Japanese Society of
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Annual meetings.
Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition conducts annual conferences which are held at different areas of Japan. For more details, please refer to the announcement of annual conference (in Japanese).

Branch meetings
Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition consists of six affiliates (i.e. Hokkaido, Tohoku, Kanto, Chubu, Kansai and Kyusyu).
Homepage (external link) of each affiliate is here.
ˁ@Hokkaido / Tohoku/ Kanto/ Chubu/ Kansai/ Kyusyu/ (external link in Japanese)

International activities.
For more details, please refer to homepage of International Union of Soil Scientific (IUSS) (external link).

Support for overseas travel expenses to young scientists
Purpose, applicants, and amount of the support:
We support young scientists (under 40 years old at the date of application) and students who are members of the society to attend conference(s) overseas. We provide financial support of up to 100,000 yen per person for flight tickets (total 700,000 yen in a year). The attendees are required to buy a round-trip ticket as low-priced as possible and to submit flight ticket stubs and a receipt after the return (When the support is covering the flight ticket partially, a copy of the receipt is acceptable).

Application period:
Applications are invited twice a year. The application deadline is July 19, 2019 for conferences beginning between September 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020 and is January 10, 2020 for conferences beginning between the March 1, 2020 and the August 31, 2020. The application should be arrived by the deadline.

Notification:
We will inform applicants as soon as a decision has been made at the first board meeting after the deadline. The selected attendees are required to submit a report summarizing the conference to the Japanese Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (Nippon Dojo-Hiryogaku Zasshi) immediately after the return.

Descriptions in the application form (A4, on 2 pages)
1) Your name, affiliation, birth date, phone number, and e-mail address.
2) Name of the conference.
3) Title of your presentation.
4) Outline of your presentation.
5) Presentation style (oral or poster).
6) Schedule and location.
7) Your biography.
8) Your main subject of study.
9) Amount of support you want to receive and an estimate (or its copy) of the flight ticket.
10) Reason for the application.
11) Application status to other agencies/societies (if applicable)
12) A signature and a seal of your supervisor as a poof of approval (for students only).

Soil education
The Soil Education Board (set up in 1992) continued the efforts of its predecessors; the soil education review meeting (set up in 1982) and soil education committee the following year. Previous efforts have improved performances through the spread and edification of soil education. Initially, we examined the elementary and junior high schoolsf study courses and textbooks, pinpointed problems about the syllabus and suggested amendments to the course outlines to the Ministry of Education. An open lecture (Science Research Grant) for parents of elementary and junior high school students was held in 1996, and gHow to teach on soil ?New environmental education material-h (Kokin.Co.) was published in 1998. Since 1999, annual soil lectures (observations or experiments) in natural forests observation sites (totally 10 at present) all over Japan were organized. Last year, we completed all lectures by the lecture at the last nature forest observation site in Hatsukaichi city, Hiroshima prefecture. At each lecture, we donated soil monolith and observance leaflet to each nature forest observation site. We also organized a workshop on soil education (supported by Fukushima committee) as part of the Science Partnership ProgramiSPPjfor elementary and junior high school teachers at Kyusyu University-affiliated field in 2004 and a similar symposium at Shimane University (Supported Shimane education committee) in 2005, which included lectures, field practical training, experiments and information exchanges. These activities increased the teachersf interests and knowledge about soil. We published gPicture book of soil (5 volumes) h (Noubunkyou) in 2003, gObservation and experiment of soil ? Letfs research soil- (Japanese Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, edited by soil education committee )h (Japanese Soil Science and Plant Nutrition) in 2006, gHow to teach soil ?environment education material available to practice- (Part 1 and 2)h (Kokin.Co.) in correspondence to the new study course in 2009.

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We had first gDelivery soil science lecture classesh and high school poster presentation at the annual meeting in 2009. The lectures was conducted at the Kitashirakawa elementary school in Kyoto city and was supported by Kyoto education committee, Japanese Society of Soil Microbiology and Japanese Society of Pedology. The high school poster presentation was supported by Kyoto university and Kyoto education committee. In the same year, the soil education committee suggested to establish new committees in 6 affiliated countries in regards to future activities. This proposal was approved at the assembly of this conference in 2010.

In the future, we will support activities of each soil education committee of the branches and conduct soil workshops for teachers and gDelivery lecture classesh, and assess the study course (For example; teaching about soil). Text books about soil observation and new businesses will also be published. In 2009, we had a soil workshop (supported by Mizutomi community center and education committee in Sayama city) and analyzed the soil profile, water penetration ability, soil organisms (Tullgren device), soil particles, soil absorption and soil respiration. At the end of the workshop, almost all the teachers became interested in soil (according to the questionnaires).
Home page of soil education committee (external link in Japanese)

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