Bringing Industry Experts Into One Room

Since coming to the LED grow lights market in 2009, Valoya has been dedicated to creating the best horticultural lighting solutions in the world. The focus has always been on research and amassing solid plant biology data before developing products and venturing into segments of the horticultural lighting market. With sales in nearly 50 countries and numerous installations in all of them, we wanted to bring together representatives of some examplary cases and have them share groundbreaking innovations they have achieved with LEDs as well as every-day inputs from their LED enabled businesses. The Crop Science and Light section will be kicked of with Valoya’s biologist, Ms.Stefanie Linzer, presenting the groundbreaking Speed Breeding technique that enables a double number of annual generation cycles for wheat, barley and similar plants. This session will be followed by a presentation by Mr.Giovanni Minuto, director of CeRSAA, one of Europe’s most known agricultural research institutes. In his presentation we will learn about achieving high biomass in basil as well as on how to use LED to fight peronospora, a technique which may revolutionize basil cultivation. The Vertical Farming Innovators Panel will gather founders of some of Europe’s most prominent vertical farms: Growing Underground (London) and GROWx (Amsterdam). They will be joined by the Vice President of AVF (Association for Vertical Farming), a body that helps establish and fosters the rapid development of the entire, global vertical farming industry. Last but not least, Mr.Lars Aikala, Valoya’s CEO will share the stage and give inputs on developing LED solutions that serve vertical farmers’ bottom line: profitability. The third and final content block is titled Hard Science Talk on Cannabis. Before venturing into the cannabis market Valoya has commissioned an independent research institute to study Valoya’s and competitors’ lamps and various light sources in general so as to understand what the optimal parameters are for achieving optimal plant growth. After more than 2 years and several rounds of trials the data will be presented by Mr.Gianpaolo Grassi, one of Europe’s leading Cannabis sativa research experts.



10:20 – 11:30


Crop Science and Light ____________________________________________________________________________

Stefanie Linzer, Valoya | Speed Breeding: Doubling the Number of Annual Generation Cycles Dr. Giovanni Minuto, CeRSAA | Biomass Production and Peronospora Control
STEFANIE LINZER Biologist  Valoya

12:00 – 13:30


Vertical Farming Innovators Panel ____________________________________________________________________________

John Apesos, CEO & Co-Founder, GROWx Mark Korzilius, CEO & Co-Founder, Farmers Cut Richard Ballard, Co-FounderGrowing Underground Thomas Zöllner, Vice-Chair, Association for Vertical Farming Lars Aikala, CEO, Valoya
JOHN APESOS CEO & Co-Founder  GrowX
MARK KORZILIUS CEO & Co-Founder  Farmers Cut
RICHARD BALLARD Co-Founder  Growing Underground
THOMAS ZÖLLNER Vice-Chair  Association for Vertical Farming

14:00 – 15:00


Hard Science Talk on Cannabis ____________________________________________________________________________

Dr. Gianpaolo Grassi, CREA-CIN A Comprehensive Comparative Study of Using HPS vs. LED Lighting for Cannabis  

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Location: RAI Amsterdam Opening hours:
  • Tuesday 12 June: 10.00 – 18.00
  • Wednesday 13 June: 10.00 – 18.00
  • Thursday 14 June: 10.00  – 17.00
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