WRB Summer, Torun, Poland, June 30 - July 5, 2019

Globalization itself and solving the global environmental issues, as well as the unification of research and teaching on a global level, require the harmonization of technical languages, such as the terminology and classifications used in soil science. Important parts of a professional language are rules for 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 the international exchange of information in soil science.
The workshop WRB Summer is organized under the auspices of IUSS Working Group WRB by experts organizing soil classification trainings since nearly 10 years. The aim of the event is to help beginners using WRB or to enhance skills in soil classification during 1-day indoor and 3-days intensive field activities. The venue is the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage city of Torun. Students, PhD students and young researches are particularly invited (but senior researchers are also welcomed). A website providing more information is available at: https://sites.google.com/site/summerwrb/home


Mongolia, July 28 - August 10, 2019

We plan to see soils of the following Reference Soil Groups: Cryosol, Solonetz, Solonchak, Andosol, Stagnosol, Phaeozem, Gypsisol, Calcisol, Luvisol, Cambisol, Arenosol, Fluvisol. The purpose of the excursion is to test whether the current edition of the WRB is adequate to classify these soils.

The chief organizer is Undrakh-Od Baatar from the Soil Division, Research Institute of Animal Husbandry and Grassland, Mongolian Academy of Sciences, and from the Soil Monitoring Professorship Team, Mongolian University of Life Sciences. She is also Vice-President of the Central Asian Soil Science Society.

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Mexico, April 16 - 25, 2020

Field Workshop and Conference of the IUSS Commission Soil Classification