IUSS Alert 215 (September 2023)




The IUSS President, Edoardo Costantini, greeted the attendees of the 31st Congress of the Polish Society for Soil Science in Poznan on September 12th, and via remote link, the ones of the annual Congress of the Japanese Society for Soil Science and Plan Nutrition on September 13th in Ehime. He participated, as well, to the 12th Conference on Soil of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas, SUITMA Commission, in Santiago de Compostela on September 4th-7th.

 Prof. Eleonora Bonifacio, in the ISC Distinguished Lecture Series Webinar, has delved  into little-known functions and properties of soil. In this brief inteview she recalls the motivations for her webinar, ‘Linking Mechanisms to Soil Functions to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals’.






Recognition awarded to the IUSS Past President

The IUSS Past President Laura Bertha Reyes Sánchez was invited to attend the 31st Congress of the Soil Science Society of Poland, an event during which the Soil Science Society of Poland granted her the status of Honorary Member of the Soil Science Society of Poland.



The Technical University of Munich (TUM) invites applications for the position of Professor in » Soil Systems Science « W2 Tenure Track Assistant Professor (with tenure track to W3) or W3 Associate/Full Professor; to begin as soon as possible.

Scientific environment: The professorship will be assigned to the TUM School of Life Sciences, located at the interdisciplinary campus Freising-Weihenstephan.

Responsibilities: The responsibilities include research and teaching as well as the promotion of early-career scientists. We seek to

appoint an expert in the research area of soil systems with a focus on the development of sustainable land use strategies, e.g., with respect to soil carbon and nutrient storage, in an agricultural, forestry and/or urban context. Teaching responsibilities include courses in the university’s bachelor and master programs, specifically in the areas of forestry and resource management and agricultural sciences.

Please send your application no later than 18th October 2023 to the Dean of the TUM School of Life Sciences, Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, via our recruitment portal: www.recruit.tum.de



IUSS Centennial 2024


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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


  1. Soil health in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  2. Soil governance
  3. Soil in the circular economy
  4. Soil sciences impact on basic knowledge
  5. Soil in the digital era
  6. Soil and humanity
  7. Equity, diversity, and inclusivity in soil sciences
  8. Other

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. 




Stimulus Fund


The funds for the September Call are no longer available due to a great request for the previous call. For this reason, next year call will be brought forward to January1st and will be open until January 31st .

The projects that have won the 2023 Stimulus fund call will be listed on the next bulletin together with the report activity.


News from national and regional soil science societies

Spanish Soil Science Society and Latin American Soil Science Society


With deep regret, the Spanish Soil Science Society (SECS) and the Latin-American Soil Science Society (SLCS) communicates the death of Dr. Jaume Porta Casanellas who was Ex-President of the Spanish Society of Soil Science, distinguished Honorary Member of the SLCS, and Honorary President of the Spanish Soil Science Society.


The Spanish Soil Science Society and the Latin American Soil Science Society lost one of their great pillars. We will miss him in so many ways.



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

18 – 22 October 2023, Gandia, Spain

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

Abstract submission : https://7biohydrology.webador.es/abstract-submission-open



Soil Science Society of Mexico


Within the framework of the 47th Mexican Congress of Soil Science, and as part of the educational projects "Thus are the Soils of my Nation" of the Latin American Society of Soil Science and "THE IUSS GOES TO SCHOOL", the XVII Symposium on Educational Innovations in the Teaching of Soil Science will take place on October 17, 2023, at the Exhibition and Congress Center of the University City, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City.



The International Round Table for Young and Early Career Scientists will be held on October 18, 2023, in a hybrid format at the Exhibition and Congress Center of the University City, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City.



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



Agricultural Land Classification Course

Bookings are now open for our Agricultural Land Classification (ALC) course https://members.soils.org.uk/event-5407996 which will take place at Cranfield University on 22 and 23 November. This in-person training course offers a unique opportunity to learn about the background and technical basis of the current ALC guidelines.

This course is designed for soil scientists who wish to extend their experience, those commissioning ALC surveys from specialists, and planners reviewing ALC reports.

Read more:  https://members.soils.org.uk/event-5407996



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.




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. 

Read more: http://www.isss-india.org/img/Finalannouncement23_1.pdf



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.



USA - Soil Science Society and Canadian Society of Soil Science


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.




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/)




SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO Home | ASA, CSSA & SSSA International Annual Meetings


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


Global Symposium on Soils and Water

Soil and water, a source of life

October 02nd – 05th, 2023

FAO, Rome, Hybrid event


Hybrid format for first and last day (2nd and 5th October 2023 from 10am to 5pm CEST): The opening and closing days of the symposium will adopt a hybrid approach. Participants have the option to attend in person at the FAO headquarters or join virtually through the Zoom platform. Online technical sessions for central days (3rd and 4th October from 12pm to 3pm CEST): The central days of the symposium will exclusively occur in an online environment. Participation in the symposium is free and registration is required.


The GSOWA23 is a science policy symposium that aims to review the relationship between soil and water in achieving sustainable and resilient agrifood systems.

Read more: https://www.fao.org/events/detail/symposium-soils-and-water/en#:~:text=The%20Global%20Symposium%20on%20Soils,management%20is%20of%20utmost%20importance.



Zoom into Soil webinar: Green and Sustainable Remediation of Contaminated Sites

04 October 2023

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


The British Society of Soil Science is delighted to announce the next Zoom into Soil webinar will take place on Wednesday 4 October from 12:00 - 1:00pm (UK time) and is free of charge for all delegates. Join Dr Deyi Hou, Editor of the Soil Use and Management journal, and Paul Nathanail, Director at LQM, who will be discussing Green and Sustainable Remediation of Contaminated Sites.



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.


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


1st International Conference on Soil Sustainability and Innovation

47th National Congress of Soil Science 

October 16th -20th, 2023

Mexico City, Mexico


The Mexican Society of Soil Sciences and Cinvestav Saltillo will held the 1st International Conference on Soil Sustainability and Innovation (ICSSI) on October 19, 2023, as part of the 47th National Congress of Soil Sciences activities, that will take place in the Centro de Exposiciones y Congresos de la UNAM at Mexico City.

During the 2023 Mexican Congress of Soil Science, the  First Round Table of the IUSS “Young and Early Career Scientists” will be held.


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Wednesday, 18. October 2023

Location: Hybrid: Mexico City

Registration: https://forms.gle/9jAQ8LeLsTV8A6hP7

Contact: ;daniela.bobadilla@ciencias.unam.mx; ;



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.

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 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.

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.

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

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  

We have now confirmed the programme for our Annual Conference, including a soil policy session with representatives from the English, Irish, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh governments to provide an overview of soil monitoring and management activities being undertaken at a governmental level.

Registration for both our joint Annual Conference with the Soil Science Society of Ireland and our Early Careers' Conference is open so book now to secure your place.

We have also reopened submissions for poster presentations at both conferences, so there is still a chance to present your latest research.

To have your abstract considered, enter it via the submission form by Friday 13 October.

Read More: https://soils.org.uk/annual-conference-programme-2023/



Brazilian Soil Science Society (XI SBES)

December 4 - December 8, 2023

XI Soil Education Symposium (XI SBES) will be promoted by the MidWest Regional Nucleus of SBCS and carried out by the Palmeiras de Goiás Unit of the State University of Goiás (UEG), in partnership with the State University of Grande Dourados (UFGD) and other institutions.

Read more: https://www.sbcs.org.br/en/event/xi-simposio-de-educacao-em-solos-xi-sbes/#



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.

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)

March 26th-29th, 2024

Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam


ESAFS conference is a series of scientific meetings organized every two years to share updated experience and knowledge among soil scientists all over the World, particularly within East and Southeast Asia countries. It is also a platform to promote Research & Development 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.

ESAFS 2024 Theme: Healthy Soils for Sustanable Development

Important Dates

Abstract Submission

30.10.2023 - Deadline for Abstract Submission

15.11.2023 - Notification of Acceptance


15.11.2023 - Notification of Acceptance

30.11.2023 - Early Bird Registration Deadline

On-site registration is accepted with payment

Website: http://esafs2024.tnu.edu.vn

For further inquiries please contact email:



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/



Canadian Society of Soil Science


Soil Functions for Future Generations

University of British Columbia, Vancouver

June 9-13, 2024

The theme of the 2024 annual conference of the Canadian Society of Soil Science is Soil Functions for Future GenerationsThis theme encourages soil scientists to think about how we can safeguard the vital resource of soil into the future and how we can ensure that the many functions of soil are continued on into perpetuity.

Read more: https://csss2024.landfood.ubc.ca/



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/



5th International Conference of Young Scientists – Soil in the Environment (SITE)

June 16th – 19th , 2024

Warsaw (campus of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences) and in European Centre for Geological Education in Korzecko.

Important dates

March 1st , 2024: Deadline for registration

March 25th , 2024: Deadline for conference fee payment

April 1st , 2024: Deadline for the articles and abstracts submission

April 15th , 2024: 2nd Announcement and final conference programme

Download: site-warsaw2024 (arcgis.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 



Soil Science of China

Inter-Congress 2024

Congress Theme: Soil Health for Future Generations

Host City: Nanjing

Congress Venue: International Youth Convention Hotel

Date: October 2024

The 6th International Conference on Soil Pollution and Remediation

ORGANIZED BY Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSAS)

Soil Science Society of China (SSSC)

Jiangsu Environmental Protection Group Co., LTD

Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISSCAS)

More on: http://soilremediation2023.aconf.cn/soilrem2023.html


New publications


Join Publication of the Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development of Mexico, Mexican Universities, and IUSS

Ortiz, S.; Torres-Gómez, M.; Benavides, A.;  Anaya, M.; Anglés-Hernández, M.; Cerón, A.; Cotler, H.; Cueto, J.; Etchevers, D.; Fernández, F.; González, J.;Guerrero, A.; Meneses, M.; Miranda, M.; Pérez, M.; Pulido, L.; Reyes-Sánchez, L.; Reynoso, V.; Saynes, V.; Villalobos, V.; Prado, B.; Guevara, M. 2023. National Soil Strategy for Sustainable Agriculture (ENASAS): a new systemic approach in Mexico. European Journal of Soil Science. European Journal of Soil Science. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejss.13395



IUSS-FAO co publication

Within the framework of the collaboration of the educational project “THE IUSS GOES TO SCHOOL” with the FAO, and as a product of the IUSS-FAO Children's booklet contest that we launched to celebrate WSD-2022, has already been published the scientific book for children: Soils, where food begins: a collection of 10 children's stories from around the world. https://doi.org/10.4060/cc7127en     

 Soil Science Education, Awareness and Outreach publication


Reyes-Sánchez, L. Bertha and Brevik, E. C. 2023. Soil Science Education, Awareness and Outreach in the Modern World. Encyclopedia of soils in the environment (2nd ed). Elsevier.


 Key issues in agricultural ethics

Editor: Dr Robert L. Zimdahl; Publication date: 13 June 2023; Length of book: 294 pages.

It is an volume of research, an book of agricultural ethics, edited by Professor Emeritus Robert L. Zimdahl, Colorado State University, USA.

ISBN-13: 9781801463133



Soil Atlas of Asia


Soil Atlas of Asia

The EUSO, in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, has brought together over 100 soil experts from 45 Asian and European countries to produce the first-ever SOIL ATLAS OF ASIA. The atlas is targeted at the general public, decision-makers, politicians, teachers and even scientists in other disciplines, and aims to raise awareness of the importance of soil to human existence in Asia. The atlas explains, in a simple and clear manner, the reasons for the varying patterns of soil across Asia as well as the need to conserve and manage this increasingly threatened natural resource through sustainable use. At its heart is a series of annotated maps that show, for the very first time, the diversity of soil characteristics across the Asian continent in a manner that is comprehensible to the layperson.

Download: https://esdac.jrc.ec.europa.eu/content/soil-atlas-asia



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Continent-wide DNA analysis of soil Eukaryotes

Soil eukaryotes play a crucial role in maintaining ecosystem functions and services, yet the factors driving their diversity and distribution remain poorly understood. Croplands exhibited greater biodiversity despite intensive land use. Croplands were also more homogeneous compared to the composition of other ecosystems. High numbers of taxa of eukaryotic groups overlapped in croplands, grasslands and woodlands. For the majority of the groups, croplands hosted the most unique taxa. The dataset includes 18S raw DNA sequences for 885 samples collected as part of LUCAS 2018 Soil survey for the biodiversity module. Raw DNA sequences are available in ESDAC and deposited also on NCBI Sequence Read Archive (SRA) database. Additional details on the DNA extraction, amplification and sequencing, and the protocols for measuring soil properties and sources of climatic data can be found in the relevant publication. Download the data:




European Soil Mission Week

The Horizon Europe Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ (Mission Soil), the EU Soil Observatory Stakeholders’ Forum, and the EU-funded PREPSOIL project are joining forces to hold the first edition of the European Mission Soil Week. The European Mission Soil Week will be an annual event designed as a major European gathering that brings together the European soil community. Researchers, policymakers, farmers, foresters, spatial planners, land owners and managers, businesses and organisations, as well as the public, will meet to discuss the challenges for healthy soils. The event will be hosted by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and will take place under the Spanish EU Presidency on 21-23 November 2023 in Madrid. You can pre-register below for the European Mission Soil Week 2023: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/pre-registration-EUMissionSoilWeek

The EUSO Working groups meetings will take place online the week before (15-17 Nov. 23). Further details and registration guidelines will follow.



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Soil Monitoring Law

On 5th July 2023, the European Commission proposed a new Soil Monitoring Law to protect and restore soils and ensure that they are used sustainably. The new law aims to address key soil threats in the EU, such as erosion, loss of soil organic matter, salinisation, contamination, compaction, and sealing, as well as loss of soil biodiversity while enhancing reliance against extreme weather events and climate change. The new Soil Monitoring and Resilience Directive provides a legal framework to help achieve healthy soils by 2050. The Law will a) put in place a solid and coherent monitoring framework for all soils across the EU b) make sustainable soil management the norm in the EU and c) request Member States to identify potentially contaminated sites. Read the proposal for the directive:




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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



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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)



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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.



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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.

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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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Vol. 18 No. 2 (2023): Special issue on: 'Integrated soil-water-crop management in salt-affected areas'

Authors: Filiberto Altobelli, Anna Dalla Marta, Anna Benedetti, Maria Konyushkova, Giuseppe Corti





European Journal of Soil Science (EJSS)

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Volume 74, Issue 4 July–August 2023

Online ISSN:1365-2389

Read more: https://bsssjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/13652389



Soil Use and Management

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Soil Use and Management publishes in soil science, earth and environmental science, agricultural science, and engineering fields. The submitted papers should consider the underlying mechanisms governing the natural and anthropogenic processes which affect soil systems, and should inform policy makers and/or practitioners on the sustainable use and management of soil resources. Interdisciplinary studies, e.g. linking soil with climate change, biodiversity, global health, and the UN’s sustainable development goals, with strong novelty, wide implications, and unexpected outcomes are welcomed.

Online ISSN:1475-2743

Read more: https://bsssjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/14752743



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