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X Congress of Croatian Society of Soil Science Soil Functions In The Environment

Sibenik, June 14-17, 2006

After five years, following the tradition of the Croatian Society of Soil Science, the Jubilee X Congress was held in Sibenik from June 14 – 17, 2006. The Congress was organized in conjunction with the International Union of Soil Science and European Confederation of Soil Science Societies as a Croatian congress with international participation, which was evidenced by contributions of participants from 15 countries – Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Iran, Italy, Latvia, Hungary, Macedonia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey and Croatia.

The Congress was prepared and organized by teams of organizers working in Congress committees of multidisciplinary structure, both with regard to professions and specialties and institutions and companies from which they were elected. The Congress was headed by Prof. Ivica Kisic, PhD, Congress president and president of the Croatian Society of Soil Science, Prof. Davor Romic, PhD, chairman of the Scientific Committee, and Assist. Prof. Stjepan Husnjak, PhD, chairman of the Organizing Committee. The Honorary Congress Committee was made up of the leading Croatian and international soil scientists.

After the three plenary lectures, given by the President of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies Wilfried E.H. Blum (New Research Concepts for the Protection of Soil in Europe) of Austria, Zed Rengel of Australia (Plants Alter Chemical, Physical and Microbial Properties of Rhizosphere Soil) and Zeljko Vidacek (State and Perspectives of Soil Science Development in Croatia), congress work proceeded in the following sections:

  • Standardization and Soil Data Management;
  • Soil Fertility as an Ecosystem Concept;
  • Microbial Indicators of Soil Quality;
  • Soil, Water and Climate Changes;
  • Trace Metals in Soils: Origin, Speciation and Bioavailability;
  • Soil Degradation Indicators: Assessment, Forecast and Prevention;
  • Sustainable Soil-Water-Plant Management, and
  • Soil Fertility and the Environment.
  • The program included 55 oral and 26 poster presentations.

The gala dinner involved presentation of prizes for the best posters and awards of the Croatian Society of Soil Science: Prof. Mihovil Gracanin to the best research assistants, and deserving scientists for their contribution to the development of soil science in Croatia.

The Congress reflected the good traditions of the Croatian Society of Soil Science and was, in a way, the crown of its efficient work in this mandate period, but also an incentive to continue its activities in an even better way. The number and enthusiasm of participating research assistants is a guarantee for such expectations.

Prof. Ivica Kisic, PhD
President, Croatian Society of Soil Science
Svetosimunska 25, 10 000 Zagreb, Croatia

The amphitheatre at Burnum -soil profile in 2000 years old archeological site

The amphitheatre at Burnum -soil profile in 2000 years old archeological site