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.

Become a member

Join the leading UK Society for soil scientists, professionals and those with an interest in soils.


Check out the latest from the forefront of soil science with access to two academic journals included in your membership. 


Find our range of BSSS Merch in our online store including our exclusive ‘Soil Science’ tartan!

Welcome to the

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.

  • Education & Resources
    Access a number of educational resources.
  • Training & Events
    We deliver training courses and events for a range of audiences.
  • Jobs & Careers
    Find out about careers working with soil and see the latest jobs.
  • FAQs
    Find out about the importance of soil and read our FAQs.
  • Guidance & Science Notes
    Download for advice and recommendations.
The advancement of soil science

The World Congress of Soil Science 2022

We were delighted to host the World Congress of Soil Science from 31 July to 5 August 2022 at the SEC, Glasgow. Find out more about the event on our WCSS 22 legacy page.



To support the Society’s aim of highlighting the importance of soil in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, our four new videos have been released in conjunction with the World Congress of Soil Science 2022.

The awareness-raising videos provide an overview of the importance of soil, based on the evidence-base.


Latest News

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

BSSS Appoints New Executive Director

BSSS Appoints New Executive Director

The British Society of Soil Science is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Morris as our new Executive Director, from 5 February 2024. Andy joins us from the B2W Group and will be taking over from previous Executive Officer, Sarah Garry. He previously...

Obituary – Dr Ian Baillie

Obituary – Dr Ian Baillie

Dr Ian Baillie – 1941 – 2023 We are sorry to learn of the death this week of Dr Ian Baillie, who passed away following his gallant battle with ill health. Ian served as a key member of the soils archive team at Cranfield University as a Visiting Research Fellow,...