Jan 11, 2022 | News

The IUSS is organising the first expert panel of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA). The panel is titled “Global perspectives on sustainable soil management towards food security” and will be held on Monday 24 January 2022, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m (CET), with a subsequent deep dive from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Panel guests will be:

  • Lillian Øygarden, Researcher, NIBIO, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research
  • Bruce Lascelles, UK Director Sustainable Land Use, Arcadis and President of the British Society of Soil Science.
  • Christina Siebe, Senior Researcher, Department of Environmental Studies and Soil Science, Institute of Geology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
  • Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor, Director of Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, USA

Facilitator: Dr. Edoardo A.C. Costantini, Senior Researcher, CNR- Institute of Bioeconomy, Florence, Italy and President Elect of the International Union of Soil Sciences

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is an international conference in a virtual format on central issues of vital importance for global agricultural and food policies. The GFFA is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture of Germany. The five-day forum features a large number of events that provide an international audience of experts from the worlds of politics, industry, science, and civil society with an opportunity to address and reach consensus on issues and challenges relating to global agricultural policy and food security. In the past, high-level keynote speakers such as António Guterres, Josefa Sacko, Angela Merkel, Ban Ki-moon, and Prince Charles joined the GFFA line-up. The 2022 GFFA will address the issue “Sustainable Land Use: Food Security Starts with the Soil”. Read more:


The IUSS Guy Smith Medal Award Committee is pleased to invite nominee proposals for the forthcoming Guy Smith Medal award. The next award will be handed over during the 22nd World Congress of Soil Science which takes place from 31 July to 5 August 2022.

The nominee should have the following qualifications:

  • She/he must have made a significant scientific contribution that has advanced the field of soil classification, and
  • Be a published author in the field of soil classification; and
  • Be an active member, Honorary member, or formerly active member of a national or international soil science professional society, and
  • The medal is not invested posthumously, and
  • Present officers of IUSS Commission IUSS cannot be nominated.

The proposal for nomination should comprise a short text, including the main steps of the scientific career of the nominee, her/his most relevant scientific publications and major contribution to the development of soil classification.

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The Richard Webster Medal is an award by the Pedometrics Commission of the International Union of Soil Sciences. The award is for the best body of work that has advanced the discipline of pedometrics: the application of mathematical and statistical methods to problems in the understanding of soils in space and time, and the provision of information for their better management.

The Richard Webster Medal will be awarded at the 2022 World Congress of Soil Science. The award is judged by the Pedometrics Commission Awards Committee on the basis of nominations received.

Nominations should be sent to the Committee Chair, Professor Murray Lark at Anyone considering sending a nomination should examine the guidelines for the award carefully at and make sure that their proposed candidate is eligible, and is willing to be nominated.  Note that the requirements for the written evidence will be strictly adhered to, and any nomination which consists only of a curriculum vitae for the candidate, with no covering statement as requested, will be discarded. Nominations must be received by the Committee Chair no later than midday BST on 31 May 2022.


The latest update is available in full via the IUSS website.

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