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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.
IUSS Book - "Sustainable soil management as a key to preserve soil biodiversity and stop its degradation"
IUSS Bulletin 141 (December 2022)
New IUSS Secretariat in Rome, Italy
Since a few weeks the IUSS Secretariat is hosted by CREA (Council for Agricultural Research and Economics of Italy) in Rome, Italy. The team at CREA is currently led by Filiberto Altobelli. It is working on a new IUSS website, and the new secretariat can be contacted at
Call for IUSS Stimulus Fund
IUSS has established an annual Stimulus Fund to support suitable activities within the Commissions and Working Groups. Where appropriate, the Fund will also support other activities to assist the development of Soil Science generally but particularly in regions of the world where lack of resources limits opportunities.
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2023
Read more: https://www.iuss.org/about-the-iuss/iuss-stimulus-fund/
IUSS Book ‘Sustainable soil management as a key to preserve soil biodiversity and stop its degradation’ published
Within the framework of the International Decade of Soils (IDS) 2015-2024 and continuing with the objective of publishing and distributing material relevant to the interests of the IUSS and its members an IUSS Open Access Book Series was launched under a Creative Commons license. This is the first book of the Open Access IUSS Book Series celebrating the 98th anniversary of IUSS as it was published on May 19, 2022.
Soil Biodiversity was proposed as a current topic of great scientific, social, economic, and political importance for the present IUSS book. The book was written from an interdisciplinary perspective covering the current state of the art in this area. Perspectives of various points of view and interactions are reflected according to the different areas of knowledge of soil sciences offered by the authors. That is why the book contains both experimental data and conceptual information, didactic experiences, and reviews organized in four different sections.
Read more: IUSS Soil biodiversity book
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International Decade of Soils
“The magical world of soil biodiversity” A collection of 10 children´s stories from around the world. 2021. © FAO and IUSS. https://doi.org/10.4060/cb4185en
“Salty soils adventures” A collection of 10 children´s stories from around the world. 2022. © FAO and IUSS.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
The outbreak of the Corona virus is clearly a rapidly evolving situation. The organisers of the meetings listed below will be constantly reviewing the situation in the light of global and country-specific advice to inform decisions to minimise the additional risks to attendees, their communities and those living in the meeting’s host country.
The IUSS will also continue to monitor the situation, and advise that prior to attending meetings our members review up to date information from their country’s government, the WHO and from the host country to ensure that everyone’s health and wellbeing remains a priority.