SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
19 January 2017
Volume 18 Issue 1

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Previewing the 9th International Congress of the Working Group on Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas (SUITMA 9)

Viacheslav Vasenev, Co-chair of the SUITMA 9 Organizing Committee, RUDN and Vera Terekhova, Presidium Member of SETAC Russian Language Branch Council

SUITMA 9 will be held from 22–27 May 2017 in Moscow, Russia. The congress will be hosted by the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR). This year’s theme for the congress will be “Urbanization: A challenge and an opportunity for soil functions and ecosystem services.”

Urbanization is currently among the most important land-use change trends globally. According predictions of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), more than six billion people are expected to live in cities by 2050. In response to these issues, policy agendas are focusing on achieving and maintaining optimally functioning and sustainable use of urban ecosystems for present and future generations. Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas (SUITMAs) differ substantially from natural zonal counterparts in their physical, chemical and biological features, their performed functions and supported services.

SUITMA is a working group of the International Union of Soil Science (IUSS), a world-leading scientific community dedicated to investigating urban and technogenic soils. The SUITMA working group joins urban soil experts from all over the world. SUITMA has organized international congresses every two years since 2001 to address different aspects of urban soil science. Eight fascinating congresses were organized in Europe, Africa, USA, Mexico and China. In 2017, SUITMA 9 will be held in Russia for the very first time.

The scientific program will include a plenary session, 14 thematic sessions and six round tables. The working language of the congress is English. SUITMA 9 will provide four one-day field tours and two post-congress tours.

Online registration and abstract submission is available on the congress website. The author of the abstract may choose the session and the presentation form (oral or poster). Submitted materials will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee. The approved abstracts will be announced and published in the SUITMA 9 proceedings. Abstracts will be judged by the committee to select authors for a special issue of a high-ranking, peer-reviewed journal.

Important Dates

15 January: Deadline for abstract submission
1 February: Deadline for abstract approval
15 February: Deadline for decision on the presentation type (oral or poster)
1 March: Deadline for early bird registration
1 May: Deadline for post-congress tour subscription

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