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



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
  • Subhadip GHOSH, National Parks Board, Singapur
  • 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

Post-conference tour: Las Médulas Roman gold mine and Valdeorras slate quarrying area

Price: 190 € (includes travel from and back to Santiago, guided visit to Las Médulas UNESCO world heritage site and one night hotel in individual room)

Limited to 20 places. Link to preregister interest:  or send a mail to: remigio.paradelo.nunez@usc.es


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 €


Registration is now closed, for questions or additional information regarding the congress, please contact us at xestioneventos@usc.es

Abstract Submission

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



Santiago de Compostela is located in the  northwest corner of Spain, only a few kilometres  inland from Europes’s westernmost coastline, in  the region called Galicia



Atlantic Motorway AP-9: links Santiago de  Compostela with A Coruña, Ferrol, Pontevedra,  Vigo, Tui and Portuguese border. Northwest Dual Carriageway A-6: links Galicia  with the rest of Spain via Lugo province (links up with Santiago via the AP-9 near A Coruña).

Rías Baixas Dual Carriageway A-52: links Galicia  with the rest of Spain via Ourense province (links  up with Santiago via the AP-9 in Vigo or by means  of the N-525 road in Ourense).

AP-53 / AG-53 Motorway: links Santiago with  Lalín, connecting with the AG-53 motorway to  Ourense and Madrid.
Cantábrico Dual Carriageway A-8: links Galicia  with France via the Cantabrian coast (links up  with Santiago via the Northwest Dual  Carriageway A-6).



Santiago-Rosalía de Castro international airport  (SCQ) is 12 km from the city centre.

There is a regular bus service during the day, as  well as a 24 hour taxi service, connecting the  airport with the city.

Taxi fare: 21,00€ (15 min. ride)

Bus fare:1,00€ (45 min. ride)

Other nearby airports:
A Coruña: 69 km, Vigo: 90 km, Porto (Portugal):  229 km.


Airlines flying to Santiago de Compostela:

Iberia / Iberia Express, Air Nostrum, Vueling,  Ryanair, Edelweiss Air, Lufthansa, Transavia, Aer  Lingus

Domestic flights:
Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Fuerteventura, Las  Palmas, Lanzarote, Madrid, Málaga, Palma de  Mallorca, Sevilla, Tenerife, Valencia

International flights:
Amsterdam, Basel, Dublin, Frankfurt, Geneva,  London, Milan, Paris, Zurich




The new central station is 1 km from the city  centre (10-15 min. walking distance).

Regular bus service, as well as a permanent taxi  service is available for travellers at the station.

Long-distance routes by train:

10 daily* fast connections by high-  speed train are now available to  travel from Madrid to Santiago,  with an average travel time of only  3hoursand30minutes.
*Reduced frecuency on weekends

Long-distance routes by bus:

Connections with Madrid, Gijón,  Bilbao, Irún, Zamora, Salamanca,  Cáceres, Seville, Algeciras,  Portugal,..

Regional routes by bus:
A Coruña, Vigo, Pontevedra,  Ferrol, Lugo, Sarria, Vilagarcía  de Arousa, Cambados, O  Grove, A Toxa, Noia, Muros,  Betanzos, Ferrol, Ourense,  Fisterra, Padrón, Ribeira,  Negreira, Muxía.




A Coruña

57 km


95 km


107 km


110 km


50 km


92 km



599 km


1,094 km


780 km


569 km


960 km


890 km


424 km


681 km


325 km


320 km



226 km


530 km



These hotels have already created the codes and can be booked at any time:

DISCOUNT CODE: SUITMA (-10% on web rate)

The code is active until 21 August 2023

Hotel Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago



Hotel Eurostars Araguaney



Hotel Exe Peregrino



Hotel Compostela



Here you can find the rest of the accommodation in Santiago de Compostela:

Accommodation | Official Tourism Website of Santiago de Compostela and its Surroundings (santiagoturismo.com)





SUITMA12 will take place at the Faculty of Biology of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).


Faculty of Biology
Rúa Lope Gómez de Marzoa, s/n
University Campus
Santiago de Compostela (Spain)




Concello de Santiago de Compostela

Servizo de Parques e Xardíns
Concello de Santiago de Compostela


Sociedade Galega de Medio Ambiente