The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the JPFA offers its training courses. While we have organized
various in-depth and practical on-site training sessions, including introductory and advanced courses, in collaboration
with Chiba University since 2010, the focus is now on how best to run training courses online in the COVID-19 era.
Even we offer programs only online, we aim to nurture next-generation experts in both academia and industry for the
future of plant factories with artificial lighting (PFALs) and controlled-environment agriculture.
Professionals from academia and industry teach courses to provide a conceptual and technological framework to
support practical applications in relevant fields.
▶JPFA New Online Training Course Ends Successfully
As COVID-19 continued to prevent public gatherings, the JPFA ran a new online training course in English on Feb.
18-March 15 in 2021.
The JPFA 2021 Training Course on Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting (PFALs) comprised introductory classes on
PFALs, which were similar to those in the previous online course, and special content designed for participants to
acquire practical knowledge and expertise.
We presented two special awards for outstanding performance--the Best Watcher and the Best Questioner.
Refer to this for information.
▶JPFA Successfully Runs Its 1st Online English-Language Course
The JPFA offered its Introductory Training Course on Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting (PFALs) in English online
on Oct. 8 - Nov. 2 in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It was its first online English-language course and ended with a closing ceremony to present three special awards for
outstanding performance--the Best Watcher, the Best Questioner and the Best Networker.
The JPFA has run workshops almost monthly since 2009 for the purpose of helping people concerned with plant
factories improve each other and share the latest information. The cumulative number of workshop participants
reached 10,000 in March 2019.
The COVID-19 pandemic led us to run workshops online, and beginning fiscal 2021, we are holding online workshops
in a new fashion, having each workshop composed of a live seminar and a question-and-answer session.
Registered participants in each new workshop are allowed to view its seminar's recorded video later during a specified period. The recording, however, does not contain the Q&A session.
▶First of New Workshops (JPFA's 142nd Workshop, Online)
The Latest Developments in the United States in the Fields of Greenhouse Horticulture and Plant Factories with Artificial Lighting
The workshop's seminar is scheduled for July 9, 2021.
Check here for details.