General Information

The ISRIC spring school aims to introduce participants to world soils, soil databases, software for soil data analysis and visualisation, digital soil mapping and soil-web services through two 5-day courses 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 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 by 13 February. Letters of invitation that can be used to apply for visa for The Netherlands will be send before 20 February.


What are the two courses about?

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. Course leader: Tom Hengl ; Lecturers: Tom Hengl, Gerard Heuvelink, Bas Kempen, Eloi Ribeiro.

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 leader : Stephan Mantel; Lecturers: Stephan Mantel, Niels Batjes, Thomas Caspari, Godert van Lynden, Seppe Deckers.



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


Next date

The 5th edition of the Spring School will be held on 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. 


Important dates

  • Deadline for Early-Bird registration: 15 December 2016
  • Deadline for registration: 10 February 2017
  • Confirmation of participation: 13 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.


Contacts for more information

  • Spring school coordinator: María Ruipérez (maria.ruiperezgonzalez(at)
  • GSIF course leader: Tom Hengl (tom.hengl(at)
  • WSA course leader: Stephan Mantel (stephan.mantel(at)


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.