VertiFarm2019 - International workshop on vertical farming Wageningen 13-15 October 2019

Vertical farming is a next level production system, which allows production of plants at any place including the most urbanised regions of the world. The use of LED light and the full control of both the aboveground and belowground conditions in combination with the right cultivar, enables growers to produce products with extra added value, which appeal to the demand of consumers for safe, reliable, and tasty, nutritious food.

It is now time for the first international workshop on Vertical Farming which is organised under the auspices of the International Society for Horticultural Science.

Organised by Wageningen University - University of Bologna - University of Arizona

Sun 13 October 2019 until Tue 15 October 2019

Venue Wageningen Campus

The workshop combines a number of oral presentations of world leading horticultural researchers, panel discussions with renowned companies, short oral and poster presentations on the latest research results on vertical farming.

The workshop welcomes scientific presentations on all aspects of vertical farming, ranging from plant physiology, breeding, climate control, engineering, systems design, urban planning, economics, consumer demands and business development.
Although at this moment vertical farming largely deals with vegetables, there are also opportunities for production of ornamental (young) plants. Therefore, the workshop also welcomes presentations on ornamentals in vertical farms.

You are most welcome to attend the workshop from 13 to 15 October on the Campus of Wageningen University - the Netherlands. If you want to be sure to have a place at the workshop, register as soon as possible.

Kick-off Urban Greenhouse Challenge’2

VertiFarm 2019 also hosts the opening event of the second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge, a cutting-edge, international student competition: Multidisciplinary student teams are challenged to bring professional food production (back) into urban neighbourhoods integrating social, economic, environmental and technical aspects in one coherent concept.

VertiFarm 2019 is sponsored by:


Prof.Dr. LFM Marcelis Horticulture & Product Physiology group Wageningen University

Dr. Francesco Orsini Dept. of Agri-Food Sciences and Technologies - DISTAL
University of Bologna

Prof.Dr. Murat Kacira Dept. of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering - CEAC University of Arizona