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FRIDAY 18/05/2018                                            


Conference venue: Hotel Przystanek, Chłopickiego St. 4, 87-100 Toruń, Poland  


from 12.00



OPENING CEREMONY                                                                                                                                       


Welcome speeches


PLENARY SESSION                                                                                    14.10 – 16.40

Chairmen: Cezary Kabała, Aldis Karklins


FACES project Intellectual Outputs (Soil Data Base, Soil Sequences Atlas, Soil Description and Classification Field guide) presentation

Przemysław Charzyński, Marcin Świtoniak, Cezary Kabała, Aldis Karklins, Tibor Novak, Endla Reintnam, Blaž Repe, Vít Penížek, Martin Saksa, Rimantas Vaisvalavicius Rastislav Skalsky, (FACES Consortium)


WRB from 2015 to 2022 – Suggestions for improvements found while teaching

Peter Schad, Technical University of Munich, Germany


Importance of teaching soil classification for specialists in soil resources

Maria Gerasimova, Moscow Lomonosov University, Russia; Olga Bezuglova, Southern Federal University, Russia


Humusica – Soil biodiversity and global change

Augusto Zanella, University of Padova, Italy



GROUP PHOTO & Coffee break


THEMATIC SESSION 1                                                                              17.00 – 19.30

Chairmen: Blaž Repe, Vít Penížek


A universal soil classification system from the perspective of the General Theory of Classification

Alexandra Nikiforova, Moscow Lomonosov University, Russia

Maria Fleis, Institute of Geography RAS, Russia


Grouping of anthropogenic soils according to the German classification system – historical development; current situation; further approaches

Luise Giani, Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg, Germany


History and development of the Belarusian soil classification system

Viktar Tsyrybka, RUE Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry, Minsk, Belarus


Bulgarian Soil Classification issues of correlation and harmonization with the world systematic systems

Toma Shishkov, Institute of Soil Science, Agrotechnology and Plant Protection “Nikola Poushkarov”, Sofia Bulgaria


Mapping, characterization and classification of acid sulfate soils in Finland

Anton Boman, Geological Survey of Finland


Challenges of Soil Taxonomy and WRB in classifying soils: some examples from Iranian soils 

Mohammad Hassan Salehi, Shahrekord University, Iran


A typical soil sequence of Barrier islands at the North Sea coast – exemplified at Spiekeroog (NW-Germany) with a focus on international (WRB) and German soil classification

Thomas Pollmann, Luise Giani, Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg, Germany; Birte Junge, Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment, University of Oldenburg, Germany


Lithuanian soil classification and discussions aspect of its development: landscape approach

Jonas Volungevičius, Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry


Challenges to teach soil classification in Estonia in local and international level

Endla Reintnam, Tartu Life Sciences University,Estonia


The major soil types of Transylvanian Plain (Romania)

Horea Lucian Cacovean, Stefan Bakos, Teodor Rusu, Pedological and Soil Chemistry Institute, Cluj, Romania



Ice-Breaking Party – The Artus Court, Toruń main square



SATURDAY 19/05/2018





Using FACES Soil Description and Classification Field guide in the field

FACES Soil Data Base - what goes on backstage

Soil Sequences Atlas – the Art of Soil Science Teaching



"Soils from the kayaks"

 Brunic Arenosols, Gleysols, Histosols classification issues,

Brodnica Lakeland region

08:00 – 17.00


"In and around the former mill pond basin"

Fluvic Phaeozems and Fluvic Gleysols developed from mill pond sediments, Grudziądz Basin region

14.00-16.00: visiting the Chełmno old town, one of the Poland's official national historic monuments

Conference Dinner - Hotel Przystanek banquet hall

SUNDAY 20/05/2018




Bus transfer from Przystanek to Faculty of Earth Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Lwowska 1 st.




A new human-natural body of peri-urban environments is a challenge for soil classification.

Olga Kalinina, Luise Giani, Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg, Germany; Andrey Dolgikh, Sergey Goryachkin, Institute of Geography, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia; Tibor J. Novak, Debrecen University, Hungary


Bringing Soil Insights to the Public - A new contribution to the "Park of Gardens" in Bad Zwischenahn, Germany

Sarah Landscheidt, Luise Giani, Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Oldenburg, Germany; Heike Hobbensiefken, Oldenburgisch-Ostfriesischer Wasserverband, Brake, Germany; Ulrich Kapteina, Gartenkulturzentrum Niedersachsen - Park der Gärten gGmbH, Bad Zwischenahn, Germany


Diagnostic and classification of subsurface horizons according to the national and WRB Classification systems at the Maritza River Plain

Emil Dimitrov, Institute of Soil Science, Agrotechnology and Plant Protection “Nikola Poushkarov”, Sofia, Bulgaria


Evaluation of erosion rate in truncated Luvisols based on morphological characteristics, chemical properties and clay minerals composition

Mirosław Kobierski, UTP University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz


Geochemical and mineralogical characteristic of soils developed on old mine heaps in Ławęczna area (Holy Cross Mountains)

Maciej Swęd, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland


Implementation of ICT tools in soil science education

Lenka Demková, University of Presov, Slovakia


Integrating soil biological function and ecological quality into soil classification teaching

Liz Hamilton, University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom


Issues relating to classification of soils developed from the mill pond sediments

Łukasz Mendyk, Bartłomiej Glina et al., Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poland


Microbial activity of Mollic horizon in the Pieniny soils (Pieniny Mts., south Poland)

Justyna Sokołowska, Agnieszka Józefowska, Michał Gąsiorek, Bartłomiej Kajdas, Joanna Kowalska, Ryszard Mazurek, Tomasz Wanic, Karolina Woźnica, Paweł Zadrożny, Tomasz Zaleski,

University of Agriculture in Cracow, Poland

Properties and classification of soils with lamellae - a case study from Southern Poland

Magdalena Gus, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland


Soil education = Soil promotion

Piotr Pacanowski, University of Agriculture in Cracow, Poland


Soil Science topics in the teaching of geography at secondary level in the context of multimedia use

Tomasz Sojka, Poland


Soil Classification of lands located in the vicinity of industrial areas based on physicochemical properties

Joanna Nowak, UTP University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz, Poland


The field key to identify typical eutrophic brown soils, leachate eutrophic brown soils and typical dystrophic brown soils – preliminary research

Karolina Woźnica, Agnieszka Józefowska, Justyna Sokołowska, Michał Gąsiorek, Bartłomiej Kajdas, 
Joanna Kowalska, Ryszard Mazurek, Anna Miechówka, Tomasz Wanic, Paweł Zadrożny, Tomasz Zaleski

University of Agriculture in Cracow, Poland


Soil classification map: valuable tool for transferring the soil knowledge

Núria Roca, University of Barcelona, Spain


Soils of the southern slopes of the Villány Hills, SW Hungary

Szabolcs Czigány, Szabolcs Ákos Fábián, Gábor Nagy, University of Pécs; Tibor J. Novak, Debrecen University, Hungary


Systematic position of anthropogenically transformed soils in the Botanical Garden of Jagiellonian University

Mateusz Stolarczyk, Sylwia Bartkowiak, Karolina Szczechowska, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland


Taxonomic position of terra rosa soils in Izmir area (Turkey)

Grzegorz Smułek, Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland


The issue of classification of chernozems damaged by water erosion in the Czech Republic

Martin Brtnický, Jan Hladky, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic


The spread of the WRB approach in soil science education in the Eszterházy Károly University

Balázs Hegyi, Tibor Novák, Eszterházy Károly University, Hungary


The role of minerals in soil classification

Joanna Michalak, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland


To compare the criteria detecting soil resources soil group according national (LTDK-99) and international soil classifications (WRB 2015)

Romutė Mikučionienė, Kauno Kolegija/University of Applied Sciences, Kaunas, Lithuania


Trends in soils science education and practical trainings

Lenka Bobulska, University of Prešov, Slovakia


Usefulness of landscape metrics for the soil classification

Sylwia Pindral, Rafał Kot, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland



THEMATIC SESSION 2                                                                    10.00-13.00

Chairmen: Endla Reintam, Rimantas Vaisvalavičius

Faculty of Earth Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Lwowska st. 1, room no. 104




Tatiana Prokofeva, Moscow Lomonosov University, Russia


WRB diagnostics as a tool in identification of anthropogenic activities and relations to recent land use

Tibor J. Novak


Problems in correlation of Czech national soil classification and World Reference Base

Vít Penížek, Tereza Zádorová, Czech University of life Sciences Prague, Czechia


2nd IUSS International Soil Judging Contest—Interpretations in Soil Judging contests
Maxine Levin, Soil Science Society of America, USA


Education and dissemination aspects in soil science: the case-study of soil quality in Mediterranean orchard agrosystems

Adriano Sofo, Alba Nicoletta Mininni, Cristos Xiloyannis, Bartolomeo Dichio

University of Basilicata, Italy


Clay and iron profiles of E, G, soft plinthic B, and prismacutanic B horizons described during the land type survey of South Africa

Cornie van Huyssteen, Anizka Stolk; University of the Free State, South Africa




Evaluation of usefulness of WRB 2015 to classify some shallow/skeletal soils on mountains of Georgia

Ilia Kunchulia, Agricultural University of Georgia


Soils in river basins: general aspects and classification in Ukraine

Elina Zakharchenko, Sumy National Agrarian University, Ukraine


Soil type mapping using geographic object-based image analysis

Andrei Dornik, Marinela Adriana Chetan, West University of Timisoara, Romania


A case for non-contact analyses of essential soil properties - A review

Theodore Danso Marfo, Mendel University in Brno, Czech Republic


The worrying loss of importance of soil studies in the new degrees in geography in Spain

Manuel Pulido Fernández, University of Extremadura, Spain



Closing speeches


LUNCH   (Faculty of Law canteen) 


1.      Soil Classification and WRB.

2.      National soil classification systems - history, development and problems.

3.      Education issues in Soil Science at the basic, secondary and academic levels.

4.      How to educate students in Soil Classification.


Friday, 18.05.2018

before 14:00

14:00-17:00 Oral presentations

17:00 presentation of FACES project Intellectual Outputs (Soil Data Base: , Soil Sequences Atlas, Soil Description and Classification Field guide)


18:30 dinner

Saturday, 19.05.2018

7:00 breakfast

8:00 transfer to:

Brodnica Lake Land region                                          


09:30-17:00 Fieldtrip 'Soils from the kayaks" - Brunic Arenosols, Gleysols, Histosols classification issues

19:00 dinner

Sunday, 20.05.2018

7:00 breakfast

09:00-10:00 Poster presentations

10:00-13:00 Oral presentations

13.00 - lunch

Departure of Participants

8:00 transfer to:

Grudziądz Basin region

09:30 - 13.30 Fieldtrip:
'In and around the former mill pond basin' -
Fluvic Phaeozems and Fluvic Gleysols developed from mill pond sediments
Terric Phaeozems and Arenosols developed from relocated materials classification issues

13.30 transfer to Chełmno
14.00 - 16.00 Sigthseeing in the area of The CHełmno Old Town, one of the Poland's official national Historic Monuments