A new committee under the Soil Science Society of China (SSSC) was formed as a special celebration of the 7th World Soil Day. On December 5th, 2020, the International Collaboration Working Committee of SSSC convened its first meeting online, announcing its official establishment and initiating fruitful discussions on the mission, strategy and working mechanisms of the group.
The meeting was hosted by the Executive Vice President of SSSC, Prof. Xiaoyuan Yan from the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). Prof. Jiabao Zhang (President of SSSC, Academician of Chinese Academy of Engineering) delivered the opening remarks. Prof. Yongguan Zhu (Vice President of SSSC, Academician of Chinese Academy of Sciences) gave a keynote speech on the overarching missions of the committee. On behalf of SSSC, Prof. Xiaoyuan Yan announced the official establishment of the International Collaboration Working Committee. The meeting unanimously elected Prof. Yongguan Zhu as an advisory member of the committee, Prof. Fang Wang (Institute of Soil Science, CAS) as the chair, Prof. Yongtao Li (South China Agriculture University), Prof. Cheng Gu (Nanjing University) and Prof. Xiaojuan Feng (Institute of Botany, CAS) as vice chairs. Prof. Xiangdong Li (The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and the other 20 soil scientists were elected as the inaugural committee members. The committee consists of active Chinese researchers with rich experience of international collaborations or serving important positions in international organizations or journals, and is dedicated to promoting the international influence and leadership of soil scientists from China.
The inaugural committee members shared their experiences in international exchange and discussed the strategies to address the current gaps and challenges in the field of soil science by leveraging international collaborations. The meeting was closed with conclusion remarks by Profs. Jiabao Zhang and Yongguan Zhu. They highly appreciated the enthusiastic participation and constructive suggestions of the committee members, and set out their high expectation on the committee to take the real initiatives in promoting the influence of Chinese soil research in the international scientific community.
In September 2020, during the 3rd meeting of the 13th Standing Council of SSSC, a decision was made to establish a new committee to promote international Collaborations. Under the guidance of SSSC president and vice-presidents and built on 2 months’ hard work of the Preparatory Commission, the International Collaboration Working Committee of SSSC was successfully established. As an integral part of SSSC, the new committee aims to promote international cooperation, to broaden international exchanges and to strengthen its international impact, all of which are critical to pave the way for SSSC to become a first-class scientific society of the world. The committee will also provide a forum for the SSSC members and soil scientists to communicate the latest progresses and achievements from Chinese soil scientists to the world. Moreover, the new committee is expected to lay down a solid foundation for the preparation of the 23rd World Congress of Soil Science that will be hosted by SSSC in Nanjing, China in 2026.
A screenshot of the inaugural (virtual) meeting of the Working Committee