The motto of the Farmvision Festival at the Technical University of Munich’s (TUM) Weihenstephan site was to make research and the future of agriculture a tangible experience. The Hans Eisenmann-Forum for Agricultural Sciences (HEF) organized the large agricultural festival with a diverse program of specialist lectures, start-up pitches, join-in actions and guided tours. The audience enjoyed this great day of action with its attractive range of agricultural science research at the TUM Weihenstephan campus.
Weihenstephan is proud of a long history in agricultural research and teaching. Today especially, the campus in Freising offers attractive prospects for researchers and students. At TUM’s Farmvision Festival, the site presented itself from its excellent and high-quality side. Curious people were able to immerse themselves in the subject of agricultural science, and to discover and try out new things. The Hans Eisenmann-Forum for Agricultural Sciences (HEF) provided a wide range of things on the day that were excellently received by the guests.
Agricultural sciences enjoy high priority at TUM
Prof. Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Dean of the TUM School of Life Sciences, emphasized the attractiveness of studying agriculture at the Weihenstephan campus. She also referred to the great importance and international reputation of agricultural sciences at TUM. The twelve newly appointed professors with global expertise in recent years confirm this clearly. Prof. Senthold Asseng, scientific director of the HEF, was pleased about the day of action, which made clear that innovative work was being carried out at the Weihenstephan campus and brought together the people from Freising, Germany and the whole world. Council member Rudolf Schwaiger emphasized in his welcoming address that the people of Freising were proud of the Weihenstephan campus.
Innovations in nature and technology: diverse program on campus
TUM presented its work at the Farmvision Festival on the Weihenstephan campus, as did numerous partners. Visitors could, for example, make their own settings on the Vertical Farming Demonstrator, determine their personal carbon footprint or maneuver a robot through a course. Guided tours of the experimental facilities provided an insight into the studies on vegetable carbon, compost and nitrous oxide emissions. The scientific lectures by some TUM agricultural chairs in the central lecture hall building were also well attended by the audience.
Start-up pitch event: winner convinces with construction material made from hop waste
Five start-ups presented their business models at a pitch event. The HopfON team impressed with their passionate presentation. The young start-up’s business plan is to produce building materials from waste materials produced during the hop harvest. The expert jury judged it to be resource-saving and innovative.