Ten ideas to rescue the world [so far] – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute

Ten ideas to rescue the world [so far] – Presented by Daniel Podmirseg, Vertical Farm Institute, at the Vertical Farming Conference, on Jun 27, 2018, at Brightlands Campus, Villa Flora, Venlo, The Netherlands. The conference is part of a two-day agri-food event with 4 conferences, an expo, a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, plus more activities and workshops.

The city of the future will be structurally incomparable with the modernist city. The design practice of the last eighty years has brought us really great challenges that will lead ecologically, socially and economically to radical system changes. This fact enables a much greater commitment by different creators from the fields of art, science and business. In addition, the fact of designing the city of the future is an invitation for all those who have hitherto been difficult to integrate into existing decision-making processes. The necessary supply of healthy food throughout the year affects all of us, especially city dwellers.

What drives you?
The future is the result we think, discuss and create today.

What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
Three books.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
All technologies enabling and facilitating indoor food production.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Ensuring food supply for cities, fulfilling global sustainable development goals.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Romanticism and short term thinking (both economic and political)

What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
Potential of transformative science

About Daniel Podmirseg
Dr. Podmirseg’s thesis on “Contribution of Vertical Farms to increase the overall Energy Efficiency of Cities” was developed at Graz University of Technology, defended with distinction. He is head of the vertical farm institute in Vienna which concentrates on research to develop new building typologies for Vertical Farming. Dissemination programme of the vfi: SKYBERRIES (international conferences, academy, meetups, network meetings)

About Vertical Farm Institute
The Vertical Farm Institute (vfi) is a widely varied multidisciplinary team with specific expertises. It is embedded in an international research network all around vertical farming. Architects, engineers, plant physiologists and artists cover a wide spectrum of knowledge – essential to develop and implement new building typologies for vertical farms.

Our partners support the vfi with unique expertises regarding building- and control systems, architecture and energy, biology and plant physiology, also energy production and plant factory operators. Only the combination of a customized architecture, urban planning, resource-conserving technologies and applied plant physiology disclose the potential of vertical farms to be important elements for a sustainable food production with a promising future.

About Agrifood Innovation Event
The Agrifood Innovation Event is a dedicated and focused business and research platform, unique in bringing together European and global companies from the entire food industry chain: supply chain with customers, producers, retailers and researchers.

The Agrifood Innovation Event is a two-day Event (June 27-28, 2018) that includes 4 dedicated conferences and an expo.

Day 1: June 27, 2018 Day 2: June 28, 2018
Healthy Nutrition Conference Vertical Farming Conference 3D Food Printing Conference Smart Farming Conference
  • Smart & Healthy Ingredients
  • Sustainable Food Manufacturing
  • Protein Transition (e.g. insects and seaweed)
  • Food design
  • Innovative technologies for Healthy Nutrition
  • Available technologies – LED lighting, sensors, AI
  • From traditional farmer to vertical farmer
  • Robotics
  • Improved resource-use efficiency
  • Sustainable Buildings (design, green roof, energy)
  • Technologies for 3D Food Printing
  • Ingredients for 3D Food Printing
  • Patent issues
  • Legal issues
  • Regulatory issues
  • Investment opportunities
  • Research and development
  • Available technologies for Farming 4.0 – drones, sensors, Internet of Things, Robotics, etc
  • Precision agriculture
  • Precision Livestock Farming
  • Plant and crop science for improved resource-use
  • Investment in R&D
  • Cross disciplinary themes
Networking dinner

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