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SmB Cafe November 2018

Thursday the 8th

On the 8th of November Science meets Business and PLNT Leiden show you what is happening in Leiden with plants, scientifically. What research is being executed and who is successfully using plants in their venture?



Riverfoods Aquaponics

Linda Grotenbreg

Aquaponics is a circular system in which aquaculture (growing aquatic animals such as fish, crustaceans and snails in fresh water) is combined in a symbiotic way with hydroponics (growing plants without soil). At Riverfood we design, build and educate about aquaponics systems: growing food (indoors) in a circular and sustainable way with minimal waste streams.


The smart virtual gardener

Iryna Pakhomova

We have developed the technology to allow people to take better care of their plants and to do so in the most efficient and labor-optimized way. Our product, the smart virtual gardener, combines sensors which read data right from the plant with a self-educating software which processes this data and provides the users with all the possible insights using a convenient app.


Artificial Leaf

Jessica de Ruiter

In the search for sustainable energy solutions, the idea of artificial photosynthesis has been proposed as an approach with which to use water and sunlight to produce hydrogen. Hydrogen is an important chemical building block. It is an essential part of agricultural fertiliser production, important within the chemical industry, and can be reacted with CO2 to decrease CO2 levels in the atmosphere. Key in the development of hydrogen production technologies is the splitting of water using a water oxidation catalyst. In the water-splitting reaction, water is split into electrons, protons, and oxygen. The protons can then be used to form hydrogen.


Let us know if you'll be there!

Attendance to Science meets Business events is free of charge. However, in order to know how many seats, drinks and snacks we should provide, we would like to know how many people to expect. This is why we kindly request you register for the events if you are joining, and please let us know if you will no longer be able to attend (no hard feelings). See you soon!

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Location & Time

PLNT Leiden

Langegracht 70

2312 NV Leiden


17:30 Walk-in

18:00 Start speakers

19:30 Networking drinks & plant based bites

21:30 End

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