The advancement of soil science

Investing in a future for everyone

The British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) is an established international membership organisation committed to the study of soil in its widest aspects. The society brings together those working within academia, practitioners implementing soil science in industry and all those working with, or with an interest in soils.

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British Society of Soil Science

Research on soils and enhanced understanding and engagement with soils is essential for agricultural, landscaping, construction, remediation, conservation and archaeological projects, as well as policy direction on critical topics such as climate change.

We promote research and education, both academically and in practice, and build collaborative partnerships to help safeguard our soil for the future.

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The advancement of soil science

The World Congress of Soil Science 2022

We are delighted to host the World Congress of Soil Science from 31 July to 5 August 2022 at the SEC, Glasgow.


Soils are our past, present and future

The biggest global challenges to do with our climate and the state our planet, have soil at the heart.”

Find out how you can make a difference and be part of our campaign #Grounded.


Latest News

Our latest news, position statements and consultation responses are set out below.

Honorary Membership Nominations

Honorary Membership Nominations

We are now welcoming nominations for Honorary Membership of the Society. Honorary Membership is a discretionary award to those who have been a Full Member of the Society for at least 10 preceding consecutive years and who have made an exceptional contribution towards...

New Guidance Note: Soil in Construction

New Guidance Note: Soil in Construction

The Society has issued a new Guidance Note to support ALC, construction and planning professionals. Benefitting from Soil Management and Development in Construction which is written for development planning and control professionals, site owners and developers to help...

Annual Report 2020

Annual Report 2020

Our 2020 Annual Report is now available, setting out our significant achievements made over the past year. Despite Covid-19, we achieved major impact with our Zoom into Soil webinars allowing us to promote soil’s importance to a new audience and our #Grounded video...