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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.

Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Soil Science

Banff, Alberta, Canada

The Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) held its Annual Meeting at the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada, May 14-17, 2006. It was organized in conjunction with the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU). The conference provided an excellent opportunity to network and learn about the latest research and technological developments from the leaders in their fields. It brought together a broad spectrum of interests. There were 343 delegates including 144 CSSS members. This report focuses primarily on CSSS.

Approximately 150 oral and poster papers (one third of them by graduate students) were presented in the following sessions: Soil Water, Problem Soils, Northern Issues, Climate Change, Nutrient Management, Forest Soils and Management, Land Reclamation and Remediation, and General Soil Science.

The Ice Breaker on May 14 gave an opportunity to meet old friends and establish new contacts. The Barbecue on May 16 was at the famous Brewster’s Mountain View BBQ site. There were two field trips: (1) Field Trip to the Burgess Shales on May 14 and (2) Forest Disturbance Field Tour on May 18.

Ed Gregorich (right) receiving the 2006 CSSS Fellow Award (presented by Gerry Neilsen)

Ed Gregorich (right) receiving the 2006 CSSS Fellow Award (presented by Gerry Neilsen)

The Annual General Meeting was held on May 15. The 2005-2006 CSSS Council includes Craig Drury (President), Gerry Neilsen (President-Elect), Anne Naeth (Past President ), Newton Lupwayi (Secretary), Don Flaten (Treasurer), Sina Adl (Eastern Councillor), Xiying Hao (Western Councillor), Dean Mackenzie (Graduate Student Representative), and Frank Larney (Editor, Canadian Journal of Soil Science).The Awards Reception was held on May 17. Congratulations to Ed Gregorich (who was named a Fellow of the CSSS) and the winners of the Student Travel Awards, Bentley Awards for Oral Presentations, and President’s Awards for Poster Presentations. Anne Naeth and the Organizing Committee are to be complimented for planning and hosting an excellent conference.

We continue our goals of forging links with other like-minded organizations. The next CSSS Annual Meeting will be a joint meeting with L’Association quebecoise des specialistes en sciences du sol at Auberge Duchesnay, Quebec, June 3- 6, 2007. Further information will be available on our website ( ). In 2008, the CSSS conference will be held at the University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, July 6-9. The next CGU conference will be held in cooperation with the American Meteorological Society and the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, May 28-June1, 2007 ( ).

Yash P. Kalra
Canadian Forest Service
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada