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

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

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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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  • Training & Events
    We deliver training courses and events for a range of audiences.
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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.

HIGHLIGHTING THE IMPORTANCE OF SOIL

SOIL’S ROLE IN ACHIEVING THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 

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.

Blog

Latest News

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

The 2024 BSSS Annual Conference To Take Place In Cardiff

The 2024 BSSS Annual Conference To Take Place In Cardiff

The British Society of Soil Science 2024 Annual Conference will take place from Wednesday 4 – Friday 6 December in Cardiff. The overall conference theme is Sustainable Soils for People and Planet. The packed multi-disciplinary event spanning the built, natural...

Welcome to the Society, Rothamsted Research!

Welcome to the Society, Rothamsted Research!

We are delighted to announce that Rothamsted Research have joined the Society as a Corporate Member! Rothamsted Research is the longest-running agricultural research institute in the world with a proud history of ground-breaking discoveries. Their founders, in 1843,...

BSSS Hosting Panel Session at IUSS Centennial

BSSS Hosting Panel Session at IUSS Centennial

The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is celebrating its centennial on 19-21 May in Florence, Italy, and the British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) are pleased to be attending and hosting a session at the event. The event will empower the links with...