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 during two five-day courses that are run in parallel.  Will you join us?




Our courses

World Soils and their Assessment (WSA)     
This is a course on the soils of the world and their assessment. It provides 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, update 2015), and management. 

Course coordinator: Stephan Mantel 

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


Hands-on Digital Soil Mapping (DSM)          

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, soil functional mapping, proximal soil sensing, quantification of uncertainty, sampling for mapping and soil map validation.

Course coordinator: Gerard Heuvelink

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


Venue and Important dates

 The Spring School will be held at the Wageningen Campus, the Netherlands, from 17 to 21 May 2021.

  • Deadline for Early-Bird registration: 31 December 2020
  • Registration deadline: 1 March 2021
  • Confirmation of participation:  5 March 2021
  • Letter of invitation (for visa application): 12 March 2021
  • Final programme of the Spring School: 26 April 2021
  • Spring School:  17 May - 21 May 2021



World Soils and their Assessment (WSA) course, register now!

The Digital Soil Mapping course has reached maximum of capacity. You can subscribe to the waiting list of this course by filling this online form. If early next year it is possible to increase the number of participants,  we will contact you. 


Special note

Due to the measures and regulations to prevent further spreading of COVID-19 in The Netherlands, it is not certain that  the 2021 edition of the ISRIC Spring School  will be held on-site in Wageningen. We aim for an on-site Spring School, but in case the guidelines and regulations of the Dutch government and WUR campus prevent this,  we may  cancel the courses for 2021 or organize the courses online (with the needed adaptations).  We will keep our Spring School participants regularly informed further developments.


      Fees and registration process

Information about  registration fees can be found here. Note that when registering, you will be redirected to a Wageningen University & Research page in a new window to process your registration and payment.  Priority will be given based on your time of application (i.e., first-come first-served). ISRIC does not provide scholarships for this course, nor does it assist with finding scholarships. Participants will have to arrange their own funding.


     Visa for the Netherlands

It may 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.


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More information

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


The ISRIC Spring School is organised in collaboration with guest lecturers from the Catholic University of Leuven and Wageningen University, and endorsed by the C.T. de Wit School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation of Wageningen University (Soil Biology and Biological Soil Quality, Biometris and Soil Geography and Landscape chairgroups).