Update: 21.11.2017

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.

Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS) - SISS - Società Italiana della Scienza del Suolo

Who

The Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS – Società Italiana della Scienza del Suolo) aims to promote progress, coordination and dissemination of Soil Science in a wider sense and to foster relations and cooperation between researchers, educators, stakeholders, land managers and policymakers involved in soil science and soil management.
The society is active through its four divisions:
Division I: Soil in Space and Time;
Division II: Soil Properties and Processes;
Division III: Soil Use and Management;
Division IV: The Role of Soils in Sustaining Society and the Environment

What

Soil is more than just the dirt under our feet!
Today more than ever before, maintaining soil quality is a critical goal of any sustainable development. In fact, productive soils allow to sustain the human life and all organisms in the environment. The quality and safety of crops and derived products depend mainly on the quality and safety of the soils.
Starting from these considerations the Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS) will organise its 40th National Congress as a food for thought on the importance of soil quality for human health.
The leitmotif of the congress will be “Healthy Soils for Healthy Life”, the same of FAO’s leitmotif to celebrate 2015 as the International Year of Soils.
During the Congress there will be a «World Soil Day» Celebration Party, to stress the importance of soils in feeding humankind and their fundamental role in environmental equilibria; the “G. P. Ballatore” award for the best thesis on Soil Science for graduated students in Italy in 2013-1014; a Photo Contest on “Soil is my best friend!”; two Lectio Magistralis held by outstanding soil scientists and four scientific sessions with oral and poster presentations.

When & Where

The 40th National Congress of the Italian Society of Soil Science will take place in Rome, 2-4th December 2015. It will be jointly organised by the Italian Council for Agricultural Research and Economics (CRA) and by the University of Palermo.

Soil message

Modern humans rarely reflects on the fact that both the well-being and the quality of life are fundamentally linked to the quality of the soils. The quality of human life depends indeed on the soil’s health on which we live carrying out any activity. Thus maintaining healthy soils and the quality of soil productions is the real target of any kind of sustainable development.
Soils are a Man’s best friend !!