Programme at a glance

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(social activities to be confirmed depending on COVID-19 measures)

Sunday, August 22 – Stadshal and Goudenleeuwplein 3, Ghent

CEST

14:00 - 16:00 Hospitality Tour (departure at Stadshal, Poeljemarkt, Ghent)
16:00 - 18:00 Welcome reception (Goudenleeuwplein 3, Ghent)

Monday, August 23 – ILVO

CEST

08:00 - 09:00 Registration desk open

09:00 - 09:30 Opening (Bart Vandecasteele and representative of ISHS)
09:30 - 10:15 Keynote: C. Blok. Recirculation, circular fertilizers and resilience: the potential of growing media systems for circular production
10:15 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:15 Session 1: Growing media and sustainable use of resources

12:15 - 13:15 Group photo + Lunch break

13:15 - 13:45 Poster pitches n° 1-10
13:45 - 14:30 Keynote: D. Neher. Biological indicators and compost for managing plant disease
14:30 - 15:45 Session 2: The microbiome of growing media and integrated disease and pest control
15:45 - 16:15 Coffee break
16:15 - 17:15 Nomenclature workshop

18:00 - 19:30 Belgian drinks and foods reception ((STAMCafé, Godshuizenlaan 2, Ghent)

Tuesday, August 24 – ILVO and PCS (Schaessestraat 18, Destelbergen)

CEST

08:30 - 12:30 Technical tours (PCS Ornamental Plant Research and ILVO)

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch at ILVO

13:30 - 14:15 Keynote: M. Pugliese. Use of compost in nursery as pre-planting substrate to control soil-borne pathogens on vegetable crops in field conditions
14:15 - 14:45 Session 2: The microbiome of growing media and integrated disease and pest control
14:45 - 15:15 Session 3: Soilless cultivation: added value of innovations for water and nutrient use efficiency
15:15 - 15:45 Coffee break
15:45 - 17:00 Session 3: Soilless cultivation: added value of innovations for water and nutrient use efficiency

17:00 - 18:00 Poster session in Gather.town

17:15 - 21:00 Diner@Greenhouse at ILVO (Melle)

Wednesday, August 25 – ILVO

CEST

08:30 - 09:15 Keynote: E. Graber. Mysteries and musings at the biochar/plant/stress/growing media interface
09:15 - 10:15 Session 3: Soilless cultivation: added value of innovations for water and nutrient use efficiency
10:15 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:15 Session 4: Biochar and compost in horticulture and carbon storage potential

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch break

13:15 - 13:45 Poster pitches n° 11-20
13:45 - 15:00 Horti-BlueC Open Event (Interreg 2 Seas)
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 16:30 Horti-BlueC Open Event (Interreg 2 Seas)

16:30 - 17:15 ISHS Business Meeting

Thursday, August 26, "Industry and Policy Day" – ILVO

CEST

08:30 - 09:15 Keynote: M. Sánchez-Monedero. Biochar as an additive in composting: Impact on process performance and on the agronomical quality of the end product
09:15 - 10:15 Session 1: Growing media and sustainable use of resources
10:15 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:15 Peat-related workshop by the International Peatland Society

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch break

13:15 - 13:45 Poster pitches n° 21-30
13:45 - 15:15 Policy-related workshop by the European Compost Network and Growing Media Europe. ‘EU Fertilising Products Regulation – Opportunities and Challenges to place Growing Media and Soil Improvers on the European Market’
15:15 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 16:15 Session 1: Growing media and sustainable use of resources
16:15 - 17:00 Final summary & conclusions and award ceremony

Friday, August 27 – On location and ILVO

CEST

10:30 - 12:00 VLACO/ECN post-symposium tour at IVAREM green composting site (Mechelsesteenweg 285, 2500 Lier)

OR

09:00 - 12:00 Next-Generation Sequencing Workshop “From species to digits: a workshop to analyze microbial communities in growing media and plants" (Caroline De Tender and Lisa Joos, ILVO/Ghent University) (ILVO Auditorium)