Programme – Horticulture Lighting Conference 2018
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13-14 May 2019 | Jaarbeurs, Utrecht | The Netherlands


Programme 2018

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All sessions will be presented in English with Dutch translation

  • Monday 14 May 2018
    • 7:00 pm

      Welcome Reception

  • Tuesday 15 May 2018
    • 8:50 am


    • 9:00 am

      Accelerating LED transition of horticultural lighting with optimized spectra

      Speakers: Xavier Denis of Nichia
      Presenter Xavier Denis of Nichia will look at Horticultural Lighting market expansion using LED technology over conventional artificial lighting, and will explore spectrum requirement for photosynthesis. He will present a solution for fast growing and energy saving, with a full spectrum white LED and supplement phosphor converted red and far red LEDs.
    • 9:30 am

      Reflection, absorption and transmission of electromagnetic radiation by plants

      Speakers: Richard Blakey of Würth Elektronik eiSos
      Plant biochemistry is driven by responses to electromagnetic radiation. Plants are highly responsive to changes in their environment including circadian rhythm, circannual rhythm and competition for light. Here Richard Blakey of Wurth Elektronic focuses on how these characteristics can be used to support plant processes using specific monochromatic light wavelengths.
    • 10:00 am

      The importance of light distribution in plant growth and yield

      Speakers: Koen Vangorp of MechaTronix
      High planting density can result in lower PPFD at the lower leaves, reducing overall plant growth. Supplemental ‘interlighting’ can redress this imbalance and increase year-round productivity. Here presenter Koen Vangorp, CEO of MechaTronix will explain canopy penetration by various wavelengths and the effect of diffuse light, and how this effect can be implemented by introducing LED specialist modules.
    • 10:30 am


    • 10:45 am

      Coffee Break

    • 11:00 am


    • 11:15 am

      How to design a light recipe – the necessary light characteristics and efficiencies to master crop growth and morphology

      Speakers: Alexander Wilm of Osram Opto Semiconductors, Sebastian Olschowski of Osram
      Plants need light to grow. How can this light be created in an efficient way? How does the composition of light influence the plants? How can we find the proper spectral composition to the different targets? Alexander Wilm and Sebastian Olschowski will answer these and more questions from the semiconductor and biology point of view.
    • 11:45 am

      Vertical farming – what’s new

      Speakers: Gus van der Feltz of the Association for Vertical Farming
      Gus van der Feltz provides an overview and update on the developments of LED lighting in vertical farming, looking at in-depth exploration of results from real-world installations. He will also give an update on AVF activities.
    • 12:15 pm

      Indoor farms: The sustainable challenges

      Speakers: John Matcham of Fischer Farms
      John will reflect on his journey with Fischer Farms and the recent developments of new lighting technologies for agriculture, looking at the special considerations for LED in indoor farms.
    • 12:45 pm


    • 1:00 pm

      Lunch, networking and exhibition

    • 2:00 pm

      Light’s role in controlling pathogens and pests

      Speakers: Dr Jaimin S. Patel of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
      What role can light play in the management and control of plant diseases and pathogens?
    • 2:15 pm


    • 2:30 pm

      Cereals: Speed breeding with LEDs

      Speakers: Sreya Ghosh of the John Innes Centre
      The remarkable results of trials which saw LEDs cut growing in half
    • 3:00 pm

      Tomatoes: Getting the right light recipe

      Speakers: Anja Dieleman of Wageningen University and Research
      How can we optimise the LED lighting to increase yield, flavour, sweetness and vitamin C levels?
    • 3:30 pm

      Coffee and networking

    • 4:00 pm

      Soft fruits: What the research tells us

      Speakers: Willem van Eldik of Delphy
      We unveil the results of LED lighting trials with raspberries, strawberries and blackberries
    • 4:30 pm

      The Internet of Things and horticulture

      Speakers: Viktor Zsellers of Arrow Electronics
      Connected technology, known as the Internet of Things, is making inroads into building and process management, including horticultural. Here Viktor Zsellers of Arrow Electronics looks at the necessary technologies for IoT projects, including LED lighting and its control, the communication interfaces between field sensors and environmental systems and cloud data management.
    • 5:00 pm

      Panel discussion: LEDs – What’s hype, what’s real?

      Speakers: Anja Dieleman of Wageningen University and Research, Dr. Rhydian Beynon-Davies of G's-Fresh, Henri Uutela of Ledil, Richard Blakey of Würth Elektronik eiSos
      Our diverse panel of experts separate what’s proven with LEDs and what’s not
    • 5:30 pm

      Closing Drinks