On this page you will find an overview of the confirmed speakers.

Conference hours will be from 10:00 – 16:30 (CET). This is a live only conference.

Martin Tietema, CEO, Growfoam, on 'Technical developments in inert/biodegradable substrate for Vertcial Farming'
Timo Bongartz, General Manager, Fluence EMEA, on 'Can Vertical Farming be profitable? Understanding Business Models', Read more
Kristina Ljumovic, PhD, University of Verona
Session powered by Farm Tech Society, titled: CEA (Controlled Environment Agriculture) - addressing the protein transition imperative
Thomas Zoellner, Co-Founder / Secretary-General, FarmTech Society
Mark Horler, Founder, The Soya Project / Chairman, UK Urban AgriTech, on 'CEA Protein Imperative: Possibilities, Opportunities & Challenges', Read more
Speaker to be announced, Wageningen University
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The continually-growing world populations, the global trend to urbanisation, climate change and pressure on natural resources are key drivers for policies on global food security. Vertical farming is an innovative methodology for vertical cultivation of agricultural products in a small footprint, which can also realize true zero-mile city food supply.

Vertical farms can be built in new or existing buildings and provide significant benefits in environmental sustainability and human health, minimizing the need for water and nutrients, and eliminating pesticides and fungicides, which are no longer needed. Vertical farming and urban agriculture, if designed and implemented appropriately, could offer sustainable and innovative solutions for improving food security in a small footprint.

Focus topics of the conference are:

  • Available technologies – LED lighting, sensors, AI
  • Plant condition issues like: CO2, Nutrients, Irrigation, Climate, Lighting
  • Food safety / HACCP
  • Robotics
  • Improved resource-use efficiency
  • Sustainability issues
  • Smart Cities / Architecture / Urban Design
  • From traditional farmer to vertical farmer

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The conference program is part of the Photonics Applications Week. It is possible to attend several events / conferences / workshops during this week.