Update: 01.10.2015

In a handful of fertile soil, there are more individual organisms than the total number of human beings that have ever existed.

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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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IYS Soil message

In order to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of soil for food security and essential ecosystem functions, we must keep on sending to the public the following messages at the same time: “Soils sustain life” and “Soil resources are finite and thus should be treated as such”. Approach to the young generations would be especially important to continue and strengthen our activities in the future.

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

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Upcoming Meetings

  • 05., 06., 07., 08., 09., 10. October 2015

    IYS Activity – International University Meeting of Soil Sciences

    Cultural Academic Centre of the UNAM, Juriquilla, Querétaro, México

    Soil functions in nature and their conservation in ecosystems

    Event website: http://soil15.geociencias.unam.mx/


  • 16., 17., 18. October 2015

    International Youth Forum on Soil and Water Conservation (IYFSWC)

    Nanchang, China

    Event website: http://iyfswc.nit.edu.cn