First ISHS Summer School on Pre- and Postharvest Physiology of Temperate Fruit Crops

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First ISHS Summer School on Pre- and Postharvest Physiology of Temperate Fruit Crops

First ISHS Summer School on Pre- and Postharvest Physiology of Temperate Fruit Crops
22 July - 4 August 2018; University of Hohenheim and the Centre of Competence for Fruit Growing, Lake Constance (Germany)

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This Summer School is proudly sponsored by the International Society for Horticultural Science, the German Academic Exchange Service and the University of Hohenheim.

Are you interested in a complete overview of pre- and postharvest physiological aspects of fruitperennial fruit tree species and in particular of pome (apple, pear) and stone fruit (cherry, plum) but also nut crops under different orchard management and environmental conditions? Then apply for this special Summer School and be introduced not only to the latest scientific findings, but also to innovative orchard practices, monitoring procedures of physico-chemical fruit properties to ensure quality and safety, supply chain management and marketing aspects.

Organised by: International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)

Hosted by:

  • University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany 
  • Centre of Competence for Fruit Cultivation, Lake Constance, Germany

Date: 22 July - 4 August 2018 (2 weeks)

Our approachUniversity of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany
The Summer School offers a full schedule of keynotes, discussions, group work, field trips and industry visits. The course, taught in English, offers interactive relationships between teaching fundamental and applied fruit science and practical components of the fruit production process. We will pay attention to the following subject areas:

  • Principals of crop management
  • Fruit and nut growth and development
  • Stress physiology
  • Product quality
  • Postharvest physiology
  • Market and supply chain management
  • Modelling and scientific working

The "social factor" is an integral part of the Summer School with joint dinners and special offers in the evening and over the weekend.

Target group
The Summer School is open for MSc students aiming for a career in the pre- and/or postharvest horticultural sector. The idea is to attract a maximum of 25 students from all over the world to:

  • study for two weeks in very attractive locations for horticulture (University of Hohenheim and the Centre of Competence for Fruit Growing, Lake Constance);
  • interact with scientific experts in pre- and postharvest physiology of temperate fruit crops who are committed to teaching and practical training;
  • provide a certification of attendance to gain credit towards the study degree.


After attending the FruitCRISP Summer School, you will:

  • have developed greater knowledge of crop management and professional network opportunities;
  • be able to identify horticultural challenges in your native country and formulate potential solutions for mitigation;
  • be able to advocate for modern horticulture;
  • have gained insights into German study/research programs/organisations and the German regional and cultural heritage.

Summer School leaders

  • Prof. Dr. Jens Wünsche, Board member of ISHS, University of Hohenheim, Institute of Crop Science, Section Crop Physiology of Specialty Crops;
  • Prof. Dr. Chris Watkins, Chair of ISHS Commission Quality and Postharvest Horticulture, Director Cornell Cooperative Extension and Professor for Postharvest Science at Cornell University;
  • Prof. Dr. Theodore DeJong, Chair of ISHS Section Pome and Stone Fruits, Pomologist Emeritus at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California;

Admission requirements and registration
Centre of Competence for Fruit Cultivation, Lake Constance, GermanyAdmission requirements are a BSc degree in horticulture or related plant sciences and a complete registration until 28 February 2018. The application does not automatically entitle the applicant to participate in the course program.
Applications should be sent to Prof. Dr. Jens Wünsche (, University of Hohenheim, and include the following documents:

  • short application letter
  • CV (max. 1 page)
  • study results so far (transcript)
  • proof of English language proficiency (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS)
  • a letter of motivation (1 page), outlining the interest in horticultural research and why the participation in the Summer School will be of benefit to the study degree and future professional career
  • one support/recommendation letter

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of March 2018. About one month before the start of the Summer School, selected participants receive a more detailed programme.

Course fees
The course fee is EUR 1500,- and covers transport and accommodation in Germany, tuition, course materials, coffee/tea, lunches.
A mobility allowance of up to 500,- EUR is offered for each participant.

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