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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.


Registration will be open soon! 

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Who is the Spring School for?                   

What are the  courses about?                             

Venue, dates and selection criteria             

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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?

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.

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.



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.


Important  dates

  • Deadline for Early-Bird registration: 22 December 2017
  • Deadline for registration: 10 February 2018
  • Confirmation of participation: 12 February 2018
  • Letter of invitation (for visa application): 16 February 2018
  • Deadline for payment of the registration fee: 8 April 2018
  • Final programme of the spring school: 7 May 2018
  • Spring school:  28 May - 1 June 2018.

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).

@ Contacts for more information

  • Spring school coordination: springschool(at)
  • GSIF course leader: Tom Hengl (tom.hengl(at)
  • WSA course leader: Stephan Mantel (stephan.mantel(at)


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. In organizing the Spring School for 2018, ISRIC collaborates, through guest lecturers, with 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.


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