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Update on 18 th World Congress of Soil Science. Larry Wilding, Texas A&M Lee Sommers, Colorado State Co-Chairs, Organizing Committee. 18th World Congress of Soil Science. Theme Frontiers of Soil Science: Technology and the Information Age Place Philadelphia, PA Date July 9 -15, 2006.

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update on 18 th world congress of soil science

Update on 18th World Congress of Soil Science

Larry Wilding, Texas A&M

Lee Sommers, Colorado State

Co-Chairs, Organizing Committee

18th world congress of soil science
18th World Congress of Soil Science
  • Theme
    • Frontiers of Soil Science: Technology and the Information Age
  • Place
    • Philadelphia, PA
  • Date
    • July 9 -15, 2006
engagement of international unions
Engagement of International Unions
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Geological Sciences
  • Geodesy and Geophysics
  • Quaternary Research
  • Microbiological Sciences
  • Geographical Union
  • SCOPE, GECaFS, Diversitas
engagement of societies
Engagement of Societies
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Geological Society of America
  • National Soc. Consulting Soil Scientists
  • Soil and Water Conserv. Society
  • Soil Ecology Society
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • Am Society of Agricultural Engineers
engagement of societies 2
Engagement of Societies(2)
  • Clay Minerals Society
  • Entomological Society of America
  • Soc for Photogram & Remote Sensing
  • Soc of Environ Toxicol & Chemistry
  • Society for Range Management
  • Society for Wetland Scientists
  • Weed Science Society of America
  • American Geophysical Union
organization for the 18th wcss
Organization for the 18th WCSS
  • Executive Organizing Committee
    • Don Sparks, President IUSS, Univ Delaware
    • Gary Petersen, Vice President IUSS, Penn State
    • Co-chairs of Organizing Committee
      • Lee E. Sommers, Colorado State Univ.
      • Larry P. Wilding, Texas A&M Univ.
    • Lois Peterson, NAS/NRC Liaison
  • Chairs of Subcommittees (8)
  • SSSA Headquarters staff
subcommittees for 18th wcss
Subcommittees for 18th WCSS
  • International Scientific
    • G. Petersen, Penn State Univ.
  • Program
    • D. Sparks, Univ of Delaware
  • Professional Tours
    • J. Kimble, USDA-NRCS
    • M. Rabenhorst, Univ of Maryland
  • Exhibits
    • D. Kral, Assoc EVP, SSSA
subcommittees for 18th wcss1
Subcommittees for 18th WCSS
  • Special Events
    • Joy Sparks Gladys Wilding
    • Mary Petersen Mary Kay Sommers
  • Fundraising
    • P. Fixen, Potash & Phosphate Institute, SD
  • Budget and Finance
    • G. Van Scoyoc, Purdue Univ
  • Public Relations
    • Exec Committee
international scientific committee
International Scientific Committee
  • IUSS Vice President Petersen, Chair
  • Division Chair (4) and 1st and 2nd Vice Chairs (8)*
  • Commission Chair (18) and 1st Vice Chair (18)
  • Co-Chairs Organizing Committee, ex officio

*Proposed change in title from Secretary to 2nd Vice Chair

role of international scientific committee
Role of International Scientific Committee
  • Consider all symposium proposals to develop a balanced program for the 18th WCSS
    • Geographical
    • Disciplinary interests
    • Related unions and societies interests
  • Suggest division plenary session themes and topics – both oral and poster
  • Recommendations to Council for symposia ratification
program committee
Program Committee
  • IUSS President Sparks, Chair
  • IUSS Vice President Petersen
  • Organizing Committee Co-Chairs
    • Larry Wilding, Texas A&M
    • Lee Sommers, Colorado State University
  • Division 1st and 2nd Vice Chairs (8)
  • Other USA discipline representatives as needed
iuss division vice chairs
IUSS Division Vice Chairs
  • Division I – Soil in Space and Time
    • Vice Chairs – M. J. Singer & M. E. Collins
  • Division II – Soil Properties and Processes
    • Vice Chairs – J. M. Tiedje & K. Cassel
  • Division III – Soil Use and Management
    • Vice Chairs – J. L. Havlin & D. E. Stott
  • Division IV – The Role of Soils in Sustaining Society and the Environment
    • Vice Chairs – J. T. Sims & D. C. Adriano
role of program committee
Role of Program Committee
  • Work with the symposium convener(s) to organize and schedule program
  • Develop opening and closing sessions
  • Develop schedule for symposia and poster sessions
  • Coordinate program with day, pre- and post-tours
inter congress meeting agenda
Inter-Congress Meeting Agenda
  • Plenary symposia
  • Finalize symposia
    • Divisions, Commissions, & Working Groups
  • Preview venue
    • Thursday, 9 am
gary petersen

Gary Petersen

IUSS Vice President

wcss symposia format
WCSS Symposia Format
  • Symposia – M, T, Th, F
  • Total number =65
  • Division – 2 each N=8
    • Keynote – 3 at 30 min each
    • Discussion – 10 min after each paper
    • Divisional committee invites speakers
  • Goals
    • Integration of commission subject matter
    • Focus on cutting-edge science
    • Consider speakers from other disciplines
    • Promote discussion of current topics
    • Companion poster session
program symposia format
Program Symposia Format
  • Commission – 2 each N=36
    • Keynote at 30 min
    • Papers – 4 at 20 min each
    • Discussion – 10 min
  • [Subcommission – 2 each N=2]
    • Same as commissions
  • [Working group -1 each N=19]
    • Same as commissions
poster session
Poster Session
  • Goal of elevating status of poster sessions
  • Available from Monday – Friday
  • Authors present at specified time for 2 hour period
  • Consider awards for outstanding graduate student posters in
    • Convener(s) and Co-convener(s) will judge
  • Cash bar/social discussion
symposia development process
Symposia Development Process
  • Symposia selected at Inter-Congress meeting
  • Symposia development
    • Executive Committee assigns co-convener to each symposium
    • Develop one paragraph summary by convener to WCSS web site – due July 1, 2004
    • Summary is reviewed and edited by co-convener and revision posted to web – completed August 1, 2004
    • Convener can review final version on web
    • Summary submitted to SSSA and Chair International Scientific Subcommitee - September 1, 2004
second announcement
Second Announcement
  • Published – Fall 2004
    • Paper, Web, Email
  • Distribution of 2nd Announcement
    • Societies, unions, meetings and workshops
    • Bulletin subscribers
    • Adhering country representatives
  • Symposia
  • Tours
  • Special events and day tours
  • Timelines – abstracts, registration, tours
  • Housing and registration
finalizing symposia
Finalizing Symposia
  • Title-Summary submissions due by January 16, 2006
    • Author identifies 1st and 2nd choice symposium
    • Author identifies preference for oral/poster paper
  • Symposium convener and co-convener review title-summary and select oral presentations
    • Consider geographic balance for oral
    • Move other papers to relevant poster session
  • Co-convener notify authors oral/poster status by March 1, 2006
  • Abstracts due to SSSA by April 10, 2006
wcss publications
WCSS Publications
  • Extended abstracts for oral and poster papers (1 page)
  • Submit to SSSA headquarters via web
  • Publish abstracts on CD-ROM and distribute at 18th WCSS
    • Paper copy available for extra charge
  • Soils history book
  • Update of ‘Sustaining Our Soils & Society’ book
iuss meetings
IUSS Meetings
  • Council
    • Sunday 2-5 pm
    • Thursday 2-5 pm
  • Bureau
    • Sunday 10-12 am
    • Thursday 10-12 am
wcss special events
WCSS Special Events
  • Opening Reception
    • Convention Center, Sunday 7 pm
  • Opening Session
    • Monday, 8:30 am
  • Gala Dinner
    • Marriott, Thursday 7 pm
  • Closing Session
    • Friday, 3:30 pm
john kimble

John Kimble

Co-Chair Tours Subcommittee