The III International Symposium on Growing Media, Composting and Substrate Analysis will be held in Milan (Italy) June 24  28, 2019. It is our pleasure to host this conference and to invite you to attend.

This is the second time that a meeting on substrates has been hold in Italy (the first being in 1992 in Florence) and since then the growing media industry had consistently expanded in Italy. According to the last European survey, the Italian market for growing media ranked only second to Germany and has reached its highest-ever value in Europe.

The 2019 International Symposium will be an ideal occasion for discussing and exchanging experiences on growing media and all connected topics. We hope you will appreciate the scientific program, but also the cultural and touristic events, that we are preparing for you.

Patrizia Zaccheo, Costantino Cattivello, Francesco Giuffrida


  • Novel inorganic and organic materials as soilless media
  • Technological advances in production, processing and use of growing media constituents
  • Adopting new technologies: green roofs, green walls, media for robotic systems
  • Advances in analytical characterization of growing media
  • Management of water and nutrient requirements of substrates
  • Composting processes and use of composted end-products as components of growing media
  • Microbiology and growing media: beneficial and disease-inciting microorganisms
  • Weed, pest and disease control in growing media
  • Advances in growing media additives
  • Hydroponics and aquaponics based systems
  • Soilless cultivation and horticulture sustainability
  • Advances in peat use sustainability
  • Life cycle assessment of growing media and components
  • Horticulture use of materials from bioenergy processes and biofactories (biochar, digestate, bioplastic)


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS                                                                            September 14, 2018

ABSTRACTS DUE                                                                                         January 18, 2019

DEADLINE FOR EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION                         March 15, 2019

PAPERS DUE                                                                                                   June 28, 2019

Many thanks to

Symposium Secretariat

Università degli Studi di Milano – Aula Magna

Via Festa del Perdono 7 – 20122 – Milano


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