Vienna is hosting the first vertical farming conference in the German-speaking market next year.

The vertical farming industry has cropped up many times on these pages, and is very much a growing trend globally, with one report estimating it will be worth in excess of $6 billion within five years.

Producing food indoors, in urban environments, without the need for land or natural sunlight is becoming an important innovation in the quest to find solutions for feeding a global population set to hit 10 billion by the middle of the century.

And it will be the hot topic at the SKYBERRIES urban and vertical farming conference in Vienna. Around 3000 people are expected to attend the event, which will take place from 28 February to 2 March 2018.

“The international conference SKYBERRIES explores the emerging topic of vertical farming for the first time in the German-speaking region. SKYBERRIES presents the state-of-the-art of vertical farming and urban gardening and invites all participants to take part in this future business field. Both conference days define knowledge baselines, raise current and future challenges of food security, outline possible solutions and bring them into action. SKYBERRIES is an interactive, networking and knowledge exchange focussed new art of conference,” the event’s website states.

It will be held in Messe Wien, Exhibition & Congress Center, Vienna.

Early bird tickets are available now.