Opening ISRIC World Soil Museum

Join us in celebrating the opening of the New World Soil Museum

For two years ISRIC has worked on an exciting project: the construction of a brand-new building for the ISRIC World Soil Museum on the campus of Wageningen University and Research (WUR). On 250 square meters it will be housing ISRIC’s unique soil monolith collection. And more than that: visitors can experience the role of soils in life and ecosystems, and get an impression of the enormous variation of soil types around the world, from the colourful Indonesian volcanic ash soil to the man-made Terra Preta soil from the Amazon.

Works have been finished recently and we can now proudly announce the re-opening of the World Soil Museum. To celebrate this occasion, an official opening ceremony is being organised on Monday, 7 April 2014, in combination with a small international symposium on ‘Soils of the World’ with a keynote by renowned film-maker and ecologist John D. Liu, and inspiring and challenging personal soil stories.

The ISRIC team will be pleased to welcome you to Wageningen in April to jointly celebrate this important moment.

The Opening Programme

A programme has been set up that consists of welcome addresses, a small symposium with keynote and thematic speeches, and the official opening ceremony. The tentative schedule is as follows:

from 13:00 Arrival of participants,registration
14:00 Welcome and introduction (Prof. Peter de Ruiter, Chairman of ISRIC Board)
A short history of the World Soil Museum (Stephan Mantel)
14:20 Keynote speech (John D. Liu)
15:00 4 Thematic speeches focusing on personal ‘soil stories’
16:00 Opening ceremony (Prof. Martin Kropff, Rector magnificus; Mrs. Gerda Verburg, Dutch ambassador at FAO; Kees Slingerland, Chairman ESG; Peter de Ruiter, Chairman ISRIC Board)
16:45 Visit to the museum (in groups) from
17:00 Drinks and bites, open ending

It is planned to have an accompanying poster presentation by the WUR Department of Soil Quality chair groups simultaneously to the visit of the museum in groups and during the drinks .

The essentials in short:

  • What: Opening of the completely new presentation and location of ISRIC World Soil Museum
  • When: Monday, 7 April 2014, 14:00-18:00 hrs
  • Where: ISRIC-World Soil Information, GAIA (Building 101), Droevendaalsesteeg 3, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands



Please use the form below to register for this event. Registration deadline is 15-03-2014. Registration

Accommodation and Directions

A list of hotels in Wageningen can be found here. If you should need further assistance regarding your accommodation, please contact our secretary, Ms Yolanda Karpes. You can find directions for how to reach ISRIC here. Please note that Wageningen campus is located approx. 1 km north of the city centre. Line 88 buses connect both the train station Ede-Wageningen and the central city bus station in Wageningen with the campus every 15 mins.


If you should have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact our colleague Stephan Mantel.