Five-day Introductory Training Course on Plant Factory with Artificial Lighting (PFAL)

In response to increasing global demands from indoor farmers, researchers and future entrepreneurs in the exciting emerging field of plant factory with artificial lighting (PFAL), also known as vertical farm, this coming October, Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) together with Chiba University will host an intensive five-day introductory training course in English on PFAL.

Since 2010, JPFA and Chiba University have been organizing various in-depth and practical sessions, including introductory to advanced courses. This five-day introductory session in English, held October 1st -5th, covers what you would need to know before or after starting PFAL business or research. The sessions will be interactive academic and practical classes, covering topics such as structure and function of PFAL, environmental control, lighting, plant physiology, nutrient solutions, seedlings, recent new technology, and business case studies of commercial large-scale PFALs. In addition to lectures by academic professionals and PFAL representatives, optional excursions to some commercial PFALs on the last day of the course will be organized.

Objective and Goal

-To offer foundation for theory and experience-based practice, with a view to foster academic and industrial development toward next generation PFAL.

-To facilitate development and dissemination of technically and economically sustainable PFAL, through providing the firsthand technical and conceptual classes by broad-ranging professionals in practice from both academia and PFAL industry.

Who should attend?

Motivated current/potential indoor farmers who plan to start or just started PFAL business or research. They will gain understandings of elementary theory and practice of PFAL, basic knowledge of cultivation and operational management, and keys for business success, etc.


Scheduled Lecturers
Chiba University / JPFA: T. Kozai, Y. Shinohara, T. Maruo, S. Tsukagoshi, N. Lu, M. Takagaki, T. Yamaguchi, O. Nunomura and E. Hayashi

Lecturers from the PFAL industry: Representatives from 808 Factory and others

Guidelines for Applicants

Date: Monday, October 1 — Friday, October 5, 2018

On the first day (10.1.2018), the reception and classes are scheduled to start in the morning.

On the last day (10.5.2018), the optional excursion will be held in the greater Tokyo area and is scheduled to finish at approximately 15:00.

(Detail schedule will be announced once fixed.)

Location: 6-2-1 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan 277-0882

Center for Environment, Health, and Field Sciences, Chiba University
Japan Plant Factory Association (1F Meeting Room)

Kashiwanoha campus is located less than 1 hour from Tokyo by train.

There are several accommodations nearby. We will provide information after you apply.

Fee: JPFA member JPY115,000/person
JPFA Non-member JPY145,000/person

Includes materials for lectures and the transportation fee on the excursion day.
Lunch is not provided, however there are many options in walking distance including a shopping mall food court and grocery store.

How to apply

Click here for the application form!

Seats will be filled in the order that applications are received.
After applying, you will receive the invoice within 7 to 10 business days. After confirming your payment, your seat will be reserved and we will provide your confirmation booking number.
If your payment can not be made within 5 business days after receiving the invoice, your reservation may be cancelled automatically.

Deadline for registration: The end of August or when capacity is filled.

If participants cancel the training course on or before August 20th 2018, we will return the fee except JPY 40,000 (a cancellation fee). If the cancellation occurs after August 21th 2018, the fee shall be due in full.

In most cases, in lieu of cancelling you may transfer your registration to another person without penalty.

Japan Plant Factory Association

Japan Plant Factory Association(NPO) is devoted to academic and business advancements in the global indoor farming/CEA industry. Our mission is to develop and disseminate sustainable systems that can address global food, energy and resource issues. We
manage around 20 R&D projects, monthly workshops, and training courses, etc. at Chiba University campus in Kashiwanoha, a smart city in Japan.

6-2-1 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-0882, JAPAN
Tel: 81-(0)-4-7137-8318 Fax: 81-(0)-4-7137-8312

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