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Waginingen University's Urban Greenhouse Challenge Kick-Off

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The kick-off will take place on the 15th of October from 12.00 – 14.00 and is open to everyone interested in the Urban Greenhouse Challenge. The event is part of VertiFarm, a conference on vertical farming organized by International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). The kick-off event will be live-streamed so no matter where you are located, you are still able to tune in.


  • Word of Welcome by Arthur Mol (Rector Magnificus WUR)

  • Healthy Perspectives: Opportunities in Fresh Produce, Cindy van Rijswick (Rabobank)

  • Metropolitan Farming - the next Green Revolution by Tiffany Tsui, Dutch Greenhouse Delta

  • Panel discussion led by Francesco Orsini (University of Bologna)

  • Official opening of the Challenge

  • Networking & lunch

The Urban Greenhouse Challenge

During this second edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge, students are being challenged to design an iconic and circular urban greenhouse for the city of Dongguan, which is part of the Greater Bay Area in China. The urban greenhouse that the student teams design has to produce safe and healthy food for the local neighborhood and commercial markets, and stimulate a healthy lifestyle and interactions with city dwellers. The Urban Greenhouse Challenge invites interdisciplinary student teams from all around the world to participate. So far, more than 110 students have already registered to participate in the Challenge and the University of Sao Paulo, China Agriculture University, Cornell, UC David, The Ohio State University, Unilasalle (France), and University of Bologna are forming their teams as well. Student (teams) can register for the challenge below.