In a context of steadily increasing greenhouse production, technological innovations can contribute to preserve yields, improve product quality, control energy consumption and reduce the ecological footprint


5 reasons to attend this course

Better understand the plant-climate interactions that condition sustainable production and optimal management.
Learn about innovative systems and technologies that reduce energy needs, optimize the use of resources and labour and provide better conditions for crop growing.
Gain insights into the latest developments on IPDM programmes with emphasis on biological control and the new methods to introduce natural enemies in the greenhouses.
Understand the advantages and limitations of this technology according to different climate and socioeconomic conditions.
Improve your experience in innovation implementation through visits to greenhouses with available modern technology.
Have an overview about how future trends in digital technology and new greenhouse conceptions can contribute to a more efficient and sustainable production and to extend economic production to less favourable locations.
Network with professionals from other countries and share knowledge on intensive greenhouse production.


Francisco Gabriel Acién, Universidad de Almería (Spain)
Lucia Álvarez, Saint-Gobain, Gijón (Spain)
Thierry Boulard, INRA/CNRS, Nice (France)
Miguel Ángel Domene, Estación Experimental Cajamar, Almería (Spain)
María Dolores Fernández, Estación Experimental Cajamar, Almería (Spain)
Isabel Goyena, Cicloplast, Madrid (Spain)
Nikolaos Katsoulas, University of Thessaly, Volos (Greece)
Juan Carlos López, Consultant Greenhouse Technology, Almería (Spain)
Juan José Magán, Estación Experimental Cajamar, Almería (Spain)
Nelson Santiago Pérez, Ludvig Svensson BV, Almería (Spain)
Massimo Pugliese, Università degli Studi di Torino (Italy)
Francisco Rodríguez, Universidad de Almería (Spain)
Athanasios Sapounas, TNO, The Hague (The Netherlands)
Cecilia Stanghellini, Wageningen Plant Research (The Netherlands)
Piet Hein Van Baar, Signify, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
Enric Vila, Agrobío S.L., Almería (Spain)

Applied approach (lectures, technical visit & practical work)

14 leading international experts

Course given in English, Spanish and French with interpretation


  • 1. General overview: global situation of protected cultivation
  • 2. Environmental factors and crop requirements
    • 2.1. Greenhouse microclimate and plant interactions (radiation, temperature, humidity, CO2)
    • 2.2. Greenhouse energy balance
    • 2.3. Optimal management of greenhouse climate (sensory systems and data management, modelling)
    • 2.4. Practical group work on resolution of problems related with climate and energy balance
  • 3. Greenhouse design and cladding materials
    • 3.1. Design criteria for different locations
    • 3.2. New films and additives
    • 3.3. Innovations in glass covers with new properties
  • 4. Installations for greenhouses
    • 4.1. Innovation on screen properties: criteria for the selection
    • 4.2. Dehumidification options
    • 4.3. Cogeneration
    • 4.4. Geothermal energy
    • 4.5. Artificial lighting and CO2 enrichment
  • 5. Integrated pest and disease management (IPM) and biological control (BC)
    • 5.1. Successful IPM development models: lessons learnt
    • 5.2. Recent innovations provided by public research and bioindustry for pest and disease control
    • 5.3. hallenges and opportunities for future innovation in biocontrol products
  • 6. Innovative greenhouse technologies for water and nutrients management
    • 6.1. Sensors and decision support systems for irrigation and fertigation
    • 6.2. Optimum management of closed soilless systems
    • 6.3. Technologies for improving the use of low-quality water
  • 7. Circular horticulture
    • 7.1. Use of plant waste from greenhouses
    • 7.2. Use of bio-compostable materials
    • 7.3. Recycling plastic materials from greenhouses
  • 8. Future trends in greenhouse technology
    • 8.1. Production systems and energy sources
      • 8.1.1. Renewable energy
      • 8.1.2. (Semi)closed greenhouses
      • 8.1.3. Indoor/vertical farming
    • 8.2. Digitalization
      • 8.2.1. Advanced sensory systems and communication
      • 8.2.2. Automatization and robotization
      • 8.2.3. Modelling and decision support systems
      • 8.2.4. Internet of Things and cloud computing
  • 9. Technical visits
    • 9.1. Cajamar experimental greenhouses (structures, cladding materials, CO2 capture from flue gases with active carbon)
    • 9.2. Commercial and experimental greenhouses with BC innovations
    • 9.3. Greenhouses with cogeneration for heating and CO2 enrichment
    • 9.4. Enterprise of valorisation of plastic materials, fabrication of fuels and chemical products

Train at an outstanding international institution


For participation in the full course programme lectures and practicals, candidates can apply online at the following address:

The course is targeted to professionals of greenhouse production, as well as for technical advisors and researchers dealing with the modernization and intensification of the sector. Likewise, the course is also open to R+D experts involved in the development and implementation of new greenhouse technologies.

The course will take place at the Cajamar Experimental Station in Almería (Spain) from 9 to 13 March 2020.
Application deadlines:

  • 2 December 2019 - if you need a visa or intend to apply for a scholarship to attend the course. The deadline will be extended for candidates not applying for a scholarship and not requiring a visa while places are available.

Registration fees for the course amount to 500 euro. This sum covers tuition fees only.
Candidates from Mediterranean CIHEAM member countries may apply for a scholarship covering registration fees and for a scholarship covering the cost of travel and full board accommodation. Candidates from other countries who require financial support should apply directly to other national or international institutions.

It is compulsory for participants to have medical insurance valid for Spain. Proof of insurance cover must be given at the beginning of the course. Those who so wish may participate in a collective insurance policy taken out by the Organisation, upon payment of the stipulated sum.

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Av. MontaƱana 1005, 50059 Zaragoza, Spain

+34 976716000

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