The Malaysian Society of Soil Science (MSSS) in collaboration with the Institute of Biological Sciences (ISB), Faculty of Science, Universiti Malaya (UM) will organize the 15th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS 2022) will be held at Royale Chulan Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on August 22-26 2022, with 2 days (August 23-24) for scientific sessions and 2 days (August 25-26) for excursion program in Malaysia.
ESAFS conference is a series of scientific meeting organized every two years to share invaluable experience and knowledge among soil scientists particularly within East and Southeast Asia countries. It is also a platform to promote R&D and disseminate the acquired knowledge and technology related to soil sciences. This series of ESAFS’s conference are organized to fulfill part of the above aims, rotates within member countries thus allowing equal participations of local soil scientists and fair site information exchange. ESAFS 2022 is the second time for Malaysia as an organizer. It first served as the host of ESAFS in 1995 which is 27 years ago.
The theme of ESAFS 2022 is ‘Our Soils Our Future’. Soil degradation due to soil erosion, soil pollution, soil organic matter and carbon depletion, soil sealing/capping, soil compaction, and soil acidity, salinity and alkalinity, is negatively affecting food production and associated food security, national economies, provision of ecosystem services, adaptation to climate change, and increasing poverty. The situation is being aggravated by climate change and unsustainable soil management practices partially resulting from the rapid economic development and urbanization characterizing some countries in the region. Thus, maintaining and improving soil health are crucial to have sufficient food source for the population in the future.
- To share invaluable experience and knowledge among soil scientists in East and Southeast Asia countries
- To promote active participation of member societies and networking
- To contribute towards sustainable development in the region through harmonization of agriculture and environment
Who should attend
ESAFS is dedicated to the exchange of recent advances in soil science in the East and Southeast Asian regions. The conference provides a platform for interaction among scientists, academician, consultants, and policy makers, who are responsible for the research and technology transfer of soil science, fertilizer management, and plant nutrition in order to cope with the rapid industrial development.
We earnestly look forward to your participation in ESAFS 2022
The Federation shall aim at promoting researches in soil and related sciences and disseminating the acquired knowledge and technology for the benefit of the member societies in the region of East and Southeast Asia. By doing so, the Federation shall contribute to the sustainable development of the region through harmonization of agricultural production and environmental protection.
The Federation shall also aim at promoting the effective participation of member societies and of individual soil scientist of the region in the work of the International Union of Soil Sciences.
The Malaysian Society of Soil Science (MSSS) is a non-government organization (NGO) in Malaysia set up to promote the study of soil science within the context of agriculture/forestry and to champion environmental stewardship. MSSS was founded on 2nd of April 1971 and this year marks its 50th anniversary, hence the Golden Jubilee title. MSSS had a humble beginning where it was founded in 1971 by 26 members who were professionals in the area of soil science working in various government agencies at the time. Since then, it has grown into a full-fledged professional entity and currently, MSSS has more than 1000 registered members since 1971 which include Honorary members, Fellow members, Life members, and Ordinary members. MSSS members comprise professionals working in various sectors within and outside of Malaysia including those in government agencies and the private sectors, as well as public citizens. MSSS objectives are to promote the study of soil science and to create public awareness on the importance of soil conservation within the context of sustainable land management, to review areas of soil study relevant for national development, and to disburse small grants to needy students and to members attending scientific meetings related to soil. MSSS is actively involved in the Asian Soil Partnership (ASP) and East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS), apart from being a member of the International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS).