The workshop was organized at Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany, focusing on the latest advancements in plant phenotyping methodologies, research infrastructure and science management. Hosted by the Institute of Plant Sciences, the event provided a comprehensive overview of cutting-edge techniques and strategies in this field.

Workshop on Non-invasive plant phenotyping approaches and research infrastructure managementThe workshop started with introduction to the host institute. Phenotyping experts then took the floor, delivering presentations on a range of topics. These included introduction to plant phenotyping, an overview of existing root methods applicable to both field and lab-based settings, field phenotyping approaches for non-invasive quantification of plant traits.

Participants had the opportunity to engage with experts and among themselves, delving into discussions on the pitfalls and potential of phenotyping platforms, as well as key considerations for their procurement, construction, or utilization in high-throughput phenotyping. Additionally, the workshop explored cost-effective methodologies for quantifying plant traits, both in field and lab environments, alongside cutting-edge computer vision approaches for the quantitative analysis of root and shoot characteristics. Workshop participants gained insights into effective strategies for managing, storing, and accessing phenotypic data.

A tour to phenotyping platforms developed at Forschungszentrum Jülich complemented the lectures. The last session of the workshop addressed the topic of science management. The stakeholders from EMPHASIS and IPPN (International Plant Phenotyping Network), who joined the workshop, presented the topic of science management for infrastructure operation, gave examples of successful acquisition of project funding for plant phenotyping projects and presented the networking activities within IPPN. Overall, the workshop served as a dynamic forum for knowledge exchange, fostering collaboration, and driving innovation in the exciting field of plant phenotyping.