European Confederation of Soil Science Societies
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 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 platform for co-operating with important Directorates-General of the European Commission in Brussels.
The ECSSS 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 ECSSS 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.