Soil Science Society of South Africa
(Grondkunde Vereniging van Suid-Afrika)
Welcome to the website of the Soil Science Society of South Africa (SSSSA)!
We are a group of dedicated soil scientists based in South Africa. The primary purpose of the Society is to foster and promote the study of the soil in all its facets.
Together with IAEA and FAO, the IUSS is organizing a celebration event in relation to the International Year of Soils. It will take place on December 7 in the Vienna International Centre (VIC).
Read the Provisional Programme
The IUSS is looking forward to welcome you at this unique event and discuss with you the recent achievements and future challenges of soil sciences. For an interdisciplinary and intercontinental exchange of views we would like to bring together as many representatives of national soil science societies, IUSS Divisions and Commissions as well as Working groups as possible. Please find attached the invitation letter and the programme of the event.
Due to security rules at the venue we need your registration with the address of your institution/organization by November 15 at the latest. Please let us know which of the following workshops you would like to attend and whether you wish to take part in the farewell reception (scheduled 17:10 -19:00).
- Workshop Division 1 - Soil in Space and Time
- Workshop Division 2 - Soil Properties and Processes
- Workshop Division 3 - Soil Use and Management
- Workshop Division 4 - The Role of Soils in Sustaining Society and the Environment
- Workshop International cooperation
Please send this registration information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please remember to bring your passports and letters of invitation with you on the day of the meeting; at Checkpoint 1 you will receive your pass for access to the VIC. If you have any questions about the event, please do not hesitate to contact the IUSS Secretariat.
The Sustainable Soil Management Symposium to be held at Stellenbosch University on 5-6 November 2015
Update: Due to sponsorships received from the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, the International Union of Soil Sciences, The Maize Trust, GrainSA and FERTASA, the registration fee has been reduced to R960.
Combined Congress 2016 Announcement and Invitation
The Combined Congress 2016 will take place from 18-21 January 2016 at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. The congress theme is “A nation embracing agriculture, ensures its future”. Abstract submission deadline is 18 October 2015.
Register and submit your abstract online at http://www.combinedcongress.org.za/mainpage.htm
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First announcement for the 7th Conference of the African Soil Science Society, to be held from 25 Oct to 1 Nov 2015 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Read more...
Invitation to the 9th International Symposium on PSILPH – October 18-23, 2015 – Dubrovnik – Croatia
You are invited to participate in the 9th International Symposium on Plant-Soil Interactions at Low pH as a delegate or participant with an oral communication, poster presentation or presentation from your society.
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Even more information... (website)
Registration form... (Download document)
View photo's from the 2015 Combined Congress in George
You are invited to the joint meeting of the Commission 2.5 of the International Union of Soil Science, Canadian Society of Soil Science and the Association québécoise des spécialistes en sciences du sol
DATE: Sunday, July 5, 2015 through Friday July 10, 2015
LOCATION: McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada
For more details about the conference, please visit the website
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SSSSA Beauty of African Soils Competition Winners 2015
International Year of Soils Celebration at the Combined Congress 2015
Thank you to everyone that participated in our SSSSA Beauty of African Soils Photography Competition. We received 53 photo entries in total. Photos that met the calendar resolution requirements were evaluated namelessly by a panel of 9 judges consisting of unattached SSSSA council members and a graphic designer. The top 12 photos will now appear in the special SSSSA 60th Anniversary 2015 Calendar and will be for sale for R50 at the Combined Congress 2015 in George. The calendars have been kindly sponsored by SASSO. All of the photos entered into the competition will be on display at the Combined Congress 2015.
Here is a snapshot of the top 12 photos that will appear in the calendar:
Congratulations to the top 3 entries that will also receive monetary prizes:
- First Prize (R1000) - Johan Tol - Eroded soils in the Ntabelanga Valley, Eastern Cape. (2nd row, 2nd photo)
- Second Place (R500) - Ailsa Hardie - A striking podzol in a pine plantation near to Elgin, Western Cape. (2nd row, 4th photo).
- Third Place (R250) - Freddie Ellis - Llamellae in sand near Redinghuys, Western Cape. (1st row, 4th photo)
If you have not yet placed an order for a calendar please do so online (ORDER FORM) before 6 December 2014. Calendars can only be paid for in cash and collected at the Combined Congress 2015 in George (Jan 19-22, 2015). If you cannot attend the congress, ask a friend to get you a copy.
The May 2014 newsletter is now available online. Read more...
View photo's from the 2014 Combined Congress in Grahamstown
The November 2013 newsletter is now available online. Read more...
New peer-reviewed SOIL SURVEY JOURNAL hosted by University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, calls for submission of manuscripts:
The Soil Survey Journal is addressing the interests of soil scientists working in the field of soil survey and mapping. It should also be of interest to a broader community of environmental scientists requiring specific soil information. This initiative was proposed by a group of South African soil scientists and supported by many leading soil scientists world-wide to broaden publication of and access to soil information. However, it’s only the authors that can make this work.
Soil Survey Journal is an on-line open access publication hosted by Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Publication is free of charge and the operation of the journal is supported by volunteer effort of editors and referees. Currently we expect to publish at least two issues per year. The sections will span from Field Notes (short communications), Views and Reviews (Theoretical , position and discussion papers) to articles (Concise experimental work) and Reports (non-peer-reviewed section targeting publication of existing soil survey reports at any level of detail).
To get acquainted with the journal policies, editorial team, submission requirements and procedures, please visit the journal homepage http://sosj.journals.ac.za/pub
Dr. Andrei Rozanov (Department of Soil Science, Stellenbosch University), editor: Soil Survey Journal
In order to generate income for the Society and to cut costs, any advertising on the web site will be welcomed. This could take the form of advertising vacant soil science posts, bursaries, etc as well as the advertising of products and/or services connected to soil science. Any companies who would like to sponsor part or all of the web page are also welcome.
Environmental Consulting Firm based in Johannesburg is looking for a Soils and Land Capability Specialist to start as soon as possible.
Minimum requirements: Degree in Earth Sciences, Geology or Soils Science.
Please send your CV to: email@example.com
New South African Soil Surveyors Organisation (SASSO) Field Book for classification of South African soils
The SASSO Field Book focuses on the application of soil data to classify soils, using soil morphological criteria useful for land suitability and predicting land function in the ecosystem. It avoids a focus on soil genesis, soil formation concepts and geochemistry, which emphasise past conditions, instead of on the soil itself. The text of the Field Book is intended to provide user-friendly guidelines for soil scientists and other interested land-users. It was not intended that the text should replace the technical standard of Soil Classification: A taxonomic system for South Africa, thus the focus of the Field Book is directed towards the field indicators used to classify soils.
The book will be available as hard copy (R100) and e-book (R50) on the 11th of March.
It can be bought from www.sasso.co.za or at the SASSO workshops advertised on the website.
THE SEDIMENTARY PETROLOGY of EOLIAN SANDS in WESTERN FREE STATE AND ADJACENT AREAS NORTH OF THE VAAL RIVER (SOUTH AFRICA)
by Prof. H.J. von M. Harmse and A.M. Hattingh (Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management, University of the North-West, Potchefstroom, South Africa). (Read summary)
Contact for booklet orders (R150): Anita du Preez Tel: 018 299 1573
Fax: 018 2991544.
Email Astrid Hattingh for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org
plant materials for environmental, ecological, geological and agricultural investigations.