Alberta Soil Science

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Upcoming Pedology Courses:

SOIL 410 - Soil Classification
April 14 and 15th, 2021

SOIL 420 - Soil Mapping
April 21 and 22, 2021

Upcoming Pedology Field School:

EXERM 4269 Sp21
May 3-7, 2021

This field-study based course focuses on field diagnostics of soil properties and processes; soil descriptions, classification, and mapping; soil survey procedures; description of soil pits and landscapes; and hands-on field experience with application to industry standards. Mandatory fieldwork is required to collect samples and data for further review in class.

Details and registration

Joint Conference

The ASSW (Alberta Soil Science Workshop) and the CSSS (Canadian Society of Soil Science) will be holding a joint conference in 2022. The dates were postponed from 2021 to 2022 due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

Abstract Submission

Technical session proposals will be requested soon for areas related to application of novel materials in soil science, land reclamation, global change and sustainable agriculture


Edmonton, Alberta
Venue: TBA


Scott Chang (University of Alberta)
William Shotyk (University of Alberta)
Symon Mezbahuddin (Alberta Agriculture and Forestry)

Professional Development for Soil Scientists and Students

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Oral and poster presentations include: keynote papers focussed on the workshop theme, technical papers within four distinct fields, and volunteer papers. Currently the five technical groups are: Land Use, Soil Fertility, Land Reclamation, Forest, Riparian and Wetland Soils and Pedogenesis and Soil Inventory.


Regional Interaction

The Alberta Soil Science Workshop is held to facilitate regional interaction among professionals in soil science. Typically 100 to 150 participants gather for a 1 to 2 day program.



Workshop participants include a diversity of professionals from private industry (e.g. consultants in agronomy, pedology, reclamation, remediation, and environmental services; chemists from commercial analytical laboratories), government (federal, provincial, municipal) and academia (universities and colleges).


Student Support

The workshop is graduate student-friendly, providing an excellent opportunity to enhance presentation skills in a supportive setting (travel bursaries are available for out-of-town students; awards are made for the best student presentations).

Alberta's Soil Science Symposium since 1962

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