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1st November 2017

Sub: The Solutions Under Foot

Fellow Soil Scientists,

A critical appraisal of the state-of-the-soil sciences at the universities around the world indicates that enrollments in classes are down, accredited graduate degrees are rare, number of faculty members are 5 to 10 compared with 20 to 25 a few decades ago, no advocacy groups are knocking at the doors of administration for replacement of the retiring professors, and there are no specific budget lines for funding research under the auspices of national science foundations. Alas, these trends are in strong contrast to the global estimates of 16 deaths per minute attributed to hunger and malnutrition, increasing risks of warming climate and depleting
aquifers, soil erosion by water of 36 Gt annually, and the exacerbating eutrophication and non-point source pollution of water bodies. Yet, science and profession of soil have a bright future. Soil and its sustainable management are on global political agenda (COP21, Paris; COP22, Marrakech; COP23, Bonn). We must seize the moment, avail the opportunities, bring about the paradigm shift, and prepare the future generations of soil scientists to manage soil for addressing the societal needs.

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IUSS Alert 148 (October 2017)

IUSS at EGU 2018
Abstract submission has started for the EGU General Assembly 2018 (EGU2018) that will take place 08–13 Apr 2018 in Vienna, Austria. You are kindly invited to find a session for your abstract at:
In particular, the Secretariat would like to draw your attention to the fact that IUSS is involved in the organisation of the session SSS1.3/EOS5 Soil science education, outreach and public engagement (co-organized). This session welcomes all perspectives on teaching soil science from school level to continuing professional development in non-academic settings. Contributions are welcomed that move away from concepts and methods for teaching soil science within traditional disciplines (chemistry, biology, physics) to those that use soil systems approaches. [...]
IUSS kindly invites you to submit abstracts until 10 January 2018, 13:00 CET.

If you would like to apply for a Roland Schlich travel support, please submit no later than 01 December 2017. Details can be found at:

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Compartimos la invitación de la Sociedad Latinoamericana de la Ciencia del Suelo a participar del 21 WCSS


Debajo encontrarán el SEGUNDO AVISO para la realización del XXI WCSS, mismo que fue enviado a los Presidentes Nacionales para su difusión, y esperando contar con su muy valiosa participación.

Solicitamos a ustedes tomar en cuenta que la fecha límite de recepción de trabajos es el 30 de Noviembre de 2017 20 de Enero de 2018 (NEW!), por lo que urge nos auxilien haciendo esto del conocimiento de todos los asociados y colaborar todos cerrando filas con la Sociedad Brasileña para el éxito de este XXI WCSS.

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Global Soil Partnership Newsletter

Since 2012, the soil community has celebrated World Soil Day (WSD) on the 5th of December to raise awareness on the importance of soils for ZeroHunger, essential eco-system services – including climate change adaptation and mitigation – and sustainable development. Each year, there are events in over 150 countries across the world, making WSD a huge day on the UN calendar. On 5th December 2017, we are launching the first-ever Global Soil Organic Carbon map (GSOCmap). GSOCmap supports the development and empowerment of countries to build their national soil information systems, and so identify land that can be rehabilitated to increase food production and climate change mitigation through increased storage of soil organic carbon.

The theme of the World Soil Day campaign this year is "Caring for the planet starts from the ground". The GSP Secretariat, along with the GSP Partners, are committed to creating change and providing the soil community with tools and activities for an unforgettable celebration. So, join the movement, and help us create a buzz around #WorldSoilDay. Create tangible impact by inspiring action from governments, cities or local authorities, media, the private sector, local communities, teachers, students, colleagues and many others.

The success of the World Soil Day depends on you! Please tell your friends and colleagues and help disseminate the new World Soil Day webpage:

Eduardo Mansur,
Director Land and Water Division, FAO | GSP Secretariat

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IUSS Alert 147 (September 2017)

News from the IUSS Website
The latest IUSS Fact sheets Soil degradation and desertification, written by IUSS Past President, Prof. Rainer Horn, and on Soil and Health by Ganga M. Hettiarachchi, Chair of IUSS Commission 4.2 Soils, Food Security, and Human Health, were uploaded to the IUSS Website.
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The most recent Viewpoint on “The ecological costs of soil management practices” by Rattan Lal, President of the International Union of Soil Sciences is now available on the IUSS website.
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First call for contributions for the IUSS Bulletin 131
The IUSS Secretariat (Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.) will soon start compiling IUSS Bulletin 131 (to be published in December) and therefore invites all IUSS members to submit their contributions at their earliest convenience, but no later than 15 November 2017. In particular, the Secretariat would welcome conference/meeting reports and reports on activities dedicated to the International Decade of Soils (2015-2024), answers to the “Five Questions to a Soil Scientist”, your three favourite soil science books and any other information you would like to share with the international soil science community. Please make sure to send high-resolution photos only.

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IUSS Alert 146 (August 2017)

Website for IUSS World Congress 2018 now online
The website for the 21st World Congress of Soil Science has gone online. The congress, which is arguably the most acclaimed meeting in the area of soil science, will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 12-17, 2018. Registration and call for abstracts is open.
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Anthropcentrism and Soil Health
The newest Viewpoint on “The Anthropcentrism and Soil Health” by Rattan Lal, President of the International Union of Soil Sciences is now available on the IUSS website.
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Compartimos la invitación de la Sociedad Latinoamericana de la Ciencia del Suelo a participar del 21 WCSS


Les informamos que la nueva página web del XXI Congreso Mundial de la Ciencia del Suelo: WCSS, está ya activa en la dirección, e igualmente puede accederse a ello desde la web:

Se encuentra ya abierto el periodo de registro de ponentes así como el de envío de trabajos al congreso y las cuotas son mucho más accesibles que las que se acostumbra a cobrar en los WCSS. Toda la información necesaria para iniciar el proceso se encuentra ya en la Web del congreso.

Les solicitamos hacer del conocimiento público de sus asociados dicha información y promover activamente este evento mundial que por segunda vez se lleva a cabo en Latinoamérica a fin de lograr una gran participación con excelente calidad de nuestra comunidad edafológica.

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IUSS Alert (July 2017)

Lars J. Munkholm

It is summertime in the Northern Hemisphere – this means for many of us that it is time to recharge the batteries after a busy semester and/or field work season. Holidays play a key role in this respect – but it is also high season to get recharged professionally via meetings, workshops and conferences. The recently held ISTRO branch conference in Croatia is prime example of this where about 100 participants from 25 countries met and discussed "Sustainability challenges in agroecosystems" (see report below). Upcoming meetings in Nigeria and Iran are other examples.

Next year, the 21st ISTRO Conference in Paris, September 24-27, 2018 will be a key opportunity for you to get updated on Soil and Tillage Research. This ISTROINFO includes updates on the conference (see below). Our young members should pay special attention to the opportunity of getting an ISTRO scholarship to attend the conference, as detailed below. ISTRO will again support four scholarships for the ISTRO conference; the Cees van Ouwerkerk scholarship is open to young researchers from any country and the three other scholarships are open to young researchers from all countries except those classified as being "high-income."

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