ISRIC's Spring School 2014

Spring School 2013

5-day training course for soil mappers and soil scientists

The purpose of the Spring School is to introduce participants to world soils, soil databases, software for soil data analysis and visualisation, digital soil mapping and soil-web services. The Spring School will be held on the Wageningen Campus from 12-16 May 2014. We also offer participants a voluntary and free “Introduction to R” tutorial on Friday 9 May.

Photo: Participants and lecturers of the ISRIC Spring School 2014

The Spring School 2014 will consist of two 5-day courses run in parallel. To find more information about the two courses, follow the links below:

Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF)
methods and tools for 3D soil analysis and mapping
World soils and their assessment (WSA)
introductory / refresher course on international standards for soils assessment
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Important dates:

  • Deadline for registrations: 15 February 2014
  • Confirmation of participation: 1 March 2014.
  • Letter of invitation (for visa application): 15 March 2014.
  • Deadline for payment of the registration fees: 20 March 2014. Do not pay the registration fees until you have received confirmation of acceptance.
  • Final programme of the spring school: 31 March 2014.
  • Spring school: 12 May - 16 May 2014.

Who is it for:

Soil data producers and soil mappers involved in 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.

Lecture rooms:

The spring school will be held at the Wageningen  campus, in Forum (building 102) and Gaia (building 101).

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:

  1. Time of application (first-come first-served);
  2. Country of residence and/or employment (participants from ODA countries have a priority);
  3. In case there are >1 candidates from the same institute/university, a selection will be made.
The selected spring school participants will receive a confirmation of participation by 1 March. Letters of invitation that can be used to apply for visa for The Netherlands will be send before 15 March.

Registration fees:

  • ODA country residence and/or employer and/or full time students (a copy of student card required): 300 EUR
  • Other: 600 EUR

Reduced fee is valid also for PE&RC PhD candidates who have a TSP and will defend their thesis at Wageningen University.

The registration fee covers the costs of all course materials and lectures, lunch meals and coffee breaks, sport event, dinner and barbecue. This course is organized on a cost-recovery basis i.e. no profit is made from the course fees. Upon completing the course, participants will receive a certificate and free access to software and datasets used during the course.

Payment is only possible by bank transfer: Read more.


ISRIC has pre-booked rooms in hotel Hof van Wageningen at a reduced rate of 75 euro per night, including breakfast, excluding 2.00 euro city tax per night. The rooms are available until March 27 2014. You can make a reservation by sending an email to under reference of 'ISRIC Spring School'.

Alternatively, participants may book accommodation using a map of listed hotels:

There are also Bed&Breakfast possibilities.

When looking for accommodation, we recommend finding a place in the neighbourhood of Wageningen / Bennekom to avoid long travel times.


Please check with the Dutch embassy at your location whether you require a (Schengen) visa for the Netherlands.  If you do, it is essential that you apply as soon as possible, because visa procedures may take much longer than anticipated. Upon request, we can provide a standard invitation letter to assist you with your visa application. You need however to submit your own application to the relevant authority and follow up accordingly since the organizing committee is not in a position to intercede with consulates.


  • Registerations for "Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities(GSIF)" course are now closed.
  • Registerations for "World Soils and their assessment" course are now closed.