- World Congress of Soil Science
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 scienceand 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[ [http://www.iuss.org/history.pdf PII: S0016-7061(99)00097-X ] ] . The most recent (18th) WCSS was held on July 9-15, 2006 at the Pennsylvania Convention Centerin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. [ [http://iuss.colostate.edu/18wcss/index.html 18th World Congress of Soil Science 2006 - 3rd Announcement ] ] [ [http://crops.confex.com/crops/wc2006/techprogram/index.html The 18th World Congress of Soil Science (July 9-15, 2006) ] ] .
The 19th WCSS will be held in the week of 1st to 6th August 2010 [ [http://www.iuss.org/bull110files/19thwcss.htm International Union of Soil Sciences ] ] , and will be held in
Brisbane, Queensland, Australiaat the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The congress theme will be ”"Soil solutions for a changing world"” [ [http://www.iuss.org/bull110files/19thwcss.htm International Union of Soil Sciences ] ] . The conference is being organised by the IUSS President ( Roger Swift) and Vice-President ( Neal Menzies) [ [http://www.iuss.org/bull104files/presidentelect.htm IUSS Bulletin 104 (June 2004) ] ] . The 19th WCSS will be the second congress held in Australia (the 9th WCSS was held in Adelaide, Australia, in 1968), and will be held in conjunction with the Australian Society of Soil Science Incorporated.
Past and future locations for the WCSS [ [http://www.iuss.org/history.pdf PII: S0016-7061(99)00097-X ] ] [ [http://www.iuss.org/pages/congress.htm IUSS Congresses ] ] :
* [http://www.iuss.org IUSS Official Website]
* [http://www.ccm.com.au/soil/ 19th WCSS (2010) Official Website]
* [http://www.asssi.asn.au/asssi/flash/ ASSSI Official Website]
* [http://www.bcec.com.au/www/index.cfm Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre Website]
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