Lunch Lectures BRIDGE PPP, SPIRE and FLUOR
On Monday there will be a lunch lecture by BRIDGE PPP and SPIRE, on Wednesday there will be a lunch lecture by FLUOR.
Monday April 22, 13.15-13.45h
Lecture BRIDGE PPP & SPIRE
by Padraigh Naughton (Innovation Manager Resource and Energy Efficiency at Cefic R&I) and Annita Westenbroek (Director of the Dutch Biorefinery Cluster)
SPIRE is a proposal for a European Private Public Partnership (PPP) dedicated to innovation in resource and energy efficiency in and enabled by the process industries. It is a unique opportunity to address three fundamental European challenges: urgency to create growth and increase the competitiveness of Europe in a global market; need to rejuvenate the European process industry that is at the basis of the European economy in terms of turnover, employment and generation of technologies for all industrial sectors; imperative to reduce resource and energy inefficiency and the environmental impact of industrial activities. No fewer than 8 world-leading European industry sectors, represented by more than 60 industrial and research stakeholders, have contributed to the development of SPIRE. Sectors such as chemical, steel, engineering, minerals, non-ferrous metals, cement, ceramics and water, representing big and small companies, have joined forces in and international association (A.SPIRE) to represent, support and implement SPIRE to be launched as part of the EU Horizon 2020.
The European Commission’s proposal for Horizon 2020 and the Strategy and Action Plan for a Sustainable Bioeconomy in Europe mention the use of public- private partnerships (PPP’s) in the form of a Joint Technology Initiative (JTI) for biobased industries. The PPP is an instrument to support industrial research and innovation, to overcome the innovation ‘valley of death’, the path from research to the marketplace. It encourages partnership with the private sector to fund and bring together the resources needed to address the challenges involved in commercializing major society-changing new technologies.
Wednesday April 24, 13.15-13.45h
Fluor Lunch Lecture: 'Someone has to engineer the future: you?!'
by Marc van Heyningen
Innovation, sustainability, increased complexity and more... In his speech, Marc van Heyningen will give his view on what challenges lay ahead for engineers in the energy & chemicals industry. Large new projects are required to be built and the complexity of execution is growing. It is important that we understand how the pieces fit together so that engineers and scientists can get to work, and come up with solutions that work. Given the challenges this will not be business as usual, and it is essential that we all get involved.