ISRIC - World Soil Information is an independent, science-based foundation. The institute was founded in 1966 following a recommendation of the International Soil Science Society (ISSS) and a resolution of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). ISRIC has a mission to serve the international community with information about the world’s soil resources to help addressing major global issues. ISRIC is the International Council for Science (ICSU) accredited World Data Centre for Soils (WDC-Soils) since 1989 and it maintains the World Soil Museum.
In partnership, ISRIC operates in three priority areas:
soil data and soil mapping
application of soil data in global development issues
The new World Soil Museum has been officially opened on April 7th, 2014. The museum displays a selection of soil monoliths from all over the world. Multi-media facilities in the museum provide access to data on the global soil resources.
8 September ISRIC celebrated its 50th anniversary with an informal get-together of current and former colleagues, and friends of ISRIC.
During the event em. prof. dr. JA (Seppe) Deckers and dr. RA (Bob) MacMillan have been appointed as Honorary Fellows.