Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
  • Online attendance for overseas participants via Zoom. In-person attendance for UK delegates: 6th Floor, Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

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The Research Excellence Framework (REF) has awarded the University of Plymouth 1st place in the UK for ‘Impact case studies in the Field of Agriculture’ and 7th in the country in terms of (GPA) grade point average.* 
To celebrate these achievements, we are delighted to invite you to this international symposium entitled 'Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA): a promising technology for quality food and pharmaceutical production' which will be held at the University on Tuesday 13 September 2022.
* About the Research Excellence Framework (REF) results 2021/22
The University of Plymouth is assessed for the quality of its research outputs, research environment and the Impact of its research every seven years in the REF. The results for 2021/22 for the Unit of Assessment covering Agriculture, Food and Veterinary Science were spectacularly impressive with Plymouth rising up the university league table from 25th to 7th position overall. In particular, the University's Impact Case Studies were given the topmost ranking, placing Plymouth in first position for Impact. More than 84% of the research outputs (papers) assessed were classed as 'internationally excellent'.

Delegate and exhibitor registration

To book your free place as a delegate or exhibitor at this exciting and innovative event, please register through the University of Plymouth link above. If you register as an exhibitor, AO landscape poster boards, an 8ft trestle table and power will be included. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
All in-person or online delegates will receive a certificate of attendance.
People from outside the UK can join the event online through Zoom; again please book through the registration link above.
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09:00–09:15 | Opening talk (Vice-Chancellor/Deputy Vice-Chancellor)
09:15–09:40 | Keynote talk: CEA – overview of developments and challenges for the future. (Professor Mick Fuller, Professor of Plant Physiology, University of Plymouth)
Climate change and CEA (Chair: Professor Richard Preziosi)
09:40–10:00 | Can traditional research techniques cope with the impact of climate change? The role of agri-tech. (Dr Naser Aldin Obid, Director-General of the Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands 'ACSAD')
10:00–10:20 | CEA for water saving under dry conditions. Case study. (Dr Abdulla Alrajhi, Director of National Centre for Agricultural Technology, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Arabia)
10:20–10:40 | The role of CEA in climate change adaptation in the MENA region. (Dr Almoayied Assayed, Director of Water, Environment and Climate Change Centre, Royal Scientific Society)
10:40–11:00 | Coffee break (provided)
CEA technology and commercial applications (Chair: Dr Hail Rihan, University of Plymouth)
11:00–11:20 | What does innovation in the CEA space look like? (Dr Rhydian Beynon-Davies, Head of Crop Optimisation, GrowUp Farms)
11:20–11:40 | The best of both worlds: building (automation) and horti (automation) = indoor growing/vertical farming (automation). (Dennis Louwe, Programme Manager Indoor Growing, Priva)
11:40–12:00 | Path to commercialisation within the supply chain. (James Lloyd-Jones, CEO and Founder of Jones Food Company (JFCo)
12:00–12:20 | All roads lead to grown: possible pathways for CEA. (Mark Horler, Chairman, UK Urban AgriTech (UKUAT) and Co-founder of The Soya Project)
12:20–12:40 | Commercialising aeroponics in CEA: where do greenhouse and vertical farmers' needs overlap? (Jack Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of LettUs Grow)
12:40–13:50 | Lunch break (provided)
CEA and pharmaceutical industry (Chair: Professor Mick Fuller, University of Plymouth)
13:50–14:10 | Going back to the future: harnessing the complexity of plants to unlock a paradigm shift in medicine. (Dr Sebastian Vaughan, CEO of Phytome Life Sciences)
14:10–14:30 | Cross-faculty collaborations and pre-clinical workflows. (Dr Lynn McCallum, Associate Professor of Haematology, University of Plymouth)
14:30–14:50 | CEA effect on basil and pre-clinical applications. (Marwa Jbara, Research Assistant, Peninsula Medical School, University of Plymouth)
14:50–15:20 | Coffee break (provided)
General discussion (Yve Metcalfe-Tyrrell, University of Plymouth)
15:20–17:00 | Open discussion

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