World Congress of Soil Science

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World Congress of Soil Science held in Philadelphia, U.S. in 2006

The World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) is a conference held every four years (although interrupted by World War II) under the guidance of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS). The purpose of a congress is to: (i) ensure the advancement of soil science and its application, and (ii) to handle the business of the society. Of the 18 congresses, eight have been held in Europe, five in the Americas, three in Asia, one in Australia and one in Africa. The congresses are only open to society members. The number of members attending has steadily increased, with approximately 2000 members attending each congress since the 15th WCSS in Acapulco, Mexico.[1]

The 19th WCSS was held in the week of 1 to 6 August 2010[2] in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The congress theme was ”Soil solutions for a changing world”.[2] The conference was organised by the IUSS President (Roger Swift) and Vice-President (Neal Menzies).[3] The 19th WCSS was the second congress held in Australia (the 9th WCSS was held in Adelaide, Australia, in 1968), and was held in conjunction with the Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated. The 20 th WCSS was held from 8 to 13 June 2014 on Jeju-do Island, South Korea The next WCSS will be held in Rio de Janeiro in August 2018.

Past and future locations for the WCSS:[1][4]

WCSS Year Location
21st 2018 Brazil
20th 2014 Jeju-do Island, South Korea
19th 2010 Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
18th 2006 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
17th 2002 Bangkok, Thailand
16th 1998 Montpellier, France
15th 1994 Acapulco, Mexico
14th 1990 Kyoto, Japan
13th 1986 Hamburg, Germany
12th 1982 New Delhi, India
11th 1978 Alberta, Canada
10th 1974 Moscow, Russia
9th 1968 Adelaide, Australia
8th 1964 Bucharest, Romania
7th 1960 Madison, U.S.
6th 1956 Paris, France
5th 1954 Leopoldville, Democratic Republic of the Congo
4th 1950 Amsterdam, Netherlands
3rd 1935 Oxford, England
2nd 1930 Leningrad, Russia
1st 1927 Washington DC, U.S.


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