International Conference on Vertical Farming

Smart Green Growth

Vertical Farming Forum

Working together on the development of Smart Green Growth for improving Global Food Security.

  • From: Tuesday 7 April 2020, 10 am
  • To: Wednesday 8 April 2020, 4 pm
  • Location: Nottingham Trent University, City Campus,
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 7 April 2020, 12.00 am

Event details

World agriculture is undergoing a transition to new technological paradigms. The increasing world population, the global trend to urbanisation, climate change, pressure on natural resources and Brexit are key drivers for policies on global food security.  There is an urgent need to identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production.  Vertical farming is a promising way that could offer sustainable and innovative solutions for improving food security.

Nottingham Trent University’s International Conference on Vertical Farming will explore the opportunities from developments in Smart Green Growth for sustainable agriculture and global food security. It brings together scientists, engineers, industrialists, investors and policymakers to tackle the challenges through research & technology solutions, and hear from successful commercial adoption.

The conference will cover the three essential approaches to:
*SMART - Automation, Robotics, and how Big Data & AI can increase efficiencies.
*GREEN - How research across Plant Science, LED lighting, urban greening, pharmaceutical crops and food quality can help future growing systems.
*GROWTH - How Vertical Farming markets and supply could grow into commercial profitable ventures and the positive impact it could deliver for our health and our economies.


Keynote speakers include:

Dickson Despommier - Emeritus Professor of Microbiology and Public Health at Columbia University, USA
Simon Pearson - Professor of Agri-Food Technology Research, University of Lincoln, UK
Ian Cox – Innovation Lead, Agri-Tech Centres, Innovate UK
Christine Zimmerman-Lössl – Chair, Association for Vertical Farming EU

Notable Speakers will also include:

Qichang Yang - Professor, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
Jung Eek SON - Professor, Department of Plant Science, Seoul National University, South Korea
Hong Liu – Professor, School Biological Science and Medical Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing, China

The two-day conference programme will include talks, panel discussions, interactive workshops and a gala dinner options.

Location details


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus

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