Preliminary Programme


1. Plant protection in a changing world- are the answers in the past?
2. The effect of climate change on plant protection
3. Strategies for developing and implementing digital identification tools for plant biosecurity and plant protection
4. Resistance breeding in the context of the EU-strategy ‘from farm to fork
5. Enabling sustainable agriculture through understanding and enhancement of microbiomes
6. Sustainable Weed Management
7. Coordinated approach for transboundary plant pest and disease management


1. Global challenges in Plant Protection
2. Plant Protection in a changing climate
3. Plant Protection and food security
4. New and emerging pests and diseases
5. Progress in breeding and use of GMOs by farmers
6. New technologies for biosecurity – detection and control of invasive pests
7. Abiotic stresses
8. Stress Tolerance to Abiotic Stress in The Context of Climate Change
9. Frost damage mitigation strategies for crops
10. Smart systems and equipment on crop protection
11. Artificial Intelligence for identification of pests and diseases
12. Application of drones for monitoring pests and diseases
13. Satellite technology for plant protection
14. Digital technologies in Plant Protection
15. Experiences with remote learning for Plant Protection
16. Education in Plant Protection and Science Networks
17. Interdisciplinary education

1. Diseases in tree crops and forests
2. Diseases in field and vegetable crops
3. Diseases affecting forest ecosystems and biodiversity
4. Xylella fastidiosa -the most serious threat for plant health in mediterrenea region
5. Grapevine Trunk Diseases
6. Significance and Management of Soilborne pathogens
7. Postharvest pathology
8. Viral and Viroid Diseases of Plants
9. The tomato rugose brown fruit virus -An Update
10. Plants, pathogens and insect-vectors interactions
11. Management of citrus greening
12. Detection and diagnosis of plant pathogens
13. Molecular plant pathology and Plant-pathogen interactions
14. Microbiomes and their role in plant pathology
15. Unlocking the potential of microbiomes for sustainable agriculture
16. Genome analysis-Application to Plant pathology
17. Fungal plant pathogens Current challenges in fungal classification
18. Innovative approaches for plant diseases resistance
19. Mycotoxins and food safety
20. Integrated biosensor-based approaches for monitoring mycotoxin incidence in plants and feed

1. Plant-pests’ interactions
2. Pests in tree crops and forests
3. Pests in field and vegetable crops
4. Insect pests affecting forest ecosystems and biodiversity
5. Impact of insects in developing world
6. Pests of tropical trees and crops
7. Fruit flies
8. Tuta absoluta – still the most important tomato pest
9. Stored products’ protection
10. Surveillance and management of invasive and quarantine pests
11. Tropical pest management – challenges in the post-Covid world.
12. Autocidal control methods to address insect pests
13. Pest prognosis and monitoring
14. Tools and methods for Early detection of invasive pests
15. Endophytes as biocontrol agents
16. Designing insect resistance management strategy for Bt maize
17. Effect of Bt maize on non-target arthropods
18. Molecular entomology

1. Weed management in orchards and vineyards
2. Weeds in field and vegetable crops
3. Weed management in non-crop areas
4. Chemical weed management
5. Non-chemical weed management
6. Fighting Weeds with Resilient Crops
7. Non GMΟ –herbicide -tolerant crops in weed and parasitic plants management
8. Sustainable weed management in GMO-herbicide-tolerant crops era
9. Herbicide-resistant weeds – a global perspective
10. Advances in Site-specific Precision Weed Management
11. Impact and management of invasive and parasitic Weeds

1. Novel synthetic fungicides in plant protection
2. Biological Plant Protection Products - Microbial Pesticides
3. Botanicals, Plant Defense Inducers and Basic Substances in Plant protection
4. Successes and challenges in implementing biological control
5. Endophytes as biocontrol agents
6. Nano applications in plant protection
7. Biostimulants and their future role in Plant protection
8. Functional biodiversity and conservation in biological pest control
9. Bio-pesticides and honeybees
10. Pesticides on honeybees and pesticide application practices and pollinators
11. Putting pollinator conservation under pesticide research
12. Environmental Fate, Ecotoxicology, Risk Assessment,and Remediation of Pesticides

1. Integrated Pest Management -IPM
2. Insecticide, Fungicide, Herbicide Resistance
3. Modelling and Forcasting
4. Precision Farming in Plant Protection
5. Digital technologies in Plant Protection
6. Legal issues in Plant Protection
7. European sustainable use of Plant Protection Products (SUR) and how EU is going to adapt to current challenges. What about the rest of the world?