Greenhouses in space: down to earth

Spin-offs from crop cultivation in the Antarctica experiment

The EU-EDEN-ISS project is about fresh vegetable production for the crew of future space missions. Antarctica was selected as the best possible "space simulator", and plenty of vegetables were produced during a 12-months mission there in 2018. The aim of the mission was to test and evaluate the technologies and monitoring systems that enabled safe and healthy production by an un-experienced grower in such a hostile environment.

Organised by Greenhouse Horticulture, Wageningen Plant Research

Wed 13 March 2019 13:30 to 17:30

Venue Bleiswijk

Purpose of the workshop is to discuss potential spin-offs for advanced commercial [greenhouse and/or plant factory] vegetable production and the adaptations that may be necessary for such an application.

Provisional Programme
13:15 Welcome with coffee
13:30 Introduction to the workshop
The EDEN-ISS project Daniel Schubert, Project coordinator, German Aerospace Center
Challenges and rewards of the mission Paul Zabel "the Antarctica Grower", German Aerospace Center
The lighting system: challenges and choices Grazyna Bochenek, Heliospectra
The remote monitoring system Frank Kempkes, Wageningen University & Research, Greenhouse Horticulture
14:45 Coffee
Commercial greenhouse production in the near future: what is needed Ted Duijvestijn, Duijvestijn tomaten (Dutch grower)
Enabling technologies for the success of vertical farms Martin Veenstra, Certhon (indoor farm producer)
Artificial Intelligence: the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge Silke Hemming, Wageningen University & Research, Greenhouse Horticulture
"Vision" in the greenhouses of tomorrow Erik Pekkeriet, Wageningen University & Research, group Vision and Robotics
Discussion: what has a real potential in commercial vegetable production? What is needed to realise that potential?
16:45 Cocktail and networking

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