16th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS 2024) March 26-29, 2024 at Thai Nguyen University, Vietnam

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During the two days of March 26 and 27, 2024, the 16th International Scientific ESAFS 2024 Conference was hosted by Thai Nguyen University (TNU), in collaboration with the Vietnam Soil Science Society (VSSS), the Federation of International East and Southeast Asia Soil Science Society (ESAFS), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in collaboration with: Soils and Fertilizers Institute (SFRI), Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF), Thai Nguyen University of Education (TNUE), International School of Thai Nguyen University (ISTNU) has closed.

Theme "Healthy Soils for Sustainable Development" of the international ESAFS 2024 conference

With the theme "Healthy Soils for Sustainable Development", the conference attracted outstanding experts, researchers, and scholars in soil science from countries: Canada, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Poland, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh, Indonesia ,etc. and Vietnam have contributed to promoting sustainable development in the region through healthy soils in agriculture, sustainable development and environment.

The 16th International Conference of the East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS 2024) was organized for the first time in Vietnam. Previously, the Conference was successfully held every 2 years, in Bangkok - Thailand (2017), Taipei - Taiwan (2019) and Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia (2022).

Domestic and international delegates attended the Conference

On behalf of the leadership of Thai Nguyen University, Assoc.Prof.Hoang Van Hung warmly welcomed the delegates to attend the 16th International Conference of the Federation of East and Southeast Asian Soil Science Societies (ESAFS 2024) with the theme " Healthy Soils for Sustainable Development " organized at Thai Nguyen University in collaboration with the Vietnam Soil Science Society (VSSS), East and Southeast Asia Federation of Soil Science Societies (ESAFS), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Assoc. Prof. Hoang Van Hung, Director of Thai Nguyen University, presented a welcome speech at the conference

The ESAFS 2024 conference aims to share invaluable experience and knowledge among soil scientists all over the World, especially in East and Southeast Asia countries, promote active participation of member societies and networking and contribute towards sustainable development in the region through harmonization of agriculture and environment. The speakers and delegates attending the conference were divided into groups to present and discuss at 6 Symposium topics (Sessions) as follows.

- Soil health; Soil ecology and Biodiversity

- Soil fertility and Plant nutritions

- Soil classification and mapping; Soil evaluation and land use; Information on upland soils; Serpentine soils and Wetland

- Mitigation and C-Sequestration in soil-plant system; Land use to respond to climate change and sea level rise

- Soil poluttion; Soil degradation and remediation; Recent advances in soil research

- Land governance; Land policy and Education on land management

International keynote speakers presented at the conference

The international ESAFS 2024 conference is part of a series of events celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the establishment of Thai Nguyen University (TNU). This is an opportunity for scientists to share experiences and knowledge about soil around the world, especially in countries in East and Southeast Asia, contributing to sustainable development in the region through harmony between agriculture and the environment.

Participating in the conference were representatives from 12 Soil Science Societies in ESAFS member countries and more than 330 domestic and international delegates. Including 90 international delegates from 20 countries and territories, over 240 Vietnamese delegates are scientists at research institutes, universities, organizations and units in nation and abroad. In particular, there were 12 delegations from the Soil and Fertilizer Science Associations from East and Southeast Asian countries. The ESAFS 2024 conference invited 6 keynote speakers, 75 oral presentations and 70 poster presentations. The international conference has tot 12 oral presentation sessions, including 6 topics synthesized topics from 15 conference topics, 1 in-educational tour program during the conference, 1 post-tour program after the conference. The topics of the conference discuss soil health, soil relations, climate, plant and human life. The presentations aim to address pollution prevention, land environmental degradation, responding to climate change, carbon fixation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions towards sustainable regional and global development. Enhance the position and contribution of Vietnamese soil science in the region and internationally.

Welcoming domestic delegates international and domestic delegates at May Plaza Hotel on March 25, 2024

Delegates attending ESAFS 2024 Opening ceremony on March 26, 2024

Delegates attending the business meeting of the Federation of Soil Science Societies of ESAFS member countries on March 27, 2024

Assoc. Prof. Tran Thanh Van, Deputy Director of Thai Nguyen University and Prof. Vu Nang Dung, President of the Vietnam Soil Science Society, awarded certificates of merit to the Keynote Speakers of the conference.

The keynote speakers received certificates of merit from the conference organizers

VSSS President Prof. Vu Nang Dzung awarded the ESAFS Award 2024 to Prof. Takashi Kosaki belongs to the (Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition (JSSS). The next ESAFS will be held in Nepal in 2027.

Prof. Takashi Kosaki received the ESAFS Award 2024 certificate

Selecting a location to organize the 17th ESAFS conference (ESAFS 2027). The next ESAFS will be held in 2027. Prof. Keshav Raj Adhikari, President of the Nepalese Society of Soil Science (NSSS) presented the host country's preparations and NSSS's willingness to host the 17th  ESAFS in 2027. Nepal was then selected and approved as the host for the 17th ESAFS conference.

The President of the Nepalese Society of Soil Science received the flag of the 17th ESAFS 2027 organization in Nepal from the President of the Vietnam Society of Soil Science

Prof. Nguyen The Hung presented the closing speech at the conference

Delegates visit the in-educational trip programme at Hao Dat Tea Cooperative in Tan Cuong Commune


Educational tour in the conference in Tan Cuong commune

The post tour programme in Ha Long Bay and Lan Ha Bay after the conference

Delegates in the post-tour program after the conference

Nguyen Ngoc Son Hai, Department of Science, Technology and International Cooperation, TUAF