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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 137  IUSS Bulletin 137 (December 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 Bulletin 138 – Request for contributions

All IUSS members are kindly invited to submit their contributions for our next IUSS Bulletin 138 at their earliest convenience, but no later than 17 May 2021, to We are looking forward to receiving your conference/meeting reports and reports on activities dedicated to the International Decade of Soils (2015-2024) as well as any other information you would like to share with the international soil science community. Please make sure to send high-resolution photos only together with the copyright information.

Recommended Publication

World Soil Day 2020 - New book of IUSS published

The most recent book in the IUSS book series of the International Decade of Soils (2015-2024) Soil Sciences Education: Global Concepts and Teaching was published in the CATENA series GeoEcology Essays.

This book addresses readers primarily involved in teaching soils, geosciences, environment, ecosystems, art, etc., in schools, and who serve at museums, educational or extension organizations, NPOs, NGOs, etc. It’s authors provide a basic framework and a collection of good practices currently used in soil and soil sciences education to make students aware of soils and their importance.

Read more: Soil Sciences Education: Global Concepts and Teaching


Call for applications for the Dan H. Yaalon Young Scientist Medal

This is an award by the IUSS Division 1: Soils in Space and Time and Commission 4.5: History, Philosophy and Sociology of Soil Science.

The Dan H. Yaalon Young Scientist Medal is awarded once every four years at the World Congress of Soil Science.  Next time will be at the >>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.

Global Symposium on Soil Biodiversity (GSOBI20)
Monday, 19. April 2021 to Thursday, 22. April 2021
vEGU21: Gather Online
Monday, 19. April 2021 to Friday, 30. April 2021
Virtual Micromorphology Meeting (ViMi) on archaeological soil micromorphology
Friday, 23. April 2021 to Friday, 23. April 2021
Monday, 26. April 2021 to Monday, 26. April 2021
Emerging policy challenges on New SOil contaminants (ENSOr) Workshop 2021
Thursday, 6. May 2021 to Friday, 7. May 2021
First IUSS Conference on Sodic Soil Reclamation
Monday, 10. May 2021 to Wednesday, 12. May 2021
Intersol 2021: Soils: Opportunities for the Transition of Territories
Tuesday, 18. May 2021 to Thursday, 20. May 2021
3rd ISMC Conference – Advances in Soil Systems Modeling
Tuesday, 18. May 2021 to Saturday, 22. May 2021
9th National Symposium on Control of Soil Degradation and Recovery
Monday, 24. May 2021 to Wednesday, 26. May 2021
100 years of agricultural experimentation at the Faculty of Agriculture and Biology at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Warsaw
Thursday, 27. May 2021 to Friday, 28. May 2021
5th International Conference on Contaminated Land, Ecological Assessment and Remediation CLEAR2020
Wednesday, 9. June 2021 to Friday, 11. June 2021
International Paleopedology meeting - Paleosols and ancient societies: from early humans to the industrial revolution
Thursday, 10. June 2021 to Friday, 11. June 2021
AquaConSoil 2021
Monday, 14. June 2021 to Friday, 18. June 2021
WRB Workshop Summer 2021
Sunday, 20. June 2021 to Friday, 25. June 2021
8th World Congress on Conservation Agriculture
Monday, 21. June 2021 to Thursday, 24. June 2021
Soils Conference 2021 – Soils, investing in our future
Sunday, 27. June 2021 to Friday, 2. July 2021
17th International Clay Conference 2021 (17th-ICC) - New interfaces: bridging continents and cultures with clays
Monday, 12. July 2021 to Friday, 16. July 2021