Suitma 12th Conference on Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas

Santiago de Compostela, September 4th-7th, 2023

It is our pleasure to invite you to the 12th SUITMA, the international conference of the IUSS Working Group on Soils of Urban, Industrial, Traffic, Mining and Military Areas, which will be held in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on 4th-7th September 2023. The 12th edition of the SUITMA conference celebrates 25 years of the creation of the working group, one of the most active in the International Union of Soil Sciences.

Soils are at the center of global concerns including food security, climate change and biodiversity, and they are essential to achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals. However, anthropic activities have altered the properties and functionality of many soils, especially during the last century, to a point that anthropogenic soils have deserved specific approaches for their study. The SUITMA12 conference will address all aspects of research on classification, properties, functioning and sustainable management of anthropogenic soils.

We are delighted to host this conference in Santiago de Compostela, historical capital of the region of Galicia, UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and destination of the Way of St. James pilgrim route.

We look forward to seeing all of you at SUITMA12.


Sincerely yours,

Chair, Organizing Committee of SUITMA12
Universidade de Santiago de Compostela

Prof. Kye-Hoon John KIM
Chair of IUSS Working Group SUITMA
The University of Seoul



Abstract submission: 15 March 2023

Registration opens: 15 March 2023

Abstract decision: 1st May 2023

Early bird registration: 15 May 2023

Conference program: 1st June 2023

No refund: 1 August 2023


What is SUITMA?

SUITMA is a Working Group (WG) of IUSS (International Union of Soil Sciences), under the roof of Division III—Soil Use and Management, launched at the 16th IUSS World Congress in Montpellier in 1998. SUITMA is devoted to the development of soil science in strongly anthropogenic areas, where human future will meet major challenges (food, health, prosperity). The WG has taken a leading role in coordinating international efforts to advancing our understanding of the urban soil system and symbolizes the increasing importance of urban soil study and research within modern soil science.

More information:

Morel JL, Heinrich AB (2008) SUITMA - soils in urban, industrial, traffic, mining and military areas. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 8, 206–207. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11368-008-0023-3

Burghardt W, Morel JL, Zhang G-L (2015) Development of the soil research about urban, industrial, traffic, mining and military areas (SUITMA). Soil Science and Plant Nutrition, 61:sup1, 3-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/00380768.2015.1046136


Conference topics

  • Issues in the definition and classification of SUITMAs
  • Anthropic pedogenetic processes
  • Fertility and food production in anthropogenic soils: urban agriculture
  • SUITMAs and waste management
  • The water cycle in anthropogenic soils
  • Soils in blue and green infrastructures
  • Geochemistry of SUITMAs and global cycles
  • Soil pollutant distribution, dynamics, and transfer
  • Soil health and human health
  • Urban soil survey and mapping for city planning
  • SUITMAs as records of human history
  • Citizen science, education and communication in urban soil topics


Important dates:

Abstract submission: 15th March 2023

Registration opens: 1st March 2023

Abstract decision: 1st May 2023

Early bird registration: 15th May 2023

Conference program: 1st June 2023

No refund: 1st August 2023

Local organizing committee

  • Remigio PARADELO NÚÑEZ (Chair)
  • María Teresa BARRAL SILVA
  • Juan Pedro MARTÍN SANZ
  • Bianca ROMPATO

Departamento de Edafoloxía e Química Agrícola

Universidade de Santiago de Compostela



Scientific Committee

  • Luke BEESLEY, The James Hutton Institute, Scotland
  • Beatrice BECHET, Université Gustave Eiffel, France
  • Francesca BRETZEL, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
  • Wolfgang BURGHARDT, Universität Duisburg–Essen, Germany
  • Przemyslaw CHARZYNSKI, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland
  • Andrzej GREINERT, University of Zielona Gora, Poland
  • Liliane JEAN-SORO, Université Gustave Eiffel, France
  • Masayuki KAWAHIGASHI, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan
  • Kye-Hoon John KIM, The University of Seoul, South Korea
  • Bjorn KLUGE, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Cecile LE GUERN, Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, France
  • Lutz MAKOWSKY, Institut fur Umwelt-Analyse, Germany
  • Jean Louis MOREL, Université de Lorraine, France
  • Thomas NEHLS, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Anna PALTSEVA, University of Louisiana, USA
  • Ruth PEREIRA, GreenUPorto/FCUP/Universidade do Porto, Portugal
  • Remigio PARADELO, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Christophe SCHWARTZ, Université de Lorraine, France
  • Geoffroy SÉRÉ, Université de Lorraine, France
  • Christina SIEBE, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México
  • Jaroslava SOBOCKA, Soil Science and Conservation Research Institute, Slovakia
  • Eliana Lanfranca TASSI, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
  • Laure VIDAL-BEAUDET, Institut Agro Rennes-Angers, France
  • Gerd WESSOLEK, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany


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Registration will open March 1st, 2023.


Conference fees

  Before 15th May 2023 After 15th May 2023
Regular 425 € 550 €
PhD student 200 € 300 €
Gala dinner 60 € 60 €


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