EWRS Training course “Weed seedling identification”

deadline for application 1st March 2024

University of Lleida, Spain, 20th to 22nd of March 2024

Training on the identification of weed species at an early growth stage


=> DEADLINE for application extended until 1st March 2024 <=

The EWRS Working groups “Soil Seed Bank, Germination and Early Growth” and “Education & Training” are organizing a 3-day in-depth training course on the identification of weed seedlings from 20 to 22 March 2024. During the course, lectures, practical session and field excursions will be used for training on the identification of weed species at an early growth stage. The course is aimed at early career and senior scientist that want to improve their practical knowledge on weed identification.

Aside from deepening your weed identification skills knowledge, this course also offers an excellent opportunity to broaden your network and to interact with scientists from all over Europe. Additionally, students can be awarded 3.0 ECTS-credit points from the University of Lleida (Spain) when successfully participating in the course.

Local organizing group: Weed Science and Plant Ecology research group

The consolidated research group of Weed Science and Plant Ecology (grem.udl.cat/en/) of the University of Lleida will be in charge of the course. This group has a long experience organizing weed seedling identification courses at a national level. The specialized course on winter weed seedling and diaspore identification is in its 27th edition, while the weed identification in summer crops is going to have its 17th edition in May 2024. Besides, members of this research group has imparted over 70 weed seedling identification courses to phytochemical companies, such as Bayer Cropsciences, Corteva, Agriscience, Syngenta, SIPCAM, ARAGRO among others. All these courses have been given in Spanish, while the current course offered under the auspicious of the EWRS will be the first one offered in English.

Lecturers from the University of Lleida (Spain)
Dr. Aritz Royo Esnal
Dr. Joel Torra
Dr. Jordi Recasens

Dates of the course: 20 - 22 March 2024

Lleida is situated in Catalonia, in the north-east of Spain. The city is located surrounding a hill (Turó de la Seu Vella) and beneath a river (Segre river), it is 167 m a.s.l. It was founded by the Iberians some centuries BC and conquered by the romans in 206 BC. Although there are few remains from these times, the middle age legacy is rich, where the old cathedral of the hill of the Seu Vella (which literally means Old Cathedral) stands out. Due to the long presence of the boundary between Muslims and
Christians, the surroundings of Lleida are full of castles and lookout towers.

The course will take place at the School of Agronomy, Food, Forestry, Biotechnology and Veterinary Medicine of the University of Lleida (Spain) (Figure 1). Lleida can easily be reached with fast trains from Barcelona (1h), Zaragoza (45’) and Madrid (2h 10’).

Course Organizers
Dr. Aritz Royo Esnal (University of Lleida, Spain)
Dr. Lena Ulber (Julius-Kuehn Institut, Germany)

Local Coordinator
Dr. Aritz Royo Esnal
Department of DCEFA, ETSEA,
University of Lleida-Agrotecnio
Lleida, Spain

Lleida has plenty of accommodation services with hotels, apartments and hostels. Here are some of the most popular accommodations in the city:

  • Xanascat Hostel (https://xanascat.gencat.cat/ca/albergs/albergs/lleida-xanascat)
  • B&B Hotel Lleida (https://www.hotel-bb.com/)
  • Ramón Berenguer IV (https://www.hotelramonberenguerlleida.com/)
  • Hotel Nadal (https://hotelnadal.es/)
  • Hotel Real (https://hotelreallleida.com/)
  • Hotel Sansi Park (https://www.hotelsansilleida.com/es/)
  • Zenit Lleida (https://lleida.zenithoteles.com/)
  • NH Lleida Pirineus (https://www.nh-hotels.com/)
  • Nastasi Hotel & Spa (https://www.hotelnastasi.com/)