Dear Irrigation Scientists,

On behalf of the organization committee we invite you to the


The International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) and the DiCEM/ University of Basilicata are organizing the IX International Symposium on Irrigation of Horticultural Crops that will take place from 17 to 20 June 2019 and the venue is the new campus of the University of Basilicata in Matera (Italy).

Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is the most outstanding, intact example of a troglodyte settlement in the Mediterranean region, perfectly adapted to its terrain and ecosystem. Basilicata and neighboring regions of Southern Italy boast many other beautiful and interesting sites for a relaxing vacation and/or cultural tourism.

Matera is the 2019’s European Capital of Culture for Italy. Many tourists from all over the world are expected to visit the city and enjoy many programmes of cultural events. Hence, we strongly suggest you book your accommodation well in advance.

Today the competition for scarce water resources in many places at global level is intense. Available water resources are constantly diminishing at increasing rates. Adaptation of agriculture to varying conditions induced by climate change is necessary because some changes in climate can no longer be prevented.

During the four days of the symposium, scientists from different countries will review current research trends on the irrigation of horticultural plants, will present new breackthroughs and make plans for future research and special projects.

The preliminary programme will be published shortly; it will include plenary lectures, oral and poster presentations. In addition, there will be specialized field excursions, technical workshops, programmes for accompanying persons and a social event.

Contributions are expected to cover a wide range of research fields including:

  • Sustainable approaches to irrigation management;

  • DSS (Decision Support Systems)

  • Plant water status and fruit quality

  • Irrigation management under arid and semi-arid conditions

  • Water use efficiency

  • Social and economic aspects

The Call for Papers is available online ( and will be issued in all ISHS media.

We look forward to meeting you in June 2019 at the DiCEM Department of Basilicata University in Matera!!

The conveners

Prof. Bartolomeo Dichio – Prof. Cristos Xiloyannis

DiCEM/ University of Basilicata

Symposium Secretariat