Update: 28.04.2016

Five tonnes of animal life can live in one hectare of soil.

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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.

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IUSS Bulletins

IUSS Bulletin 127IUSS Bulletin 127 (December 2015)
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Internat. Decade of Soils

At the conference ‘Celebration of International Year of Soils 2015 – Achievements and Future Challenges’ IUSS President Rainer Horn proclaimed the International Decade of Soils 2015-2024!
The IDS shall be a continuation of the efforts made during the International Year of the Soils 2015. It will be marked by a number of activities on the national and international levels.
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20th World Congress of Soil Science, Soils Embrace Life & Universe

June 8th to 13th, 2014 – Jeju Island, South Korea

Watch the creative Sand Art at the opening ceremony
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IYS 2015 & World Soil Day

IYSLogo World Soil Day

2015 in IYS IUSS Divisions and Commissions illustrated their main topics through articles written by officers or their colleagues.
Read all contributions for IYS 2015

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Upcoming Meetings

  • 06., 07., 08., 09., 10., 11., 12., 13. May 2016

    Spring school on mapping and assessment of soils

    Wageningen Campus, Netherlands

    ISRIC – World Soil Information will organise a Spring School on digital soil mapping, classifica­tion and assessment for soil and environmental scientists, students, soil experts and profes­sionals in natural resources management. The spring school will take place at the Wageningen Campus in the Netherlands and will consist of two five-day courses that are run in parallel.
    For more information and registration: http://springschool.isric.org

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  • 26., 27., 28. May 2016

    Workshop on Archaeological Soil Micromorphology

    Brno, Czech Republic

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