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Working with Dynamic Soil-Crop Models – an Intensive Course

A Summer School for graduate students and professionals September 17th-22th, 2023, Kassel University, Germany



Soil-crop models are crucial to evaluate agricultural system management scenarios, forecasting climate change impacts, proposing new crop ideotypes and many more. While many crop models and modeling platforms exist, using them effectively requires an understanding of the major methods and main principles for practical application.

Instructors and Hosts
  • Main Instructor: Daniel Wallach: Distinguished Emeritus Professor, University of Bonn, Research Director INRAe (ret), 1st author of the book Working with Dynamic Crop Models.
  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Weber, Universität Kassel
  • Prof. Dr. Efstathios Diamantopoulos, Universität Bayreuth


  • Introduction to principles of crop modelling
  • Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis
  • Model calibration including recent advances
  • Model evaluation
  • Use of multi-model ensembles


  • Lectures present principles, methods, examples
  • Practical sessions apply methods using R with a simple but realistic crop model
  • Interspersed food-for-thought lectures to open new vistas


Deadline:     31.05.2023 (earlybird), 31.07.2023 (regular)
Course fee: 550€ (earlybird), 650€ (regular), incl. socialdinnerandISMC membership
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Location and Lodging

  • Steinstraße 19, Witzenhausen (link; by train 20 min from Göttingen, 30 min from Kassel)
  • Rooms have been reserved at Frau Holle-Land-Hotel (65€ /night single, 75€/night double) and DEULA Witzenhausen (51.50€/night single, 81€/night double, incl. breakfast). Use the code Crop Models 2023.


Basic understanding of the Soil-Plant-Atmosphere System and familiarity with R is recom-mended. An optional introduction to R will be provided on Sunday afternoon, September 17.

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