Soil Classification 2012: Towards a Universal Soil Classification System

                     Lincoln, Nebraska, USA June 11 – June 14, 2012

                                                       Second Announcement

USDA-NRCS  Int. Union Soil Sci.  Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. 
Sponsors:  Nebraska Soc. Prof. Soil Sci.
   Virginia Tech Crop & Soil Sci. Dept.    UNL School Nat. Res.   
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Further information will be available at the sites: 
4th IUSS Commission 1.4 Soil Classification Home Page

International Conference on Soil Classification 2012   and   IUSS Alerts

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Dates/Deadlines     Abstracts   Intent Form      Committees     Program      Language
Publications     Registration     Lodging      Visas     Tours/Workshops

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SS tool Background

The 4th International Conference continues the discussion on soil classification issues started in Gödölő, Hungary (2001), Petrozavodsk, Russia (2004) and Santiago, Chile (2008). Specific attention will be paid to the harmonization of criteria for diagnostic horizons and features of soils in agricultural and urban areas and discussion on development of the concepts of a newly proposed Universal Soil Classification System. The conference is planned to include two and one-half days of oral and poster presentations with a full day tour and field workshop. The International conference is open to all the interested individuals independently of acceptance of their abstracts for oral or poster presentations. However, there is a limited amount of space, so please register early as possible.

 

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1 of August, 2011 - 1st Announcement available, pre-registration starts
1 of March, 2012 - abstracts submission deadline
31 of March, 2012 - early-bird registration and field workshop booking close
11 of June, 2012 - conference begins in Lincoln, NE
14 of June, 2012 - field workshop to Omaha, NE
14 of June, 2012 - conference ends
15-16 of June, 2012 - post-conference working group for USC

 

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Financial, abstracts, registration, lodging arrangements
Contact: Dr Mark Kuzila
Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, Nebraska 68583-0961
E-Mail:
mkuzila1@unl.edu
Phone: 402-472-3471
Fax: 402-472-2946

 

Logistics, financial requests

Jon Hempel – Chair of Local Committee, Comm. 1.4 Working Group USCS
Contact: Jon Hempel
100 Centennial Mall North, Room 152, Mail Stop 32
Lincoln, NE 68508-3866
E-Mail: jon.hempel@lin.usda.gov
Phone: 402-437-5389; cell 402-881-5008
Fax: 402-437-5336


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Logistics, financial requests
John Galbraith - Vice-Chair of Local Committee, Chair IUSS Comm. 1.4 Soil Classification

Contact: John Galbraith
239 Smyth Hall (0404)
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
E-Mail: jmg5355@yahoo.com

Phone: 540-231-9784
Fax: 540-231-7630

 

Cameron Loerch – USA

Joe Chiaretti – USA

Larry West - USA

National Soil Survey Center and Lab Staff – Field Tours and Workshops

 

Web Site: Dr. John Galbraith, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

 

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Micheal Golden – Chair - USA

Alfred Hartemink - Netherlands

Alex McBratney - Australia

John Galbraith - USA

Pavel Krasilnikov - Russia

Jon Hempel - USA

Peter Schad - Germany

Erika Michéli - Hungary

Cornie van Huyssteen – South Africa

Luca Montanarella – Italy (JRC)

Zhang Ganlin – China

Curtis Monger - USA

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Latest program draft. The scientific program of the conference would include Opening ceremony, Plenary Session, 6 symposia, half-day Mid-Conference field tour, IUSS Commissions and Working Groups business meetings, day long field trip and workshop, and Closing ceremony. The symposia would include invited keynote lectures, and oral and poster session of voluntary contributions. The conveners of the symposia are responsible for the invitation of keynote speakers, acceptance of abstracts corresponding to their symposium, and for selection of contributions for oral or poster presentation. The plenary session would include only invited lectures; however, voluntary poster presentations on the topic will be accepted.

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The official language of the meeting will be English. Unfortunately, no simultaneous translation will be possible.

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The 1500-character limit abstracts for papers and posters will be submitted on-line by 1 March, 2012. Full text abstracts will be published on-line and printed for the conference. Except for the length, they should follow the style manual for the Soil Science Society of America Journal, and must not include figures or references or undefined acronyms. Please indicate if you would like to present as a Poster or Oral presentation. Posters should be no more than 38” wide x 46” long. Posters and presentations may be submitted prior to the event to: Jacki Loomis, 101 Hardin Hall, 3310 Holdrege Street, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska USA 68583-0961 E-Mail: jloomis3@unl.edu ( If you need a letter of approval for abstract before March 1, 2012, please contact Jacki Loomis).

Submit Abstract Here

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On-line registration will be available through June 1, 2012, after that time contact  Jacki Loomis, 101 Hardin Hall, 3310 Holdrege Street, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska USA 68583-0961   E-Mail: jloomis3@unl.edu  Phone: 402-472-7550  Fax: 402-472-2946.  Refunds, less a $25.00 service fee, will be made for cancellations received by May 15th, cancellations received between May 15th and the start of the conference will receive a 50% refund.

 

Early-bird registration      (by March 31st)

Regular registration (after March 31st)

Field workshop

Conference Sessions

Banquet & Reception

Social Tours

Professionals

$400.00 USD

$450.00 USD

included

included

included

 

Students and retired scientists*

$200.00 USD

$250.00 USD

included

included

included

 

Accompanying persons

$100.00 USD

$150.00 USD

$50.00 USD

 

included

Vineyard Luncheon $60.00
Capital & Quilt Center Tour $40.00 Thursday Field Trip and evening Barbecue Dinner at Mahoney State Park $80.00

*Retired scientists should send letter of request to organizing committee

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Professionals and students should register by using the button below.  On-line registration will be available through June 1, 2012, after that time contact:  Jacki Loomis, 101 Hardin Hall, 3310 Holdrege Street, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska USA 68583-0961   E-Mail: jloomis3@unl.edu  Phone: 402-472-7550  Fax: 402-472-2946. Refunds, less a $25.00 service fee, will be made for cancellations received by May 15th, cancellations received between May 15th and the first day of the conference will receive a 50% refund.

The professional and student registration fee includes the access to the Conference installations, all coffee-breaks, lunches, closing ceremony dinner, and entertainment, a participants package (abstracts volume, a bag, a notebook etc.), Mid-Conference Tour (including lunch), and social events (Native American performers). The cost for university students is at a reduced rate. Free or reduced registration may be applied for with a full letter of explanation to the Organizing Committee, but funds are limited to a total of $1200. The letter should include details about your participation in the conference as a presenter or member of a working group. Other meals, lodging, and transportation are not included.

Professionals & Students Register On-line Here OR

Download Paper Registration Form Here

 

The accompanying person registration fee includes a welcoming reception, banquet and the following optional activities.

Other meals, lodging, and transportation is not included.

Accompanying Persons Register On-Line Here OR

Download Paper Registration Form Here

 

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We strongly encourage everybody to copy/paste this form and send the information by email as soon as possible to Dr. Mark Kuzila to help us estimate attendance and provide contact information. For information about field trips and closing ceremony dinner please contact: Jacki Loomis, 101 Hardin Hall, School of Natural Resources, UNL, Lincoln, NE 68583-0961, USA, jloomis3@unl.edu, (402) 472-7550.

 

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The conference abstracts will be published as a printed volume and will be available on-line. We plan publishing selected full-text papers as special volume(s) of scientific journals, although peer-review cannot be promised. We hope to provide more details in the Second Announcement.

 

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Details will follow in the Second Announcement.

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The citizens of Canada and some other countries do not need visas to enter the United States for a short period. Please consult the web site http://travel.state.gov/visa/temp/without/without_1990.html#countries for the list of the countries participating in the Visa-Waiver Program.

Other participants should apply for American visas in the closest USA consulate. Please consult the web site to find the nearest USA Embassy for visa application. Please note that visa application may be a time-consuming process, especially in summer, and we recommend starting your application at least two months before the conference. A letter of approval of abstracts and/or of the receipt of the registration fee may be provided by the Organizing Committee upon request to Jacki Loomis, 101 Hardin Hall, School of Natural Resources, UNL, Lincoln, NE  68583-0961, USA, jloomis3@unl.edu, (402) 472-7550.

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The conference meeting will be held at the School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 107 Hardin Hall, 3310 Holdrege Street, East Campus, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA. The host hotel is the Holiday Inn Downtown, 141 North 9th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508-1311 , which is located in the downtown area of Lincoln. Lincoln, NE and Omaha, NE are well-known recreation places, visited by over 1 million tourists per year. One of the Midwest's most affordable, accessible, and agreeable cities, Lincoln is an ideal place for getting down to business and for having a fantastic time. Just a day's drive from Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Kansas City, and St. Louis, Lincoln offers all the amenities of a bustling big city with plenty of opportunities to get back to nature if you choose. The Lincoln Municipal Airport offers several major carriers and connects to major airports such as Chicago O'Hare. Omaha, NE offers affordable fares and an inexpensive shuttle to Lincoln. Complimentary airport shuttle is for lodging guests of the Holiday Inn Downtown when arriving at Lincoln, NE airport, (402) 475-4011. For guests arriving at the Omaha, NE airport we recommend, Omalink Shuttle, www.omalink.com, (402) 475-5465 (fees apply).

 

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Lodging will be arranged at the Holiday Inn Downtown, Lincoln, NE  by calling 402-475-4011 or 1-800-HOLIDAY or on-line at is www.holiday-inn.com/lincolnne.  Indicate code “ISS” (characters must be capitalized) in the Group Code area when placing your reservation to receive the reduced rate for our event. Complimentary shuttle service will run between the Holiday Inn and conference locations.

 

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Please do not hesitate asking for details by contacting the Chair and Vice-Chair of the Organizing Committee for technical or financial sponsorship questions or Dr. Mark Kuzilla for logistical and financial questions under the Local Organizing Committee information.   For registration or abstract submission assistance, please  contact Jacki Loomis, (402) 472-7550, jloomis3@unl.edu.

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