Welcome to the Vertical & Indoor Farming Conference!

As the global population climbs, the World Resources Institute highlights a pressing challenge: food demand is expected to surge by 50% in the coming decades. Meanwhile, the available space for traditional agriculture is shrinking rapidly. Amidst this backdrop, vertical farming emerges as a beacon of hope, capable of delivering fresh, local produce to communities worldwide. However, issues such as design complexity, financing difficulties, and high energy costs have previously curtailed the scalability of these innovative farming methods.

Nevertheless, the landscape is evolving. Notably, a 30,000 square meter facility in Dubai represents the burgeoning potential of large-scale vertical farming. According to recent analyses, deploying 94 such facilities could entirely offset the UK’s imported salad needs. While the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) sector in the USA has faced financial hurdles, the drive to optimize water usage and reduce land dependency continues to fuel progress.

This conference, still under development with updates forthcoming, invites all those interested in the future of agriculture. For speaking opportunities, please contact lauren@globalengage.co.uk, and for business partnership inquiries, reach out to gavin@globalengage.co.uk.

Concurrently, the Plant Genomics and Gene Editing Congress and the Biocontrol, Biostimulant, and Microbiome Congress will also be held. Attendees are encouraged to explore these sessions as well.

Stay tuned for more details on this pivotal event!

David Harris

David Harris

Director of Crop Research and Development, Freight Farms

Azlan Zahid

Azlan Zahid

Assistant Professor - Automation & AI for CEA, Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering

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Casey Schwichtenberg

Senior Mechanical Engineer, AeroFarms

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Uttara Samarakoon

Associate Professor, Ohio State University

Tobias Peggs

Tobias Peggs

Cofounder and Chief Executive Officer, Square Roots Indoor Farms

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Gundula Proksch

Associate Professor, University of Washington

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Yong Zhu

Andrew A. Adams Distinguished Professor

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Cristian Toma

Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Kalera

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