ISRIC Spring School 2016

Images of the Spring school

5-day training course on soil mapping, classification and assessment for soil and environmental scientists

The purpose of the spring school is to introduce participants to world soils, soil databases, software for soil data analysis and visualisation, digital soil mapping and soil-web services. The 4th edition of the Spring School will be held on the Wageningen Campus from 9 - 13 May 2016. We offer participants the optional  “Introduction to R” tutorial and "Introduction to soils and their properties" lecture on Friday 6 May 2016.

Photo: Participants and lecturers of the ISRIC Spring School 2016.

The Spring School 2016 will consist of two 5-day courses run in parallel. To find more information about the two courses, follow the links below:

Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF)
Course on methods and tools for 2D and 3D soil analysis, mapping and visualisation based on the GSIF framework.
World Soils and their Assessment (WSA)
Course on international standards for soil classification and assessment.
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Important dates:

  • Deadline for Early-Bird registration: 31 December 2015
  • Deadline for registration: 21 February 2016
  • Confirmation of participation: 1 March 2016
  • Letter of invitation (for visa application): 7 March 2016
  • Deadline for payment of the registration fee: 5 April 2016
  • Final programme of the spring school: 10 April 2016
  • Spring school: 9-13 May 2016.

Who is it for:

Soil and environmental scientists involved in (digital) soil mapping and soil information production at regional, national and continental scales; soil experts and professionals in natural resources management and planning; soil science students at MSc and PhD level.


The spring school will be held at the Wageningen Campus in Lumen (building 100) Gaia (building 101) and Atlas (building 104).

Selection criteria:

Each course is limited to 30 participants per course. In case of a larger number of applications, priority will be given based on time of application (first-come first-served).

The selected spring school participants will receive a confirmation of participation by 1 March. Letters of invitation that can be used to apply for visa for The Netherlands will be send before 7 March.


Registration fees:

Early-bird registration (before 1 January 2016):

  • Reduced fee: 400 EUR
  • Full fee: 800 EUR

Regular registration (after 1 January 2016):

  • Reduced fee: 500 EUR
  • Full fee: 1000 EUR

The reduced fee applies to:

  • BSc and MSc students (proof of enrollment is required)
  • PhD candidates (proof of enrollment is required)
  • Staff of public (national) institutes and organisations such as NGO's based in an ODA country

The full fee applies to:

  • Postdoctoral researchers based in a non-ODA country
  • Staff of public (national) institutes, universities and organizations (including NGO's) based in a non-ODA country
  • Staff of international institutes or organisations (based in ODA as well as non-ODA countries)
  • Staff of private companies and industry

ODA countries are countries that are on the 'DAC list of ODA recipients'.

The registration fee covers the costs of all course materials and lectures, lunch meals and coffee breaks, and spring school dinner. This course is organized on a cost-recovery basis i.e. no profit is made from the course fees. Upon completing the course, participants will receive a certificate and free access to software and datasets used during the course.

Note that in order to be eligible for the early-bird fee you only have to register before 1 January 2016. It is not necessary to pay before this date. Your participation will be confirmed early March. Letters with payment details will be send around the same time.

Payment is only possible by bank transfer: Read more.

ISRIC cannot provide financial support for participation.


ISRIC has pre-booked rooms in hotel Hof van Wageningen at a reduced rate of 62,50 per night (excluding breakfast: 12,50 euro) excluding 1.30 euro city tax per night. The rooms are available until 24 March 2016. You can make a reservation by sending an email to under reference of 'ISRIC Spring School'.

Alternatively, participants may book accommodation using a map of listed hotels:

There are also Bed&Breakfast and airbnb options. Fully equiped rooms can also be rented through

When looking for accommodation, we recommend finding a place in the neighbourhood of Wageningen / Bennekom to avoid long travel times.

It is strongly advised to book accomodation as soon as possible after you have regisered for the spring school.


Please check with the Dutch embassy at your location whether you require a (Schengen) visa for the Netherlands.  If you do, it is essential that you apply as soon as possible, because visa procedures may take much longer than anticipated. We provide a standard letter of invitation to assist you with your visa application. You need however to submit your own application to the relevant authority and follow up accordingly since the organizing committee is not in a position to intercede with consulates. More information about visa application for the Netherlands can be found here.


The most convenient mode of transport from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Wageningen is by (direct) train to station Ede-Wageningen. From there, there is a regular bus service to Wageningen. Detailed travel information, including useful websites, can be found here.

If traveling by train, please note that the traditional paper railway tickets have been abolished. The paper ticket has been replaced by the 'OV chipcard' ('OV chipkaart' in Dutch), which is a public transport travel smart card. It can be used in all forms of public transport in the Netherlands. More information about traveling with the OV chipcard can be found here and here.

A YouTube movie on how to reach Wageningen from Schiphol Airport can be found here.

If you need to change your local currency to Euro, then do this at Schiphol Airport. There are no possibilities to change money in Wageningen. The closest exchange office is at Arnhem Central Train Station (30 min by bus from Wageningen).

All information about spring school logistics, including travel, is summarzied here.


  • Registration for the "Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities" (GSIF) is now closed!
  • Registration for the "World Soils and their assessment"  (WSA) course is now closed!.

More information:

  • Spring school coordinator: Bas Kempen (bas.kempen(at)
  • GSIF course leader: Tom Hengl (tom.hengl(at)
  • WSA course leader: Stephan Mantel (stephan.mantel(at)

The ISRIC Spring School 2016 contributes to the Global Soil Partnership implementation,  and is organised under the auspicies of the C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation of Wageningen University.