October 25 - 26, Danville, Virginia, USA

CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT AGRICULTURE (CEA) SUMMIT EAST - 2022

Where industry and academia intersect to share research, business strategies and build partnerships to drive future growth for the Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) sector and its stakeholders.

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2022 CEA Summit East

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center (VT-IALR CEA-IC), a partnership between the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research, and Indoor Ag-Con invite you to participate in the first CEA Summit East in Danville, Virginia.

What is CEA Summit East?

It is a conference featuring speakers highlighting different aspects of the CEA industry in keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions.

It is a networking event featuring tabletop exhibits from suppliers showcasing the latest CEA innovations and services with a host of opportunities to meet with peers and potential new business partners during meals, coffee breaks, and an evening social event.

The CEA Summit East co-hosts are uniquely qualified to bring the CEA industry and academia together to boost growth opportunities for all:

The Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center is a joint project between the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). Housed primarily within a modern indoor agricultural complex on the campus of IALR in Danville, VA, the center features hydroponic and soilless systems/production systems and facilities including indoor growth rooms, greenhouses, growth chambers, and vertical growing racks. The center’s scientists and technology teams are working closely with the industry’s top growers and suppliers on a number of key projects.

The Indoor Ag-Con team of seasoned event professionals produces the premier trade show and conference for indoor |vertical farming | controlled environment agriculture. Experiencing record growth each year, its events touch all sectors of the business — covering produce, legal cannabis |hemp, alternate protein, and non-food crops – and attract decision-making growers, investors, real estate developers, agtech leaders, produce buyers, academics, policymakers, industry suppliers and advocates from across the US and 20+ other countries.

Who Should Attend?

Everyone interested in controlled environment agriculture (CEA).

  • Indoor & Greenhouse Growers
  • Facility Owners & Operators
  • Researchers
  • Educators
  • Government Officials
  • Real Estate Developers
  • Architects, Construction Specialists
  • Sales & Marketing Teams
  • Industry Manufacturers & Suppliers

Why Attend CEA Summit East?

  • Attend educational sessions – Come hear from and interact with speakers through panels, breakout sessions, and industry and research updates.
  • Network with industry suppliers showcasing CEA innovations at tabletop exhibits – Enjoy a great opportunity to get to know individuals with different perspectives within CEA throughout the event and at our evening social gathering!
  • Compete in the poster competition – Graduate students in CEA-related topics are invited to present their work in a poster competition.
  • Ignite ideas – One of the best ways to bring about new ideas and solve problems is by taking a trip and having great discussions to gain a new perspective.
  • Learn – CEA is growing, and so is the need to fill positions with talented individuals. This is an opportunity to teach new talent and on the other end, learn from CEA experts.

Tickets are currently available for $495

Conference Schedule

A day-and-a-half event full of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Welcome/Event Overview

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote

9:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Breakout Session 1

  • Track 1: Business Tips and Regulations
  • Track 2: Vertical Farm and Greenhouse Skills
  • Track 3: Teaching and Extension
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Coffee Break and Mid-morning Networking

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Breakout Session 2

  • Track 1: Business Tips and Regulations
  • Track 2: Vertical Farm and Greenhouse Skills
  • Track 3: Teaching and Extension
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch with the exhibitors

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

Industry Updates

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Research Updates

4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

Breakout Session 3

  • Track 1: Business Tips and Regulations
  • Track 2: Vertical Farm and Greenhouse Skills
  • Track 3: Teaching and Extension
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking, Tabletop Exhibitors, and Poster Session

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Welcome and Overview of the Day

9:10 AM - 10:15 AM

Panel on the Future of CEA

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Coffee Break and Mid-morning Networking

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Research/Industry Updates Continued

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM

Closing Remarks and Door Prize Drawings

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM

Networking and Box Lunch

12:45 PM

Optional tour of CEA-IC

Event Speakers

Industry members, researchers, and government officials. Check back soon for speaker info!

Register for the 2022 CEA Summit East now

Grab your ticket before early bird pricing ends on September 14th

Sneak Preview | Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center

  • We look forward to sharing the technology and research we're working on here at the Innovation Center with CEA Summit East attendees.

    Dr. Scott Lowman

    Dr. Scott Lowman

    Director, Controlled Environment Agriculture Innovation Center

CEA Summit East Registration

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Early Bird – Standard Pass Until September 14, 2022

$495
  • All conference sessions
  • Networking event with tabletop exhibits
  • All-day coffee/snacks
  • Lunch on days 1 and 2
  • Day 1 evening refreshments
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Graduate Student Pass – Limited to 25 tickets

$395
  • All conference sessions
  • Networking event with tabletop exhibits
  • All-day coffee/snacks
  • Lunch on days 1 and 2
  • Day 1 evening refreshments
  • Opportunity present poster
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Late Registration - Standard Pass After September 14, 2022

$595
  • All conference sessions
  • Networking event with tabletop exhibits
  • All-day coffee/snacks
  • Lunch on days 1 and 2
  • Day 1 evening refreshments
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Need additional information on pricing? Get in touch with us here ceasummit@ialr.org

Graduate Student Poster Competition

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Conference Venue

Danville, Virginia

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research is excited to host the 2022 CEA Summit East in Danville, VA. Check out the information below for location details and travel recommendations.

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Venue

IALR Institute Conference Center

150 Slayton Avenue

Danville, Virginia 24540

Phone: (434) 766-6700

Getting Here

Airport information:

Piedmont Triad International Airport (airport code: GSO) located in Greensboro, NC

Raleigh-Durham International Airport (airport code: RDU) located in Morrisville, NC

Lynchburg Regional Airport (airport code: LYH) located in Lynchburg, VA

Train information:

Amtrak train station located in Danville, VA (code: DAN)

Parking at IALR:

Free parking at IALR!

Places to Stay

Best Western Phone: 434-483-5000

Comfort Inn & Suites Phone: 434-793-2000

Courtyard by Marriott Phone: 434-791-2661

Hampton Inn Phone: 434-793-1111

Holiday Inn Express Phone: 434-793-4000

Sleep Inn & Suites Phone: 434-793-6090

Quality Inn Phone: 434-333-7208

The Bee Hotel Phone: 434-234-9440

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