Course 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 world’s leading academics in the field bring together business, academia and students. Come share in the latest insights on opportunities and challenges of vertical farming and learn what actually ‘works’.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

Mon 9 January 2023

Duration 4 weeks / 60 hours in total
Scholarship STAP-budget
Format Blended
Credits Certificate
Group size 41-80

This programme is not open for registration yet.
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This course is applicable for the STAP-budget.
You can find more information on the STAP-budget here.

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 analysing sustainability & 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. 

Programme 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 be able to give input relevant to the specific hurdles and challenges you face. Students will deep dive into case studies using your input, guided by academic experts, and present their solutions back to you.

    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, state of the art 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 leader and involved experts