3 December 2024
10th edition

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Beyond 3D Food Printing

Innovating the Future of Food

Welcome to ‘Beyond 3D Food Printing’ where we explore innovations that surpass the traditional scope of 3D Food printing. Our event delves into the latest advancements in equipment, process techniques, and materials, offering customized solutions for today’s most pressing food-related challenges. From promoting healthy, personalized nutrition and reducing food waste to advancing the protein transition and scaling up production, we cover it all.

This revolutionary advancement has the potential to transform our relationship with food. Join us as we delve into cutting-edge research and development in taste, texture, structure, flavor, color, and nutrition. Discover the fascinating world of ingredients and technologies used in 3D Food printing and explore the new business models emerging in this field.

While the opportunities are immense, it’s essential to recognize the ongoing need for research to turn the technology into a tangible reality. At this event, we invite you to explore the industries poised to be transformed by this technology. We will also address critical aspects of safety and maintainability in 3D- printed food.

Our focus topics include:

  • Research and Development: Innovations in taste, texture, structure, flavor, color, and nutrition.
  • Technologies for 3D Food Printing: Cutting-edge technologies propelling this field forward.
  • Ingredients: The exciting array of ingredients utilized in 3D food printing.
  • Business Models: New and innovative business models emerging within the 3D food printing industry.
  • Industrialization: Overcoming the challenges of scaling up 3D food printing for widespread use.

Take a look at the regularly updated conference programme and embark on this Beyond 3D food printing journey.


Vertical Farming

Transforming (Urban) Food Production

Welcome to ‘Vertical Farming’, where we explore cutting-edge techniques and technologies transforming (urban) food production. Vertical farming allows crops to be cultivated in vertically stacked layers, making efficient use of limited urban space and promoting environmental sustainability.

Vertical farms can be constructed in both new and existing buildings, offering numerous benefits for environmental sustainability and human health. By minimizing the need for water and nutrients, vertical farms conserve valuable resources. Additionally, eliminating pesticides and fungicides creates a healthier and more natural growing environment. Join us as we delve into key areas of research and development in vertical farming.

Our focus topics include:

  • Plant Condition Management: Optimizing CO2 levels, nutrients, irrigation, climate control, and lighting.
  • Energy Use and Sustainability: Enhancing resource-use efficiency and reducing environmental impact.
  • Robotics and Automation: Innovations in automated farming techniques.
  • Food Safety and HACCP: Ensuring high standards in food production.
  • Controlled-Environment Agriculture (CEA): Understanding vertical farming and greenhouses.*

Join us on this exploration and discover the immense potential vertical farming holds for sustainable urban food production.

Take a look at the regularly updated conference programme and embark on this journey to revolutionize how we grow food in (urban) environments.

* Controlled-Environment Agriculture (CEA) is an umbrella term encompassing vertical farming and indoor agriculture. CEA utilizes technology-based approaches to create optimal growing conditions within enclosed structures such as greenhouses or plant factories. By shielding crops from outdoor elements, CEA maintains consistent and favorable conditions throughout the crop’s development.


The topics Protein Transition and Smart Farming will be covered in 2025

Protein Transition

The protein transition is a critical global concern that demands our attention. It is imperative that we shift towards high-quality, protein-rich alternative food sources while taking into account human health and environmental sustainability.

Traditionally, a significant portion of our protein consumption has relied on animal-derived products. However, this approach is becoming increasingly inefficient and cannot adequately sustain the growing and more prosperous global population.

The production of meat, in particular, places a heavy burden on land, water, and raw materials, significantly impacting the environment. With the world population expanding and the demand for meat rising, it is crucial that we transition towards alternative food sources that provide high-quality protein while prioritizing the well-being of humans and the planet.

There are various paths we can explore, but this conference will specifically focus on two major alternatives, addressing both short-term and long-term solutions:

  1. Cell-based meat
  2. Plant-based proteins

During the conference, we will delve into cutting-edge research and commercial initiatives in these fields. Experts from academia and industry will present their latest findings, showcasing innovative products and services.

Key topics to be covered during the conference include:

  • Research and development of supporting technologies such as biofabrication, 3D printing, and 3D bioprinting.
  • Advancements in cell structure, taste, texture, flavor, color, nutritional value, and muscle structure.
  • Life cycle analysis (LCA) to assess the overall environmental impact.
  • Implications for the agriculture industry.
  • Social impacts of cultured food, including consumer adoption, societal considerations, and economic aspects.
  • Patent, legal, and regulatory issues surrounding these alternative food sources.
  • Investment opportunities in the protein-rich alternative food industry.

Join us as we explore the latest advancements in plant-based proteins, cell-based meat, and their broader impact on our society, economy, and environment. Together, we can drive the shift towards a sustainable and protein-rich future.

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Smart Farming

The future of agriculture—where sensors, drones, and satellites are poised to revolutionize farming practices.

From the advent of mechanization and mineral fertilizers to the industrialization of production processes, the agriculture industry has witnessed significant transformations. Now, we stand on the brink of a new era: Smart Farming, also known as Precision Agriculture. With connectivity and data management at its core, Smart Farming is set to unleash the next wave of innovation in agricultural history.

Today, we have not only the ability to collect vast amounts of data but also to control equipment remotely and monitor individual animals through the Internet of Things (IoT). More and more farmers are embracing digital technology and data-driven innovations to enhance their operations.

As we delve into the realm of Smart Farming, numerous questions arise. What new business models will thrive in this era of innovation? Will new players disrupt the traditional farming landscape? How can traditional farmers transition successfully to becoming smart farmers? Moreover, how can we identify and develop innovative methods for sustainable food production?

Our conference will address these pressing topics, focusing on the following key areas:

  • Available technologies for Farming 4.0: like drones, sensors, Photonics, IoT, multi-spectral imaging, robotics, big data, and artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Environmental impact mitigation: Delve into strategies for reducing nitrogen, methane, particulate matter on one hand, and developing strategies to make the transition from fossil to biobased.
  • Advancements in plant and crop science
  • Exploring new business models

Join us as we embark on this exciting journey into the realm of Smart Farming, where technology and data converge to shape the future of sustainable and efficient food production.

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