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Division on Soil System Sciences

President: Claudio Zaccone (sss@egu.eu)
Deputy President: Bas van Wesemael (bas.vanwesemael@uclouvain.be)

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.

The aim of the SSS is to coordinate the EGU scientific programme on Soil Science and related activities. The SSS contributes actively with EGU by promoting scientific interchange and dissemination of activity carried out by members.

Open letter regarding presentations at EGU meetings

The EGU has issued an open letter to funding agencies and evaluation committees with information on the assessment of presentations given at its scientific meetings.

The letter details the three presentation types given at EGU General Assembly and states that the selection of the type of presentation is not based on any evaluation of the scientific value of the contribution. This letter emphasises that there is no distinction regarding the standing, quality or prestige of oral, poster, or PICO presentations.

Obituary: Lily Pereg (1964–2019)

Lily Pereg, Deputy President and Programme Group Chair of the EGU Soil System Sciences (SSS) Division and Executive Editor of the SOIL journal, died tragically and unexpectedly earlier this month during a trip to Argentina.

Pereg was a microbiologist with 25 years of research experience and an associate professor at the School of Science and Technology, University of New England in Armidale, Australia. An EGU member since 2013, Pereg was elected to serve as president of the EGU SSS Division in Autumn 2017, a role she was due to take on in April this year.

Soils at Imaggeo: shoot your soil!

Amazing soil pictures? Are you a photoartist? Share your work at Imaggeo, the open-access image repository of EGU.


Lorena M. Zavala (Univ. of Sevilla) holds a soil
aggregate composed of organic matter from a
peatland from the Wicklow Mountains (Ireland)

Recent awardees

Claire Chenu

Claire Chenu

  • 2019
  • Philippe Duchaufour Medal

The 2019 Philippe Duchaufour Medal is awarded to Claire Chenu for outstanding research in the field of soil science, with special emphasis on pioneering conceptual work on the microbial-mineral interactions and organic matter dynamics in soil.


Bahar S. Razavi

Bahar S. Razavi

  • 2019
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2019 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Bahar S. Razavi for outstanding contributions to the understanding of biogeochemical processes in terrestrial ecosystems, in particular the effects of abiotic factors on soil organic matter and nutrient cycling.


Yakov A. Pachepsky

Yakov A. Pachepsky

  • 2018
  • Philippe Duchaufour Medal

The 2018 Philippe Duchaufour Medal is awarded to Yakov A. Pachepsky for outstanding research in the field of soil hydraulic properties and the fate of pathogens in soils, which greatly influenced the development of soil science.


Matthias Vanmaercke

Matthias Vanmaercke

  • 2018
  • Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award

The 2018 Division Outstanding Early Career Scientists Award is awarded to Matthias Vanmaercke for his outstanding research on understanding the rates and impacts of soil erosion and catchment sediment export at regional and continental scales.


Cosimo Brogi

Cosimo Brogi

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Cosimo Brogi Geophysics-based subsurface conceptualization for improved prediction of plant productivity beyond field scale


Mathieu Le Breton

Mathieu Le Breton

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Mathieu Le Breton Landslide displacement monitoring with passive RFID


Mutez A. Ahmed

Mutez A. Ahmed

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Mutez A. Ahmed Where do maize roots take up water? The importance of different root type


Paola M. Mafla Endara

Paola M. Mafla Endara

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Paola M. Mafla Endara Colonization of a pristine soil environment – Microbial migration into micro-engineered Soil Chips buried in field soils


Thomas Laemmel

Thomas Laemmel

  • 2018
  • Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award

The 2018 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Award is awarded to Thomas Laemmel Effect of local airflow on flux chamber measurements

Current issue of the EGU newsletter

This month, we have launched a short survey for EGU members to provide input on what they value from EGU, the results of which will help ensure that we remain responsive to what our members want. This is particularly important in a member-led organisation like the EGU. If you are an EGU member, we'd ask you to take 5-10 minutes to give feedback on EGU and its activities.

If you work on higher education teaching of geoscience, we would also like to hear from you on how we can best support your teaching activities. Find out more on the Education section of the EGU website.

In General Assembly related news, we have opened applications for the third edition of our Artists in Residence programme. The programme is most attractive for scientist-artists, especially those already familiar with, and interested in, the EGU General Assembly. Applications are accepted until 1 December.

Finally, a note from the EGU Executive Secretary Philippe Courtial: "After 8 successful years at the EGU office, EGU Media and Communications Manager Bárbara Ferreira has decided to give a new orientation to her career. We would like to thank her for her tireless efforts and we wish her all the best for her future career."

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