IUSS Alert 213 (May-June 2023)



IUSS and IAPG have signed a MoU to improve consciousness on ethical issues applied to geoscience. A brief presentation of the IAPG and its mission follows. The International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG) by Silvia Peppoloni The IAPG is a multidisciplinary, scientific network for widening discussion and creating consciousness regarding problems of ethics applied to the geosciences, in particular on the ethical, social and cultural implications of geoscience knowledge, research, practice, education and communication. Its overall objectives are: - developing the discussion on ethical implications in research and practice of geosciences among geoscientists and into society, making geoethics an essential point of reference for any action on land, waters and atmosphere usage that all stake-holders and decision-makers must take into proper account; - increasing the base research on geoethics and strengthening it with a scientific perspective; - promoting geoethics values and principles through international cooperation, encouraging the involvement of geoscientists worldwide, with a special attention to those in low-income countries; - fostering the dissemination of geoethics through websites and social networks, the publication of scientific papers, the organization of meetings and sessions/symposia on geoethics within national and international scientific events; - encouraging the establishment of both regional and specialty groups; and - cooperating with national and international organizations whose aims are complementary to those of the IAPG. The achievement of the IAPG objectives will lead to the: - identification of methods for a more effective application of geoethical values and principles in geoscience practice and research; - reflection on the role that geoscientists can have in society and the identification of suitable forms, positions, means and actions to be adopted by them; - growth of awareness about individual, professional, social, and environmental responsibility, both as geoscientists and as members of civil society; - involvement of the societal communities in the idea of a common and shared “geo-heritage”, to be considered as a cultural, educational and scientific value, as well as an economic resource; - cultural renewal in the way humans perceive and relate to the planet; and - the sensitization towards the defense of life and the richness of the Earth. The IAPG works to develop theoretical and practical activities covering a wide range of contents comprising: philosophy of geosciences and history of geosciences thinking; research integrity and professionalism in geosciences; working climate issues and related aspects; geoethics in georisk and disaster risk reduction; responsible georesources management; ethical and social aspects in geo-education and geosciences communication; geoethics applied to different geoscience fields including economic geology, paleontology, forensic geology and medical geology; ethical and societal relevance of geoheritage and geodiversity; sociological aspects in geosciences and geosciences-society-policy interface; geosciences for sustainable and responsible development; geoethical implications in global and local changes of socio-ecological systems; ethics in geoengineering; ethical issues in climate change and ocean science studies; ethical implications in geosciences data life cycle and big data; and ethical and social matters in the international geoscience cooperation. IAPG Website: www.geoethics.org

IUSS Centennial 2024

Centennial Celebration and Congress of the IUSS 100 years of soil science - past achievements and future challenges Invitation from the organizers: Sara Marinari, Giuseppe Corti, Edoardo A.C. Costantini

“The custodian of soil science will celebrate its centennial contribute to the nature and human wellbeing in 2024.

The event will also empower the linkages with different disciplines, policy makers, stakeholders, institutions, and associations to effectively address civil society needs within agriculture, forestry, environment, urban planning, energy, education, and other societal issues.

The celebration will occur on May 19th and will be followed by two intense days of congress, with plenary and parallel scientific sessions. Both soil scientists and specialists from other disciplines will participate to each session, focusing on past achievements and future challenges.

The congress will be followed by technical/scientific excursions that will range from short local to long trips, spanning from Alps to Sicily.

A pre-congress visit to Villa Lubin in Rome, the historical place where the IUSS was founded, is scheduled on May 18th.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Italy”.

Sunday, 19 May 2024 to Tuesday, 21 May 2024
Florence, Italy
Website: https://centennialiuss2024.org/

Download: media/iuss_2024_brochure.pdf GENERAL THEMES

The programme group chair and officers will build the session programme from the session proposals. The programme group chair may also suggest to merge proposed sessions that are similar https://centennialiuss2024.org/submitted-sessions/#1685449512773-65c24928-1e65

The call for session proposals at https://centennialiuss2024.org/ was open until 30 June 2023. NEXT STEPS:

Prof. Eleonora Bonifacio has been appointed by the IUSS and selected by the ISC to deliver a lecture about 'Linking mechanisms to soil functions to achieve sustainable development goals' in the framework of the ISC Distinguished Lecture Series "Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development" (https://council.science/current/blog/basic-sciences-webinars/).
The lecture will be held online, and it is scheduled on 19 September 2023 at 16:00 – 17:00 CEST | 14:00 – 15:00 UTC.


News from national and regional soil science societies

British Society of Soil Science

Guidance Note for Land Managers Soil Carbon: What are carbon stocks and how can they be measured?

We are pleased to be able to share our new guidance note for land managers - Soil Carbon: What are carbon stocks and how can they be measured. This is the first note that we have developed as part of our new series, Land Use for Net Zero.

Read more: https://soils.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2023/06/BSSS_Science-Note_June-23_Soil-Carbon-Stocks_FINAL-DIGITAL_300623.pdf

Upcoming Working with Soil Training Courses

If you are looking to further your knowledge about soils, why not book onto our Working with Soils training course which will encompass how soils form, why they differ, and how they are classified.

- A Practical Introduction to Soils in England and Wales. Tuesday 10 - Wednesday 11 October. Aberystwyth

We are also running an online training course which will provide a basic understanding of the principles and methodology behind soil classification.

- An Introduction to Soil Classification. Tuesday 18 - Wednesday 19 July.

Read more: https://members.soils.org.uk/event-5252160

Building a Roadmap for Soil Health

During the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn last month, we were delighted to co-host a policy dialogue session with the Coalition of Action 4 Soil Health (CA4SH) and the International “4 per 1000” initiative aimed at policymakers.

The focus of the session was Building a Roadmap for Soil Health in the Climate Change Agenda. We highlighted the need for urgent intervention at a global scale, to prevent further degradation of our soils, allow us to support the ever-growing human population and to meet our climate change targets.
Read Executive Officer, Sarah Garry’s blog to find out more about the event.


Czech Society of Soil Science

August 28 – September 1, 2023

Prague, Czech Republic

8th WMESS: World Multidisciplinary Earth Sciences Symposium (https://mess-earth.org/)

WMESS will not be a festival-like super-large convention which are too chaotic and busy to have a chance to discuss something in deeper with other participants. WMESS will publish articles in proceeding journal indexed in ISI Web of Science, Scopus, etc. WMESS will be a traditional style of symposium, friendly and very fruitful. WMESS is Eco-Friendly Symposium. WMESS aims to provide a forum for discussion of the latest findings and technologies in different fields of Earth Sciences to give opportunities for future collaborations to be a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences in the fields of Earth Sciences to lead for providing a forum for early career researchers for presentation of their work and discussion of their ideas with experts in different fields of Earth Sciences

First joint ICOBTE & ICHMET Conference

September 6-10, 2023

Wuppertal, Germany

Overall aim of the first joint ICOBTE & ICHMET conference. Environmental pollution is an eminent, ever-present problem for mankind, jeopardizing the health of humans, ecosystems, and the environment. Thus, maintaining a clean environment for human health is a constantly urgent need for a global society. Under the motto “Clean Environment, Human Health, Our future”, the 1st joint ICOBTE & ICHMET 2023 conference ultimately addresses means to overcome environmental pollution and contaminant issues. This conference will bring together, from a global perspective, scientists, researchers, early career scientists, end-users, industry, policy makers, and other professionals to exchange ideas, advance knowledge and discuss key topics related to environmental pollution, with a focus on trace element and heavy metal contamination in the environment. The joint ICOBTE & ICHMET conference is a forum where world-leading scientists in the field of trace elements and heavy metals in the environment present their latest research, insights, and cutting edge technologies. Interactions occur across various disciplines, including human health issues, ecotoxicology, oceanic, atmospheric and earth science, trace element geochemistry and biogeochemistry, environmental technology and analytical chemistry.

Read more: https://nbsoil.eu/event/1st-joint-icobte-ichmet-2023-conference/

European Healthy Soils, 1st edition: Soil Fertility https://www.efbiotechnology.org/healthysoils

September 13-15, 2023

Muttenz, Switzerland

The topic Healthy Soils is a key element of the European Soil Strategy. This first edition of the European Healthy Soils Conference Series will address the relevance of healthy soils and soil fertility as prerequisite for a functioning society, environment, economy, and climate. The 3-day conference aims to bring together soil scientists, along with stakeholders from industry, agriculture, and the public sector, to discuss the maintenance of and opportunities in healthy soils. The event is co-organized by the FHNW School of Life Sciences and Agroscope, under the umbrella of the European Federation of Biotechnology divisions of Plant, Agriculture & Food and Environmental Biotechnology.

German Soil Science Society - Deutsche Bodenkundliche Gesellschaft (DBG)

DBG Annual Conference 2023 in Halle (Saale)

The conference will take place from Saturday, September 2, to Thursday, September 7, in Halle an der Saale. Possibly Friday, Sept. 8, will still be offered as an excursion day. Abstract submission is open until Jan. 15, 2023. Submissions at https://www.dbg2023.de/call-for-abstracts.html. After meeting recently in Trier, our next annual conference will already take place next year in Halle (Saale) under the motto "Soils - diverse & multifunctional". After all, we don't let a virus get us out of our rhythm! All further information about the conference can be found on the conference page: https://www.dbg2023.de.

Indian Society Of Soil Science - ISSS-India

Annual Convention

The 87th Annual Convention of the Indian Society of Soil Science (ISSS) will be held at ICAR-Indian Institute of Soil Science (IISS), Bhopal - 462038, Madhya Pradesh during October 3-6, 2023 (Tuesday to Friday). The Annual Convention is open to only members of the ISSS and others are not eligible to register for the Convention.

Canadian Society of Soil Science


The Annual Meeting is one of the few gatherings that bring together thousands of scientific leaders from industry, government agencies, and academic institutions in one environment. It’s the premier opportunity for professionals working in agronomic, crop, soil, and related sciences to hear about the latest research, meet and learn from their peers, expand their knowledge base, and take advantage of networking opportunities to enhance their careers. The Societies Annual Meeting features thousands of technical presentations, along with a host of networking events and award ceremonies. The world-class exhibition displays the latest scientific equipment, supplies, services, and reference materials available. Find diverse answers to today’s environmental problems. Learn about cutting-edge research, network with peers, and advance your career all in one place. Finding Solutions - With hundreds of sessions to choose from, find exciting and innovative ways to tackle issues you’re facing in the field. Educate yourself so you can educate others. Strengthening Communities - There are numerous ways you can network, including hands-on workshops, student leadership activities, field tours, and more. Build relationships with over 3,000 colleagues from around the world. Broadening Opportunities - Expand your horizons and equip yourself with the right tools to advance your science. Develop your advocacy skills at science policy events, find your next job at the career center, and explore products at the exhibit hall. Spark your inspiration this year at the ASA, CSSA, and SSSA International Annual Meeting

Soil Science Society of South Africa

2023 Beauty of African Soils - Photo Competition

Competition details: The competition is now open, and closes on 30 November 2023. This competition is open to all SSSSA members. If you win, but are behind on membership fees, your outstanding fees will be subtracted from your cash winnings Photos (max 4 per person) can be submitted to Corrie Swanepoel at


• Soils up-close

• Soils in landscapes/agriculture

• Soil and people/animals

• Living soils (pictures about soil organisms, soil conservation, intercropping, mulch, CA, fungi)

Photo requirements: The entered photo must feature African soil prominently. The photo must have been captured by the person entering the competition. Each SSSSA member may enter up to 4 photos. High resolution photos are preferred (above 1.5 MB). Ensure that if you have permission from any persons featured in the photograph. No copyrighted photos should be submitted.

Rhizosphere 6

13 – 18 August 2023, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

The Rhizosphere International Steering Committee is pleased to announce that Rhizosphere 6 will be held at the Nanjing International Expo Center in Nanjing, Jiangsu, China in August 2023 (tentatively August 13-18).

Latin American Soil Science Society


Date 2023-09-18

Santa Rosa La Pampa, Argentina Congresos y eventos


United States Consortium of Soil Science Associations

Events | Soil Science Society of America


From Knowledge to Action: Empowering Your Sustainable Agronomy Journey Sustainable Agronomy Conference Sustainable Agronomy Conference | American Society of Agronomy

July 12, 19, 26, & August 2


News from the Latin American Soil Science Society: SLCS

Soil Science Society of Brazil

IUSS and the Latin American Soil Science Society invite you to participate in their Latin America Soil Science Congress to be held from 30 July to 04 august 2023 in Florianopolis, Brazil. https://solosfloripa2023.com.br/

IUSS and the Latin American soil science society invites you to participate on the VIII Latin American symposium on educational innovations in the teaching of soil science to be held on august 1st, 2023, in Florianopolis, Brazil in the framework of “the IUSS goes to the school” educative project.

Spanish Soil Science Society

XXIII NATIONAL MEETING ON SOILS-RENS 2023, from September 12 to 15 2023 in Pamplona-Iruña (Navarra). https://www.unavarra.es/reunion-nacional-suelos-2023

Soil Science Society of Mexico

XVII SYMPOSIUM ON EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS IN THE TEACHING OF SOIL SCIENCE to be held on October 17, 2023, at the University city exhibition and congress center of the national autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico city.

Biota, water, and humans. Management for a sustainable world

18 – 22 October 2023, Gandia, Spain

Read more: https://7biohydrology.webador.es/

5th International Conference on Sustainable Natural Resource Management Under Global Climate Change

7 – 10 November 2023, New Delhi, India

Flyer (11 MB)



ASA, CSSA & SSSA International Annual Meetings


The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America jointly host the premier gathering of ideas, solutions, and innovation from across the field of environmental sciences.


USA - Soil Science Society

ASA, CSSA & SSSA International Annual Meeting 2024

488 days left ASA, CSSA & SSSA International Annual Meeting Dates: 11/10/2024

Venue: San Antonio TX, San Antonio TX, United States

The American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America host a premier international scientific meeting that brings together leading and emerging scientific leaders from industry, government agencies, and academic institutions who are all working to advance agronomic, crop and soil sciences.
(Website: https://www.acsmeetings.org/)


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The Soil Science Society of America is hosting a summer conference that provides unlimited networking opportunities, innovative scientific abstracts, poster sessions, invited symposia, exhibitors, technical workshops, and professional tours

Conferences, Meetings and Workshops 2023 XXIII Latin-American Congress of Soil Sciences (XXIII CLACS) July 30th - August 4th, 2023 Florianópolis, Brasil Read More: www.slcs.org.mx Facebook https://www.facebook.com/clacs.cbcs2021

III International Symposium on Mycorrhizal Symbiosis in South America

August 28th – 30th, 2023
Instituto Sinchi, Leticia, Amazonas, Colombia_ Hybrid meeting

Download Program: programa-del-evento.pdf (wordpress.com)

Read More: Events – South American Mycorrhizal Research Network (southmycorrhizas.org)

Wageningen Soil Conference 2023 (WSC 2023) – working together on solutions for a sustainable world

August 28th - September 1st, 2023

Wageningen, Netherlands

Wageningen University & Research and ISRIC invite you to the fifth edition of the Wageningen Soil Conference. The conference has an interactive character with conference sessions as well as workshops on divergent soil-related topics. The focus of the conference will be on working together on solutions for a sustainable world.
The 4 conference days are divided into different topics. Wageningen Soil Conference 2023

Regular registration closes: July 3, 2023

Read more: Wageningen Soil Conference 2023

First announcement: https://old.iuss.org/media/wsc2023_first_circular.pdf
SUITMA 12 Conference

September 4th- 7th, 2023

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

The 12th edition of the SUITMA conference celebrates 25 years of the creation of the working group.
Soils are at the center of global concerns including food security, climate change and biodiversity, and they are essential to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals. However, anthropic activities have altered the properties and functionality of many soils, especially during the last century, to a point that anthropogenic soils have deserved specific approaches for their study. The SUITMA12 conference will address all aspects of research on classification, properties, functioning and sustainable management of anthropogenic soils.

Read more: https://www.suitma12.com/

Joint conference on trace elements and heavy metals, Icobte & Ichmet Clean Environment. Human Heath. Our Future.

September 6th- 10th , 2023

Wuppertal Germany

Read More: https://icobte-ichmet-2023.com/frontend/index.php?

31st Congress of the Soil Science Society of Poland - "Soil in a changing World"

September 11th - 16th, 2023

Poznań, Poland - Format: in-person

Registration: https://soilcongress2023.up.poznan.pl/en/registration-form

Read more: https://soilcongress2023.up.poznan.pl/en

III SICA-SISS-SIPe Congress 2023

September 12th - 15th, 2023

Palermo, Italy
The Soil, the Plant, the Environment "Synergies in the Soil-Plant System for Environmental Protection and Food Safety".

The multifunctional centrality of soil in global environmental sustainability is now widely recognized: without the fundamental interaction between soil and plants we would not have food, water, ecosystems, biodiversity.

Early Bird Registration: June 10, 2023

Late Registration: July 22, 2023

Deadline for abstract submission: June 10, 2023
Read more: Home SPA 2023

European Healthy Soils Conference Series 1st Edition, Soil Fertility

September 13th- 15th, 2023

Muttenz, Switzerland
The topic Healthy Soils is a key element of the European Soil Strategy. This first edition of the European Healthy Soils Conference Series will address the relevance of healthy soils and soil fertility as prerequisite for a functioning society, environment, economy, and climate.

Read More: European Healthy Soils (efbiotechnology.org)

10th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2023)

September 14th, 2023

Hybrid: Singapore; Basel, CH; Toronto, CA, & virtual, International
The forum is dedicated to cutting-edge mono- and interdisciplinary research on Sustainable Development, Sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals. WSF2023 is part of a series of MDPI-supported and organizational sustainability global forums.

Early Bird Registration: July 30, 2023
Late Registration: August 21, 2023
Registration deadline: September 3, 2023
Cover author registration: July 23, 2023

Read more: The 10th World Sustainability Forum (WSF2023)

XIV International symposium and field workshop on paleopedology

October 7th - 15th, 2023

Las Cruces, New Mexico State University, USA (Hybrid modality)

The symposium is a joint event of IUSS Commissions 1.6 Paleopedology, Commission 1.2 Soil Geography, and INQUA Paleopedology Working Group and New Mexico State University as a host institution. Contributions concerning any problems of soil development in time and space are accepted.

Abstract submission: May 14th to August 15th, 2023

Download: https://inqua.org/media/uploads/announcement%2005-05-2023.pdf

Read More: XIV International Symposium & field workshop on Paleopedology - International Union for Quaternary Research - INQUA

33rd CODATA General Assembly to be held

October 27th- 28th, 2023
Salzburg, Austria

Invite the CODATA Members and Task Groups to make nominations for the election of Officers and Ordinary Members of the Executive Committee

The deadline for nominations: June 27th , 2023.

By September 1st, 2023, the Nominating Committee will distribute to CODATA Members a Balanced Slate of candidates for election to the Offices of President, Vice-President(s) and ten places on the Executive Committee.
Download: https://codata.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/CODATA-EC-Nominations-Procedure-Document-2023.pdf

Read More: https://codata.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/CODATA-Nominating-Committee-for-the-2023-Elections-and-General-Assembly.pdf

2023 IEEE INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON Metrology for Agriculture and Forestry

‌November 6th- 8th, 2023

Pisa, Italy

MetroAgriFor intends to create an active and stimulating forum where academics, researchers and industry experts in the field of measurement and data processing techniques for Agriculture, Forestry and Food can meet and share new advances and research results.

Workshop Topics: Sensor networking and integration; Approaches and tools for measuring Food Quality; Soil analysis, mapping and monitoring; Crop analysis, mapping and monitoring;

Precision agriculture, forestry and livestock farming; Measurements for agriculture, forestry and environment; Agroclimatic measurements.

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline: July 15, 2023

Extended Abstract Acceptance Notification: September 1, 2023

Final Paper Submission Deadline: September 20, 2023

Read More: Index | IEEE MetroAgriFor 2023

5th International Conference “Sustainable Natural Resource Management under Global Climate Change”

November 7th- 10th, 2023

New Delhi, India
The conference aims at bringing together academicians, researchers, students, and other different stake holders from within India and abroad in the attempt to deliberate on different aspects of the subject of conservation and optimal utilization of natural resources.
The scientific event will organized by Soil Conservation Society of India, in collaborative mode with support of International Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO), World Association of Soil and Water Conservation (WASWAC), Beijing, International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), and other international and national organizations.
Submission papers: 15th April 2023
Intimation of acceptance of abstracts: 15th September 2023
Last date for registration (without late fees): 1st October 2023

Information contained in the circular and all updates are available at the website of SCSI

Read More: http://scsi.org.in

The International Scientific Conference II NIKITIN’S READINGS

November 14th-17th, 2023

Perm, Russia

«Current Issues of Soil Science, Agrochemistry and Ecology in Natural and Anthropogenic Landscapes». The conference is devoted to Vasily Vasilyevich Nikitin, the first professor of Soil Science in the Urals and the Head of the Soil Science Department (1924-1932); 100th anniversary of the first Soil Science Department in the Urals; 140th anniversary of Soil Science.

The registration deadline has been extended until May 31, 2023.

The registration link can be found on the official event’s page:

Read More: https://pgatu.ru/science/conferences/issues_soil_science_agrochem_eco/


Third EUSO Stakeholder Forum

November 20th - 24th 2023
Madrid, Spain

The 3rd EUSO Stakeholder Forum will take place in the “2023 EU Soil Week” in Madrid in the week 20-24 of November. This event brings together the annual EUSO Stakeholder Forum, the first ever Soil Mission Fair and a workshop on soils by the Spanish Presidency.

Organic phosphorus workshop 2023 (opw 2023)

November 27th - December 1st, 2023

Pucón, Chile

“Exploring organic phosphorus fate in soil and aquatic ecosystems under the climate change and food security scenario” is the fourth iteration of the organic phosphorus workshop series.
The focus the workshop concern long-term inputs of phosphorus have resulted in the accumulation of significant quantities of legacy phosphorus in agricultural soils by mineral fertilizers which in turn has contributed to increased diffuse phosphorus transfer and accelerated eutrophication of many water bodies. Biological processes play a vital role in determining the mobility and bioavailability of phosphorus in soils and sediments.

Deadline for abstract submission: June 30, 2023

Abstract acceptance: July 15

Notification of authors: August 31

Final announcement: before October 31.
Read more: OPW 2023 | Organic Phosphorus Workshop 2023 (opwinchile2023.cl)

International symposium Reading the soil in archaeology: field practice and interdisciplinary perspectives

November 29th - December 1st, 2023

Tours, France

The conference will include some items connected to soil micromorphology

Online registration: 15 May - 15 October 2023 https://archeosol2023.sciencesconf.org/registration

Website: https://archeosol2023.sciencesconf.org/

Soil Science Society of Ireland (SSSI) & British Soil Science Society (BSSS) joint Annual Conference 2023

December 4th - 5th, 2023

Assembly Buildings Conference Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland
The overall conference theme is Soil Management and Monitoring opportunity to see the latest research and developments within soil science.
Topics: Nutrient Management; Soil Carbon; Water Management and Quality; Technology and Innovation; Soil Health.

Deadline submission abstract: 2nd May 2023.

Early Bird ticket prices end on 1 August.

Read More: British Society of Soil Science - 2023 Annual Conference; BSSS 2023 Early Careers' Conference - British Society of Soil Science


British Society of Soil Science

Early Careers’ Conference
December 6th- 7th, 2023

Belfast, Ireland

The conference will take place immediately after the BSSS Annual Conference and will be free of charge for BSSS Early Career members. A wide range of Early Career members from academia, industry, and policy will come together for a variety of themed sessions, including talks, posters, and workshops. The conference theme is Soil Management and Monitoring.

Read More: British Society of Soil Science - 2023 Early Careers' Conference


December 11th - 15th 2023

San Francisco, CA & online Everywhere

Theme: Wide open Science.

Abstract submission: June 7, 2023

Abstract submissions close: August 2, 2023

Meeting registration open: August 2, 2023

Authors are notified of the acceptance: October 2023

The official online scientific program is released: October 2023

Read more: AGU Fall Meeting 2023


16th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS 2024)

March 26th – 29th, 2024 Thai Nguyen University, Thai Nguyen City, Vietnam. ESAFS conference is a series of scientific meetings organized every two years to share updated experience and knowledge among soil scientists, particularly within East and Southeast Asia countries. It is also a platform to promote R&D and disseminate the acquired knowledge and technology related to soil sciences. This series of ESAFS’s conference are organized to fulfill part of the above aims, rotates within member countries thus allowing equal participations of local soil scientists and fair site information exchange. ESAFS 2024 is the first time for Vietnam as an organizer. Read more: esafs2024.tnu.edu.vn

Centennial Celebration and Congress of the IUSS 100 years of soil science - past achievements and future challenges

May 19th - 21st , 2024

Florence, Italy

The custodian of soil science will celebrate its centennial contribute to the nature and human wellbeing in 2024. The event will also empower the linkages with different disciplines, policy makers, stakeholders, institutions, and associations to effectively address civil society needs within agriculture, forestry, environment, urban planning, energy, education, and other societal issues.

The celebration will occur on May 19th and will be followed by two intense days of congress, with plenary and parallel scientific sessions. Both soil scientists and specialists from other disciplines will participate to each session, focusing on past achievements and future challenges.

The congress will be followed by technical/scientific excursions that will range from short local to long trips, spanning from Alps to Sicily.

A pre-congress visit to Villa Lubin in Rome, the historical place where the IUSS was founded, is scheduled on May 18th.

Download: media/iuss_2024_brochure.pdf
Read More: https://centennialiuss2024.org/

XXVI IUFRO World Congress 2024: Forests and Society Towards 2050

June 23rd - 29th, 2024

Stockholm, Sweden

The deadline for submission of abstracts and opening of online registration: June 2nd, 2023
Read More: Congress website: https://iufro2024.com/

ISMOM 2024 - 9th International Symposium of Interactions of Soil Minerals with Organic Components and Microorganisms

October 10th - 14th, 2024

Tsukuba, Japan

Read more: http://web.agr.ehime-u.ac.jp/~soil/ISMOM2024.html

New publications

X-ray Imaging of the Soil Porous Architecture

By Editors Jon Mooney, Sacha, Young, Iain M., Heck, Richard J., Peth, Stephan, Springer International Publishing, November 2022, ISBNs 978-3-03-112175-3, 978-3-03-112176-0

Summarizes almost 40 years of research in the area of X-ray CT imaging of soils. Introduces best practices for both image acquisition and analysis. Includes detailed examinations of different software packages for X-ray CT analysis.

In December 1973 Godfrey Hounsfield published his seminal paper on transverse axial scanning, describing a methodology that could non-destructively analyse a human head (Hounsfield, 1973). Two years previously, a patient’s head had been scanned in what was the first system available to hospitals developed by Hounsfield and his research partners. Thereafter, an explosion in the use of Computed Tomography (CT) systems for medical purposes was observed in most western countries. Now scans are faster, safer and more accurate and the use of CT has extended far beyond the medical practices; and we now see CT specifically designed and used for mining, electronics, engineering and environmental challenges. This edited collection explores the use and development of CT for soil ecosystems, the most complex biomaterial on the planet, identifying best practice and new approaches to the quantification of pores, roots and organic matter, all non destructively and all in situ.

Read more: doi 10.1007/978-3-031-12176-0


International Science Council (ISC)

By The International Science Council share its 2022 Annual Report, reviewing year in tackling complex global challenges through knowledge-driven solutions and the powerful global voice of science.

Read more and download: 2023-05-22-Annual-report-web.pdf (council.science)

Newsletter IUSS Commission 1 Soil Morphology and Micromorphology

By In this newsletter they report the change in Commission officials. Basically Richard Heck (former VP) now presides Division 1 while Fabio Terribile and Adam Szorba will act as president and vice president respectively of our Commission for the period 2022-2026. In this issue they report the minutes of the work meeting they had at the WCSS in Glasgow where they modified the changes to the award evaluation criteria regarding the two awards (Kubiena and MYPA). In this volume: next meetings, next courses and report of previous courses, next international conference on soil micromorphology, new website.

The Environment in Galicia: A Book of Images: Galician Environment Through Images

By Avelino Núñez-Delgado (Editor), Esperanza Álvarez-Rodríguez (Editor), David Fernández-Calviño (Editor); Springer International Publishing; ISBN-13 9783031331138; pages 640; publication date: 07/26/2023, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-38043-1

This book describes the environment in Galicia (NW Spain), with researchers and professors presenting their own photographs of relevant aspects. This richly illustrated book explains atmospheric, geologic, water, soils, landscapes, and environmental issues and treatments for a broad audience, including students and the general public, to raise awareness and effectively develop strategies to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

EUSO Annual Bulletin A review of 2022 activities

By Maréchal, A; Panagos, P.; Jones, A.; Arias Navarro, C.; Ballabio, C.; Belitrandi, D.; Breure, T.; De Medici, D.; De Rosa, D.; Fendrich, A.; Koeninger, J.; Labouyrie, M., Liakos, L.; Martin Jimenez, J.; Matthews, F.; Montanarella, L.; Muntwyler, A.; Orgiazzi, A.; Scarpa , S.; Schillaci, C.; Simoes Vieira, D.; Van Eynde, E.; Van Liedekerke, M.; Wojda, P.; Yunta Mezquita, F., JRC133346 EUR 31506 EN PDF ISBN 978-92-68-03434-7 ISSN 1831-9424 doi:10.2760/501153 KJ-NA-31-506-EN-N Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2023 © European Union, 2023

This report presents the activities of the EU Soil Observatory (EUSO) that took place during 2022. Through its five main objectives, the EUSO contributes to improving the monitoring of soils, to creating and sharing knowledge and data about EU soils, in particular producing tailored outputs in support of policy development and to the wider public. These activities feed into the overarching knowledge management objective under which the EUSO provided extensive policy support to a range of policy areas, notably the upcoming Soil Health Law and the Horizon Europe’s Soil Mission. A key element of the EU Soil Observatory are the six EUSO Working Groups (WG) that aim to discuss policy or technical advances on a particular topic. Their activities in 2022 were diverse and ranged from providing policy support (Soil Monitoring, Soil Pollution WGs), technical progress on integration of soil data (Soil Data WG) or advancing scientific knowledge about soils (Soil Erosion WG). This report also highlights the developments to be expected in 2023. In particular, the EUSO will produce reports on soil pollution, soil organic carbon trends, pesticides in soils, land degradation and a soil fertility index and work on the state of soil health in the EU. A key development will be the publication of the EUSO soil health dashboard. The EUSO will support dedicated Soil Mission research projects and will continue to provide support for the upcoming Soil Health Law proposal. The EUSO is also planning a 2023 EU Soil Week.

Download: https://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/public_path//shared_folder/doc_pub/JRC133346.pdf


The advancement of knowledge and the future of scientific soil protection associations

By José L. Rubio Deputy president WASWAC, Co–founder and Ex-president of European Society for Soil Conservation, Ex-Director of Desertification Research Centre-CIDE, Valencia, Spain, pp. 2-15, Editor: Pengfei Du Assistant Editors: Li Li, Donghao Huang, Xiaofei Nie, Silian Pan

Read More: http://www.waswac.org.cn/waswac/LatestNews/webinfo/2023/06/1686793539589275.htm

Download: http://www.waswac.org.cn/waswac/rootfiles/2023/06/07/1686793533065162-1686793533099861.pdf


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