Programme – Horticulture Lighting Conference 2017
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23 May 2017 | High Tech Campus, Eindhoven | The Netherlands



Exclusive presentations by keynote speakers, interactive sessions, live interviews and a networking drinks reception.

All sessions will be presented in English with Dutch translation

  • Tuesday 23 May 2017
    • 9:25 am

      Chairman’s Welcome

    • 9:30 am

      Light and crops: The fundamentals

      Speakers: Anja Dieleman of Wageningen University and Research
      From photochemical reactions and crop production to energy efficiency and operating costs, light is the single most critical factor impacting the success of a controlled environment farm. Beginning with the basics of ‘what is light?’ this session will include an overview on quantifying and qualifying lighting differentials – from white light to purple light and top light to side light. A crash course in applying photobiology to create a denser, healthier, greener crop of vegetables, fruit and flowers.
    • 9:55 am

      Understanding LEDs

      Speakers: Carolin Horst of Osram
      LEDs are very different from traditional lighting sources. They’re solid-state devices that can be designed to deliver narrow-spectrum photon beams of defined wavelength. Now unique light-distribution techniques  are possible with LEDs that have important implications for intracanopy, close-canopy and the targeted lighting of high-value crops.
    • 10:20 am

      LED and high-pressure sodium

      Speakers: Isabel Vandevelde of Proefstation, Stefaan Fabri of Proefstation
      The current reality of LED compared to traditional lighting technologies such as high-pressure sodium sources. How do they compare in terms of photosynthetic active radiation and heat output? Does a combination of the two technologies deliver the best of both worlds? Two researchers of the Research Station for Vegetable Production (Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium) give their practical experience with LED and hybrid LED-HPS systems in greenhouse vegetable production.
    • 10:45 am


    • 11:00 am

      Coffee, networking and exhibition

    • 11:30 am

      How to assess horticultural lighting equipment: Metrics and methods

      Speakers: Dale Needham of Fourthwall
      Lumens, colour temperature, lux and other common lighting terms and measurements all have one fault when it comes to horticultural lighting: they are all based on the human eye response.  Plants have very different lighting needs, which calls for very different metrics. Our speaker explores walks us through the numbers.
    • 11:55 am

      Spectral task efficiency in horticultural applications

      Speakers: Viktor Zseller of Arrow
      The unique properties of LEDs enables the spectral matching of the light source to certain action spectra in both urban farming and controlled environmental farming applications for practical photo-morphological growth control. This presentation focuses on the key parameters of coloured light and control in terms of growth response factors, either for increasing yield or in order to achieve specific goals.
    • 12:20 pm

      How to use tunable LEDs to manipulate crop production

      Speakers: Dr Phillip Davis of Stockbridge Technology Centre
      A combination of LEDs and lighting controls has the potential to change the way crops are grown in controlled environments.  Because LEDs offer unprecedented opportunities to manipulate wavelength, pulse duration, synchrony and spectral output, they can modify the morphological and chemical characteristics of plants, enabling growers to extract greater value from crop production.
    • 12:45 pm


    • 1:00 pm

      Networking lunch and exhibition

    • 2:00 pm

      LEDs: What the research tells us

      Speakers: Joris Van Lommel of Proefstation, Liesbet Van Herck of Proefstation
      Light has been proven to control plant quality and morphology and flowering. LED lights hold the promise of being the tool for directing these plant attributes in a precise manner, while allowing for energy-savings and greater sustainability when contrasted to traditional greenhouse lighting. Two researchers of the Research Station for Vegetable Production (Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium) illustrate the possibilities of LED lights in greenhouse vegetable production.
    • 2:25 pm

      LEDs and tomatoes

      Speakers: Marja Van Dessel of Den Boschkant
      Marja Van Dessel, an experienced tomato grower shares her wealth of knowledge on why Den Bosch Side choose to invest in LEDs and how they are using them. Marja will explore and discuss how LEDs have changed their working climate and the effects.
    • 2:50 pm

      Pathogen control using LEDs

      Speakers: Dr Jaimin S. Patel of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
      What role can light play in the control of plant diseases and pathogens? Is it possible that ultraviolet(UV) radiation can not only suppress pests but also induce disease resistance in plants? Can we exploit light-dependent mechanisms for enhancing crop marketability while suppressing plant pathogens in controlled environments?
    • 3:15 pm


    • 3:30 pm

      Coffee, networking and exhibition

    • 4:00 pm

      Vertical farms and tiered growing

      Speakers: Christine Zimmermann-Loessl of Vertical Farming, Jasper den Besten of HAS Hogeschool
      How to design and develop a LED lighting infrastructure for vertical farms. What are the most important factors for decision-making? What are the economics of these installations and how do they compare with more traditional methods?
    • 4:30 pm

      Panel discussion: How science can boost business

      Speakers: Anja Dieleman of Wageningen University and Research, Asli Solmaz-Kaiser of TUV, Christine Zimmermann-Loessl of Association of Vertical Farming, Dr Jaimin S. Patel of the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Dr Phillip Davis of Stockbridge Technology Centre
      Growers, scientists and manufacturers discuss the ways we can work together to maximise outcomes for growers in the horticulture industry.
    • 5:00 pm

      Networking drinks party