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31th Brazilian Congress of Soil Science:

Advances and Challenges of the Brazilian Soil Science

The Brazilian Soil Science Society (BSSS) was founded in 1947 to congregate people and institutions for the purpose of promoting and developing the Soil Science in Brazil. It is a scientific and private entity without profit aims, with more than 1,500 active members. To celebrate its 60 years anniversary, the BSSS held her 31th Brazilian Congress of Soil Science (BCSS) in August 5 to 10, 2007, in Gramado, State of Rio Grande Do Sul, under the theme ‘Advances and Challenges of the Brazilian Soil Science’. During this meeting were pointed to the scientists who attended it the main needs in the Brazilian soil science in the near future. We had more than 3,500 attending, a total of 71 lectures and more than 2,400 presented scientific works, with a budget of about US$ 420,000. All lectures and scientific works can be assessed at . This event became the largest scientific event in the agronomy and environmental sciences areas in Brazil.

Main group of professors and graduate students from 31th BCSS Organizing Committee.

Main group of professors and graduate students from 31th BCSS Organizing Committee.

During our general assembly there was the election for the new Directive Council of The Brazilian Soil Science Society for the period 2007/2009, as follow: President: Flavio A. Oliveira Camargo; 1. Vice-President: Fernando Felipe Ferreyra Hernandez; 2. Vice-President: Victor Hugo Alvarez V.; Secretary: Joao Carlos Ker ; Finances: Reinaldo Bertola Cantarutti ; Councilers : Mateus Rosas Ribeiro (past president); Ricardo Simo; Diniz Dalmolin; Renato Roscoe; Hedinaldo Narciso de Lima; Luciano da Silva Souza; Paulo Vidal Torrado.

Flavio Camargo
President of the 31th BCSS
E-mails received after the 31th BCSS:

Dear Flavio,

First of all congratulations on organizing an excellent conference, which was very well attended and contained some outstanding papers describing the cutting edge of soil science in Brazil. You and the members of your Organizing Committee must be commended for an outstanding job. I thank you for inviting me to the meeting. I had an excellent trip. All arrangements were outstanding. Attention was paid to the minutest details, especially with regards to the hotel in Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo. Everything worked out just fine. All flights were on schedule and I arrived Columbus on time. Once again, I thank you for the opportunity to participate in the conference celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Soil Society of Brazil. It was done in a highly professional manner to be proud of. You will make an outstanding president of this very prestigious society.

Best regards to you and your family.

Rattan Lal
Professor of Soil Science, SENR
Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, OARDC/FAES
President, Soil Science Society of America

Dear Flavio:

I want to take a few minutes to thank you again for your kind invitation and for the great time I had in Brazil. I wish I could have stayed longer, but the little time I spent in Gramado definitely made me want to know Brazil better. I was particularly impressed by the efficiency with which you organized the meeting. I don’t think I have attended a conference that was better organized. Congratulations!!!!

Thank you again!!

Very best regards.
Philippe Baveye