International Vertical Farming & New Food Systems  Conference and Exhibition 2021

Conference Program




2. September 2021




I. Opening remarks and keynote speeches

Welcome Remarks – Christine Zimmermann-Lossl, AVF Chairwoman
Janusz Czesław Wojciechowski, EU Commissioner for Agriculture (TBC)
StM Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian State Minister of Economic Affairs, Regional
Development and Energy
StM Michaela Kaniber, Bavarian Minister of State for Food, Agriculture and
Walter Heidl, President of Bavarian Farmers Association (BBV)


Lunch Break & Press Conference


II. Keynotes on the New Food System
Vertical Farming and Planetary Boundaries

Cultured Meat, Pioneering a cleaner way of making beef

Challenges of the Global Food System

Sustainable Investment and Innovation for the New Food System

Maximilian Loessl,
Co-Founder and CEO of Agrilution

Prof. Mark Post,
Mosa Meat and Maastricht University

Christine Gould,
Founder and CEO of Thought For Food (TFF)

Kieran Mahanty,
Director in Growth Team, Blue Horizon Corporation


Coffee Break


III. Parallel Breakout Sessions (Format: Roundtable & Workshop)

Session I: New Innovations in Vertical Farming (Roundtable)
Dr. Laura Cammarisano, Scientist at IGZ, Facilitator

Session II: Swarming the Future: Insects for Food and Feed (Workshop)
Thea Otto, AVF Project Manager, Facilitator

Session III: Holistic Vertical Farming – Unique Selling Points
Dr. Jenna Bell, Senior VP of Nutritional Science of Sensei Ag,

Session IV: Being in the Know on Investors’ Expectations of Vertical
Farming (Roundtable)
Kieran Mahanty, Director in Growth Team, Blue Horizon
Corporation, Facilitator

Presentation of Summaries of Breakout Sessions

Topics and Speakers

Session I: Strawberry Harvest Automation, Dominik Feiden, Co-Founder and CEO of Organifarm;
Rethinking Horticulture Lighting, Dr. Prash Makaram, Founder and CEO of Crocus Labs GmbH;
iFarm Growtune: Super App for Vertical Farming, Max Chizhov, Co-Founder and CEO iFarm; Intravision Group, Per Aage Lysa, CEO; Ono Exponential

Session II: Market Overview and Challenges, Marian Peters, CEO of New
Generation Nutrition B.V. (NGN) Insects in Food, Michael Bullmer, Biologist at Six Feet to Eat

Session III: On Health, Dr. Jenna Bell, Senior VP of Nutritional Science of Sensei Ag;
On Special Crops – Saffron, Wasabi, Winter-Strawberries, Eszter Simon, CEO of PhytonIQ;
On the Unique Selling Points of Vertical Farms, Maximilian Loessl,
Co-Founder and CEO of Agrilution;

Session IV: An Introduction to Investor’s Evaluation Process for a Vertical Farming;
Enterprise, Kieran Mahanty, Director in Growth Team, Blue Horizon
Annette Schoemmel, Co-Founder of XanaduAlpha AG, CH


Special Presentation – The Future of Food

Eva Keretic


IV. Panel — AgTech Future & Impact

Transition scenarios, Role of education, Financing the transition,
Business models, Smart cities, Urban agriculture

Maximilian Loessl, Co-Founder and CEO of Agrilution
Prof. Mark Post, Mosa Meat and Maastricht University
Prof. Jasper den Besten, HAS University of Applied Sciences
Fabio Ziemssen, CEO of NX-Food
Annette Schoemmel, Co-Founder of XanaduAlpha AG, CH
Gertjan Meeuws, Co-Founder and CEO of Seven Steps to Heaven


Dinner for VIP Guests and Speakers

3. September 2021


V. Latest Scientific Developments in Vertical Farming (15 mins each)

Controlling Growth and Quality Based on Physiology of the Plant
Prof. Leo Marcelis, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Smart Green Grow for Vertical Farming – Development of AI & Precision
Data Solution for Improving Food Production and Sustainability
Prof. Chungui Liu, Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom

The Robotic Vertical Farm and a Microalgae Vertical Farm
Prof. Joel Cuello, The University of Arizona, U.S.A.


VI. Startup Pitches

Organifarm, Dominik Feiden, Co-Founder and CEO, Germany;
Lite+Fog, Martin Peters, Co-Founder and CEO, Germany;
Fusion Farms, Kendell Lang, CEO, Puerto Rico;

Q&A + Voting


Networking Break / Poster Presentations by Students


VII. Overview of Global Trends in Vertical Farming

Growing Edible Cities in the Philippines: The National Urban Agriculture
Program of the Philippines, Gerald Glenn Panganiban, Director of
National Urban Agriculture Program, Department of Agriculture of the

Is Africa Ready for Vertical Farming? Francis Njuakom Nchu, Director
of Community Development Volunteers for Technical Assistance
(CDVTA), Cameroon

Startups as Catalysts for Innovation in Vertical Farming, Alexander
Gerfert, CEO and CTO of Würth Elektronik GE

Smart Carbon Upcycling: The Energy Solution for Vertical Farming,
Peter Westerhoff, Inhaber UES Umwelt Energiesysteme GmbH, Rainer Janzen CEO of Lujan UG

Advances in LED lighting, Seoul Semiconductor Korea/GE

Cultivating Medicinal Plants and Berries in Vertical Farms, Per Aage
Lysa, CEO of Intravision Group, Norway


Lunch Break


VIII. Sustainability Certification Program for Vertical Farming

Christine Zimmermann-Loessl, AVF Chairwoman
Henry Ernst, Assessment Manager, Control Union (UK)


IX. Investor’s Perspective: How to Start a Vertical Farming Business

Annette Schoemmel, Co-Founder and Managing Director XanaduAlpha


X. Startup Pitches

Spacefarm, Tusya Gharibashvili, Head of CEA Project, Georgia;
Yasai, Mark Zahran, CEO, Switzerland;
Crocus Lab, Dr. Prash Makaram, CEO, Germany;

Q&A + Voting


Coffee Break


XI. AVF Vanguard Award Ceremony

Inaugural 2021 AVF Vanguard Award for Government Leadership in
Harnessing Innovation for Sustainable Food Production


XII. Summary and Discussion


Field Trip / Exhibition / Visit of AVF Lab (Optional)

Organized by: StMELF, StMWi, AVF
Moderator: Frank Sprenger
Conference Language: English