap WGs
Monday, 14. December 2020 to Friday, 18. December 2020