Welcome to the website of the Australian Society of Soil Science Inc.
If you are involved professionally in any aspect of soil science, or simply have a keen interest in soil and soil science, you may apply for membership to the Society.
The primary benefit of joining our Society is belonging to a national and international network of soil scientists. The society also tries to provide tangible benfits to members, including:
Soil Science in Australia - an occasional publication in magazine format providing members with a review of soil science in Australia
Profile - the federal newsletter for members produced on a quarterly basis providing information on upcoming events, branch and federal meetings, member news and feature articles on soil related topics
Soil Crumbs - a monthly e-bulletin emailed to members containing useful updates and alerts on matters of interest to ASSSI members including employment opportunities
Australian Soils Calendar - printed and posted to all members using soil images submitted by members as either soil art or landscape images
National Soils Conference - a bi-annual conference organised by Federal Council and hosted by a branch. Every second conference is run jointly with the New Zealand Society of Soil Science Inc. The next conference will be held in Victoria in 2014.
International Union of Soil Science membership - ordinary and student members of the Australian Society of Soil Science Inc automatically have membership of the IUSS. Retired members may chose to subscribe. The IUSS provides members with an opportunity to participate in international soil science activities and via the IUSS Alert, keep up-to-date with world science news
Certified Professional Soil Scientist accreditation - members of the society may apply for and maintain accreditation as a Certified Professional Soil Scientist. This is the professional arm of the Society and requires members to meet the Standards for Professionals in Soil Science
Medals and Awards in Soil Science - each year the Society makes a number of prestigious awards to members who have excelled in different aspects of soil science. In addition, awards are made for the best presentations and posters at the National Soils Conference and travel grants may be made available to student members of the Society to attend these conferences. ASSSI also maintains and honorary life membership scheme for those members who have made outstanding contributions to the Society and to the discipline of soil science. Awards can also be made by Branches to acknowledge service by members.
15% Discount on CSIRO Publishing Book Titles and Personal Journal Subscriptions - Conditions for this offer are a) the 15% discount will apply to the RRP off all book titles (no further discount for titles already on sale). b) discounted journal subscriptions are for personal use only; the discount does not apply to institutional journal subscriptions c) to receive the 15% discount, members need to identify themselves as belonging to ASSSI at the time of purchasing CSIRO PUBLISHING products. For online purchases members should add 'ASSSI Member’ to the Special Instructions field when completing the Delivery & Payment Details d) Members must claim their discount at the time of purchase; no refunds will be applied after the subscription or book order has been processed. Orders can be placed by members contacting the Customer Service team via firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 1300 788 000 or placing their order via our website www.publish.csiro.au
15% Discount on Professional Indemnity Insurance for CPSS members - Jardine Lloyd Thompson recognise that a CPSS poses a reduced risk in insurance and offer a reduction in the insurance premium. Quotes can be sourced by contacting David Piacentino on 1300 655 931
Most importanly membership of the Society allows you to become part of a dedicated professional organisation focused on soil science. I do hope you find our site useful and that you'll consider joining us in the important world of soil science.
Richard Doyle, CPSS Stage 3
President, Australian Society of Soil Science Inc.