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Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB) - Special Summer Discount

Solutions and alternatives to secure our food and biomass supply of the future!

What high-tech strategies are emerging for big farms and small holders to sustainably supply a growing world population? The conference “Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)”, October 1 and 2 in Cologne, Germany gives a unique opportunity to meet the pioneers and forerunners of the future of food and biomass production. With the “Future Protein Award“, the conference will also address one of the main global problems: the protein supply security.

The programme is almost complete, with 4 speakers from Africa, 4 speakers from North America, 6 speakers from Asia and 37 speakers from Europe, including leading companies such as Bayer, BASF, Borregaard, Claas, DSM, Evonik, Lenzing, Microsoft, Osram and Tata, dozens of innovative SMEs and start-upsleading research institutions and the European Commission.

Special Summer Discount is available until 7th September

  • 2-day ticket: 600 € (excl. 19% VAT)
  • 2-day ticket: for participants from developing countries and students: 520 € (excl. 19% VAT)


Introduction and overview

  • Thomas Arnold, European Commission, DG RTD (BE)
  • Michael Carus, nova-Institut (DE)

Precision farming, robotics, drones and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

  • Dr. Joachim Stiegemann, CLAAS E-Systems (DE)
  • Tobias Menne, BASF (DE)
  • Dr. Filipe Neves dos Santos, Centre for Robotics in Industry and Intelligent Systems (CRIIS) (PT)
  • Dr. Srinivasu Pappula, Tata Consultancy Services (IN)
  • Prof. Dr. Stefan Pelzer, Evonik Nutrition & Care (DE)
  • Dr. Anil K Rajvanshi, Nimbkar Agricultural Research Institute (NARI) (IN)
  • Dr. Marcus Remmers, DSM (NL)
  • Inkyu Sa, Flourish (CH)
  • Dr. Norbert Schmitz, Meo Carbon Solutions (DE)
  • Egbert Schroeer, Microsoft (US)

Biostimulants – nitrogen fixation, mycorrhiza, biopesticides

  • Dr. Alok Adholeya, TERI-Deakin Nanobiotechnology Centre (IN)
  • Dr. Antoine Drevelle, Kapsera (FR)
  • Dr. Jonathan Gerbore, BIOVITIS (FR)
  • Dr. Wieland Reichelt, Evologic Technologies (AT)

Alternative protein sources – insects, bacteria, artificial meat and CO2utilization

  • Matt Ball, The Good Food Institute (US)
  • Leen Bastiaens, Vlemish Institute for Technological Research - VITO (BE)
  • Prof. Dr. Ir. Leen Van Campenhout, KU Leuven (BE)
  • David Wilco Drew, AgriProtein (ZA)
  • Lisa Dyson, Kiverdi (US)
  • Dr. Heiko Rischer, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (FI)
  • Hella Tokos, Ynsect (FR)
  • Pasi Vainikka, Solar Foods (FI)

Future of organic and smallholder farming

  • Julius Ecuru, BioInnovate Africa Programme (KE)
  • Rajnish Gupta, Tansa (ID/IN)
  • Björn Lagerman, FriBi Holding (SE)
  • Dr. Gero Leson, Dr. Bronner's (USA)

Biorefineries and Biotechnology

  • Bente Nersten, Borregaard (NO)
  • Samir Somaiya, Godavari Biorefineries (IN)
  • Elisabeth Stanger, Lenzing (AT)
  • Dr. Peter Welters, Phytowelt GreenTechnologies (DE)

Agriculture under extreme conditions (desert, ice, outer space) and in combination with solar energy

  • Joakim Hauge, The Sahara Forest Project (NO)
  • Christophe Lasseur, European Space Agency (NL)
  • Avner Shohet, Teshuva Agricultural Projects (TAP) (IL)
  • Max Trommsdorff, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE (DE)
  • Dr. Mohamed Ahmed Wageih, SEKEM Development Foundation (EG)
  • Dr. Wieger Wamelink (co-author Joep Frissel), Wageningen University & Research (NL)

Improved plant varieties for the future

  • Niels de Beus, nova-Institut (DE)
  • Jeremy Harbinson, Wageningen University & Research (NL)
  • Magnus Hertzberg, SweTree Technologies (SE)
  • Dr. Venkata Kishore, Bayer (NL)
  • Dr. Pia Skoczinski, nova-Institut (DE)

Home, urban and vertical farming

  • Timo Bongartz, OSRAM (DE)
  • Volkmar Keuter, Fraunhofer Institut für Umwelt-, Sicherheits- und Energietechnik UMSICHT (DE)
  • Mark Korzilius, Farmers Cut (DE)
  • Matthias Lepp, Click and Grow (EE)
  • Hiroumi Takahara, SPREAD (JP)
  • Martin Veenstra, Certhon (NL)

Join the revolution, visit the conference, meet the leading entrepreneurs of the new industry!

Source: nova-Institut GmbH


Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)

Revolution in Food and Biomass Production (REFAB)

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