Photo credit: GR / Jani Ugrin

The symposium was organized by the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (AIS) under the auspices of the European Weed Research Society, while local agency Toleranca marketing was appointed as a PCO and Registration office.

From 2016, when Ljubljana was selected as the host of EWRS 2018, Agricultural Institute of Slovenia, GR-Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre (GR) and Toleranca marketing were working hand in hand to meet the standards of the EWRS. Considering the positive feedback of the Scientific Committee and participants, the organising team exceeded the expectations.

What the Scientific Committee and the participants appreciated the most, was the smooth technical execution from the abstract handling process to the on-site technical equipment and professional technical support at the GR. Symposium was running without any delays also due to the Speakers’ Desk service, provided by GR, where presenters delivered their presentations to be checked and transferred to the meeting rooms.

“I would like to thank you for the Beautiful Symposium. I have enjoyed my stay and participation in the Symposium very much. And I have learned that Ljubljana is a beautiful city in a beautiful Country.” 

Ben Post
EWRS treasurer

Food is always something that leaves a long-lasting memory. This time it was in the hands of Kaval Catering which impressed participants not only with the wide selection of dishes but also with thoughtful consideration of every participant with special dietary requirements.

Slovenia hosted the EWRS symposium for the first time and welcomed 263 participants from 40 countries. There were 240 scientific abstracts, of which 76 oral presentations were included in the symposium programme. The programme was divided into 13 sessions, 12 working group meetings, a poster section, and a pre-symposium workshop. In addition to the rich scientific programme, one afternoon was devoted to the exploration of Slovenia.  Five excursions took participants to Bled, Škocjan Caves, Lipica stud farm, Plečnik’s Ljubljana and Botanical garden. The excursions were followed by the Symposium dinner at Ljubljana Castle.

The mission of the European Weed Research Society is to support the development of weed science and exchange of knowledge between weed scientists. Its primary aim is to improve weed management systems with an emphasis on the sustainable use of natural resources and protection of the environment.

The symposium, taking part every two to three years, is one of the platforms supporting the Society’s mission. Particular attention goes to young scientists: firstly, with the presentation of their research work in a special Students Oral session; secondly, with several prizes for the best oral and poster presentations; and thirdly, with subsidies for those coming from developing countries.