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CONFERENCE CONTENT

The SKYBERRIES vertical farming conference 2018 offered a diverse program of events along with keynotes, expert presentations and interactive workshops. Presentations ranged from the status quo of research in vertical agriculture to science fiction, from sociopolitical dimensions and food security to business cases in vertical farming and urban gardening. The sessions of the program were organised in a manner which contributed to a logical flow of the two plenary days. It started with the past, present and the future of vertical farming. From there onward we explored what it takes to successfully run a vertical farm and we ended the day with the challenges. The second day started with highlighting the necessity of rethinking our food system in order to formulate solutions to global food injustice. And the second day ended with inspiring words on cutting edge developments that will perpetuate urban food production into the future.

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DAY 1: WEDNESDAY 28 FEBRUARY, 2018

SESSION 1
9:00 – 10:30

Vertical Farming: Past, Present and Future

This session provided an overview of the 50-year history of vertical farming; it showed the need for alternative agricultural technologies and gave an outlook on the future of our urban food supply.

Daniel Podmirseg
Founder of vertical farm institute
Dickson Despommier
Author of „The Vertical Farm“
Henry Gordon-Smith
Founder & Managing Director of Argitecture Consulting

SESSION 2
11:00 – 12:30

 

How to successfully run a vertical farm

The Vertical Farming market of the future demands visionary and long-term strategies, while always retaining an economically realistic perspective. Three case studies of vertical farms were presented, which granted exclusive insights into the respective success factors and challenges.

Nona Yehia
CEO, Architect & Co-Founder, Vertical Harvest
Chris Malcolm
Assistant Manager for Business Development, Spread Ltd.
Isabel Molitor
Co-Founder & CMO, Farmers Cut

SESSION 3
14:00 – 15:30

Improve what we have. Energy, light and urban farming

Light is the key to growing healthy and tasty food. This session provided insights on the potentials for increasing energy efficiency in vertical farms. Energy-optimized buildings with transparent facades are up against the still dominant BlackBoxes of today.  Vertical farming will have to focus more than ever on utilizing naturally available resources.

David Schmidmayr
Co-Founder of SANlight, Expert in LED lighting
Christoph Mayr
Austrian Institute for Technology
John Apesos
Wolfgang Palme
Founder City Farm Schönbrunn
 

SESSION 4
16:00 – 17:30

 

Vertical farms in the context of city planning

The external nature of our global food supply has an enormous effect on our cities. In this session, political decision makers were discussing the hurdles and potentials of urban food production. Solutions for the food supply of the resilient city was a leading topic in this discussion.

Isabel Wieshofer
City of Vienna
Jan Willem Van der Schans
Senior Researcher Urban Food Supply at WUR

DAY 2: THURSDAY 1 MARCH, 2018

SESSION 5
9:00 – 10:30

 

Fighting for Food Justice in Today’s World: Extreme Cases

An increase in urban food production is accompanied by a range of issues like that of ownership, social acceptance, and changes in the individuals’ behavior. These and similar issues will be at the core of the session.

Saskia Sassen
Columbia University
Franz Fischler
European Forum Alpbach
Valentin Thurn
Journalist and Filmmaker

SESSION 6
11:00 – 12:30

Interactive Session

This interactive workshop session brought together the participants of our conference and our speakers from different fields of expertise. A creative session lead to thinking about the future of the city, specifically the role of food production in daily urban life.

Conrad Zeidler
Institute of Space Systems (DLR)
Barbara Imhof
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Liquifier
Norbert Keutgen
Professor Doctor of Agricultural Sciences,  Natural Sciences and Crop Physiology,  BOKU
Mascha Gugganig
Innovation Researcher, MTS

SESSION 7
14:00 – 15:30

 

The market for vertical farm products

Josef Schmidhuber
Deputy Director, Trade and Markets Division, FAO
Daniel Kats
Daniel Kats
Global Head of Sales, Infarm
Stefan Oberman
Chief of Staff at AeroFarms
Marc Buckley
Global Self-Representative Agent, Urban Crop Solutions

SESSION 8
16:00 – 17:30

SKYBERRIES Award & Vision Statement

This session included our award-ceremony that highlighted the best innovative vertical farming and urban gardening projects that were submitted. Furthermore it provided a summary of the mission and vision as well as conclusions drawn from the conference.

DAY 3: FRIDAY 2 MARCH, 2018

FIELD TRIP:
“RUTHNER TOWER”

EXCURSIONS & FIELD TRIPS

It was a great honour that we were able to visit the Ruthner-Tower, one of the very first vertical farms in the world. Finishing the conference with visiting this vertical farm was a good step to get an impression of past endeavours in order to set a conscious step into the bright future together.