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Robotics in horticulture: today and tomorrow

On 24 and 25 November, FME, World Horti Center and InnovationQuarter are organising the annual RoboCrops event. This event is for global innovative companies in horticulture and high tech. They come together in the World Horti Center to find and connect current challenges and potential high-tech solutions. Pre-registration is necessary and possible from now on until November 8th.

RoboCrops aims to stimulate more applications of robotics in horticulture and to accelerate innovation. Participation is possible in several ways. The programme consists of a day that focuses on technologies you can apply now; a day that inspires and connects on what will be possible soon and a hackathon.

24 November: today

This day focuses on developments in greenhouse horticulture that are (almost) commercially available. Developers of greenhouse robots can pitch their state-of-the-art solutions. Gearbox, PATS, Priva, VDL ETG, Certhon – DENSO, Sobolt, Blue Radix en HortiKey have already committed. Maarten Steinbuch and Jim Stolze are on the programme for inspiring keynotes about robots, data and AI. Throughout the day there will be plenty of opportunities to network and meet.

25 November: tomorrow

On this day the focus will be on solutions that take more time to develop. Think about bringing together all the various data sources and technologies at a horticultural company. Top speakers from: Wageningen University & Research, TU Delft en TU Eindhoven will speak about subjects such as system engineering, Digital Twins and Cyber Physical Systems. Developers of greenhouse robots are also welcome this day to discuss future development, new systems and business models.


As part of RoboCrops, a hackathon will be held simultaneously in Tomatoworld, in addition to the programme in the World Horti Center. Students from various educational institutions will be working together on current challenges in horticulture. The aim is to speed up the application of robotics in practice. The winner of the hackathon will be announced at the end of the afternoon on 25 November in the World Horti Center.


You can register for the event via this site. One day costs € 199 to attend. To ensure a good balance of attendees, pre-registration is required. Participation is only final after confirmation.

Visit https://events.innovationquarter.nl/RoboCrops.

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Colinda de Beer

Senior Business Developer Horticulture