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CEA Lite

Thursday 10th September 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

£20 – £45

Developments in Controlled Environment Agriculture

Environmental challenges, technological advances and changing consumer demand have increased demand for controlled environment agriculture solutions.  We are hosting CEA Lite  to keep the conversation going around the technologies and opportunities in this vibrant space until we can meet again in person.

Topics will include: disruptive business models, the technologies underpinning the movement, the appetite of investors, and the training and transferrable skills needed for vertical farming, in a mix of short presentations, discussions and opportunities for Q&A.

In the meantime, you can read more from Johnno Ransom, Square Mile Farms, about their journey in CEA so far, or read an overview of our CEA conference held 2019.


Chair: Jonathan Clarke, John Innes Centre, Head of Business Development

15.00 – 15.45  “What are the drivers for innovation in vertical farming, and what has changed in the last 12 months?”

Series of 5 min lightning presentations, followed by opportunity to “meet” the speakers.

      • Intelligent Growth Solutions (David Farquhar)
      • Phytoponics (Andy Jones)
      • Growpura (Jock Richardson)

15.45 – 16.00    Break

16.00 – 16.45  “Are investors seeing more opportunities in vertical farming as a result of the current global situation?”

5 min presentations from speakers, followed by “fireside chat” with Q&A session from delegates.

Some major investments into vertical farming have been taking place globally – is this set to continue or slow down? Join this session to take the temperature of the global investment landscape with case studies of different models of investment from crowd-funding to support growing companies.

Capital Agri Innovations (Kiryon Skippen)

Square Mile Farms (Johnno Ransom)

Podcast  “Equipping the industry with the skills for growth”

Password protected podcast – available to registered delegates

Managing plants in controlled environments requires a skill set that is in increasingly short supply globally. How are the needs of these growing businesses going to be met, what are the training needs and how transferrable are skills from other areas of the industry?

Airponix (Barry Robertson)

Redfox Executive (Max MacGillivray)


This event is £20 for members of Agri-TechE, and £45 for non-members. Please note the fee is non-refundable for cancellation within 5 working days of the event.

** If you were already registered to attend the Controlled Environment Agriculture: The Industry is Growing Up’ event in March 2020, please contact us regarding discounted attendance to this event.**

Use the link on the top right of the event listing to book – members will need to log in or create an account in order to access the discounted rate.

To find out more about becoming a member of Agri-TechE, please click here.

2 Basis CPD points will be available for attendees this event.

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 Registration is closed for this event
September 10th, 2020 3:00 PM through  5:00 PM
Virtual event on Zoom and the Agri-TechE Website
United Kingdom
Phone: 01223760135


Thursday 10th September 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
£20 – £45
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