Information Technologies and Expert Systems in Plant Protection

10 - 16 June 2018, Research station Ihinger Hof, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany


The department of Weed Science at the University of Hohenheim, the Ihinger Hof Research Station in Renningen and guest lectures from our partner organisations offer a summer school on "Information Technologies and Expert Systems in Plant Protection" from June 10-16, 2018.

We will work with several sensor systems to identify weed distributions and biotic stress due to pathogens in arable fields, mainly in maize, sugar beet, soybean and winter wheat. Sensors will be mounted on GPS-controlled tractors and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Sensor data will be used to create decisions rules and application maps for site-specific hoeing, harrowing and spraying. Students will also conduct a small experiment with optical sensors.


For further details please see the course programme.



Students receive a certificate and 6 credits (ECTS), when they pass the practical tests (40%) and the exam (60%).




Please fill in the application form and send it to Dr. Gabriele Klumpp at the University of Hohenheim.
The deadline for application is the 31st of March 2018.
The applicants will get informed not later than on the 10th of April 2018 if their application is accepted.


The number of participants is limited to a maximum of 30 students, thereof approximately 5 of Hohenheim.


An additional E-Learning course will be offered the week before in the Ilias-platform of the University of Hohenheim.

Level: All students interested in Precision Farming and Crop Sciences are invited to join the summer school.

Excursion: We will organize a full day excurison into the Kraichgau and visit two organic and conventional farms. The excursion ends with a traditional wine tasting.


Research Station Ihinger Hof, 71272 Renningen, University of Hohenheim, Germany


Students will be hosted on the Research Station. The participants have to bring a sleeping bag and clothes for the field.

Health Insurance

Participants are responsible for an adequate health insurance during their participation in the programme


150 € for housing and food. Travel expenses are not included. After payment of fees registration is binding.


Contact persons for scientific questions:
Prof. Dr. Roland Gerhards
Institute of Phytomedicine (360)
Department of Weed Science
Universität Hohenheim
D-70593 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 - 45922399
Fax.: +49 711 - 45922408

Contact person for technical questions:
Dr. Gabriele Klumpp
Coordination Euroleague for Life Sciences (780)
Fruwirthstr. 12, Verfügungsgebäude, 234
D-70593 Stuttgart
Phone: +49 711 45924012
Fax: +49 711 459 24347