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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.

The IUSS STRATEGIC PLAN 2021-2030 approved at the WCSS 2022 is available

IUSS Bulletins

IUSS Bulletin 140 (June 2022)

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IUSS Bulletin 140
IUSS Bulletin 140


Outcome of 2022 IUSS Presidential Election

Victor Okechukwu Chude from Nigeria, former President of the Soil Society of Nigeria, received 47 votes in his favour, no votes against and no abstaining votes. All votes cast equal 61% of the Council members.

He will take up the position of President-Elect on 1st January, 2023. He will be the first African IUSS President (2025/26) in the history of IUSS and will celebrate with us the next WCSS in China in 2026.

Let us congratulate him on this success!

If you want to know more about Prof. Chude, please click here: https://www.iuss.org/about-the-iuss/iuss-presidential-election/.

Victor Okechukwu Chude


IUSS President at WSD celebration

5 December 2022 is World Soil Day (WSD), the United Nations date that celebrates healthy soils for a healthy life. The FAO Director-General will be joined by high-level speakers and thousands of soil enthusiasts. Ms Laura Bertha Reyes Sanchez, President of the International Union of Soil Sciences will bestow the IUSS Distinguished Service Medal 2022 upon the Global Soil Partnership and announce the winners of the Contest for Children on Soils. Artistic performances and keynotes will enliven the ceremony. Finally, the winners of the Glinka World Soil Prize and FAO’s King Bhumibol WSD Award will be unveiled and two flagship publications (Global Status of Black Soils and the Soil Atlas of Asia) will be launched.  

Register here: https://fao.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dJiIM2WASnu4xEDlR5y2mQ
Read more: https://www.fao.org/fileadmin/user_upload/GSP/WSD22/Agenda_WSD2022.pdf

Recommended Publication

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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IUSS is a member of ISC
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International Decade of Soils

IUSS – FAO – GSP children’s book co published 2021 and 2022

“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.

International Decade of Soils
International Decade of Soils
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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.

World Soil Day celebration - Soils: Where food beings
Monday, 5. December 2022 to Monday, 5. December 2022
Webinar Managing Mercury contaminated soils and sites
Wednesday, 14. December 2022 to Wednesday, 14. December 2022
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