Fire is a pervasive and worldwide phenomena. Since the second half of the XXth century due to land use and socio-economical changes, the number and area affected by severe wildfires is increasing, with important economical, social and environmental impacts, many of them unknown. However, fire is also a millenary tool used for thousand years by men to landscape management. Soil is the base for ecosystem sustainability and a heritage to preserve. It is the basis of ecological chain and the modifications of fire regime can have many negative impacts.
Following the first, second and third editions held in Barcelona, Spain, in February 2007 by Grup de Recerca Ambiental Mediterrània (GRAM), in Marmaris, Turquey in February 2009 by Research Group on Fire Ecology (Hacettepe University) and in Guimarães in March 2011, respectively, the Mykolas Romeris University (Faculty of Politics and Management, Department of Environmental Policy) has the pleasure to announce the 4th International Meeting of Fire Effects on Soil Properties in July 2013. The aim of this meeting to bring together worldwide fire and soil researchers to contribute in the advance of the scientific knowledge of this interesting field of science, towards a sustainable development. We sincerely hope that this conference bring new ideas, contacts, and cultural experience in Lithuania.