The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has elected Saskia Keesstra of the Soil Physics and Land Management Group as president of the Soil System Science Division (SSS) of EGU. SSS-EGU is the second largest division of EGU and serves a large community of soil scientists and other scientists interest in soils and associated earth systems. Also the interaction with human actions and associated management and policy is increasingly in the focus of SSS-EGU.
The Soil System Sciences Division: soil is the interface between the crust and atmosphere, and is the basis of life on Earth. The impact of soil science to the society has probably never been as high as it is currently. "The importance of soils in the Earth system must make us, the soil scientists, more noticeable at the EGU,“ Saskia Keesstra says. "As Soil System Sciences Division of the European Geosciences Union we coordinate the scientific programme on soil science and related activities. We contribute actively with EGU by promoting scientific interchange and dissemination of activity carried out by members." The European Geosciences Union is Europe’s premier geosciences union, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the Earth, planetary, and space sciences for the benefit of humanity, worldwide. If you would like to be involved and become a member of the Soil System Sciences Division just fill in this on-line form. And in this link you can find the program of the last SSS-EGU conference. Saskia Keesstra: “We are working now on the development of a mailing list to keep you informed. We are planning the EGU 2016 soon, where we will organize around 100 scientific sessions. And we have launched a new open access journal: SOIL. If you wish to participate in our blog, newsletter, web page, and the General Assembly in Vienna (April 18th to 23rd, 2016) or contribute to the EGU 2016, as author or convener, please contact me at Saskia.Keesstra@wur.nl.