FULLY BOOKED! Soil Biology Lab Skills Course for Assessing Soil Functions (27 June- 1 July 2022)

The course is fully booked! Nevertheless, you are most welcome to register for this event, and accordingly, we will place you in a waiting list. Should any of the registered participants cancel his/her registration (which is quite common), we will notify you and ask you whether you would still like to participate in this event. If we do not contact you again with respect to this event, you may assume that no vacancies have arisen.

Course General Description:

Soils deliver a range of soil functions; primary productivity, nutrient cycling, a habitat for biodiversity, water regulation and purification and the breakdown of soil organic matter, which can contribute to climate regulation.

Soil biota play an important role in regulating and controlling many of the processes which support these five soil functions. Therefore we need to know which biological methods to apply, to be able to understand the role of soil biodiversity in soil functions. It is also important to know how these biological measures relate to the varying chemical and physical conditions found in soils and the effect of management and climate.

Soil Biology Group of Wageningen University is organising a laboratory skills course to define which measurements of soil biology are relevant for which soil functions. This course will provide the participants with an overview of a range of methods related to the five soil functions and will provide detailed practical training in a subset of measures. The training will be a combination of lectures, laboratory and field sessions. Assessing a range of measurement types, from simple visual assessments in the field, to training in microscope identification techniques for nematodes and earthworms, and functional measures in the lab such as MicroResp. All methods described in the course will be made available to participants as well as advice on how to analyse the data.
For info and registration mail Paolo Di Lonardo (

Organised by Soil Biology Group

Mon 27 June 2022 09:00 until Fri 1 July 2022 16:00

Venue Lumen, building number 100
Price description All PhDs (except from PE&RC and WIMEK), MScs and HBOs: €500 (Don't forget to bring your student ID to the course) | PhDs from PE&RC and WIMEK: €250 | Staff from countries eligible to receive official development assistance (including Greece) €500 | Staff from OECD countries €750

We do not have any spot left for September 2021 edition. You can still sign up but you will be in the waiting list.

*The reduced fee applies to BSc and MSc students, PhD candidates, staff of public (national) institutes and organisations based in ODA-listed countries.

Cancellation terms participants

  •  Up to 4 (four) weeks prior to the start of the course, cancellation is free of charge*
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the course, the participant will be refunded 50% of the full participation costs*
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the course, the participant is liable to pay 100% of the full participation costs
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 750,- will nevertheless be charged.

* The participant is liable to pay an administration fee of 40 euro, which will be deducted from the amount to be refunded.