Growing Media 2021

We warmly invite you to GrowingMedia2021, the 2nd ISHS International Symposium on Growing Media, Soilless Cultivation, and Compost Utilization in Horticulture to be held close to the historic University city of Ghent, Belgium, from 22 until 27 August 2021. GrowingMedia2021 will be organised by ILVO, Ghent University and Hasselt University as a hybrid conference, a combination of an online and in-person meeting (following the COVID-19 measures at that time).


The conference will focus on sharing expertise on growing media, soilless cultivation and compost utilization in horticulture, with sessions on:

  • Growing media and sustainable use of resources
  • The microbiome of growing media and integrated disease and pest control
  • Soilless cultivation: added value of innovations for water and nutrient use efficiency
  • Biochar and compost in horticulture and carbon storage potential

Oral and poster presentations will be invited to cover the full spectrum of research, from theory to implementation and adoption by stakeholders.

Finally, our social programme will allow you to meet colleagues from all over the world, whilst enjoying Belgian chocolates, beers, fries and music. We are looking forward to welcoming you virtually or in person to Ghent in 2021!

The GrowingMedia2021 Organising Committee


Abstract submission: closed

Registration is now open!