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Come to Rio! Wilford Gardner fellowship for early career scholars to attend the World Congress of Soil Science in Rio de Janeiro in August 2018

WCSS Rio Conference: deadline for abstracts is the 20th of January 2018

Inaugural session of our IUSS WG under Division 2 Soil processes,

WG09 Soil Modeling: Challenges and perspectives in soil modelling
Our session will bring together modelers and experimental soil scientists at the forefront of new technologies and approaches to characterize soils.  By addressing these aims, the session will contribute to improve the role of soil modeling as a knowledge dissemination instrument in addressing key global issues and stimulate the development of translational research activities. This session will provide a compelling opportunity for this much-needed effort, with a focus on tangible benefits to the scientific and food security communities.
deadline for abstracts is the 20th of January 2018. Don’t miss the opportunity !

Announcing the 2018 Wilford Gardner IUSS Congress Fellowship Program

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (USNC/SS), a committee of the National Academy of Sciences which represents all U.S. soil scientists to the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS), announces the Wilford Gardner IUSS Congress Fellowship Program. This program is intended for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers at U.S. institutions who are attending the 20th World Congress of Soil Science (WCSS) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 12-17, 2018.  The website of the WCSS is The fellowship program is named in honor of the USNC/SS's founding chair and SSSA past-president, Wilford R. Gardner.

Applicants must be first authors of a paper to be presented at the congress (oral or poster) in any area of soil science and related fields, and U.S. citizens or permanent residents enrolled at a U.S. institution. Each fellowship provided under this program will cover up to $1,500 of the costs of the awardee’s participation in the WCSS.

To apply for a fellowship, applicants are requested to submit the following: name, department and university affiliation, title and authors of the paper to be presented at the WCSS, outline of financial plan for attending the meeting (including other sources of funding available to cover the costs), GPA (if applicable), and a one page CV.  The application materials should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to Ester Sztein ( Only complete applications submitted as a single PDF file will be considered for funding.  


WCSS abstract submission deadline is January 20, 2018. Abstracts need to be submitted to the Congress by this date in order to apply for the Gardner Fellowship program.

The deadline for applications to this Fellowship program is March 5, 2018, and decisions will be communicated to all applicants by April 6, 2018. Confirmation of the acceptance of your abstract will need to be submitted to us as soon as you receive it.

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