Celebrate World Soil Day 2023 with us on December 5

Share on: 22 Nov 2023

Join the World Soil Museum to celebrate the importance of soil and its connection to water!

For the annual World Soil Day celebrated on December 5, this year, the ISRIC World Soil Museum is hosting a one-hour online interactive program on the theme Soil and Water: A source of life. The program, held via Zoom, begins at 11:00 CET, is free to attend and requires registration.

The one-hour program includes:

  • A brief World Soil Museum tour to see a diversity of soils and their management in relation to water
  • A virtual excursion into Ethiopian fieldwork with Land Soil Crop Hubs researcher Musefa Redi to look at how and why he measures the soil's water retention
  • An introduction to patterns of soil water retention seen on SoilGrids global soil maps  from soil data experts

Come join us!

Register to attend ISRIC’s World Soil Day celebration



More about the program partners:

World Soil Museum

The World Soil Museum, hosted by ISRIC - World Soil Information, informs and educates about the nature and the diversity of soils in the world and what that means for society and for science. From the volcanic ash soils from Andes to the black soil of the Russian steppes. The World Soil Museum is located in an eye-catching building on the Wageningen University Campus in The Netherlands. It has the shape of a sod of soil. The outside walls of the building are coated with clay loam to give the building a natural soil appearance. Learn more about the museum here.

Land Soil Crop - Information Services (LSC Hubs)

This project develops sustainable land, soil, crop information hubs in national agricultural research organizations in East Africa to enhance the effectiveness of national Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) and contribute to rural transformation and climate-smart agriculture.

The consortium is comprised of three international partners and three national implementing partners in East Africa:

  • ISRIC - World Soil Information
  • Wageningen University & Research
  • International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)
  • Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research (EIAR)
  • Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research Organisation (KALRO)
  • Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB)

This four-year project (2021-2024) is jointly funded by the European Union's Development Smart Innovation through Research in Agriculture (DeSIRA) program, The Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a contribution from ISRIC. Read more about the project here.


SoilGrids, a product of ISRIC - World Soil Information, is a system for digital soil mapping based on global compilation of soil profile data and environmental layers. SoilGrids uses state-of-the-art machine learning methods to map the spatial distribution of soil properties across the globe. SoilGrids prediction models are fitted using over 230 000 soil profile observations from the WoSIS database and a series of environmental covariates. Explore the SoilGrids maps here.