Soil Biology Lab Skills Course for Assessing Soil Functions


Soil Biology Lab Skills Course for Assessing Soil Functions

We are sorry to communicate that due to the current Coronavirus outbreak we decided to postpone the Soil Biology Lab Skills Course to the 1st week of September. The current situation has made this decision unavoidable. Stay safe and healthy #StayHome

Date: Mon 15 June 2020 until Fri 19 June 2020 > postponed to first week of September

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.

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.

It is a 5 day course, providing a mixture of interactive lectures and practical sessions each day. All methods described in the course will be made available to participants as well as advice on how to analyse the data.

Organisator Wageningen University & Research, Soil Biology

ma 15 juni 2020 09:00 tot vr 19 juni 2020 17:00

Locatie Lumen, building number 100
Droevendaalsesteeg 3a
6708 PB Wageningen
+31 317 481 700
Prijsomschrijving All PhDs (except from PE&RC), MScs and HBOs: €500 (Don't forget to bring your student ID to the course) | PhDs from PE&RC: €250 | Staff from countries eligible to receive official development assistance (including Greece) €500 | Staff from OECD countries €750

For further details and to register, please contact Paolo Di Lonardo.

Last chance to book a place on this course, book before the 15th March

Deadline for registration is: 15th March 2020. Book early as places are limited to 20 persons.

*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.

Cancellation terms organization

The course may be cancelled if the minimum number of 15 participants is not reached. We will inform you latest 15 March 2020.