Johan Bouma is an Emeritus Professor of soil science Wageningen University. Johan is a fellow of the SSSA (1985) and received its President’s award in 2014. He is an Honorary member of the IUSS (2006) and of the Dutch Soil Science Society (2010). He was the first soil scientist to be elected member to the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters ( 1989). In 2017 he received the Alexander von Humboldt medal from the European Geosciences Union for his work in developing countries, and in 2018 he was awarded the IUSS Dokuchaev Basic Soil Science Award. Most recently, Johan has worked as part of a think tank of the European Commission which published a vision called "Mission on Soil, Health and Food".