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Soil is one of the most complicated biological materials on our planet.

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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.

World Soil Congress

About WCSS

The WCSS has been held quadrennially since 1927 as a scientific meeting in the field of soil science.

Soil scientists from all around the world come together to discuss soil issues, exchange knowledge and find solutions for current problems.

It´s not unusual to gather about 2500 participants from more than 100 countries around the world at WCSS.

Usually the WCSS provides a wide range of scientific programs and stimulating social activities. In addition, renowned experts will address the pertinent issues and technological advances in the broad areas of soil science throughout the meeting. Furthermore, participants have a great opportunity to network through extensive discussions and informative exchanges.
Besides, interesting field trips and social programme makes the WCSS a unique Event.

Below you find information about all past WCSS.

   

Overview of WCSS

Download   overview_of_world_soil_congresses.pdf - 313 kB
   

Past WCSS

The past WCSS have been great events and a huge number of contibutions made them a great success.

Thank you for your understanding that we can not provide all the documents for download. We provide an overview of all available documents and if you are interested in specific documents please contact us


20th Congress 2014 / Seoul South Korea

Information, downloads

   

Proceedings 20th WCSS

Download   20wcss_proceedings_compressed.pdf - 3 MB
   
Proceedings 20th WCSS

   

Jeju declaration - Soils Embrace Life and the Universe

Download   jeju_declaration_of_soil_final_jae_yang.pdf - 16 kB
   
Proclaimed at the Soil Parade of the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (20WCSS) Monday, June 9, 2014 Jeju, Korea


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19th Congress 2010 / Brisbane Australia

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19th Congress 2010 / Brisbane Australia

Download   19th_wcss_handbook_real_handbook_v10_back_cover_change.pdf - 14 MB
   
Congress handbook

   

19th Congress 2010 / Brisbane Australia

Download   final_council_minutes_june-july_2008.pdf - 87 kB
   
2008 Inter-congress council meeting reports

   

19th Congress 2010 / Brisbane Australia

Download   a_message_from_1966.pdf - 357 kB
   
A letter from 1966


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18th Congress 2006 / Philadelphia USA

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18th Congress 2006 / Philadelphia USA

Download   3rdannouncement_high_res.pdf - 2 MB
   
3rd announcement (September 2005)

   

18th Congress 2006 / Philadelphia USA

Download   wcss_program_complete.pdf - 3 MB
   
Program book (June 2006)

   

18th Congress 2006 / Philadelphia USA

Download   18th_world_congress_of_soil_science_abstracts_july_9-15_2006_philadelpia_pa_compressed.pdf - 123 MB
   
Book of Abstracts

   

18th Congress 2006 / Philadelphia USA

Download   report2006.pdf - 174 kB
   
Reports of the congress

   

18th Congress 2006 / Philadelphia USA

Download   council2006.pdf - 197 kB
   
Council meetings report (S. Nortcliff)


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17th Congress 2002 / Bangkok Thailand

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17th Congress 2002 / Bangkok Thailand

Download   17th_wcss_bangkok_thailand_2002_counsel_meetings.pdf - 101 kB
   
Council meetings

   

17th Congress 2002 / Bangkok Thailand

Download   17_th_wcss_14-21_august_2002_bangkok_thailand_programme_compressed.pdf - 3 MB
   
Programme

   

17th Congress 2002 / Bangkok Thailand

Download   17_th_wcss_14-21_august_2002_bangkok_thailand_keynote_lectures_compressed.pdf - 6 MB
   
Keynotes

   

17th Congress 2002 / Bangkok Thailand

Download   17_th_wcss_bangkok_thailand_2002_abstracts_vol_i_symposia_01-12_compressed.pdf - 25 MB
   
Vol.1

   

17th Congress 2002 / Bangkok Thailand

Download   17_th_wcss_bangkok_thailand_2002_abstracts_vol_ii_symposia_13-21_compressed.pdf - 24 MB
   
Vol.2

   

17th Congress 2002 / Bangkok Thailand

Download   17_th_wcss_bangkok_thailand_2002_abstracts_vol_iii_symposia_22-36_compressed.pdf - 21 MB
   
Vol.3

   

17th Congress 2002 / Bangkok Thailand

Download   17th_wcss_bangkok_thailand_2002_abstracts_vol_iv_symposia_37-52_compressed.pdf - 21 MB
   
Vol.4

   

17th Congress 2002 / Bangkok Thailand

Download   17_th_wcss_bangkok_thailand_2002_abstracts_vol_v_symposia_53-65_compressed.pdf - 21 MB
   
Vol.5

   

17th Congress 2002 / Bangkok Thailand

Download   17_th_wcss_bangkok_thailand_2002_abstracts_vol_vi_index_of_subjects_and_authors_compressed.pdf - 9 MB
   
Index authors and subjects


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16th Congress 1998 / Montpellier France

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16th Congress 1998 / Montpellier France

Download   conferences_et_debats_introductiefs__introductory_conferences_and_debate_aout_1998_compressed.pdf - 12 MB
   
Introductory conference and debates

   

16th Congress 1998 / Montpellier France

Download   resumes_summaries_vol_i_aout_1998_compressed.pdf - 47 MB
   
Volume I

   

16th Congress 1998 / Montpellier France

Download   resumes_summaries_vol_ii_aout_1998_compressed.pdf - 40 MB
   
Volume II


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15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

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15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_1_inaugural_and_state_of_the_art_conferences_compressed.pdf - 18 MB
   
Volume 1 Inaugural and state of the art conferences

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_2a_commission_i_symposia_compressed.pdf - 20 MB
   
Volume 2A – Commission 1 symposia

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_2b_commission_i_poster_sessions_compressed.pdf - 24 MB
   
Volume 2B – Commission 1 poster

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_3a_commission_ii_symposia_compressed.pdf - 50 MB
   
Volume 3A – Commission 2 symposia

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_3b_commission_ii_poster_sessions_compressed.pdf - 37 MB
   
Volume 3B – Commission 2 poster

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_4a_commission_iii_symposia_compressed.pdf - 30 MB
   
Volume 4A – Commission 3 symposia

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_4b_commission_iii_poster_sessions_compressed.pdf - 18 MB
   
Volume 4B – Commission 3 poster

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_5a_xommission_iv_symposia_compressed.pdf - 58 MB
   
Volume 5A – Commission 4 symposia

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_5b_commission_iv_poster_sessions_compressed.pdf - 40 MB
   
Volume 5B – Commission 4 poster

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_6a_commission_v_symposia_compressed.pdf - 65 MB
   
Volume 6A – Commission 5 symposia

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_6b_commission_v_poster_sessions_compressed.pdf - 34 MB
   
Volume 6B – Commission 5 poster

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_7a_commission_vi_symposia_compressed.pdf - 33 MB
   
Volume 7A – Commission 6 symposia

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_7b_commission_vi_poster_sessions_compressed.pdf - 27 MB
   
Volume 7B – Commission 6 poster

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_8a_commission_vii_symposia_compressed.pdf - 12 MB
   
Volume 8A – Commission 7 symposia

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_8bcommission_vii_poster_sessions_compressed.pdf - 7 MB
   
Volume 8B – Commission 7 poster

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   volume_9_supplement_compressed.pdf - 44 MB
   
Volume 9 – Supplement

   

15th Congress 1994 / Acapulco Mexico

Download   research_for_maximum_yield_in_harmony_with_nature_satellite_symposium_sponsored_by_ppi_compressed.pdf - 6 MB
   
Research for Maximum Yield in Harmony with Nature


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14th Congress 1990 / Kyoto Japan

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14th Congress 1990 / Kyoto Japan

Download   transactions_of_14th_icss__kyoto_japan_1990_plenary_papers__contents_and_author_index_compressed.pdf - 10 MB
   
Plenary papers, contents, author index

   

14th Congress 1990 / Kyoto Japan

Download   transactions_of_14th_icss_vol_1_kyoto_japan_1990_compressed.pdf - 25 MB
   
Vol.1

   

14th Congress 1990 / Kyoto Japan

Download   transactions_of_14th_icss_vol_ii_kyoto_japan_1990_compressed.pdf - 33 MB
   
Vol.2

   

14th Congress 1990 / Kyoto Japan

Download   transactions_of_14th_icss_voliii_kyoto_japan_1990_compressed.pdf - 28 MB
   
Vol.3

   

14th Congress 1990 / Kyoto Japan

Download   transactions_of_14th_icss_vol_iv_kyoto_japan_1990_compressed.pdf - 53 MB
   
Vol.4

   

14th Congress 1990 / Kyoto Japan

Download   transactions_of_14_th_icss_vol_v_kyoto_japan_1990_compressed.pdf - 42 MB
   
Vol.5

   

14th Congress 1990 / Kyoto Japan

Download   transactions_of_14th_icss_volvi_kyoto_japan_1990_compressed.pdf - 25 MB
   
Vol.6

   

14th Congress 1990 / Kyoto Japan

Download   transactions_of_14th_icss_vol_vii_kyoto_japan_1990_compressed.pdf - 35 MB
   
Vol.7


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13th Congress 1986 / Hamburg Germany

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13th Congress 1986 / Hamburg Germany

Download   programme_hamburg_1986_compressed.pdf - 4 MB
   
Programme

   

13th Congress 1986 / Hamburg Germany

Download   congress_centrum_hamburg_13-_20_8_1986_teilnehmerliste_compressed.pdf - 2 MB
   
Participants list

   

13th Congress 1986 / Hamburg Germany

Download   congress_centrum_hamburg_13-_20_8_1986_nachtrag_zur_teilnehmerliste_compressed.pdf - 400 kB
   
Participants list - addendum

   

13th Congress 1986 / Hamburg Germany

Download   transactions_vol_i_hamburg_1986_compressed.pdf - 6 MB
   
Vol.1

   

13th Congress 1986 / Hamburg Germany

Download   transactions_vol_ii_hamburg_1986_compressed.pdf - 38 MB
   
Vol.2

   

13th Congress 1986 / Hamburg Germany

Download   transactions_vol_iii_hamburg_1986_compressed.pdf - 42 MB
   
Vol.3

   

13th Congress 1986 / Hamburg Germany

Download   transactions_vol_iv_hamburg_1986_compressed.pdf - 20 MB
   
Vol.4

   

13th Congress 1986 / Hamburg Germany

Download   transactions_vol_v_hamburg_1986_compressed.pdf - 26 MB
   
Vol.5

   

13th Congress 1986 / Hamburg Germany

Download   transactions_vol_vi_hamburg_1986_compressed.pdf - 35 MB
   
Vol.6


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12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

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12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   managing_soil_resources_to_meet_the_challenges_to_mankind___presidential_address_compressed.pdf - 698 kB
   
Presidential address

   

12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   1_plenary_session_papers_compressed.pdf - 5 MB
   
Plenary paper

   

12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   2_symposia_papers_i_compressed.pdf - 16 MB
   
Symposia papers I

   

12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   3_symposia_papers_ii_compressed.pdf - 23 MB
   
Symposia papers II

   

12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   4_symposia_papers_iii_compressed.pdf - 9 MB
   
Symposia papers III

   

12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   5__panel_discussion_papers_compressed.pdf - 28 MB
   
Panel discussion papers

   

12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   9___proceedings_of_the_12th_international_congress_of_soil_science_compressed.pdf - 14 MB
   
Proceedings

   

12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   6__abstracts___voluntary_papers_compressed.pdf - 9 MB
   
Abstracts voluntary papers

   

12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   revieuw_of_soil_research_in_india_part_i_compressed.pdf - 27 MB
   
Review soil research India I

   

12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   revieuw_of_soil_research_in_india_part_ii_compressed.pdf - 25 MB
   
Review soil research India II

   

12th Congress 1982 / New Delhi India

Download   8__zusammenfassungen_der_angemeldeten_vortrage_compressed.pdf - 21 MB
   
Summary


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11th Congress 1978 / Alberta Canada

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11th Congress 1978 / Alberta Canada

Download   abstracts_for_commission_papers_vol__1_compressed.pdf - 45 MB
   
Vol. 1 Abstracts for commission papers

   

11th Congress 1978 / Alberta Canada

Download   plenary_papers_vol__2_compressed.pdf - 24 MB
   
Vol.2 Plenary papers

   

11th Congress 1978 / Alberta Canada

Download   symposia_papers_vol__3_compressed.pdf - 29 MB
   
Vol.3 Symposia papers


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10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

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10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_i_compressed.pdf - 29 MB
   
Vol.1

   

10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_ii_compressed.pdf - 31 MB
   
Vol.2

   

10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_iii_compressed.pdf - 18 MB
   
Vol.3

   

10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_iv_compressed.pdf - 33 MB
   
Vol.4

   

10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_v_compressed.pdf - 9 MB
   
Vol.5

   

10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_vi___i___compressed.pdf - 23 MB
   
Vol.6 Part 1

   

10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_vi___ii___compressed.pdf - 32 MB
   
Vol.6 Part 2

   

10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_vii_compressed.pdf - 23 MB
   
Vol.7

   

10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_viii_compressed.pdf - 10 MB
   
Vol.8

   

10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_ix_compressed.pdf - 17 MB
   
Vol.6

   

10th Congress 1974 / Moscow USSR

Download   1974_10_kothpecc__10th_congress_x_compressed.pdf - 19 MB
   
Vol.10


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9th Congress 1968 / Adelaide Australia

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9th Congress 1968 / Adelaide Australia

Download   9th_international_congress_of_soil_science_transactions_volume_i_compressed.pdf - 45 MB
   
Vol.1

   

9th Congress 1968 / Adelaide Australia

Download   9th_international_congress_of_soil_science_transactions_volume_ii_compressed.pdf - 49 MB
   
Vol.2

   

9th Congress 1968 / Adelaide Australia

Download   9th_international_congress_of_soil_science_transactions_volume_iii_compressed.pdf - 42 MB
   
Vol.3

   

9th Congress 1968 / Adelaide Australia

Download   9th_international_congress_of_soil_science_transactions_volume_iv_compressed.pdf - 54 MB
   
Vol.4

   

9th Congress 1968 / Adelaide Australia

Download   9th_international_congress_of_soil_science_compressed.pdf - 13 MB
   
Field Tours


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8th Congress 1964 / Bucharest Romania

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8th Congress 1964 / Bucharest Romania

Download   8th_int_congress_of_soil_science_bucharest_1964__i_compressed.pdf - 40 MB
   
Vol.1

   

8th Congress 1964 / Bucharest Romania

Download   8th_int_congress_of_soil_science_bucharest_1964__ii_compressed.pdf - 115 MB
   
Vol.2

   

8th Congress 1964 / Bucharest Romania

Download   8th_int_congress_of_soil_science_bucharest_1964__iii_compressed.pdf - 163 MB
   
Vol.3

   

8th Congress 1964 / Bucharest Romania

Download   8th_int_congress_of_soil_science_bucharest_1964__iv_compressed.pdf - 167 MB
   
Vol.4

   

8th Congress 1964 / Bucharest Romania

Download   8th_int_congress_of_soil_science_bucharest_1964__v_compressed.pdf - 149 MB
   
Vol.5


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7th Congress 1960 / Madison USA

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7th Congress 1960 / Madison USA

Download   7th_int_congress_of_soil_science_madison_1960__i_compressed.pdf - 98 MB
   
Vol.1

   

7th Congress 1960 / Madison USA

Download   7th_int_congress_of_soil_science_madison_1960__ii_compressed.pdf - 9 MB
   
Vol.2

   

7th Congress 1960 / Madison USA

Download   7th_int_congress_of_soil_science_madison_1960__iii_compressed.pdf - 92 MB
   
Vol.3

   

7th Congress 1960 / Madison USA

Download   7th_int_congress_of_soil_science_madison_1960__iv_compressed.pdf - 76 MB
   
Vol.4

   

7th Congress 1960 / Madison USA

Download   7th_int_congress_of_soil_science_madison_1960__wp_compressed.pdf - 11 MB
   
Working papers


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6th Congress 1956 / Paris France

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6th Congress 1956 / Paris France

Download   vi_e_congres_international_de_la_science_du_sol_volume_a_compressed.pdf - 30 MB
   
Vol.A

   

6th Congress 1956 / Paris France

Download   vi_e_congres_international_de_la_science_du_sol_volume_b__paris_1956_compressed.pdf - 62 MB
   
Vol.B

   

6th Congress 1956 / Paris France

Download   vi_e_congres_international_de_la_science_du_sol_volume_c__paris_1956_compressed.pdf - 43 MB
   
Vol.C

   

6th Congress 1956 / Paris France

Download   vi_e_congres_international_de_la_science_du_sol_volume_d__paris_1956_compressed.pdf - 59 MB
   
Vol.D

   

6th Congress 1956 / Paris France

Download   vi_e_congres_international_de_la_science_du_sol_volume_e__paris_1956_compressed.pdf - 62 MB
   
Vol.E


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5th Congress 1954 / Leopoldville DR Congo

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5th Congress 1954 / Leopoldville DR Congo

Download   ve__congres_international_de_la_science_du_sol_volume_i_compressed.pdf - 35 MB
   
Vol. 1

   

5th Congress 1954 / Leopoldville DR Congo

Download   ve__congres_international_de_la_science_du_sol_volume_ii_compressed.pdf - 35 MB
   
Vol.2

   

5th Congress 1954 / Leopoldville DR Congo

Download   ve__congres_international_de_la_science_du_sol_volume_iii_compressed.pdf - 23 MB
   
Vol.3

   

5th Congress 1954 / Leopoldville DR Congo

Download   ve__congres_international_de_la_science_du_sol_volume_iv_compressed.pdf - 37 MB
   
Vol.4


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4th Congress 1950 / Amsterdam Netherlands

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4th Congress 1950 / Amsterdam Netherlands

Download   fourth_internat_congress_of_soil_science_programme_compressed.pdf - 3 MB
   
Programme

   

4th Congress 1950 / Amsterdam Netherlands

Download   fourth_internat_congress_of_soil_science_vol_i_1950_compressed.pdf - 42 MB
   
Vol.1

   

4th Congress 1950 / Amsterdam Netherlands

Download   fourth_internat_congress_of_soil_science_vol_ii_1950_compressed.pdf - 23 MB
   
Vol.2

   

4th Congress 1950 / Amsterdam Netherlands

Download   fourth_internat_congress_of_soil_science_vol_iii_1950_compressed.pdf - 15 MB
   
Vol.3

   

4th Congress 1950 / Amsterdam Netherlands

Download   fourth_internat_congress_of_soil_science_vol_iv_1950_compressed.pdf - 23 MB
   
Vol.3

   

4th Congress 1950 / Amsterdam Netherlands

Download   fourth_internat_congress_of_soil_science_amsterdam_1950_compressed.pdf - 6 MB
   
Soils in the Netherlands, Indonesia & Suriname


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3rd Congress 1935 / Oxford UK

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3rd Congress 1935 / Oxford UK

Download   transactions_vol_i_oxford_1935_compressed.pdf - 48 MB
   
Vol.1

   

3rd Congress 1935 / Oxford UK

Download   transactions_vol_ii_oxford_1935_compressed.pdf - 23 MB
   
Vol.2

   

3rd Congress 1935 / Oxford UK

Download   transactions_vol_iii_oxford_1935_compressed.pdf - 32 MB
   
Vol.3


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2nd Congress 1930 / Leningrad USSR

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2nd Congress 1930 / Leningrad USSR

Download   second_international_congress_of_soil_science_volume_i_commission_i_compressed.pdf - 36 MB
   
Vol.1

   

2nd Congress 1930 / Leningrad USSR

Download   second_international_congress_of_soil_science_volume_ii_commission_ii_compressed.pdf - 28 MB
   
Vol.2

   

2nd Congress 1930 / Leningrad USSR

Download   second_international_congress_of_soil_science_volume_iii_commission_iii_compressed.pdf - 35 MB
   
Vol.3

   

2nd Congress 1930 / Leningrad USSR

Download   second_international_congress_of_soil_science_volume_iv_commission_iv_compressed.pdf - 30 MB
   
Vol.4

   

2nd Congress 1930 / Leningrad USSR

Download   second_international_congress_of_soil_science_volume_v_commission_v_compressed.pdf - 46 MB
   
Vol.5

   

2nd Congress 1930 / Leningrad USSR

Download   second_international_congress_of_soil_science_volume_vi_commission_vi_compressed.pdf - 38 MB
   
Vol.6

   

2nd Congress 1930 / Leningrad USSR

Download   second_international_congress_of_soil_science_volume_vii_commission_vii_compressed.pdf - 18 MB
   
Vol.7


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1st Congress 1927 / Washington USA

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1st Congress 1927 / Washington USA

Download   first_internat_congress_of_soil_science_vol_i_1927_compressed.pdf - 18 MB
   
Vol.1

   

1st Congress 1927 / Washington USA

Download   first_internat_congress_of_soil_science_vol_ii_1927_compressed.pdf - 64 MB
   
Vol.2

   

1st Congress 1927 / Washington USA

Download   first_internat_congress_of_soil_science_vol_iii_1927_compressed.pdf - 51 MB
   
Vol.3

   

1st Congress 1927 / Washington USA

Download   first_internat_congress_of_soil_science_vol_iv_1927_compressed.pdf - 70 MB
   
Vol.4

   

1st Congress 1927 / Washington USA

Download   first_internat_congress_of_soil_science_vol_v_1927_compressed.pdf - 90 MB
   
Vol.5


For a full list of soil science congresses up to 1998 see Geoderma article on 75 years ISSS/IUSS – PDF