Update: 27.03.2017

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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.

Past officers

Past Presidents

Country / President & Period

1 / USA / J.G. Lipman 1924-1927
2 / USSR / K. Gedroiz 1927-1930
3 / UK / J. Russell 1930-1935
4 / Netherlands / C.H. Edelman 1950
5 / Belgium / R. Tavernier 1950-1954
6 / France / A. Oudin 1954-1956
7 / USA / R. Bradfield 1956-1960
8 / Romania / N.C. Cernescu 1960-1964
9 / Australia / E.G. Hallsworth 1964-1968
10 / USSR / V.A. Kovda 1968-1974
11 / Canada / C.F. Bentley 1974-1978
12 / India / J.S. Kanwar 1978-1982
13 / Germany / K.H. Hartge 1982-1986
14 / Japan / A. Tanaka 1986-1990
15 / Mexico / A.A. Santelises 1990-1994
16 / France / A. Ruellan 1994-1998
17 / Thailand / S. Theerawong 1998-2002
18 / USA / D.L. Sparks 2002-2006
19 / Australia / R.S. Swift 2006-2010
20 / Korea / J.E. Yang 2010-2014
21 / Germany / R. Horn 2014-2016


Past Secretaries General

Secretary General / Country / Period

D.J. Hissink / Netherlands / 1924-1950
F.A. van Baren / Netherlands / 1950-1974
R. Dudal / Belgium / 1974-1978
W.G. Sombroek / Netherlands / 1978-1990
W.E.H. Blum / Austria / 1990-2002
S. Nortcliff / UK / 2002-2010
A.E. Hartemink / USA / 2010-2014


Past financial officers

Period 2006 – 2010

Jim Gauld – Treasurer
The Macaulay Institute
Craigiebuckler / Aberdeen AB15 8QH / UK
Tel (44 )01224 498200 ext 2002
Fax (44) 01224 208065
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Robin F. Harris – Budget and Finance officer
Department of Soil Science
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1525 Observatory Drive / Madison, WI 53706-1299 / USA
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Division and Commission officers

2010-2014

Division One – Soil in Space and Time

Division Chair: K. Stahr, Germany
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1st Vice Chair: S-Y. Hong , Korea
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2nd Vice Chair: K-R. Kim, Korea
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1.1 Soil Morphology and Micromorphology

Chair R.M. Poch, Spain
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Vice Chair M. Gerard, France
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1.2 Soil Geography

Chair R. Jahn, Germany
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Vice Chair A. Faz Cano, Spain
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1.3 Soil Genesis

Chair G.L. Zhang, China
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Vice Chair Z. Zagorski, Poland
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1.4 Soil Classification

Chair J. Galbraith, USA
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Vice Chair P. Krasilnikov, Russia
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1.5 Pedometrics

Chair A-Xing Zhu, USA
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Vice Chair Dick Brus, Netherlands
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1.6 Palaeopedology

Chair D. Sauer, Germany
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Vice Chair S. Sedov, Mexico
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Division Two – Properties and Processes

Division Chair M. Gerzabek, Austria
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1st Vice Chair P-J. Kim, Korea
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2nd Vice Chair Y-S. Ok, Korea
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2.1 Soil Physics

Chair D. Or, Switzerland
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Vice Chair Bin Zhang, China
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2.2 Soil Chemistry

Chair J. Chorover, USA
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Vice-Chair T. Miano, Italy
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2.3 Soil Biology

Chair K. Inubushi, Japan
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Vice-Chair F. Kandeler, Germany
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2.4 Soil Mineralogy

Chair D. Hesterberg, USA
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Vice-Chair B. Singh, Australia
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2.5 Soil Interfacial Reactions

Chair A. Violante, Italy
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Vice-Chair S. Staunton, France
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Division Three – Soil Use and Management

Division Chair R. Horn, Germany
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1st Vice Chair M. Park, Korea
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2nd Vice Chair S-C. Kim, Korea
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3.1 Soil Evaluation and Land Use Planning

Chair S. Mantel, Netherlands
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Vice Chair G. Toth, Hungary
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3.2 Soil and Water Conservation

Chair E. Cammeraat, Netherlands
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Vice Chair B. Lennartz, Germany
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3.3 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition

Chair A. Garcia-Ocampo, Colombia
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Vice Chair B. Singh, India
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3.4 Soil Engineering and Technology

Chair John Kim Key-Hoon , Korea
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Vice Chair S. Melchior, Germany
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3.5 Soil degradation control, remediation, reclamation

Chair P. Gicheru, Kenya
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Vice Chair T. Kosaki, Japan
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3.6 Salt-Affected Soils

Chair D. Suarez
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Vice Chair T. Toth
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Division Four – The Role of Soils in Sustaining Society & the Environment

Division Chair C. Rice, USA
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1st Vice Chair J-J. Kim, Korea
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2nd Vice Chair C-O. Hong, Korea
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4.1 Soils and the Environment

Chair M. Aulakh, India
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Vice Chair I. Vogeler, New Zealand
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4.2 Soils, Food Security and Human Health

Chair I. Pepper, USA
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Vice Chair Y-G. Zhu, China
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4.3 Soils and Land Use Change

Chair R. Hatano, Japan
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Vice Chair M.H. Roozitalab, Iran
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4.4 Soil Education and Public Awareness

Chair S. Cattle Australia
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Vice Chair J. Wang, China
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4.5 History, Philosophy and Sociology of Soil Science

Chair J. Churchman, Australia
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Vice-Chair E. Landa, USA
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2006-2010

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2002-2006

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IUSS Working Groups officers

2006 – 2010
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IUSS Bureau officers

2006-2010

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2002-2006

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IUSS Standing Committee officers

2002-2006

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ISSS-IUSS Secretaries General and Deputies

1924-2010

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