Summer School 2


Faculty of Agriculture, University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
10 July– 14 July 2017

SS2 will include lectures and exercises related to the following topics:
a) Parameterization of processes in soil-vegetation-atmosphere transfer schemes. Application of numerical weather prediction (NWP) in agronomy;
b) Crop modeling background – principles behind the models;
c) Managing and generating model input data;
d) The structure of crop model (AquaCrop, APSIM). How to run crop models, calibration and validation procedures?
e) Crop model applications for impact studies,
f)  Agrometeorological measurements and application.

Exercises related to crop modelling, measurements and NWP application will take place in parallel sessions from Monday till Thursday. 

Summer School scientific program and outline table you can download from links.
Material for round table you can find here.
Book of abstracts for print (with places for comments) and easy to read versions.
Material for the crop modeling exercises: meteo filecrop file

Exercises related to crop modeling and NWP application will take place in parallel sessions from Monday till Thursday. Models which will be considered during SS2 are AquaCrop, APSIM and WRF ARW limited area model. Participants will have opportunity to take  class in Agrometeorological measurements as well.


List of lecturers form partner institutions:

Josef Eitzinger, BOKU, Adverse Weather Conditions and Crop Production Risks
Branislava Lalic, PFNS, Monthly and Monthly and Seasonal Forecast Application in Agriculture: Possibilities & Limitations
Erich Mursch-Radlgruber, BOKU, Agrometeorological measurements
Anna Dalla Marta, UNIFI, AquaCrop the FAO crop-model to model to simulate yield response to water

List of invited lecturers:

Ahmad Manschadi, BOKU, Application of Crop Models in Tactical and Strategic Decision-making in Farming Systems
Bedoussac Laurent Claude Lucien, L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Formation de l’Enseignement Agricole, France, Modelling intercrops
Levent SaylanIstanbul Technical University, Turkey, Evapotranspiration: Methods and Application
Rene Gommes, Senior agrometeorologist consultant (1) Challenges in agrometeorological research and applications, (2) The three rules of crop yield forecasting
Ljiljana Dekić, Republic Hydrometeorological service of Serbia, Cold Spell and Snowfall in Serbia – April 2017, case study

Results from the student group work are presented on the last day of the Summer School and here are given as pdf presentations. Groups are devided by excercises that they have participated in.

Crop modelling
Numerical weather prediction

Questionnaire – participants review

Excursion 1:
The Institute of Viticulture and Enology in Sremski Karlovci was founded on 1st April, 1947 by a decree of the People’s Assembly of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina. At the end of 1947 the Institute included fruit growing into its scope of interests. When the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad was founded in 1954, the first sub-department was formed, later to become the Department of Fruit growing and Viticulture. In 1971 the Institute of Fruit growing and Viticulture from Sremski Karlovci and the Department of Fruit growing and Viticulture at the Faculty of Agriculture in Novi Sad merged and became a part of the same faculty.

Excursion 2:
ATOS FRUCTUM orchard lies on 90 ha or high quality and healthy soil, at altitude from 220 to 250 meters. With controlled and intensive production characterizing modern fruit growing Atos initiated a new chapter in apple production on the southern slopes of Fruska Gora. Integral production represents a new, modern method of production based on scientific principles increasing the participation of professional staff and organizations in the production. Integral concept of production includes:
–          Growing single sort plantations or block plantations
–          Selection of quality, certified and virus free planting material
–          Selection of fruit sorts that are tolerant or resistant to illness and pests
–          Usage of the irrigation system
–          Protection of the orchard by anti-hail network


For crop modeling exercises participants need to bring their laptop. There are no special requirements about system, except is should be Windows, and you can download and install AquaCrop ( and APSIM (

For NWP application exercises participants do not need to bring laptops. 



Application open: 01.02.2017
Application closed 15.04.2017
Accepted applications: 01.05.2017
Supported participation: 16.05.2017

All participants must provide application form together with letter of interest (free form).

Application form for participants from BOKU, UNIFI, PFNS (here).
Application form for participants from other institutions (here).
Send it to:

Faculty plan

Coffee break will be organised next to the botanical garden in H01 room (X01).