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Registration for International Autonomous Greenhouse Event is now open

by Graeme Hammer
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Wageningen University & Research announces that the registration for the International Autonomous Greenhouse Event on July 1 is now open. The event features a cast of international researchers from different institutes and companies and will be held at the business unit Greenhouse Horticulture in Bleiswijk, The Netherlands.

Register here.

The International Autonomous Greenhouse Event offers participants the opportunity to meet other professionals who are involved in autonomous greenhouse growing, get to know the most recent research insights, and visit the up-to-date research facilities of the business unit Greenhouse Horticulture. A good opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking.

Photo credit: WUR Greenhouse Horticulture 


The event also marks the end of the 3rd International Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge, which this year revolves around sustainably growing lettuce in greenhouses via fully automated control with the use of AI.

The maximum number of participants is 100. Registration is possible via www.autonomousgreenhouses.com. The event will also be streamed on YouTube.

Location: Violierenweg 1, 2665 MV Bleiswijk

Date: July 1, 9-20 h


8:30 h Registration and coffee


9:00 h Welcome by dr. Silke Hemming, WUR


9:10 h Overview of results of 3 years Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge by Silke Hemming, WUR, and David Wallerstein, CXO of main sponsor Tencent

9:30 h Commercialisation Autonomous Greenhouse Management by Rudolf de Vetten, CEO Blue Radix (start-up company out of participating team 1st Challenge)

9:50 h Importance of autonomous control for investors and growers by Leonard de la Faille, Van der Hoeven Horticultural Projects (team captain winning team 2nd Challenge)

10:10 h Q&A

10:30-11:00 h Coffee break

11:00 h Autonomous growing from a crop perspective by Anja Dieleman, WUR

11:20 h Digital Twin tomato by Pieter de Visser, WUR

11:40 h Phenotyping tools for different crops from research to practice by Rick van de Zedde, WUR

12:00 h Q&A

12:20-13:20 h Joint lunch

13:20-15:00 h Visit WUR facilities and researchers in groups

Kas2030-fossil-free and emission free greenhouse by Frank Kempkes

Gerbera Scout and Gerbera Harvester by Jos Ruizendaal

VF by Caterina Carpineti

AI greenhouse infrastructure for research & industry by Anna Petropoulou

Tastelab – non-destructive detection of secondary compounds and taste (PPS Fresh on demand with many partners) by Rick de Jong

15:00 h Automated pest & disease detection: Learnings from open field to indoor farming? by Spyros Fountas, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

15:20 h Plant sensing to understand crop physiology for automated farming by Kathy Steppe, University of Ghent, Belgium

15:40 h Q&A

16:00 h Coffee break

16:30-17:30 h

Teams intro (video) and winner announcement by Kathy Steppe, jury

Presentation approach and future vision by winning team

Overview detailed analysis results by Anna Petropoulou


17:30 h Drinks/BBQ

20:00 h End


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