Controlled Environment Agriculture – The Industry is Growing Up
March 18, 2020 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
It’s back! Our 2019 Controlled Environment Agriculture event attracted the key players in the vertical farming industry from the UK and beyond, as well as interested growers, technologists and researchers. So we’re doing it again in 2020! With talks, panel sessions, discussion and exhibition opportunities, as well as an update on the progress of the global vertical farming industry, we’ll be celebrating the success so far and exploring the bottlenecks still to be busted.
Controlled Environment Agriculture aims to create the optimum growing conditions, allowing year-round cropping of a wide range of high value, fresh produce closer to the point of consumption.
Growing within a hygienic environment offers many benefits:
- Quality control – there is less requirement for plant protection chemicals, resulting in fewer residues in the products
- Tighter forecasting – production can be more closely aligned with market needs, thereby reducing waste
- Improved nutrition and taste – the growing medium can be tightly controlled to deliver high value crops
- Overcome seasonality – crops can be grown all year, enabling continuous cropping and also scope to grow exotics
- Improved productivity – vertical farming in industrial or retail units increases the growing area available for food production
- Plant production on non-agricultural land – closed environments can be used to grow ingredients for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and industrial applications
This one-day conference creates an opportunity to hear about new growing systems, the challenges, the business case and the experiences of early adopters.
10.00 Welcome and introduction
10.10 Session 1 – Technology Innovations for Controlled Environment Agriculture
Innovations in Controlled Environment Agriculture and vertical farming continue at pace globally, and the need and potential for fundamental science to add greater value is significant. In this session we explore technologies, ranging from lighting to breeding which are poised to help derived even greater value from the ability to grow food crops under highly controlled conditions.
Includes lightning presentations from SMEs
11.30 Session 2 – CEA in Urban Design and Architecture
From domestic conservatories to major commercial high-care controlled environments, vertical farming and CEA is expanding to fill many different niches. He we explore how it can play a role in the evolution of the food system, and the mechanisms by which CEA can move food production from broadacre production to an urban setting.
12.30 Lunch and Exhibition
14.15 Session 3 – Entrepreneurship in Controlled Environment Agriculture; Is it too late to start up?
The scale of global capital flow into CEA and vertical farming companies has been described as “eye-watering” and analysts are keenly awaiting the major exits and return on investment. This session focusses on the potential for new early stage ventures with innovations for CEA and explores the existing investor appetite, possible routes to market and the potential to go “beyond Babyleaf” as a start-up.
15.15 Session 4 – Connecting with Citizens; Vertical Farming and Social Innovation
Changes to the global agri-food system are urgent and inevitable. The shift in mindset from “consumers” to “citizens” is seen by some as a way of providing more effective insights into the food system, as well as an appreciation of how to help people engage with the methods of food production. This session will explore the potential role of vertical farming and CEA as an agent for social innovation in the food system of the future, as well as considering the central role of food production in civic society.
16.30 Closing comments
16.40 Networking and event close
Speakers at this event will bring insights and expertise from a wide range of organisations and institutions, including:
- Intelligent Growth Solutions
- John Innes Centre
- Saturn Bioponics
- University of Wageningen
- Wotton Donaghue Architects
- Cambridge Capital Agri
- Green Lab
- Grow Up Labs
- Living Salads
- Square Mile Farms
The full speaker list will be announced shortly, so keep checking back!
Exhibition spaces are available!
Contact us to find out more.
A limited number of exhibition spaces are available at the conference for organisations wishing to showcase new innovations, technologies or equipment in the area of Controlled Environment Agriculture to the high level audience of farmers and growers, agronomists, investors, and the technical providers to this exciting industry.
We are particularly keen to feature innovations with a practical and visual element so that delegates can see how they currently operate (or are expected to work) in the real world. Growing units, medium and fertiliser samples, imaging technologies, robots and the like all welcome!
This is an exciting opportunity to feature your organisation as part of a one-day conference on the future of different growing systems, the challenges of implementing a system and the logistics involved with integrating a controlled environment agriculture into the food value chain.
For more details about how to exhibit please contact us.
Exhibition stand cost:
Free for members (+ ticket cost for each delegate)*
£150 for non-members (+ ticket cost for each delegate)*
*prices exclude VAT
Booking and cost
Controlled Environment Agriculture - The Industry is Growing Up
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