Update: 17.12.2017

It can take more than 1000 years to form a centimeter of topsoil.

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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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Current IUSS Division and Commission Officers
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IUSS Presidents and executive Committees

IUSS Presidents Committee

President (2017-2018): Rattan Lal / USA
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President Elect (2017-2018): Takashi Kosaki / Japan
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Past President (2017-2018): Rainer Horn / Germany
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Vice President Congress (2014-2018): Flavio Camargo / Brazil
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Treasurer: Andreas Baumgarten / Austria
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IUSS Executive Committee

President (2017-2018): Rattan Lal / USA
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President Elect (2017-2018): Takashi Kosaki / Japan
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Past President (2017-2018): Rainer Horn / Germany
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Vice President Congress: Flavio Camargo / Brazil
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Secretary: Sigbert Huber / Austria
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Treasurer: Andreas Baumgarten / Austria
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Committee on awards and prizes: Mary Beth Kirkham / USA
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Committee on budget and finances: Stephen Nortcliff / UK
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Committee on statutes and structure: Don Sparks / USA
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Committee on Presidential elections: Roger Swift / Australia
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Chair of Division 1: Erika Michéli / Hungary
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Chair of Division 2: Kazuyuki Inubushi / Japan
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Chair of Division 3: Bal Ram Singh / Norway
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Chair of Division 4: Christian Feller / France
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IUSS Standing Committees

Committee of presidential elections

Chair:
Roger Swift (Australia)

Members:
Johan Bouma (Netherlands)
Jae Yang (Korea)
Donald Sparks (USA)
Sigbert Huber (Austria, ex-officio. non-voting)
Gonçalo Signorelli de Farias (Brazil)
Rattan Lal (USA)

Committee on awards and prizes

Chair:
M.B. Kirkham (USA)

Members:
Winfried Blum (Austria)
Gonçalo Signorelli de Farias (Brazil)
Sergei Goryachkin (Russia)
Di Hong Ji (New Zealand)
Jae Yang (South Korea / Past President of IUSS)
Fusuo Zhang (China)
Sigbert Huber (Austria, ex-officio. non-voting)
Rattan Lal (USA)

Committee on budget and finances

Chair:
Stephen Nortcliff (UK)

Members:
J. Gauld (Scotland)
D. Chung (Korea)
T. Higashi (Japan)
F. Camargo (Brazil)
Gan-Lin Zhang (China)
Rattan Lal (USA)
Takashi Kosaki (Japan)

Committee on statutes and structure

Chair:
Don Sparks (USA)

Members:
John Kimble (USA)
Lyn Abbott (Aus)
Jean Chapelle (Belgium)
Stephen Nortcliff (UK)
Cornie Van Huyssteen (South Africa)
Rattan Lal (USA)


Current IUSS Division and Commission Officers (period 2014-2018)

For descriptions of divisions and commissions see:
IUSS Organisation – Divisions
IUSS Organisation – Commissions

Division 1

Chair: Erika Michéli / Hungary
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1st Vice Chairperson: LÚCIA HELENA dos ANJOS / Brazil
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2nd Vice Chairperson: Ademir Fontana / Brazil
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Commission 1: Soil Morphology and Micromorphology
Chair: Rosa Poch / Spain
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Vice Chair: Richard J. Heck / Canada
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Commission 2: Soil Geography
Chair:Thomas Scholten / Germany
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Vice Chair: Angel Faz Cano / Spain
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Commission 3: Soil Genesis
Chair: Teruo Higashi / Japan
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Vice Chair: Nikolay Khitrov / Russia
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Commission 4: Soil Classification
Chair: John Galbraith / USA
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Vice Chair: Augusto Zanella / Italy
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Commission 5: Pedometrics
Chair: Budiman Minasny / Australia
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Vice Chair: Lin Yang / China
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Commission 6: Palaeopedology
Chair: Daniela Sauer / Germany
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Vice Chair: Sergey Sedov / Mexico
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Division 2

Chair: Kazuyuki Inubushi / Japan
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1st Vice Chairperson: Dalvan Jose Reinert / Brazil
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2nd Vice Chairperson: Valdomiro Severino de Souza Junior / Brazil
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Commission 1: Soil Physics
Chair: Stephan Peth / Germany
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Vice Chair: Tsuyoshi Miyazaki / Japan
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Commission 2: Soil Chemistry
Chair: Boris Jansen / Netherlands
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Vice Chair: Karen Vancampenhout / Belgium
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Commission 3: Soil Biology
Chair: Ellen Kandeler / Germany
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Vice Chair: Susumu Asakawa / Japan
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Commission 4: Soil Mineralogy
Chair: Balwant Singh / Australia
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Vice Chair: Stephen Hillier / Scotland
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Commission 5: Soil Interfacial Relations
Chair: Siobhan Staunton / France
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Vice Chair: Qiaoyun Huang / China
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Division 3

Chair: Bal Ram Singh / Norway
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1st Vice Chairperson: Ildegardis Bertol / Brazil
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2nd Vice Chairperson: Heitor Cantarella / Brazil
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Commission 1: Soil Evaluation and Land Use Planning
Chair: Ivan Vasenev / Russia
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Commission 2: Soil and Water Conservation
Chair: Bernd Lennartz / Germany
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Vice Chair: Li Zhanbin / China
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Commission 3: Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
Chair: Scott Chang / Canada
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Vice Chair: Toru Fujiwara / Japan
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Commission 4: Soil Engineering and Technology
Chair: Bin Zhang / China
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Vice Chair: Ţărău Dorin / Romania
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Commission 5: Soil Degradation, Control, Remediation and Reclamation
Chair: Jaume Bech / Spain
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Vice Chair: Xudong Zhang / China
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Commission 6: Salt Affected Soils
Chair: Donald Suarez / USA
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Vice Chair: Jingsong Yang / China
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Division 4

Chair: Christian Feller / France
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1st Vice Chairperson: CRISTINE CAROLE MUGGLER / Brazil
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2nd Vice Chairperson: Cassio Hamilton Abreu Junior / Brazil
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Commission 1: Soils and the Environment
Chair: Masamichi Takahashi / Japan
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Vice Chair: Ian Hollingsworth / Australia
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Commission 2: Soils, Food Security, and Human Health
Chair: Ganga Hettiarachchi / USA
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Vice Chair: Adelheid (Heide) Spiegel / Austria
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Commission 3: Soils and Land Use Change
Chair: Ryusuke Hatano / Japan
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Vice Chair: Jay Jabro / USA
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Commission 4: Soil Education and Public Awareness
Chair: Damien Joseph Field / Australia
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Vice Chair: Cristine Carole Muggler / Brazil
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Commission 5: History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science
Chair: Thomas J. Sauer / USA
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Vice Chair: Richard Doyle / Australia
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Working Groups officers

For Working Group leader see IUSS Organisation – Working Groups