ISRIC Spring School 2017

Images of the Spring school

The spring school introduces participants to soils of the world, soil databases, software for soil data analysis and visualisation, digital soil mapping and soil-web services. The 5th edition of the Spring School will take place at the Wageningen Campus from 15 - 19 May 2017. We offer participants the optional  “Introduction to R” tutorial and "Introduction to soils and their properties" lecture on Friday 12 May 2017.

Photo: Participants and lecturers of the ISRIC Spring School 2016.

The Spring School 2017 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)

Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF) are various software and data components to support international and regional soil data projects. The aim of this course is to introduce GSIF and methods and software for management, analysis and mapping of global and regional soil data within the R environment for statistical computing.


World Soils and their Assessment (WSA)

This is a course on international standards for soils classification and 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.

Lecturers: Lecturers:


Important dates:

  • Deadline for Early-Bird registration: 15 December 2016
  • Deadline for registration: 12 February 2017. To register in the waiting list directly contact
  • Confirmation of participation: 17 February 2017
  • Letter of invitation (for visa application): 17 February 2017
  • Deadline for payment of the registration fee: 1 April 2017
  • Final programme of the spring school: 24 April 2017
  • Spring school: 15-19 May 2017.

Who is it 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 and environmental science students at MSc and PhD level.


The spring school will be held at the Wageningen Campus in Lumen (building 100) Gaia (building 101) and Atlas (building 104).

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 time of application (first-come first-served).

The selected spring school participants will receive a confirmation of participation and letter of invitation that can be used to apply for a visa for The Netherlands by 17 February.

Registration fees:

Early-bird registration (before 15 December 2016):

  • Reduced fee: 400 EUR
  • Full fee: 800 EUR

Regular registration (after 15 December 2016):

  • Reduced fee: 500 EUR
  • Full fee: 1000 EUR

The reduced fee applies to:

  • BSc and MSc students (proof of enrollment is required)
  • PhD candidates (proof of enrollment is required)
  • Staff of public (national) institutes and organisations such as NGO's based in an ODA country

The full fee applies to:

  • Postdoctoral researchers based in a non-ODA country
  • Staff of public (national) institutes, universities and organizations (including NGO's) based in a non-ODA country
  • Staff of international institutes or organisations (based in ODA as well as non-ODA countries)
  • Staff of private companies and industry

ODA countries are countries that are on the 'DAC list of ODA recipients'.

The registration fee covers the costs of all course materials and lectures, lunch meals and coffee breaks, and spring school dinner. 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.

Note that in order to be eligible for the early-bird fee you only have to register before 15 December 2016. It is not necessary to pay before this date. Your participation will be confirmed 17 February. The confirmation letter will contain the payment details.

Payment is only possible by bank transfer: Read more.

ISRIC cannot provide financial support for participation.


ISRIC has pre-blocked fully equipped studios on the Wageningen Campus with private kitchen, bathroom and toilet (450 euro for 7 days) at Duwo (student housing) under the reference ISRIC Spring School 2017.  The  studios are available until 1st April 2017.
Interested participants can obtain information through or follow these steps:
  1. Fill out a contact form with your request; please select Wageningen as the subject and mention: ISRIC Spring School 2017
  2. Upon checking DUWO send you an activation email for my DUWO
  3. Upload the requested documents in My DUWO
  4. Once your documents have been approved, you will receive an email to sign your contract online
  5. Click the link to sign your tenancy agreement and check if there's an initial payment open. If so, pay it in My DUWO.
  6. Follow the instructions in My DUWO to sign your tenancy agreement online. The tenancy agreement has to be signed before arrival.
Alternatively, participants may book accommodation using a map of listed hotels:

Fully equiped rooms can also be rented through

There are also Bed&Breakfast and airbnb options.

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

It is strongly advised to book accommodation as soon as possible after you have registered for the spring school. Hotel Hof van Wageningen unfortunately has only limited availability for the spring school week.  


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. We provide a standard letter of invitation 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. More information about visa application for the Netherlands can be found here.


The most convenient mode of transport from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Wageningen is by (direct) train to station Ede-Wageningen. From there, there is a regular bus service to Wageningen. Detailed travel information, including useful websites, can be found here.

If traveling by train, please note that the traditional paper railway tickets have been abolished. The paper ticket has been replaced by the 'OV chipcard' ('OV chipkaart' in Dutch), which is a public transport travel smart card. It can be used in all forms of public transport in the Netherlands. More information about traveling with the OV chipcard can be found here and here.

A YouTube movie on how to reach Wageningen from Schiphol Airport can be found here.

If you need to change your local currency to Euro, then do this at Schiphol Airport. There are no possibilities to change money in Wageningen. The closest exchange office is at Arnhem Central Train Station (30 min by bus from Wageningen).

All information about spring school logistics will follow end February.


  • Registration for the "Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities" (GSIF) is now closed. To register in the waiting list please directly contact us (
  • Registration for the "World Soils and their assessment"  (WSA) course is now closed. To register in the waiting list please directly contact us (


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The ISRIC Spring School 2017 contributes to the Global Soil Partnership implementation,  and is organised under the auspicies of the C.T. de Wit Graduate School for Production Ecology and Resource Conservation of Wageningen University.