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In September 2004, during the EUROSOIL Conference 2004 in Freiburg, Germany, a European Confederation of Soil Science Societies (ECSSS) was founded by 21 Presidents of European Soil Science Societies, by unanimous vote. The foundation of this Confederation has been prepared during the past two years by Prof. Winfried E.H. Blum, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, Institute of Soil Research, at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), who had been Secretary-General of the International Union of Soil Sciences for 12 years, from 1990-2002.
The foundation of the ECSSS was very timely, due to new initiatives for soil protection in Europe by the European Commission, since 2002, (European Soil Thematic Strategy). – Moreover, scientific research and scientific co-operation across Europe are increasingly determined by the European Union. This means that the soil science societies of Europe now have a new platform for co-operating with important Directorates-General of the European Commission in Brussels.
The new Confederation is a
regional member of the International Union of Soil Sciences, with the goal
to foster all branches of soil science and their application, as well as to
support soil scientists in their professional activities. Moreover, the
Confederation will facilitate information for politics and decision making
and for the broad public, especially in view of a future sustainable use of
natural resources, in particular soil and land. – Specific activities of the
Confederation will be the organisation of meetings, conferences and
congresses and the publication of scientific and other material, as well as
the co-operation with other scientific organisations.
The office of the European Confederation of Soil Science Societies is at the Institute of Soil Research of the Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), in Vienna, Austria (address see below).
The foundation of this organisation has caused widespread repercussion in Europe, including the European Commission. The Soil Science Society of America has already proposed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the intensification of future co-operation between the SSSA and the ECSSS. Moreover, different European organisations dealing with soil and land issues have shown their interest in co-operating with this new organisation.
Prof. Winfried E.H. Blum
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