Summer School 2023

Exclusive Five-day Masterclass

The Plant Empowerment Summer School is an exclusive program for top growers from all over the world. In an inspiring five-day program in the Netherlands, unique combinations of Plant Empowerment specialists will explain the principles of Plant Empowerment, using theory and practical examples.

During this five-day exclusive, invitation-only masterclass, the basic principles of the Plant Empowerment philosophy will be discussed in detail. Together with other international top growers, you will be prepared to achieve optimum results using minimum resources. Other growers who have applied this cultivation method have achieved incredible results.

Invitation only

The Summer School consists of a group of up to 15 candidates who have been carefully selected through our invitation-only policy. Participants will join this masterclass among top-level growers.

Are you ready

for the road to sustainable horticulture?

Do you want to optimize your cultivation, get more yields per square meter, and use fewer resources? Plant Empowerment is a proven philosophy to achieve this. Growers all over the world apply it with great results. BASF has achieved 121 kilograms by applying the philosophy in combination with an implementation program and also the winning team in the Autonomous Greenhouse Challenge applied the philosophy successfully.

During the five-day Summer School, participants will be immersed in information about the Plant Empowerment philosophy. The best specialists in the field will take them through the theory, but they will also visit practical cases where growers on location share their experiences.

Our goal is to help them better understand the philosophy so they can apply it and really improve their results! Due to the small group of participants and a large group of experts conducting the three-day training, there is plenty of room for attention on specific cultivation. 

About the


This five-day program consists of theoretical and practical sessions, alternately led by the Plant Empowerment specialists and authors of the book. New insights around the Plant Empowerment theory will be shared in the areas of climate, plant balances, lighting, nutrition, plant health and pest management. Practical examples will be discussed extensively and growers who are currently applying the Plant Empowerment principles and achieving great results will share their strategies and approaches.

Participants will also have the opportunity to meet individually with the trainers, to personally discuss certain cases of their interest.

In addition, there is an evening entertainment program in which you will get to know Amsterdam a little better.


The following topics will be discussed in the various sessions: 

  • Introduction to Plant Empowerment, The Basic Principles
  • Uniformity on climate, root zone and data
  • How to start with the RTR
  • Data Driven Growing
  • Active climate 
  • Irrigation, nutrition and plant health
  • How to start with Plant Empowerment in practice

The success of

last year’s Summer School

This year’s Summer School follows the success of the Masterclass which Plant Empowerment organized in the summer of 2022. Participants from last year’s Summer School were enthusiastic about the Masterclass:


“Very useful Summer School if you are a grower or a head grower and you want to improve. The Plant Empowerment team was always there – providing us with lessons, trips, and lots of fun to accommodate all of our questions, horticultural troubles, and enjoy with us.


“This workshop gives you a good introduction to the Plant Empowerment principles and autonomous growing. It’s great to discuss the growing principles out of your normal comfort zone and get new insights.”


I thoroughly enjoyed the Plant Empowerment course and the interaction with the other participants. It was a well-organized course with great topics that make you think about the way we’re growing crops in the greenhouse.”

Are you interested in learning more about some of the experiences of last year’s participants? Read the story of Addy Breugem – Head Grower at Thanet Earth Tomatoes – or Paata Abuladze – chief grower at the JSC Georgian Greenhouse Corporation – here:


Read the user story of Addy here >>


Read the user story of Paata here >>


Climate Specialist

René Beerkens

Data analyst and researcher

Evripidis Papadopoulos

Substrate specialist

Remy Maat

Screening Specialist

Ton Habraken

Plant Health Specialist

Mark van der Werf

Grow Light Application Specialist

Stéphane André

Do you have any questions?

Project Manager

Jeannette den Boer