Welcome to the ISRIC Spring School!
The ISRIC spring school aims to introduce participants to world soils, soil databases, software for soil data analysis and visualisation, digital soil mapping and soil-web services through two 5-day courses run in parallel.
Who is the Spring School 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.
What are the two courses about?
- World Soils and their Assessment (WSA) [Registration for this course is open]
This is a course on the soils of the world and their assessment. It will provide an introduction to the soils of the world and their diversity, their main forming factors, classification (according to the World Reference Base for Soil Resources 2014), and management. Course leader: Stephan Mantel; Lecturers: Stephan Mantel, Jan de Leeuw, Zhanguo Bai, Johan Leenaars, Niels Batjes, David Rossiter, Eloi Ribeiro, Seppe Deckers and Rachel Creamer.
Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF): [Registration for this course is on hold]
Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF) are various software and data components aiming at supporting international and regional soil data projects. The aim of this course is to introduce GSIF and methods and software for the management, analysis and mapping of soils within the R environment for statistical computing. Course leader: Tom Hengl ; Lecturers: Tom Hengl, Gerard Heuvelink, Madlene Nussbaum and Bas Kempen.
Course may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not reached. We will inform you latest 15 March 2018. In that case the amount paid will be automatically refunded to your bank account. Please note that the refund will be done to the same bank account number used to pay the course fee.
The next spring school edition will be held at the Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands, from 28 May - 1 June 2018. We offer participants the optional “Introduction to R” tutorial and "Introduction to soils and their properties" lecture on Friday 25 May 2018, if sufficient requests have been received.
- Deadline for Early-Bird registration: 31 December 2017
- Deadline for registration: 10 February 2018
- Confirmation of participation: 12 February 2018
- Letter of invitation (for visa application): 16 February 2018
- Final programme of the spring school: 7 May 2018
- Spring school: 28 May - 1 June 2018.
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).
@ Contacts for more information
- Spring school coordination: springschool(at)wur.nl
- GSIF course leader: Tom Hengl (springschool(at)wur.nl)
- WSA course leader: Stephan Mantel (stephan.mantel(at)wur.nl)
@ Good to know
Courses may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not reached. We will inform you latest 15 March 2018. In that case the amount paid will be refunded to your bank account. Please note that the refund will be done to the same bank account number used to pay the course fee.
100% of the participation fee must be paid at the time of registration.
Please read carefully the Costs and Payment section.
The ISRIC Spring School contributes to the Global Soil Partnership implementation, and is organised under the auspices of the C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation of Wageningen University. The 2018 spring school is organized in collaboration with guest lecturers from the Catholic University of Leuven, Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality group of Wageningen University,and the School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences of Bern University of Applied Sciences.