Opening ISRIC World Soil Museum

Join us in celebrating the opening of the New World Soil Museum

Since 2011 ISRIC - World Soil Information has worked on an exciting project, the construction of a new World Soil Museum located on the campus of Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR). On 250 square meters it displays a selection of ISRIC’s unique soil monolith collection. Further, visitors can experience the role of soils in supporting life and ecosystems, and get an impression of the enormous variation of soil types around the world, from the colourful volcanic ash soil from Indonesia to the man-made Terra Preta soil from the Amazon.

Impression of the new museum, (contributors)

We can now proudly announce the re-opening of the World Soil Museum. To celebrate this occasion, the official opening ceremony will take place on Monday, 7 April 2014. The event includes a small international symposium on ‘Soils of the World’ with a keynote by renowned film-maker and ecologist John D. Liu, as well as inspiring and challenging personal soil stories by four invited guest speakers.

The ISRIC team will be pleased to welcome you to Wageningen on April 7 to jointly celebrate this important moment.


Provisional Programme

13:30 Arrival of participants, registration
14:00 Welcome by Peter de Ruiter, Chairman ISRIC Board and Kees Slingerland, Director Environmental Sciences Group
A short history of the World Soil Museum by Stephan Mantel
14:20 Keynote speech by John D. Liu
15:00 Thematic speeches focusing on personal ‘soil stories’ from inspiring different perspectives (Dr. Jantiene Baartman, Wageningen UR, Dr. Paul Farres, Univ. of Portsmouth, Prof.em. Salomon Kroonenberg, Prof. Louise Vet, NIOO-KNAW)
16:00 Opening ceremony by Prof. Martin Kropff, Rector magnificus WU, John D. Liu and Hein van Holsteijn, Director ISRIC a.o.
16:45-18:30 Visit to the museum (in groups)*
Poster presentation by  Wageningen UR Soil chair groups ;
Drinks and bites

The essentials in short:

  • What: Opening of the completely new presentation and location of ISRIC World Soil Museum
  • When: Monday, 7 April 2014, 14:00-18:00 hrs
  • Where: ISRIC-World Soil Information, GAIA (Building 101), Droevendaalsesteeg 3, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands



Please register before March 15 and check the website for updated information. (closed)

Accommodation and Directions

A list of hotels in Wageningen can be found here. You can find directions for how to reach ISRIC here. Wageningen campus is located approx. 1 km north of the city centre. Line 88 buses connect both the train station Ede-Wageningen and the central city bus station in Wageningen with the campus every 15 mins.



If you have any further questions please contact Stephan Mantel.