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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.

Invitation to support the WASWAC-IUSS Position Paper on the Interlinkages of Soil and Climate Change in relation to the COP26

IUSS Bulletins

IUSS Bulletin 138 (June 2021)

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IUSS Bulletin 138
IUSS Bulletin 138


IUSS Distinguished Service Medal 2020 to Dr. Fischler

We have the privilege and honour to inform that the International Union of Soil Sciences bestowed the 2020 Distinguished Service Medal to Dr. Franz Fischler (Austria) in recognition of his outstanding cooperation and continuous support that helped the IUSS to become what it is today, dedicating at the same time all his professional life both to supporting agriculture and soil science and to promoting the policies necessary for its preservation. The ceremony took place during the Symposium ‘Soils for our future’ held on Oct. 15, 2021 at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria.

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International Science Council Award 2021 for IUSS Honorary member

The International Union of Soil Sciences proudly announces that Prof. Winfried E.H. Blum has obtained the International Science Council “Science for Policy” Award 2021 and applauds its Honorary member and former General Secretary for receiving this well-deserved honor of this globally recognized award.

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Call for Abstract Submission for the World Congress of Soil Science 2022

The organisers of The World Congress of Soil Science 2022 (WCSS), the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) on behalf of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), are delighted to announce the opening of the abstract submission process for oral presentations and posters.  The congress seeks to represent all those with an interest in soil science and is keen to receive abstract submissions from international colleagues whose research or practice links to soil.

The WCSS is inviting abstract submissions for the Interdivisional sessions, the Divisional scientific sessions, and the Working Group sessions and a full list of sessions, chosen to reflect the Congress theme, Crossing Boundaries, Changing Society, can be found on the WCSS website: www.22wcss.org/conference/abstracts.

The abstract submission deadline is 24:00 GMT on the 31 October 2021, and acceptance notifications can be expected in January 2022. Only the text of the abstracts will be reviewed; author names, affiliations, and biographies will not be considered during the selection process. For further information and to apply, visit www.22wcss.org/conference/abstracts or email us at wcss2022@speak.co.uk. Read more: https://www.iuss.org/media/wcss22-call-for-abstracts-final.pdf

Recommended Publication

IUSS and FAO Children’s book “The magical world of soil biodiversity”

In the framework of World Soil Day 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), the educative project “THE IUSS GOES TO THE SCHOOL”, and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) launched a children's book contest on Soil Biodiversity with the motto "Keep soil alive, protect soil biodiversity". The book contest on soil biodiversity has given visibility to the importance of soil organisms and raised awareness on the urgency of protecting soil biodiversity. This collection of 10 stories in particular for children aged 6-11 years includes the best entries received from a total of 97 books spanning over 75 countries.

Discover and download the book: https://doi.org/10.4060/cb4185en

IUSS Alerts

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International 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 

International Decade of Soils
International Decade of Soils
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Upcoming Meetings & Events

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 Salt-Affected Soils
Wednesday, 20. October 2021 to Friday, 22. October 2021
The Third Global Soil Biodiversity Conference
Monday, 1. November 2021 to Wednesday, 3. November 2021
6th International Conference for Women in Science Without Borders - “Building a Gender Inclusive Sustainable Future Through Science, Technology and Innovation”
Wednesday, 3. November 2021 to Friday, 5. November 2021
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