Following the success of the inaugural VertiFarm, Messe Dortmund will be opening its doors once again between September 26 and 28 as a meeting place for knowledgeable experts in the world of farming and new food systems.
This informative buyer-meets-seller platform will also offer plenty of space for inspiration, networking, and business matchmaking. Fraunhofer UMSICHT to present new agricultural systems Oberhausen-based research body the Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT will present, among other things, an innovative agricultural system enabling regional production of high-quality food in urban environments.
Show-goers will also be able to discover more about the ALMARKTgarten in Oberhausen, where an in-building sustainable agricultural production facility complete with cultivation areas for fruit and vegetables was created on the roof of the Job Centre. Using the SUSKULT project as an example, the institute will also be explaining the use of sewage treatment plants as a source of nutrients, enabling the nutrients occurring in sewage treatment plants to be used for closed-cycle cultivation of horticultural products. The presentation of the LightSaverA I project, for which a working demonstrator has been developed for requirement-led control of plant lighting, will illustrate how AI can create demand-optimized illumination for production systems in indoor farms.
A comprehensive line-up of providers to cover all aspects. In attendance will be businesses such as SANANBIO from China, an alliance of farmers, engineers, scientists, designers, and business people supporting agribusiness worldwide with vertical farming and horticultural lighting technologies.
Likewise, OSRAM will also be presenting its technologies in the fields of sensors and lighting. SIEMENS will also be showing the latest approaches and technologies associated with crop management, environmental controls, robotics, and automation. vGreens Holding, also from Germany, will be explaining various technological innovations for the production of premium fruit and crops.
Vertical Future from the United Kingdom will be there with information on new production systems that are in use internationally. Numerous suppliers will also be traveling in from the Netherlands, including Priva Horticulture, with highlights ranging from process computers and sensors to cloud-based automation software and Hoogendoorn – a business with over 50 years of experience and a presence in 100+ countries – which will be presenting automation solutions for optimum growth climates.
Plant processing and sorting machines will also be on show in Dortmund from TTA, and Bosman van Zaal will be back with its intelligent plant production systems and ventilation and water treatment systems in the food, floriculture, and pharmaceutical sectors. Start-ups such as Hortigold from the Netherlands and Farm3 from France will also be contributing their specialist knowledge and offerings.
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Supporting program with many speakers
The three-day stage program will include educational, partly interactive knowledge modules. Keynote talks and discussion panels featuring experts in agriculture, science, industry, and start-up businesses will address the future of food and agriculture as it goes through this period of transition.
The following four expert presentations on stage in Hall 4, for example, are awaited:
'Controlled environment agriculture – Setting the next step'
Speaker: Sabine Cecere, Account Manager, Digital Industries for Food & Beverage / New Food at Siemens AG
Vertical Farming: Profitable or not? – It depends on the Use Case.'
Speaker: Johann Waldherr, Business Development Manager, Electronic Power & Lighting Solutions at Würth Elektronik
eiSos GmbH & Co KG
'Enabling the human grower with smart tech'
Speaker: Luis Trujillo, President & General Manager, Hoogendoorn USA and Martin Van Tol, LetsGrow.com
'Getting your produce to retail - the secret of long-term partnerships
Speaker: Wannes Voorend, R&D Coordinator in Energy, Environment, and Biotech at Colruyt Group