Soil Science Society of America

2009 ASA–CSSA–SSSA meetings emphasize sustainability


Source: Soil Science Society of America

The 2009 ASA–CSSA–SSSA International Annual Meetings are just around the corner, 1–5 November in Pittsburgh, PA. The theme of the meetings, “Footprints in the Landscape: Sustainability through Plant and Soil Sciences,” together with the location, emphasize sustainability.

The meeting theme runs throughout the technical program that is built around daily plenary sessions, nine distinguished lectures, 2,500+ oral and poster presentations, an exhibit hall, career center, and other events.

The green-by-design David L. Lawrence Convention Center’s conservation practices include natural ventilation and illumination, and the eco-friendly environment encourages attendees to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Along with adding an overarching green theme to our Annual Meetings, this year also brings a few other changes, including:

  • Program books will be picked up on-site, along with your name badge and abstract CD, at the Registration Center in Concourse BC of the convention center. Information about the meetings is continually updated at:
  • Follow @ASA_CSSA_SSSA on Twitter for Annual Meeting updates. You can also receive meeting related text messages by providing your cell phone number on the registration form.
  • Already registered? You can easily add an event to your registration: log in at any homepage (,, or, and follow these steps: My Account>MyTransactions>My Receipts>Select 2009 AM invoice, and add the event.
  • Not yet registered? We offer online registration through Wednesday, 4 November. Register online at your convenience,, and pick up your name badge and materials on-site at the Registration Center in Concourse BC.
  • This year’s exhibit hall features the Green Zone, the Career Placement Center, the Graduate School Forum, and the popular Sunday evening reception.
  • New this year: Golden Opportunity Scholars Symposium and Luncheon (tickets required).

ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meetings Program

The meeting theme 'Footprints in the Landscape: Sustainability through Plant and Soil Sciences,' presents a program that is built around daily plenary sessions, nine distinguished lectures, 2,500+ oral and poster presentations, an exhibit hall, career center, and other events.

The conference begins on Sunday, Nov. 1, with a Plenary Session from 6:00-7:00 pm, presented by 2009 World Food Prize recipient Gebisa Ejeta, Purdue University. Past World Food Prize recipients will also be recognized. The meeting continues through the rest of the week, with the technical program ending on Thursday, 5 November.

Monday, Nov. 2 Highlights

  • “Climate Change and Agroecosystems: Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation,”  Session, 9:55-5:15 pm
  • “Dirt! the Movie,” screening and discussion with Producer Gene Rosow, 3:45-5:30 pm (repeats on Nov. 3, 10:00-11:45 am)
  • “Using Precision Farming Technologies to Minimize Agriculture's Footprint in the Landscape,” Symposium, 9:55 am-5:00 pm
    Tuesday, Nov. 3 Highlights
  • Intersection of technology and sustainability, Plenary Address by Calestous Juma, Harvard, 8:00-9:30 am
  • Gulf of Mexico’s hypoxia zone/dead zone, Lecture by Curtis Richardson, Duke, 9:55-11:00 am
  • “Global Footprints: Adding Value to Agriculture in the Developing World,” Symposium, 10:10 am-2:30 pm
  • “The Environmental and Ecological Challenges of Biomass Production,” Session, 9:55 am-3:30 pm and “Impact of Ethanol Production on the Environment, Session, 9:55 am -2:45 pm
    Wednesday, Nov. 4 Highlights
  • Why soil is the most valuable ecosystem in the world, in “Soils: A Public Health Threat or Savior,” Plenary Address by Ian Pepper, University of Arizona, 8:00-9:30 am
  • “Terroir: Winegrapes and the Environment,” Symposium, 12:45-6:00 pm
  • “Biochar Use for Improving Environmental Quality,” Session, 12:55-6:00 pm
  • “Urban Agriculture: Understanding and Communicating the Role of Turfgrass,” Symposium, 3:15-6:15 pm
  • Climate change and crop diversity, Lecture by Robert J. Hijmans, University of California-Davis, 4:30-5:15 pm

Thursday, Nov. 5 Highlights

  • “Building a Strong Financial Base for Sustaining a Healthy Plant Breeding Community,” Symposium, presentations by the Gates Foundation, Monsanto Company, Noble Foundation, and others, 7:55-10:50 am

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