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Annual meeting of the Austrian Soil Science Society in co-operation with the Slovenian Soil Science Society

Ljubljana/Slovenia, 12-13 May 2005

The annual meeting of the Austrian Soil Science Society was, for the first time, held outside Austria, in Ljubljana/Slovenia. The reason for that was the activity of the comission Sub-Illyricum, which was founded during the 50th anniversary meeting of the ASSS in 2004. This commission was organized to promote the co-operation with Slovenian soil scientists, which – at this time – had no national soil science society. During the present meeting we already could celebrate the newly founded Slovenian Soil Science Society under its first president, Dr. Toma Pruz. The ASSS is grateful for the orgaization of the annual meeting at the Slovenian Forest Institute by Dr. Pruz, Dr. Primoz Simoncic and Prof. Niko Torelli, Head of the Institute, which was dedicated to Soil indicators.

Four invited speakers, Dr. Luca Montanarella/EBS Ispra (The alpine soil database), Dr. Armin Keller/FAL Reckenholz (Monitoring soil quality in the long term), Prof. Franc Lobnik/University of Ljubljana (Concepts for soil indicators) and Sigbert Huber/Federal Environment Agency, Vienna (The Austrian soil indicator set and its development) introduced into this topic, which is widely discussed on a national and international level today. The majority of the additional 10 volunteered oral presentations and 18 posters focussed on the same topic (with interesting examples from soil chemistry, biology and physics), which enabled an in-depth discussion of basic concepts and practical solution to the problem amongst the 60 participants from Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Poland.

Even medieval soil indicators were reported by Verena Winiwarter, which focussed obviously on a more integrated picture of the soil conditions an interesting concept also for the future? The short papers (6 pages, in English) of all contributions will be available in the next volume of the Mitteilungen der sterreichischen Bodenkundlichen Gesellschaft (see also our homepage, www.boku.ac.at/oebg). On the second day the participants could enjoy an excellent soil scientific excursion to western Slovenia, with examples of Histosols (Ljubljana Moor), Gleysols (Planinsko Polje), Cambisols and Chromic Cambisols under Austrian pine in the karst area. Many thanky to the Slovenian colleagues for this wonderful experience.

Martin H. Gerzabek
President, Austrian Soil Science Society
Participants of the symposium ‘soil indicators’, organised by the Austrian and Slovenian Soil Science Societies.