Vertical Farming and Renewables - The Nexus of Water, Energy, and Food

Thursday, October 07, 2021
Time
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Hall
Conference Center Nord
Room
Raum C61
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A growing global population, urbanization, climate change, the loss of agricultural land, and pressure on natural resources are among the key drivers behind a global rise in policies to secure food supplies. Vertical farming, ideally powered by renewables, could offer a sustainable solution and help to secure food supplies - particularly in urban areas. This fascinating session will shed light on an innovative concept, evaluate the opportunities and challenges it presents, and assess the potential role of renewables in such food production methods, both now and in future.


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11:00 am - 11:05 amWelcome and Introduction

Christine Zimmermann-Lössl

Chairwoman

Association for Vertical Farming e.V.

11:05 am - 11:25 amWhy We Need Renewable Energies for Vertical Farming

Christine Zimmermann-Lössl

Chairwoman

Association for Vertical Farming e.V.

11:25 am - 11:45 amUrban Farming in the City of Tomorrow - Creating Sustainable Urban Food Systems

Sophie Mok

Researcher and Project Manager - Urban Economy Innovation

Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO)

11:45 am - 12:05 pmYASAI - Creating Circular & Sustainable Food Systems with Vertical Farming & Renewable Energy

Mark Essam Zahran

Co-Founder & CEO

YASAI AG

12:05 pm - 12:25 pmProductive Facades: Integrating PV and Farming Systems

Dr. Abel Tablada

Adjunct Professor

Faculty of Architecture, Technological University of Havana J.A. Echeverría

12:25 pm - 12:30 pmQ&A

Speakers

Speaker

Christine Zimmermann-Lössl (Association for Vertical Farming e.V.)

Chairwoman

Germany

Christine Zimmerman-Loessl has a background based on studying political science, sinology and philosophy at Munich University - which was the starting point for her interest in international work. She has worked in different Asian countries which has given her experience and deeper insight in other cultures and people. In Germany, she benefited from her international knowledge as a project manager for risk analysis and crisis management. Networking was always easy for Christine and she founded the Asia Network Information Center - combining her talents for projects, research and innovation. Later on, as the representative for the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in China, she took responsibility in different areas and led the German-Chinese Management Institute, initiated environmental protection and poverty alleviation projects, as well as implemented with the All China Women’s Federation programs for women. Christine was inspired by her son’s interests in Vertical Farming and got involved. She was able to use all of her experiences and networking skills to found with a group of like minded young people the first nonprofit in the world - the Association for Vertical Farming (AVF) in 2013, since then she is acting as the chairwoman of AVF . “Through AVF we are raising awareness and building a network of like-minded people for the implementation of Vertical Farming around the world”.

Speaker

Mark Essam Zahran (YASAI AG)

Co-Founder & CEO

Switzerland

2010 - 2012 - Junior Project-Leader at Gruner for Smart Buildings Systems 2012 - 2019 - MSc Architecture at ETH Zurich & UNAM Mexico-City (Work experience in several architecture offices along the way) 2019 - today - Founder & CEO YASAI AG (PowerMBA, Academic Industry Training Colombia & Venture Kick Founder’s training along the way)

Speaker

Dr. Abel Tablada (Faculty of Architecture, Technological University of Havana J.A. Echeverría)

Adjunct Professor

Cuba

Dr Tablada began his architectural education at ISPJAE in his native Cuba, where he attained a Bachelor in Architecture. He continued his studies at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium where he graduated with Magna Cum Laude as a Master of Architecture in Human Settlements and also completed his Engineering Doctorate in 2006. Dr Tablada also holds a Master of Architecture and Conservation from the National Center for Conservation, Restoration and Museology (CENCREM) in Havana. He played a key role for over 16 years in the Historian Office of Havana as a planner and researcher where he focused on the restoration of buildings as well as on research related to natural ventilation and thermal comfort in courtyard buildings. He joined the National University of Singapore in 2011 where together with a group of colleagues founded the NUS-CDL Tropical Technologies Lab. In June 2019 he finished a research project on the integration of solar energy and farming systems in productive facades which is now extended in Havana as part of KNOW international project. Dr Tablada has won two National Prizes on Design and Building Restoration and a 1st Prize at the Caribbean Biennale of Architecture.

Speaker

Sophie Mok (Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO))

Researcher and Project Manager - Urban Economy Innovation

Germany

Sophie Mok is a researcher and project manager in the "Urban Economy Innovation" unit at the Fraunhofer IAO in Stuttgart, Germany. She is leading the replication work package in the H2020 project UNaLab, which focusses on how nature-based solutions help cities to become more climate and water resilient. Additionally, Sophie is involved in local and international research projects in the area of sustainable and climate-friendly urban development, resource-efficient future street design, as well as urban farming and food systems. Sophie holds a Master’s degree in Bioeconomy and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Sciences and Hydrology.

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