JPFA cares about interactivity during a pandemic
The Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA) took a look at how it can better deliver workshops, which the coronavirus pandemic has forced it to hold online, and decided not to sacrifice interactivity.
The JPFA has a rich history of organizing more than 140 workshops since the first in October 2009, most of which were held on site before the pandemic. Thus, online workshops with recorded lectures held so far in times of pandemic were somewhat unsatisfactory for the nonprofit organization.
The JPFA thus moved to host new live online workshops with a seminar and a question-and-answer session. JPFA Vice President Eri Hayashi points out “what participants cannot ask for unless they join live and interact”, stating that “previously all workshop participants came to our site and were learning together â.
In the meantime, online workshops have their merits. The JPFA will allow participants registered for each new workshop to view the recorded video of their seminar later for a specified period, although the recording does not contain the Q&A session of the seminar. In addition, it is possible to participate in online workshops anywhere in the world.
For another reason, the new JPFA workshops are worth considering. They are in principle free for its members.
The first new workshop, the 142nd of the JPFA, will be held on July 9, 2021, with its seminar scheduled for that day from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (JST).
During the seminar, Professor Chieri Kubota of Ohio State University will speak first in Japanese on “The latest developments in the United States in the fields of greenhouse horticulture and plant factories with artificial lighting” .
Ian Justus, Vice President of Culture at Connected Cannabis, will then speak in English on âGrowing Cannabis in Controlled Environments in the United Statesâ.
A question-and-answer session, moderated in Japanese and English by Hayashi of the JPFA, will close the workshop.
The recorded video of the seminar can be viewed from 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 13 until 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20 (JST). While JPFA members can attend the new workshop for free, non-members will be charged 3000 yen each (including consumption tax).
Anyone interested in the next JPFA workshop can apply to here (https://select-type.com/e/?id=uqF7xCNjV0c). For more information, click on here (https://npoplantfactory.org/information/study/2687/).
To apply for JPFA membership, click on here (https://select-type.com/e/?id=EqoC-uNZAeY#page_mail).
The JPFA plans to hold the next 143rd Strawberry Workshop, possibly in early August.
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Japanese Association of Factory Factories
About the Japan Plant Factory Association (JPFA)
The Japan Plant Factory Association, a non-profit organization with more than 200 members in Japan and abroad, is dedicated to advancing the plant plant industry and environmentally controlled agriculture in Japan and abroad through collaborations between universities and industry.
Its mission is to develop and disseminate sustainable plant plant systems in order to answer questions about food, the environment, energy and natural resources.
The JPFA oversees the factories on the campus of Chiba Kashiwanoha University in Kashiwa, northeast of Tokyo. In addition, he works on around twenty R&D projects and leads workshops and training.