The Summer School Greenhouse Horticulture, organized for the 3rd time, took place from 28 August till 8 September. Thirty-five participants enrolled for the course this year. The group was again very diverse with participants from 16 different nationalities indicating that Wageningen University & Research truly has a name internationally as the “knowledge heart” of the Dutch Greenhouse Horticulture.

‘The knowledge heart’ explained
In two weeks, participants learned everything about protected horticulture and explored important topics such as crop, climate and root zone management in further detail. Lectures at the campus of Wageningen University & Research were combined with practical case work and company visits. As it was a two week course, the “social factor” was just as important, with evening sessions, dinners and a barbecue at Wageningen University & Research Greenhouse centre in Bleiswijk.

Participant and lecturers experiences
The evaluation results do show an impressive score: a 4.7 on a scale from 1 (low) to 5 (high). Not only did the participants find the high level of knowledge extremely rewarding and the way it was brought to them, but also they mentioned the great atmosphere, warm welcome and very open and friendly fellow participants, lecturers and organization.

"I’ve received an incredible amount of knowledge in a very short timeframe and I enjoyed the well-designed mixture of theoretical aspects and concrete applied examples, supported with great field excursions and logistics." - Sebastian Aravena Stutz, Royal Bank of Scotland

The course leaders of the Summer School also would like to share their experiences with you, as not only participants find the summer school rewarding -the course leaders do so as well.

"This summer school has been (again) very rewarding for all of us. The diversity of the people attending ensured lively classes and their various questions were enriching our own experience as well. Of course it also feels good that the evaluations were (again) very positive. Nevertheless, we will strive to improve further the School, making use of the suggestions of the students and of our own experiences." - Dr. Cecilia Stanghelline, Wageningen University & Research

"It has been very inspiring to share our knowledge with participants who are so eager to learn. It was in particular stimulating to learn from the discussions that the participants really can use this knowledge in their own work." - Prof. dr. ir. Leo Marcelis, Wageningen Univeristy & Research
Source: Wageningen University & Research