GLASE Launches New Greenhouse Systems Short Course

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Researchers, growers, and manufacturers showcase benefits of efficient greenhouse technology

ITHACA, NY – The Cornell University Greenhouse Lighting and Systems Engineering (GLASE) consortium will deliver their latest virtual short course with a focus on three interactive greenhouse systems. Experts from academia and industry will share how growers can select and operate greenhouse coverings, climate screens, and supplemental horticultural lighting.

The 2024 GLASE Short Course will run from April 4 to May 9 and will feature six 90-minute modules presented over six weeks on Thursdays from 2 – 3:30 pm ET. Attend live sessions to participate in question and answer sessions with speakers and receive a discounted individual GLASE membership. Recordings will be made available on-demand in June. To register, click here.

The Greenhouse Systems Short Course is an educational series that will explore three major systems maintaining greenhouse environments and their interactive effects. To showcase the ways these systems improve plant quality and yields and save energy in greenhouses, industry experts will define the types of commercially available coverings, curtains, and lighting systems, show how these systems work together to support plant growth and development, and share real-world case studies. By the end of this virtual course, participants will be able to make informed decisions about selecting and using greenhouse systems in their growing operations.

This course is sponsored by Hoogendoorn Growth Management, Philips Horticulture LED Lighting, Svensson Climate Screens, and AGCULTURE by AGC.

“Svensson is thrilled to support the GLASE Greenhouse Systems Short Course. This educational event merges academia with industry expertise and provides growers with invaluable insights to enhance their growing environments. We are proud to be a part of this industry-leading event and look forward to sharing the latest screening technologies with growers,” shared Paul Arena, Greenhouse Climate Consultant with Svensson Climate Screens.

“Just as we have for the past 17 years, the Philips horticulture team continues to research how to use supplemental LED lighting to maximize and economize greenhouse production,” said Esther de Beer, Director, Plant Specialists with Philips Horticulture LED Lighting. “We’re happy to have this opportunity to share with the GLASE community a little of the research that our team has conducted the past few years, individually and collaboratively with our horticulture research partners – in North America and Europe.” 

“Hoogendoorn believes education and knowledge transfer are key within the controlled environment agriculture (CEA) industry,” said Luis Trujillo, President of Hoogendoorn.

“AGCULTURE is on a mission to bring more sustainable glass products to improve the productivity of growers while reducing their carbon footprint,” shared Mohammad Shayesteh, Director of AGCULTURE by AGC. “We are pleased to be one of the sponsors of the GLASE program to further propagate the knowledge about how we enable growers to achieve the above-mentioned goals using our glass products.”


Since 2021, the GLASE consortium has produced virtual short courses for growers, researchers, designers, engineers, and scientists. Topics previously covered include the selection, implementation, and benefits of plant lighting systems and climate control systems.

Guided by its Industry Advisory Board, GLASE and its partner academic institutions research the leading edge of LED systems engineering, plant photobiology and physiology, and greenhouse environmental controls and commercialize emerging technology to save growers money and reduce the carbon footprint of greenhouse operations.

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