January 2022, on-site

WUR organizes a 4-week course on vertical farming

There is a shared enthusiasm that vertical farming can provide the world with safe, nutritious, and sustainable greens. But most claims lack robust scientific backing. In this mixed classroom course, Wageningen University & Research’s academics in the field bring together business, academia, and students. Come share the latest insights on opportunities and challenges of vertical farming and learn what actually ‘works.’

This program is not open for registration yet.
However, it is possible to already show your interest in the course.

Why follow this course? 
Vertical farming is a fast-growing globalized industry with investments
in new and existing companies. This course on vertical farming aims to illuminate the trees in the forest of big claims and lofty promises. Take a deep dive into the indoor growing of crops:

  • Separate sense from nonsense by analyzing sustainability and profitability of vertical farms
  • Deduct the role and key principles of plant physiology in vertical farming 
  • Learn about new opportunities in vertical farming through the latest academic insights
  • Collaborate with bright university students while solving the central challenges of vertical farming
  • Infer the relevance and advances of technology in vertical farming

For whom is this course? 
This course is designed for growers, tech developers, breeders, and others associated with the vertical farming industry. Professionals should be acquainted with the field of plant production. A BSc level by working experience or study is recommended. You will follow this course in parallel with university students who will help you to research the central challenges of vertical farming and provide you with scientific insight on applied problems. 

Program and topics 
By bringing together professionals and students in this mixed classroom, we aim to stimulate the cross-pollination between theory and practice. Receiving the latest knowledge on vertical farming,you will follow this course in parallel with university students who will help you to research the central challenges of vertical farming and provide you with scientific insight on applied problems. 

With a strong focus on the plant physiology aspects, you will: 

  • Apply concepts from plant physiology, technology, business, logistics, and sustainability
  • Become familiar with innovations such as novel substrates, LED lighting recipes, precision environmental control, advanced sensing, and AI 
  • Professionals can present their real-life cases for students to do research on

This course can be followed online, on campus, or a mix of both and will be made available to all time zones. Taking a total of four weeks, the estimated effort involved will be approximately 60 hours (incl. self-study and group work).  

Course leaders and experts 
The course leader is prof.dr.ir. Leo Marcelis (Full Professor, Horticulture & Product Physiology PE&RC) from Wageningen University & Research.

Involved experts are dr. Katharina Hanika (Education Specialist, Horticulture & Product Physiology, PSG) and Lucas van der Zee, BSc (Research Associate Horticulture and Product Physiology), also from Wageningen Food & Biobased Research. 

More information & registration
Registration is planned to open shortly after the summer holidays. Would you like to be notified? Show your interest. 

For more information:
Wageningen University & Research


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