As the leading society for soil scientists and professionals in the UK, BSSS supports the success of all its individual members.

Since 1947, we have provided support for continued professional development, peer reviewed journals of the highest quality and the expansion of soils knowledge through training and knowledge exchange.

For this reason, students, soil professionals and scientists choose to join BSSS.

A range of membership categories are available:

Early Career Membership (previously 'Student Membership') - Open to all registered students of soil science and its allied disciplines* plus graduates with a recognised honours degree in soil science or related scientific subjects* but with less than 5 years professional experience.

Early Career members will be working towards Full membership by gaining knowledge and experience in relevant disciplines through on-going professional training and development or studying for a Post Graduate degree. You will need to supply BSSS with your first qualification graduation date to enter this category for the maximum five year period.   

*e.g. environmental science, pedology, pedometrics, microbiology, physics, chemistry, biology etc.

Technical Membership - Open to skilled and experienced administrative staff engaged in soil science research, government, NGO and commercial activities, but who are currently not eligible for Full membership. This level is also open to recent Graduates who may not yet have the experience required for Full Membership. 

Associate Membership – Open to anyone with an interest in soil science or who does not meet the other membership categories yet. Please note this level of membership does not qualify to receive the Journals or discounted rates to attend Working with Soil training courses.*

Full Membership (M.I. Soil Sci.) – Open to scientists and other professionals with a minimum of 5 years track-record in soil science research or application

Fellow (F I Soil Sci.) - BSSS Council recommends the award of Fellow to members who have achieved an important level of responsibility and professional experience with National/International recognition within the profession. 

BSSS also provides an opportunity to gain accreditation as a Chartered Scientist (C Sci.) in partnership with the Science Council.

Membership brings you:

Regional Groups -  Discounted or complimentary attendance to technical meetings and visits arranged by local regional groups in England, Scotland and Wales as well as national/international specialist interest groups. 

Conferences -  Considerable discounts to BSSS conferences and events on soils, including our excellent Working With Soil series of training courses.*

Publications -  Regular electronic copies of our two journals: The European Journal of Soil Science and Soil Use and Management.*

The Auger - Member's Magazine packed full of information, your views and Soil news. Why not submit an article?

Monthly newsletter - With details of latest meetings and items of interest.

Grants — A variety of BSSS grants and Awards are available each year so why not take a look.

Complimentary Membership of the International Union of Soil Sciences

20% Discount off Wiley publications

Substantial discounts on meeting and events organised by our Affiliate Partners such as the Royal Society of Biology.

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