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About the U.S. National Committee for Soil Sciences

The U.S. National Committee for Soil Sciences (USNC/SS) represents the interests of the U.S. soil science community in the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). The USNC/SS advances soil science research in the United States and abroad and formally represents the United States in IUSS through the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the U.S. adhering body to IUSS.

The USNC/SS plans and arranges for U.S. participation in IUSS congresses and programs. The IUSS congresses are held every four years and provide an important forum for the soil sciences’ research community to collaborate and exchange ideas.

The USNC/SS also:
  • Reaches out to the U.S. scientific community by providing information about union and committee activities;
  • Sponsors symposia at scientific association meetings on topics of international interest in the soil sciences;
  • Advocates participation in international interdisciplinary projects.

About the International Union of Soil Sciences

The International Union of Soil Sciences was founded as the International Society of Soil Science (ISSS) on 19th May 1924. The IUSS is a scientific union member of the International Council for Science (ICSU) since 1993. The scientific activities of IUSS are undertaken through four divisions and each division has four to six commissions. The divisions and commissions are headed by a chairperson and two vice chairs.

An historical overview of the ISSS-IUSS can be found in the PDF report “75 years The International Society of Soil Science”

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number ICER-1312037. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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