International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture 2017

The Foundation for the Development of Controlled Environment Agriculture (FDCEA) will hold its International Congress on Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) at the Hotel El Panama Convention Center, Panama City, Panama, from 17-19 May 2017. Controlled environment agriculture is the present and future of global food production. By using CEA technology growers can protect and maintain optimal growing conditions throughout the entire development of the crop enabling crop production year-round.

ICCEA 2017 is intended to engage, learn and apply the foundations of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) from renowned experts in the applied fields of science, horticulture, lighting, robotics and engineering besides engaging with like-minded people and industry experts from around the world such as investors, innovators, manufacturers and suppliers as well as going into depth in this edition’s theme: Using Science and the Market to Build a Successful Controlled Environment Agriculture Business.

This three-day event will cover topics ranging from robotics to financing new CEA businesses. Researchers will share their latest discoveries and provided a glimpse into the future.

The keynote speaker will be Dr Toyoki Kozai, Professor Emeritus at Chiba University. Dr Kozai is known as the ‘Father of the Japanese Plant Factory’. He will speak about his experiences and philosophies in key areas of CEA, with the keynote theme being ‘LED lighting for Urban Agriculture’, based on his new book of the same name. Other speakers include:

Dr Kevin Folta, a professor and chairman of the Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Dr Folta researches the functional genomics of small fruit crops, the plant transformation, the genetic basis of flavours, and studies at photomorphogenesis and flowering. He has also written many publications and edited books, most recently was the 2011 Genetics, Genomics, and Breeding of Berries.

Dr Stutte is the principal investigator for several spaceflight experiments designed to grow plants in microgravity. One of these is the Photosynthesis Experiment System Testing Operation (PESTO) experiment, the first plant science experiment to be conducted aboard the International Space Station once it is delivered by the crew of STS-110.

Dr Roberto Lopez is an Assistant Professor and Controlled Environment and Floriculture Extension Specialist in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University (MSU). His research focuses on energy-efficient propagation and production of floriculture and leafy green crops in high tunnels, greenhouses, and multi-layer controlled environments. The primary emphasis of his research is to determine how light (quantity, quality, and duration) and substrate temperature during the young and finished plant stages influence crop timing, rooting, quality, and subsequent performance.

Dr Leo Marcelis is a professor in Crop Production in Low-Energy Greenhouses at Wageningen University, The Netherlands. He leads the research team Crop Management, Physiology and Modelling of Wageningen UR Greenhouse Horticulture, a research unit of 120 researchers within Wageningen UR that focusses on innovation in protected cultivation.

Dr Christopher Currey is an assistant professor for the Department of Horticulture at Iowa State University. His controlled-environment and greenhouse crop research is focused on providing research-based best-management practices to support commercial producers of ornamental and food crops to improve productivity, profitability, and sustainability using and managing light, temperature, mineral nutrition, and plant growth regulators.

Dr Chieri Kubota is a professor in the School of Plant Sciences and Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) at the University of Arizona. Her research program focuses on the development of science-based technologies in the area of controlled environment agriculture (CEA).

Dr Ricardo Hernández is Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticultural Sciences in the area of Horticultural Energy at North Carolina State University. His focus is  entomology and biological control.

Mike Betts is the Director of Investments at AgFunder and has been in the finance and technology industries for more than eight years as an investment banker, operator, entrepreneur and software developer.

This is the second event of its kind. The Congress will continue to engage, learn and apply the foundations of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) for greenhouse and vertical farm owners and operators.  Organisers are expecting over 600 attendees and 60 exhibitors at ICCEA 2017

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor or would like to register to participate in this event, contact the organisers to receive their sales brochure and commercial kit or click here to join the mailing list   for event updates.

For further information: Asia/Latin American contact: Christine Proenza ( or phone +507 214-3471). North American/European contact: Jim Pantaleo ( or phone +001 760-895-7265). Ω

Posted 17 November 2016