Mexico, April 16 - 25, 2020

Field Workshop and Conference of the IUSS Commission Soil Classification


ISRIC Spring Schools, May 11 to May 15, 2020

ISRIC - World Soil Information announces a Spring School in Wageningen, the Netherlands.
It consists of two five-day courses that are run in parallel:

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.

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. The course includes lectures, hands-on exercises and a field excursion in the area around Wageningen. Furthermore, a full day in the program is dedicated to soil functions and regional planning as well as soil management strategies for soil conservation and optimization of soil functions. The course makes use of the facilities of the World Soil Museum and monoliths of the World Soil Reference collection.

For more information about the ISRIC Spring School please visit:


"WRB Summer 2020", Torun, Poland, 21st - 26th June 2020

Globalization itself and solving the global environmental issues, as well as the unification of research and teaching on the global level require harmonization of technical languages, such as the terminology and classifications used in soil science. Important parts of professional language are rules of soil characterization and classification. As so many "languages" – national systems are used in the world, a common Lingua Franca is needed to understand each other. World Reference Base for Soil Resources (WRB) is probably the best proposal to facilitate international exchange of information in soil science.
A second edition of "WRB summer" is organized in 2020 after the successful first meeting in July 2019. The workshop is organized under the auspices of the IUSS Working Group WRB by experts organizing soil classification trainings since nearly 10 years. The aim of the event is to help the beginners using WRB or to enhance skills in soil classification during one day indoor and 3 days intensive field activities. Field days will be organized in various environmental conditions to show the widest variety of soils possible.

The venue is in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Torun. One of the fieldwork days will be in a vineyard (wine tasting included).

Students, PhD students and young researches are particularly invited (but senior researchers are also welcomed). A website providing more information is available at:


Iceland, June 9 to 18, 2021

The official excursion of the year 2021 of the WRB Working Group will lead us to Iceland.
Details will be announced until October 2020.