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Independent experts nominated by country party

Eric Van Ranst

First name
Last name
Van Ranst
Nominating Country
Date of Nomination
Other Disciplines
Natural Resource Management
Agricultural Sciences
Soil Science
UN languages spoken


Job function
Professor and Director
Department of Geology and Soil Science (wE13)
Telephone number
32 9 2644626/4638
Work experience
1. 1976-1982: Gent University, Belgium. From research associate to assistant and deputy chief of the Laboratory for Soil Analyses, Dept. for Regional Pedology, Geological Institute._x000D_
2. 1982-1985: National Advanced School of Agriculture, Yaoundé, Cameroon. From consultant in soil survey to lecturer and qualified research associate._x000D_
3. 1985-1990: Dschang University Centre, Dschang, Cameroon. From consultant to associate professor and qualified research associate._x000D_
4. 1990-now: Gent University, Belgium._x000D_
- Senior Lecturer (appointed in 1991) and Full Professor (promoted in 1996)._x000D_
- Director of the Laboratory of Soil Science._x000D_
- Academic Secretary of the International Training Centre for Post-Graduate Soil Scientists._x000D_
- Member of the Commission of Experts of the Flemish Interuniversity Council._x000D_
- Responsible for the distribution of information on the Belgian soil maps._x000D_
- Director of the "Forest Soil Coordinating Centre" (FSCC) of the UN/ECE ICP Forests._x000D_
- Chairman of the "For
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
- 1976: M.Sc. in Geology (summa cum laude), University of Gent._x000D_
- 1979: M.Sc. in Soil Science (summa cum laude) , University of Gent._x000D_
- 1979: Certificate "Advanced Chemical Methods for Soil and Clay Minerals Research", NATO Advanced Study Institute, University of Illinois, USA._x000D_
- 1980: Certificate "Soil Survey and Land Evaluation in Tropical Countries", University of Gent._x000D_
- 1981: Ph.D. in Soil Science (summa cum laude), University of Gent.
Number of Publications
Publication titles
Author and co-author of 9 books, about 92 scientific papers in international and national journals, about 90 abstracts in proceedings and congress transactions, and about 100 technical reports in the field of soil science.
Other activities
Member of the following societies:_x000D_
- International Society of Soil Science_x000D_
- Belgian Society of Soil Science_x000D_
- American Society of Soil Science_x000D_
- African Society of Soil Science_x000D_
- West- and Central African Society of Soil Science_x000D_
- French Soil Science Society_x000D_
- Belgian Contact Group on Clays_x000D_
Collaboration in scientific journals:_x000D_
- Member of the Editorial Board of the "Cameroon Journal of Agricultural Sciences" (Ministry of Higher Education, Computer Sciences and Scientific Research), Cameroon._x000D_
- Member of the Editorial Board of "PEDON" - Newsletter for Alumni and Staff of the International Training Centre for Post-Graduate Soil Scientists, University of Gent._x000D_
- Member of the Editorial Board of "Geoderma"._x000D_
- Member of the Editorial Board of "Etude et Gestion des Sols" (Association Française pour l'Etude du Sol)._x000D_
- Reviewer of scientific publications for Pedologie, Catena, Geoderma, Soil Science, European Journal of Soil Science and for the Longman Group.
1983: Laureate of Inter-University Competition (summa cum laude), Ministry of National Education and Flemish Culture, Belgium._x000D_
1994: "PEDOMETRICS-92 Award" of the International Soil Science Society for the paper: "Testing of fuzzy set theory in land suit
Organisation name
University of Gent
Organisation street address
Krijgslaan 281, B-9000
Organisation city
Organisation country