International Soft Fruit Conference Program 2023

Program of the International Soft Fruit Conference 2023 contained the following subjects and speakers:

Time
08.00-08.45 Arrival of guests and visit exhibition
Speaker’s time block 1: 08:45 – 10:00
08:45-09:00 Opening
Klaas Walraven, Manager Team Softfruit – Delphy
09:00-09:20 Wageningen UR: 5 years of soft fruit research, what have we learned?
Jan Janse, Senior Research – Wageningen University
09:20-09:40 Robotic Systems for Strawberry Phenotyping, Caring and Harvesting
Amir Ghalamzan Esfahani, Associate Professor in robotics – University of Lincoln
09:40-10:00 What controls flower initiation in everbearing strawberry?
Anita Sonsteby, Senior Researcher – Norwegian institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)
Speaker’s time block 2: 11:00 – 12:00
11:00-11:20 Physical properties of coir products in the spotlight
Marco Zevenhoven, Operational director, RHP Knowledge Centre for Substrates
11:20-11:40 Exploring everbearers: Does the journey ever end?
Bart Jongenelen, Manager – Delphy Innovative Soft Fruit Centre
11:40-12:00 Benchmarking a dynamic LED light strategy for Sonata strawberry production
Louis Golaz –  CEO RED Horticulture
Speaker’s time block 3: 14:00 – 15:00
14:00-14:15 Certified clean soft fruit plants
John van Ruiten, Chief Executive Officer – Naktuinbouw
14:15-14:30 Perspectives of sustainable management of the invasive Halyomorpha halys by integrating biocontrol with egg parasitoids: the Italian experience
Lara Maistrello, Associate Professor in General and Applied Entomology, Department of Life Sciences – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
14:30-14:45 Sustainable substrate contributes to reduced plant loss in strawberry
Stef Laurijssen, Researcher Strawberry – Proefcentrum Hoogstraten
14:45-15:00 The power of small: How the next big thing in biocontrol might be tiny
Felix Wäckers, Director Research & Development, Biobest Group
Speaker’s time block 4: 15:45 – 17:00
15:45-16:05 A data driven approach to growing everbearing strawberries
Heleen Lugt, Data Driven Growing Specialist – Let’s Grow
16:05-16:20 Optimizing growing strategies soft fruit
Gondy Heijerman, Researcher Delphy Innovative Soft Fruit Centre
16:20-16:40 Preventing plant stress for outdoor grown raspberries
Ton Habraken, Consultant Climate Screens, Svensson
16:40-17:00 Succesful cold storage of blackberry and raspberry plants
Femke de Vis, Researcher – PC Fruit
17.00 Annoucements & Closing
Bart Jongenelen, Manager Delphy Innovative Soft Fruit Centre
Continuation of the program
17.00-18.00 Visit exhibition
19:30 Conference dinner, Van der Valk Hotel in Vught Registration required!

Conference Dinner January 12, 2023

In addition of the International Soft Fruit conference will the Conference dinner be organized. The Conference Dinner is an unique opportunity for visitors, exhibitors and speakers to socialize on an informal manner. Sharing dinner together with others of the international soft fruit community give possibility to share knowledge, discuss business or network.

The Conference Dinner is exclusively and additionally for visitors of the International Soft Fruit Conference. Registration is required for participating the Conference dinner and is additionally offered in the visitor and/or exhibitor registration. The Conference dinner will be held at Van der Valk hotel in Vught and starts at 19:30. The Van der Valk hotel in Vught is also the favored hotel for visitors of the International Soft Fruit Conference. For more details, please check at ‘where to stay’.

Field Trip January 13, 2023

Don’t miss out the innovation! From research till practice

The day after the International Soft Fruit Conference an organized tour will be held. Traveling starts 7.30 am in the morning from the Van der Valk Hotel in Vught. The Field Trip ends approximately 14.30 pm.

During the Field Trip we will visit multiple innovative companies in soft fruit production in the morning. We will end the Field Trip at our research centre for soft Fruit: Delphy ISFC. After lunch at Delphy ISFC, different trials with soft fruit crops will be visited and explained.

1. Visit research location for Soft Fruit, Delphy ISFC
2. Innovation in research and practice
3. Visiting growers and other related companies

Please note

  • Participation to this Field Trip is exclusively for visitors of the International Soft Fruit Conference
  • Lunch and transportation by bus is included.
  • For more information about our research centre Delphy ISFC visit our website: Delphy ISFC