General Information

Welcome to the ISRIC Spring School!   

The ISRIC Spring School aims to introduce participants to the soils of the world, soil classification, soil databases, software for soil data analysis and digital soil mapping in two five-day courses that are 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?

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 coordinator: Stephan Mantel

Lecturers: Stephan Mantel, Niels H. Batjes, Johan Leenaars, Zhanguo Bai, Eloi Ribeiro, Seppe Deckers, Rachel Creamer, and David Rossiter.


The aim of this course is to introduce methods and software for the management, analysis and mapping of soil type and soil properties within the R environment for statistical computing. The course alternates between lectures and computer exercises and covers a variety of subjects, such as geostatistics, machine learning for soil mapping, quantification of uncertainty, sampling for mapping and soil map validation.

Course coordinator: Gerard Heuvelink.

Lecturers: Gerard Heuvelink, Bas Kempen, Laura Poggio, Fenny van Egmond, Eloi Ribeiro, David Rossiter, Titia Mulder and  Dick Brus.



Registration and payment can be done through the courses pages. Note that when registering, you will be redirected to a Wageningen University & Research page in a new window to process your registration and payment. 



The Spring School  will be held at the Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands, from 20 to 24 May 2019. We offer participants the optional  “Introduction to R” tutorial and "Introduction to soils and their properties" lecture on Friday 17 May 2019, if sufficient requests have been received.


    Important  dates

    •    Registration deadline: April 2019.  Registration is only open for the WSA Course.
    •    Confirmation of participation: 11 March 2019
    •    Letter of invitation (for visa application): 15 March 2019
    •    Final programme of the Spring School: 10 May 2019
    •    Spring School:  20 May - 24 May 2019


    Note: it might take substantial time to obtain a visa for the Netherlands (a Schengen visa). If you require a visa, we strongly advise to apply for one as soon as you have received confirmation of your participation.

    More information about visa application for the Netherlands can be found here. A list of countries whose nationals need or do not need a Schengen visa can be downloaded here.


    Selection criteria

    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 organization: springschool(at)
      • DSM course coordinator: Gerard Heuvelink (gerard.heuvelink(at)
      • WSA course coordinator: Stephan Mantel (stephan.mantel(at)


      Good to know

      Courses may be cancelled if the minimum number of participants is not reached.  We will inform you latest 15 March 2019. 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.

      ISRIC does not provide scholarships for this course, nor assists with finding scholarships. Participants will have to find and bring their own funding.


      The personal data that is collected through the website is processed in accordance with the applicable privacy regulations (Privacy and cookie statement).


      Please read carefully the Costs and Payment section.


      Interested in Soil Biology and Biochemistry? The week before the Spring School, Wageningen University organizes a "Laboratory skills course in soil biology and biochemistry" from 13-17 May 2019! More information can be found here.


      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 2019 Spring School is organized in collaboration with guest lecturers from the Catholic University of Leuven and Wageningen University (Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality, Biometris and Soil Geography and Landscape chairgroups).




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