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International Union of Soil Sciences

International Union of Soil Sciences


The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) was founded as the International Society of Soil Science (ISSS) on 19th May 1924. The IUSS has been a scientific union member of ICSU (International Council for Science) since 1993.

The scientific activities of IUSS are undertaken through 4 Divisions and each Division has 4 to 6 Commissions. The Divisions and Commissions are headed by a chairperson and two vice chairs. The IUSS have also working groups. Detailed information on the tasks of each division, commission or working group as well as contact details of the experts is available at the Organisation section here.

Why join the IUSS?

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is the global union of soil scientists. The objectives of the IUSS are to foster all branches of the soil sciences and their applications, and to give support to soil scientists in the pursuit of their activities. In addition, the IUSS aims to put soils and soil science on the global agenda!

International Year of Soils

On 24 April 2013 at the 146th FAO Council, FAO member countries endorsed the request from the Kingdom of Thailand in the framework of the GSP for the proclamation of theInternational Year of Soils 2015 (IYS). The IYS serves as a platform for raising awareness on the importance of sustainable soil management as the basis for food systems, fuel and fibre production, essential ecosystem functions and better adaptation to climate change for present and future generations.

The reality of soil resources around the world

This animated film, published in 2014 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), tells the reality of soil resources around the world, covering the issues of degradation, urbanization, land grabbing and overexploitation; the film offers options to make the way we manage our soils more sustainable. © FAO.

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The IUSS website

IUSS on Facebook

FAO channel on Youtube