IPPN Affordable Phenotyping Workshop
15-17 May 2017
Jülich, Germany


One of the current problems in plant phenotyping are the high entry level and maintenance expenses of new sensors and infrastructures. This prevents many research organizations from implementing urgently needed approaches due to lack of investment budget and technical personnel. Therefore, affordable phenotyping concepts and methods need to be disseminated to a wider plant science and breeding community by identifying demands, increasing the awareness and collecting and sharing available knowledge on lean solutions.

This workshop is primarily intended for experimental biologists, who are looking for alternative low-cost approaches in different fields of plant phenotyping. The workshop will include lectures, demonstrations, hands-on and discussions on different topics like smartphone applications and programming, structural imaging, multispectral imaging and field phenotyping methods for roots and shoot.

Registration Information

The registration fee is 230€, payable through IPPN's Eventbrite page (link is above), and includes workshop materials, lunches, dinners and coffee breaks as well as transportation:
Monday evening (from FZJ to Jülich)
Tuesday (from Jülich to FZJ, and return)
Wednesday morning (from Jülich to FZJ).

The number of participants is limited to 50.

Participants are responsible for covering their own accommodation and transportation costs.

We have reserved rooms at the following hotels. These rooms will only be held for us until 15 April.

If you reserve after that date, we cannot guarantee that you will find accommodation in Jülich. Therefore, book your accommodation as soon as possible and be sure to let them know that you are taking part in the "Affordable Phenotyping Workshop."

Hotel Kaiser Hof

Am Hexenturm

Drei Musketiere

Stadthotel Jülich

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Richards.


15 Monday 2017

12:00 – 13:00     Arrival, registration, and lunch

13:00 – 13:20     Roland Pieruschka and  Fabio Fiorani (IBG-2, FZ Juelich, Germany): Introduction into the IPPN and the “Affordable Phenotyping” working group

13:20 – 14:05     David Rousseau (Université Lyon, France): tba

14:05 – 14:25     Uttam Kumar (Cimmyt, El Batan, Mexico): tba

14:25 – 14:45     Mark Mueller-Linow (IBG-2, FZ Juelich, Germany): 3d sensors

14:45 – 15:05     Tobias Wojciechowski (IBG-2, FZ Juelich, Germany): Root phenotyping in the field

15:05 – 15:30     Coffee break

15:30 – 16:15     Sotirios A. Tsaftaris (University of Edingburgh, GB): Machine learning can empower trait extraction in affordable phenotyping

16:15 – 16:35     N/A (National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, Thailand): tba

16:35 – 16:55     Gustavo Pereyra-Irujo and Luiz Aguirrezabal (Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Argentinia): tba

16:55 – 17:15     Benjamin Bruns (IBG-2, FZ Juelich, Germany): Developing smart applications for mobile phones

17:15 – 17:30     Coffee break

17:30 – 18:30     Moderated discussion (Fabio Fiorani)

19:00                   Dinner


16 Tuesday 2017

08:00 – 09:00     Arrival

09:00 – 09:15     Johannes Seidl-Schulz (Geo-Konzept, Germany): tba

09:15 – 09:30     Bas van Eerdt (Phenokey, Netherlands): tba

09:30 – 09:45     Nick Webb (Delta-T Devices, UK): Towards non-destructive leaf area measurement

09:45 – 10:00     Greg LeRoux (Zegami, UK): tba

10:00 – 10:15     Udo Seiffert (Fraunhofer IFF, Germany): HawkSpex(R) Mobile--A ubiquitously available plant scanner

10:15 – 10:30     Coffee Break

10:30 – 12:00     Demonstrations

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

13:00 – 18:00     Hands-on exercises - Smartphone applications and programming, Structural imaging, Multispectral imaging, Field phenotyping methods

19:00                   Dinner



17 May 2017

08:00 – 09:00     Arrival

09:00 – 12:00     Conclusions – Discussions of the hands-on exercises, starting a challenge for affordable phenotyping approaches

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch and departure


15:00 – 17:00     IPPN working group discussion