You are invited to WCSS2026

ZHANG JiabaoPresident SSSC

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), the Soil Science Society of China (SSSC), it is our pleasure to invite you to the 23rd World Congress of Soil Science. The congress will be held in Nanjing, China, June 7 - 12, 2026 and we hope to greet you in this global meeting.

WCSS has been held every four years since 1927 as a scientific meeting in the field of soil sciences. The WCSS2026 is expected to welcome a large number of attendees including research scientists, soil practitioners, company representatives, policy makers, regulators, learned societies, students and anyone interested in the sustainable use of soils across the world. This will be a fabulous learning opportunity to engage soil scientists to address all challenges faced by the world, both in developed and less developed regions.

Nanjing is a sub-provincial city located in the delta region of the Yangtze River in the southwestern part of the Jiangsu province in the east-central part of China. It serves as the capital city of the Jiangsu province and is one of the nation’s four great ancient capitals, and slso as an important educational, cultural, economic, industrial, political, and tourism center.

The WCSS has never been held in this part of the world, we are pleased to welcome you to the WCSS2026 meeting in Nanjing, China.

Prof. ZHANG Jiaobao

President of SSSC

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The People's Republic of China (hereinafter referred to as "China"), founded on October 1, 1949, is located in the east of Asia and the West Bank of the Pacific Ocean. The common language is Mandarin and standard Chinese characters, and the capital is Beijing.

China is the most populous developing country in the world, with the third largest land area in the world. It is the second largest economy in the world and continues to be the largest contributor to world economic growth.

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Nanjing is a megacity covering an administrative area of 6,600 sq. km in one of China’s most prominent economic zones. Nanjing in Chinese quite literally means ‘Southern Capital’. It has alternated with Beijing as the capital of big empires and modern governments throughout history. Today, Nanjing stands as one of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, along with Beijing, Xi’an, and Luoyang.

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The Soil Science Society of China (SSSC) was founded in 1945 by a visionary group of soil scientists who summoned the inaugural meeting in Chongqing. Now it is one of the top national academic societies under the China Association for Science and Technology. It is a legally registered, trans-industrial, trans-departmental and non-profit organisation that is oriented towards promoting soil sciences, supporting all soil scientists in the pursuit of their activities.

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The International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) is the global union of soil scientists, taking action to advance soil science. Its objectives are to promote all branches of soil science and to support all soil scientists across the world in the pursuit of their activities.

It provides a structure for managing the science of soil science and arranges for the publication and distribution of material relevant to the interests of the Union, and its members as well as arranging for studies in particular fields, such as specific definitions, classifications and databases. IUSS establishes cooperation with other related organisations and represents Soil Science to a wide external audience.

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The 23rd World Congress of Soil science