It gives us immense pleasure to announce the 19th EWRS Symposium, 20-23th June 2022, in Athens, Greece. The theme of the Symposium is more timely than ever. There is an urgent need to shape the future of Weed Science aimed at addressing the major challenges for sustainable weed management: the need to reduce reliance on chemical control; the decrease in available active ingredients; the lack of cost-effective and safe alternatives to herbicides; the environmental protection and human safety goals and a sharp rise of the world population.
Lighting the trends in Weed Science in areas such as weed biology/ecology, management of herbicide resistance, precision weed/herbicide technologies, biological control, innovative cropping systems, and biotechnology discoveries is a commitment of the EWRS. The 19th EWRS Symposium will enhance this commitment thanks to the participation of renowned scientists from around the globe.

The Symposium organizers invite weed scientists from academia, research, public/private sector, and industry to actively participate and make the best of this unique opportunity to meet colleagues from all over the world.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we will make every effort to provide an excellent environment for a stimulating and enjoyable scientific congress. The program will provide valuable information and networking opportunities for attendees with an interest in any basic or applied aspect related to weed science.

We hope to see you all, in Athens.


Dr. Demosthenis Chachalis,

Chair of the Local Committee

Benaki Phytopathological Institute, Weed Science Laboratory      

Join the Symposium

 “Lighting the Future of Weed Science”


Eugenides Foundation


The symposium will take place at the The Eugenides Foundation, commonly known the “planetarium” ( It is located close to the city centre, close to the sea front where major touristic and cultural sites (such as Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre) and the new pedestrian walk across the sea front exist.

The auditorium has a capacity of 400 people and an elevated, permanent stage, with panel seating for 11 persons and podium; smaller areas such the conference hall and a meeting room also exist.

Participants will also visit, as part of parallel activities of the Symposium, the New Digital Planetarium, the New Science & Technology Centre and the Utech Lab inside the venue premises.

Language of the Congress

The official language of the Congress will be English. No translation facilities will be available.

19th EWRS Symposium

«Lighting the Future of Weed Science»

 20-23 June 2022, Athens, Greece

The venue is the Eugenides Foundation

commonly known as the “planetarium”,

387, Syggrou Ave.
17564, P. Faliro

Front gate telephone: (+30) 210 9469600



Scientific programme

The programme includes four days of sessions plus one day prior to the Symposium dedicated to the EWRS workshop(s). The session will consist of keynote papers, standard platform presentations and poster presentations. All participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

Instructions for the preparation and submission of abstracts and keynote speakers will be at the beginning of September 2021, on the web site:

Side events, e.g. EWRS Working Group meetings will also be scheduled.


Hotels near the venue:

Sygrou Avenue, one of the main streets of Athens. It can easily be reached from the port of Piraeus and Athens International Airport, as well as the city centre and the southern suburbs.

To ease some of the stress with trying to find the perfect hotel for your stay close to the venue, here is a list of the top hotels and accommodation based on their star rating, price, and location.



Athens Avenue Hotel

Athens Marriott Hotel

Grand Hayatt Athens Hotel

Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel

Atrium Athens Hotel 

Athenaeum Grand Hotel




In the city centre, the most desirable places to stay in Athens are the central neighborhoods of Plaka, Syntagma, Thission, Koukaki, Monastiraki, and Makrigianni, all of which surround the Acropolis. These areas have easy access to everything by metro and are within walking distance to nightlife. As you go away from the historical centre of the city, the prices get cheaper but then you have to take into consideration the logistics and the time you spend travelling to where most of the main attractions are.

Accommodation There are endless options (from 2* to 5*) to select a hotel in Athens for you trip. Indicative hotel prices are as follows:


Congress registration fees will be announced in September 2021; it will be in line with the most recent EWRS Symposiums. Student registration fees will be available. Registration fees will cover lunches, morning and afternoon refreshments, the welcome reception, dinners and congress materials including detailed congress programme and book of abstracts.

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