Sustainable Development for a Prosperous Future
Speaker: Mr. André Kuipers
Medical doctor, Astronaut and Ambassador of Planet Earth
After years of training in Houston, Moscow, Cologne, Montreal and Tokyo, a Russian spaceship launched Mr. André Kuipers and his two crew members in December 2011 from Kazakhstan. Kuipers is record holder of the longest spaceflight in European history and the first Dutchman with two space missions to his name.
He will point out why we need disruptive technology and biology to innovate and improve horticulture as well as make it more sustainable.
During his space journeys, André’s favourite seat was near one of the windows to enjoy the spectacular view of earth. He saw a world without borders with deserts, forests, the most beautiful islands and immense oceans. A blue paradise in the vast, black universe. But he also saw a fragile and vulnerable planet protected by a very thin atmosphere without which life is impossible. He saw deforestation, air pollution in major cities and a web of lights at night as a reminder of a rapidly growing world population.
Mr. Kuipers will point out the crucial relevance of technological and biological developments that can help to sustainably increase production to serve a growing population. He has seen the planet’s vulnerability and its limited resources and will show us why we need to prioritize our future and that of our planet.
Disruptive Technology and Horticulture 2030
Speaker: Mr. Richard van Hooijdonk
New technologies are bringing major changes. These will change people, organisations and business models. How can and will they affect the horticultural industry? How will Robotics, Internet of Things and Big Data take horticulture to the next level? These subjects will be addressed by Mr. Richard van Hooijdonk, top inspirational speaker. His speech is titled: Horticulture 2030: Are you ready for the future?
With his international research team Van Hooijdonk investigates ‘megatrends’ like robots, drones, internet-of-things, 3D/4D printing, big data and the applications in a variety of industries including horticulture. More than 300,000 people have attended his international masterclasses and inspirational sessions. Van Hooijdonk also lectures at Nyenrode Business University and Erasmus University.
Changing the Game
Moderator: Mr. Maren Schoormans
Time: 12:00 hrs
Time: 14:00 hrs
Global plant expeditions and their meaning for humanity's future
Speaker: Mr. Joseph Simcox
Botanical explorer and food plant ecologist
Joseph Simcox, “The Botanical Explorer”is a seasoned ethnobotanist with anintrinsic fascination of nature, spendinghis childhood exploring natural wondersof the world. A budding botanist by theage of 12, early collections of orchids,begonias, and African violets would laterdefine the very essence of his life’s work.To ultimately increase biodiversity in theplant kingdom by traveling the globe toidentify, collect, grow and preserve someof the rarest species of plants known byman.
Joseph’s insatiable quest for discoveringand revitalizing languishing specieskeeps him searching by way of land,sea and sky. When not traveling, heresearches books, adding to his vastplant knowledge. Learning botanicalnames for pleasure. Joseph dedicateshis existence as a steward, raisingawareness of the last remaining wildplaces on earth, while promotinga paradigm shift that changes ourunderstanding of the remarkable value ofthe plant world around us.
Growers share this passion for crops.The way our vegetables and flowersgrow is often of mesmerizing beauty.Closing Keynote speaker Joe Simcoxinvites us to travel the globe with him insearch of the origins of today’s and futurecrops.