*** New *** Attention graduate students: the next deadline for submissions for the Canadian Journal of Soil Science (CJSS) graduate student photo contest is January 25, 2022. The top submission will receive a $125 cash prize and the winning photograph will be featured on the cover of the Canadian Journal of Soil Science and on the CSSS website. Click here for details.

*** Congratulations to CSSS incoming President-elect Amanda Diochon and Western Councillor Henry Wai Chau. Amanda is an associate professor in the Department of Geology at Lakehead University, where she is also the coordinator of the Water Resource Science program, director of Lakehead University’s Environmental Laboratory, and lead on the soon to be established Centre for Healthy Ecosystems and Environmentally Conscious Economic Development. Henry is Senior Lecturer in Soil and Environmental Physics in the Department of Soil and Physical Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science at Lincoln University, New Zealand and has been a member of the CSSS since 2008.

*** Congratulations to Teresa Porter, Franco López Campomane, and Lewis Fausak from the Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia who placed first in the Food and Agricultural Organization's (FAO) World Soil Day Booklet Contest. Their entry “The Beetle: A Salty Soil Journey" follows the adventures of Beetle who visits his cousin and tries to help him with his soils that have become salinized. It includes a storybook and several activity pages including a song, a maze, at home experiment, and a colouring page. For more information or to download a copy of the booklet, go to the FAO Children's Book Contest website.


La société canadienne de science du sol (CSSS) est une organisation non gouvernementale et à but non lucratif représentant les scientifiques, ingénieurs, technologues, administrateurs et étudiants impliqués de manière professionnelle dans la science du sol.

The Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization for scientists, engineers, technologists, administrators and students involved in professional soil science.

Canadian Society of Soil Science Anti-racism Statement

We acknowledge that our community is not exempt from the systemic racism, violence, and discrimination that Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) face. In particular, we must continue to call attention to the institutionalized racism in academia and the Canadian research community and how these biases affect the Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) and its members. As a national science organization, our responsibility includes advocating for racial equity within academia and society as a whole.

CSSS commits to forming an anti-racism task group by the end of 2020 to develop a strategy to understand and address systemic racism and other forms of discrimination within our organization. This strategy will include actionable items and resources for integrating anti-racist and anti-oppressive policies and practices into our society operations.

This statement, the committee, and the future anti-racism strategy will be used as a launching point and as a means of holding ourselves accountable to change. We are committed to the ongoing process of unlearning racism and other forms of discrimination and using our actions to counter the systemic racism that exists in Canada and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. If you wish to participate or offer feedback to the anti-racism task group please contact Nathan Basiliko

International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) proclaimed 2015-2024 the International Decade of Soils