Update: 20.11.2017

In a handful of fertile soil, there are more individual organisms than the total number of human beings that have ever existed.

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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.

Finnish Society of Soil Sciences for the Internation year of Soils 2015

Who

Finnish Society of Soil Sciences

What

Public one-hour seminar and panel discussion at Think Corner, in Helsinki. Think Corner is a meeting place for research, the public and society located in the heart of Helsinki. Programme is built around the key messages of the IYS and aims to increase the public awareness of soils as well as topical soil research conducted at the University of Helsinki. Later on same day, a Declaration of the International Year of Soils will be handed over to the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment of Finland.

The declaration has been formulated together with representatives from The University of Helsinki, The Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finnish Environment Institute, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and Ministry of the Environment.

When & Where

Friday 4. 12. University of Helsinki, Think Corner Aleksi, Helsinki, Finland

https://www.helsinki.fi/en/university/attractions/think-corner (in Finnish only)

Soil Message

Healthy soil is the foundation of life

Declaration for IYS

Attached you can find English version of the Declaration of the International Year of Soils that was handed over to the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment of Finland during the celebration of World Soil day (4.12.2015). The declaration was formulated together with representatives from Finnish Society of Soil Sciences, The University of Helsinki, The Natural Resources Institute Finland, Finnish Environment Institute, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and Ministry of the Environment.

Video of the public seminar and panel discussion at Think Corner, in Helsinki on the 4.12.2015 (description below) can be found here (in Finnish):

https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/unitube/video/604dea45-94d9-4f20-b839-d5b690400d8a


Calendar with winning photos

Calendar

In addition, as a result of photo competition of the International year of soils, Finnish Society of Soil Sciences published a wall calendar including the wining photos. The calendar was awarded to the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment of Finland during the celebration of World Soil day and is available for everyone to purchase.