Soil Ecology (Sunday 12 - Friday 16 June 2022)

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Please note that, at this stage, this event 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.


Soil Ecology

 Rewilding soils – building novel concepts for restoring soils and their ecology

Sunday 12 - Thursday 16 June 2022

Netherlands (exact location to be determined)


Soils are pivotal for numerous ecosystem services, including delivering food, fibre and biofuels, clean air, drinking water and carbon storage. Because of increased land use intensity, global climate change, urbanization, and other human-induced environmental changes, many soil ecosystem services are at risk because of loss of soil biodiversity. Restoring soils and soil functioning requires the restoration of physical, chemical and biological soil properties, as well as restoring ecological relationships. We may call this: ‘rewilding soils’. In this course, we will address ways to understand and promote rewilding soils, through exploring how soil ecology operates in healthy and disturbed soils, how complex networks of soil biota may be restored, and how rewilding soils might work under different (agricultural, natural, urban) environments and under a variety of (boreal-temporal-tropic) climatic conditions. We will also explore how international policy and (N)GOs that aim to restore soils operate. 

Course set-up

The course is composed of a series of lectures, subsequent discussions, working group activities, a poster session, and a debating session. The course will start on Sunday in the late afternoon (4-5 PM) with welcome drinks, a dinner, and a keynote lecture. Accordingly, the course will run from Monday until Thursday afternoon (4-5PM), after wich everyone can make their way home again. As soon as more detailed information about the programme is available, this will be published here. 

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Course organisers
General information
Target Group The course is aimed at PhD candidates, postdocs, and other academics
Group Size Min. 30, max. 40 participants
Course duration 5 days
Language of instruction English
Frequency of recurrence Every three years
Number of credits 1.5 ECTS
Lecturers See above
Prior knowledge Basic knowledge of soil ecology is assumed
Location To be determined


Fees 1
PE&RC / WIMEK / VLAG / WIAS / WASS / EPS / RSEE PhD candidates with an approved TSP € 260,- € 310,-
All other PhD candidates
Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools
€ 600,- € 650,-
All others € 860,- € 910,-

1 The course fee includes accommodation, all meals, course materials, coffee/tea, and water. It does not include beverages in the bar.
2 The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 21 NOVEMBER 2021


  • If you need an invoice to complete your payment, please send an email to, including ALL relevant details that should be mentioned on the invoice (e.g., purchase order no., specific addresses, attendees, etc.).
  • The Early-Bird policy is such that the moment of REGISTRATION (and not payment) is leading for determining the fee that applies to you.
  • Please make sure that your payment is arranged within two weeks after your registration.
  • It is the participant's responsibility to make sure that he/she (or his/her secretary) completes the payment correctly and in time.
PE&RC Cancellation Conditions
  • 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, a fee of € 260,- will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the course, a fee of € 600,- will be charged.
  • If you do not show at all, a fee of € 860,- will nevertheless be charged.

Note: If you would like to cancel your registration, ALWAYS inform us. By NOT paying the participation fee, your registration is NOT automatically cancelled (and do note that you will be kept to the cancellation conditions)

More information

Drs. M van Heist (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 628521546


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