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The Future of Agriculture – How We Will Grow Food in the City

An Inaugural Lecture by Professor Chungui Lu

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In his Inaugural Lecture, Professor Chungui Lu will discuss his contributions to work done on vertical farming and the future of farming for food.

  • From: Thursday 21 September 2017, 6 pm
  • To: Thursday 21 September 2017, 9 pm
  • Location: TG9, Bramley building, Nottingham Trent University, Brackenhurst Campus, Brackenhurst Lane, Southwell, NG25 0QF,
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 19 September 2017, 11.59 pm
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An increasing world population combined with climate change and pressure on natural resources threaten global food security. Rapid urbanisation is a global phenomenon that is occurring in most countries. How can we produce more food on less land with less water, less energy, and fewer chemicals?  It has been recognised that vertical farming, if designed appropriately, will be a sustainable solution.

Vertical farming is an indoor agricultural method for growing fresh food all-year round in a protected environment (buildings, glasshouses) using advanced technologies. It does not require soil, saves space and energy, and multiplies crop yield. However, to increase efficiency and sustainability, vertical farming requires the highest possible degree of precision over plant resource capture and growth, the quality of the product, and the recycling of waste products and nutrients. The application of precision agriculture technologies has clear benefits to optimise production efficiency and to increase quality for sustainable agriculture and food security.

In this talk, Chungui will present some of his research in this new area. He will start with a brief history of farming from field farm to protected cropping and future vertical farming. He will introduce the sustainable and efficient system that is employing various innovative technologies including automated subsystems, environmental control, systems performance, LED light use and plant growing systems. The talk will finish with recent case studies on vertical farming and the future of farming for food.



  • 6.00 pm – Drinks and canapés
  • 6.30 pm – Lecture
  • 7.30 pm – Buffet
  • 9.00 pm – Close

Booking information

If you would like to attend this lecture, click on 'reserve your place' at the top of this page to book for free.


Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 5391

Location details


TG9, Bramley building


Nottingham Trent University
Brackenhurst Campus
Brackenhurst Lane
Southwell, NG25 0QF


If you are planning to drive to Brackenhurst Campus and are using SATNAV, please type in the postcode NG25 0QF. There is ample free parking available on site.

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