In recent decades the threat to soil has become a serious problem worldwide, and many international efforts draw attention to the importance of awareness of this threat and adequate prevention. The year 2015 can be remembered as International Year of Soils, which was then extended until 2024 as International Decade of Soils. These, and other activities lead to a spread of information on soils, their importance, both productive and non-productive, and the fact that the state of our soils is not good, and a remedial solution must be found. This is the aim of the conference being prepared in cooperation with the soil science societies of V4 countries and government ministries, in order to identify the problems and, especially to seek measures to improve the situation. The conference is not intended exclusively for specialists from Central European countries. We look forward to wider international participation by colleagues from academic circles, governing bodies, and practitioners, with the aim of sharing the latest scientific and practical knowledge leading towards protection and improvement of the condition of the irreplaceable natural wealth that soil represents.
In this vein, the scientific committee has divided the programme into three blocks, from the description of individual degradation influences and methods to evaluate them, to the proposal and effectiveness of corrective measures. After the conference abstract proceedings will be issued, covering both the presentation and poster sections. During the conference members of the scientific committee will also select several innovative scientific contributions and make recommendations to their authors for inclusion in the magazines Soil and Water Research, Agriculture, Agrokémia és Talajtan and Soil Science Annual. The conference will include excursions, one of which will focus on the issues of agricultural soils, while the other will deal with forest soils. Anyone interested in gaining an understanding of the issues in-situ is also invited to take part in two pre-conference tours, which are being prepared in Hungary and Poland by local branches of national soil societies.