Controlled Environment Agriculture Online


7th Sep 2022



Controlled Environment Agriculture Online

Vertical Farming: A New Food System to Help Feed the World

Date: September 7, 2022 (Wednesday)
Time: New York 10:00 | London 15:00 | Paris 16:00 | Singapore 22:00 | Sydney 00:00 (September 8)
Duration: 60 minutes
Event structure: Panel discussion  
Registration fee: Complimentary access
Webinar on-demand: Available (registration is required)

According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), there is a need for a 70% increase in food production with the rise in the global population estimated at over nine billion by 2050. It has been brought to attention that natural prerequisites of cultivation have been depleting with rapid urbanisation around the world. To ensure global food security, not only does the productivity of food crops need to be increased in the existing agricultural fields, but there is also a need to encourage alternative farming solutions.

Vertical farming is a form of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) comprising fully insulated indoor operations, by producing crops on multiple levels using LED lights. Vertical farms have been advertised as solutions to many environmental issues in food production in part as they are protected from the outside environment, and these facilities can be constructed even in the most extreme environments.

In efforts to strengthen food production, apart from providing access to healthy food and promoting economic growth, vertical farming has the potential to supplement food provided by existing agriculture practices and will continue to be a valuable resource as the population increases.

Join us at this thought-provoking webinar to explore how vertical farming can be of prime importance as a new food system to help feed the people and the planet in the coming decades.

Key Discussion Areas

  • An overview of the global trends in vertical farming
  • Economic viability of vertical farming
  • Adoption of AI and precision data to increase crops production
  • Ecological management and integration of farming systems
  • Indoor farming sustainability and urban implications
  • Vertical farming and food security

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Paul PG Gauthier, Professor of Protected Cropping, The Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, The University of Queensland, Australia

Professor Gauthier is one of the world experts in vertical farming and protected cropping and has many years of experience both in academia and the industry managing research teams. He recently joined The University of Queensland institute – Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) with the intention of shaping the future of farming in Queensland, Australia and the world. Prof Gauthier obtained a PhD in plant physiology from the University of Paris Sud, France and worked at The Australian National University, Australia. Professor was one of pioneer studying vertical farming at Princeton University, USA, focusing on understanding the sustainability of vertical farms both economically and environmentally. For years, Prof Gauthier has advised start-ups and universities on the development of vertical farming and the opportunities within. Prof Gauthier was also the Chief Science Officer and co-founder of Kêr Farms, an indoor vertical farm in the United States and more recently, he was Director of Research and Development at Bowery Farming developing New Products.
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Leo Marcelis, Professor and Head of Chair Group, Horticulture and Product Physiology, Department of Plant Sciences, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Prof Dr Leo Marcelis is head of the chair group Horticulture and Product Physiology at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. This group holds a strong position in research and education on greenhouse horticulture, vertical farming and post-harvest quality.
His research focuses on sustainable production of high-quality products in vertical farms and greenhouses. Leo has a strong background in plant physiology and a vast experience in crop monitoring, computational modelling and experimentation. He has extensively studied the physiology, growth and product formation of plants and plant organs in order to improve sustainability and quality of crop production in greenhouses and vertical farms. In particular fluxes of assimilates, water and nutrients in the plant, sink/source interactions and partitioning among plant organs in response to abiotic constraints are subject of study. LED lighting in greenhouses and vertical farms is a major theme in his research. At the moment he is leading large multidisciplinary research programmes on vertical farming and LED lighting in greenhouses in which universities and private companies cooperate.


Joel L. Cuello, Professor of Biosystems Engineering and Director of Graduate Studies, Interdisciplinary Applied Biosciences (Bioeconomy and New Food Systems), University of Arizona, USA; Vice Chair, International Association for Vertical Farming (AVF)

Joel Cuello, Ph.D. is Professor of Biosystems Engineering, Director of the Biosystems Engineering (BioImagineering) Laboratory, and Director of Graduate Studies for Interdisciplinary Applied Biosciences (Bioeconomy and New Food Systems) at The University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. He is also Vice Chair of the International Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) based in Munich, Germany.

A globally recognized expert in the engineering of sustainable biological and agricultural systems, Prof. Cuello has 33 years of experience in research, teaching and outreach on innovations in controlled environment agriculture (CEA) for the sustainable production of food and high-value bioproducts, including for bioregenerative space life support applications. He has collaborated widely and globally and has led his BioImagineering Team in designing original innovations ranging from microalgae photobioreactors to growing structures for vertical farms and future extraterrestrial human habitats.

Prof. Cuello is the Principal Inventor of the patented Accordion Photobioreactor Series as well as of the patent-pending Mobile & Modular Vertical Farm, V-Hive Vertical Green Box, and the Intelligent Aeroponic Microgravity & Earth Nutrient Delivery System (I-AMENDS) for Bioregenerative Space Life Support and Earth Applications, among others. He has published over 75 refereed journal publications and 12 book chapters and has delivered over 400 professional presentations around the world.


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