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Opening of ISRIC World Soil Museum

Since 2011 ISRIC - World Soil Information has worked on an exciting project, the construction of a new World Soil Museum located on the campus of Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR). On 250 square meters it displays a selection of ISRIC’s unique soil monolith collection. Further, visitors can experience the role of soils in supporting life and ecosystems, and get an impression of the enormous variation of soil types around the world, from the colourful volcanic ash soil from Indonesia to the man-made Terra Preta soil from the Amazon. We can now proudly announce the re-opening of the World Soil Museum. To celebrate this occasion, the official opening ceremony will take place on Monday, 7 April 2014. The event includes a small international symposium on ‘Soils of the World’ with a keynote by renowned film-maker and ecologist John D. Liu, as well as inspiring and challenging personal soil stories by four invited guest speakers.

Provisional Programme

13:30 Arrival of participants, registration
14:00 Welcome by Peter de Ruiter, Chairman ISRIC Board and Kees Slingerland, Director Environmental Sciences Group
A short history of the World Soil Museum by Stephan Mantel 
14:20 Keynote speech by John D. Liu
15:00 Thematic speeches focusing on personal ‘soil stories’ from inspiring different perspectives (Dr. Jantiene Baartman, Wageningen UR, Dr. Paul Farres, Univ. of Portsmouth, Prof.em. Salomon Kroonenberg, Prof. Louise Vet, NIOO-KNAW)
16:00 Opening ceremony by Prof. Martin Kropff, Rector magnificus WU, John D. Liu and Hein van Holsteijn, Director ISRIC a.o.
1645–18:30 Visit to the museum (in groups)
Poster presentation by Wageningen UR Soil chair groups
Drinks and bites

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When from 02:00 PM to 07 Apr 2014 06:00 PM
Where ISRIC-World Soil Information, GAIA (Building 101), Droevendaalsesteeg 3, 6708 PB Wageningen, The Netherlands
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