Become a member today

As the leading society for soil scientists and professionals in the UK, BSSS promotes the success of all its individual members, provides support for continued professional development, publishes peer reviewed journals of the highest quality and offers the expansion of soils knowledge through training and knowledge exchange.

BSSS encourages anyone with an interest in soil, whether this interest lies in the soil itself or its wider use within the environment, to join the society. There is a small membership fee, with discounts for students and those from low income countries. Find out more about the benefits of being a member and category options below.

Membership Benefits

reasons to join

  • Demonstrate your experience and commitment to soil science through Society membership
  • Discount registration fees for BSSS conferences and events, including Working with Soil which introduces our professional competencies
  • The opportunity to apply for member-only grants
  • Access to our soil science community
  • Gain accreditation as a Chartered Scientist (CSci) in partnership with the Science Council.
Membership Benefits


  • Free access to our two Scientific Journals; European Journal of Soil Science and Soil Use and Management
  • Soil Matters; our members’ magazine published every June and December
  • Bi-monthly email newsletters.

Membership rates

We offer the following categories for new member applications. The criteria and membership fees are set out below.

If you are interested in joining and reside in a country defined as ‘low income’ by the World Bank, please contact us to discuss your application.

Membership Type

Corporate Membership

Becoming a Corporate Member of BSSS demonstrates to your staff and customers that you care about soil and are building a collaborative partnership to help safeguard our soil for the future.

Join us and help make a positive difference in the sustainable management and long-term security of soils that is critical to solving the environmental and societal challenges we face today.


Other Types of Memberships

The following membership categories are available for current members only:

  • Fellow (F.I. Soil Sci.); the Professional Practice Committee may recommend the award of Fellow status to members who have achieved an important level of responsibility and professional experience and have become recognised nationally/ internationally within the profession.
  • Retired (no fee); offered to individuals who have been a long serving Member of the Society and are no longer working, but who still have an interest in keeping in contact with our activities.
  • Honorary (no fee); a discretionary award made by the Society to persons who have been a Full Member of the Society for at least 10 preceding consecutive years and/or who have made an exceptional contribution to the objectives of the Society.

Sound good? Become a member today!