The fully booked Summer School Plant Phenotyping took place from 12 till 15 July. This year for the first time at the Wageningen UR campus. 45 participants participated in this special program organized together by The Centre for Plant Integrative Biology (CPIB) from the university of Nottingham and Wageningen UR. The diverse group of participants (22 nationalities and half from industry) learned in four days everything about the latest imaging techniques in plant phenotyping. During the course there was plenty of time for practical experiments, questions, discussions and social interaction with the teachers from Wageningen UR, Nottingham, guest speakers and sponsors.
The Summer School was led by dr. Gerrit Polder, Rick van de Zedde MSc. and prof. Tony Pridmore. Below they share their experience of the week:
“The positive response to our ‘deep learning’ and ‘vision-guided robotics’ topics inspired me enormously and convinced us to organise this summer school next year again.”
--- Rick van de Zedde, senior researcher Wageningen UR ---
“It was great to have so many participants from both industry and academia. The fruitful discussions I had, will help to adapt the program of next year’s summer school to the requirements of the phenotyping community."
--- Gerrit Polder, researcher Image Analysis and Machine Vision Wageningen UR ---
“Image analysis is of huge potential benefit to biologists, but it’s important that they have some understanding of the underlying techniques if they are to make best use of the tools available. For me, the best part of the School was the number and variety of questions we had from the participants. It’s good to see so many people from such scientific different backgrounds engaging with the material."
--- Tony Pridmore, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham ---
Course participants were asked to share their experiences after they finished the program. One of the participants quoted the following: “very well planned and instructed with value for future work.” They appreciated the combination between theory and practice and enjoyed meeting people from different countries to share experiences and knowledge.
“I really liked the content of the course. The topics are very relevant to my current work and I felt that I learned both basics and advanced information in this field. The teachers did a great job keeping everyone involved and also proving hands on workshops for the topics they covered.I also liked the physical demonstrations of the tools and techniques and practical aspect such as the lab tours and external partner demonstrations.Overall, the course was very well organized and I had a pleasant experience with my stay in Wageningen attending this course.”
--- Archana Kotu ---