Technological and sustainable transformation for faster business growth

Clean chemistry, waste valorization, energy efficiency, battery management, drone technology, 3D-printing technology, preventive health, artificial intelligence and more: the innovations for making processes and products smarter and faster are appearing at a record rate. To keep our planet liveable, a transition to a sustainable corporate culture is necessary throughout the entire value chain.

Would you like to stay ahead of the competition? Because this means you need to evolve and move forward. In a single day at the Clean Vision Summit in Mechelen, you’ll have an overview of more than 20 cleantech innovations, all in areas connected to the circular economy: sustainable and smart agriculture, chemistry, industry, energy, materials and logistics.

Register for the Clean Vision Summit in Mechelen on the 18th of February 2020 (free entrance). Find out which innovations will help your company to grow. And work with us to further develop technologies.

 

Talk to a VITO expert 

You can book a personal discussion with a VITO/Energyville expert during the Clean Vision Summit to discuss your challenge and start developing a solution together.

Work together with VITO 

Together with the corporate world, we make technologies smarter, better and more affordable. Do you want to invest in sustainable technologies? Make an appointment with our tech transfer team.

Plan your visit to the TechFair 

Discover more than 20 sustainable innovations and how they can help your business. Talk to the experts and combine your visit with the technology pitches for a complete overview.

 

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VITO connects top sustainable technologies with the corporate world

With the Clean Vision Summit, VITO is shining a spotlight on more than 20 innovative, sustainable technologies and tools. These solutions help Flemish companies and industries with the development of more efficient corporate processes, innovative products and smart services for their clients. The theme shared between all these projects is ‘Sustainability’. In all our solutions, we look for renewable materials, short material cycles and environmentally friendly land and water use.

From precision agriculture and smart energy to sustainable chemistry

At the Clean Vision Summit, in just one day, you’ll see more than 20 technologies from six different categories:

  • To precision agriculture with image technology;
  • Competitive in chemistry with biomass and smart membranes;
  • Renewable energy systems;
  • Building and construction;
  • Draw value from waste and have raw materials available where they’re needed.

Wondering how you can improve the processes in your company to make them more environmentally friendly? Discover the technologies being presented .

 

What to expect ...

A webtool that helps companies and their clients with various energy-saving measures, a scanner that detects the value of your waste in a matter of seconds, a machine that helps to improve chemical reactions through membrane separations, and a 3D printer that prints catalysts with a 170% return: see these and other technologies firsthand at the first Clean Vision Summit in Mechelen on 18 February 2020.

Choose your own programme

On the 18th of February 2020 you will get a full overview of the industries and tools that will prepare your company for the sustainable future. Visit the TechFair, be inspired by the keynote speeches and follow the VITO Technology pitches. Enjoy a chat with our experts and make contacts with pioneering companies that, like you, have an eye on the future.

Partners

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MooV – optimizing your supply chain

MooV – a service that finds optimal supply chain configurations for business. Starting your supply chain idea from scratch? Rethinking an existing supply chain?  MooV brings the decision support you need, reducing costs and increasing efficiencies. 

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13:30
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13:45

Inspirational speakers

Ruben Guisson

 As supply chain assessment expert Ruben provides support to businesses and projects, while continuously improving MooV based on emerging business needs. 

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3D-Printed Catalysts for a more sustainable chemistry

More than 80 % of all chemical reactions involve catalysts and many products that fill our daily lives are directly or indirectly produced through catalysis. Optimizing the size and shape of catalysts is crucial for achieving high performance in a chemical reactor. Catalysts produced with VITO’s innovative 3D printing technology enable more reactor output, higher product quality, lower energy consumption and safer operation. Learn more about VITO’s 3D-printed catalysts and how they can help reducing CO2 emissions, starting today.

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13:50
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14:05

Inspirational speakers

Dirk Vangeneugden

Dirk Vangeneugden is project and business developer at VITO in the fields of sustainable materials and chemistry. He is strongly engaged in national and international R&D projects on chemical catalysis and sorption, lightweight composites and future generation batteries. Fields of expertise include 3D printing, surface engineering and coating as well as CO2 capture and conversion. He is inventor on over 15 patent applications and has great interest in management of intellectual property rights. He is actively involved in technology transfers to industry and supporting spin-off initiatives.

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Battsense – exploit the full potential of battery storage

Electrical energy storage solutions are gaining increasing momentum in the energy transition. Battery management systems (BMS) play a crucial role in exploiting the full potential of battery energy storage systems. Battsense, VITO’s modular high performant BMS improves safety, quality, reliability and lifetime of your battery.  Come discover the benefits for your stationary or mobile storage system, automotive battery or peak power shaving solution.

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14:10
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14:25

Inspirational speakers

Jeroen Büscher

Jeroen Büscher is leading the VITO team working in the field of electrical storage. Together with that team Jeroen is focused on the development of technologies and services to make safer, more reliable and more performant batteries that support sustainable mobile and stationary applications. Since 2011, he has been coordinating and participating in several projects within Europe on electrical storage, e-mobility and smart grids. He is also representing VITO/EnergyVille in European collaboration efforts on battery development like the European Battery Alliance and the ETIP Batteries Europe.

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Battery management for safe and energy-efficient use
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More efficient District Heating Through Digitalization

The STORM District Energy Controller makes heating enter the era of Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and sustainability, by maximizing the use of excess heat and renewable energy sources in district heating networks, in a fully automated way. STORM links the building (owner) with the district heating network (operator). Come and find out how we can collaborate to bring this next generation solution to the market.

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14:30
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14:45

Inspirational speakers

Erik De Schutter

Erik De Schutter is your guide to ‘heat and cold’ energy technology and state-of-the-art ready-to-use energy research. With his background in information technology, he coordinates and drives the deployment of EnergyVille’s sustainable intelligent heating solutions across Europe for district heating, thermal storage and conversion.

Dirk Vanhoudt

Dirk Vanhoudt’s main research topic is the development of technology for the next generation district heating grids. In that context, he is technical coordinator of the Horizon 2020-projects STORM and TEMPO.

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EnergyVille Building Energy Calculation Services (EBECS)

EBECS (EnergyVille Building Energy Calculation Service) is the most accurate energy renovation tool on the market. To date traditional calculations for EPD and EPC certification only assess the home itself and no not take the actual energy consumption, family composition or resident behaviour into account. These data can be entered into EBECS in order for the underlying algorithms calculate the best options for saving energy, including the associated costs and anticipated decrease in the energy bill. Come and find out how EBECS can help you grow your business.

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14:50
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15:05

Inspirational speakers

Kristel Boonen

KriBoonen is business developer for Smart Energy in the built environment at VITO/EnergyVille, a collaboration between the Flemish research partners VITO, KU Leuven, imec and UHasselt in the field of sustainable energy and intelligent energy systems. She plays an active role in promoting the transition to a sustainable and circular built environment with market ready technologies.

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Evolutions in digital agriculture and the possibilities of Remote Sensing

Digitizing of the agricultural practice at the experimental-, multiplication- and production field level will increase productivity and drive transformation in the agro food value chain.  The current image-based AI agro solutions at VITO and the future innovative solutions to help drive this transformation will be presented and demonstrated. See you at the summit and become partner in digital agriculture.

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13:30
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13:45

Inspirational speakers

Jurgen Decloedt

Jurgen Decloedt is business developer within VITO’s Remote Sensing Unit, responsible for the valorization of the research expertise, products and services towards the industry.  He leads from a commercial perspective several projects that have a focus on digitizing agriculture, ranging from drone based phenotyping on small scale fields  to satellite based solutions monitoring large production fields.

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Artificial intelligence driving accessible eye care

Eye diseases can go unnoticed for a long time, with permanent vision loss as a consequence. MONA is an artificial intelligence software under development at VITO, which can diagnose common eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma based on retinal photographs. The software can enable affordable and accessible eye screening service by identifying problems earlier and thus  strengthening preventative medical care. For MONA we are seeking entrepreneurs, partners and investors to validate clinically and market artificial intelligence based software for the early detection of eye diseases.

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14:10
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14:25

Inspirational speakers

Patrick De Boever

Patrick De Boever works as project manager in the VITO unit Sustainable Health. He is responsible for the research team that uses data science and artificial intelligence for (bio)medical applications, especially in the field of ophthalmology.
He is also appointed as professor at Hasselt University. Patrick De Boever was granted the degree of bio-engineer at Ghent University and he obtained a PhD degree at that same university.

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Patient-friendly Detection of Kidney Transplant Rejection

Monitoring kidney transplant rejection requires recurrent, painful and costly biopsies.  VITO discovered novel protein biomarkers of kidney rejection present in urine even before clinical signs of rejection occur.  The low-cost, urine-based diagnostic kits, developed in collaboration with industry partners, is expected to impact in functional transplant follow-up, patient survival and their quality of life. Come join our session for more details on this innovation and future collaboration opportunities.

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13:50
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14:05

Inspirational speakers

Inge Mertens

Inge Mertens, PhD, is coordinator of the Centre for Proteomics and co-promotor of the EU-7FP Biomargin project, that funded the initial discovery phase of the biomarkers.

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Funmem® for effective affinity separation

FunMem® allows separations based on affinity, not just size. Specific organic groups applied to the surface of ceramic membranes make the membrane functional. This enables a reduction in energy consumption, solvent cost and waste. Interesting applications include the removal of impurities from active pharmaceutical ingredients and can also be used in biotech, fine & bulk chemicals and the food industry. We are seeking (strategic) investors to help us further shrink the carbon footprint of the chemical industry.

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14:30
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14:45

Inspirational speakers

Roel Vleeschouwers

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Online LCA dashboard tool for easier decision making

Europe wants to evolve towards a ‘low carbon intensity continent’ by 2050. European industries will play a key role in achieving this goal.

VITO has key expertise, knowledge and recognition regarding sustainable and circular building materials and components, energy technologies, buildings and infrastructure in order to help industries gain and maintain a competitive edge in sustainability. These insights have been incorporated into an easy-to-use webtool that makes the collection of relevant data easier. The multi-layered dashboards enable easier decision making.

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14:50
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15:05

Inspirational speakers

Carolin Spirinckx

Carolin Spirinckx is activity leader of the team developing sustainability solutions within the built environment, coordinator of several EU projects, and plays an active role in several arenas promoting the transition to a sustainable and circular built environment

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FlexThor - Say Goodbye to Solar Power Wastage

An unprecedented rise in solar installations has given rise to a new problem for prosumers in the last couple of years. Their PV installations fail to produce power on a number of sunny days. Consequently, 5 % - 10 % of their total solar generation is getting wasted every year as per recent studies done by NREL. This increases the payback period and degrades the panel lifespan. To solve this problem, VITO has developed a product FlexThor, which is a patented IoT based solution supported by powerful AI software suite that does smart energy management to prevent solar power wastage. It also provide a gateway to participate in frequency support and nano-grid operation. We are actively looking for investors, partners and stakeholders to roll-out our product FlexThor.

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15:10
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15:30

Inspirational speakers

Mohammad Meraj Alam

Mohammad Meraj Alam, PhD is the co-inventor and co-promotor of FlexThor in VITO/Energyville. He has done his PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Port as a Marie Curie fellow. He has more than 7 years of experience in renewable energy technologies and a passionate entrepreneur. He was the founder of RoofSolar, an idea that came out of EIT Climate Launchpad in 2017.

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Assessing climate risk to boost your resilience

As a business leader you must arm your business continuity against the physical impact of climate change. Indeed, not only climate mitigation (greenhouse gas emission reductions), also direct physical consequences of climate change will affect resources and operations. VITO’s Climate Fit Industry services can advise both corporations and SME’s on how to better cope with climate change impacts.  

 

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15:10
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15:30

Inspirational speakers

Koen De Ridder

Koen De Ridder has a background in physics and climate modelling. He is a senior researcher at VITO, focusing on climate impact assessment and the development of sectoral climate services, among others within the European Copernicus ‘Climate Change Service’ programme.

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Welcome & introduction by Bruno Reyntjens, Commercial Director VITO

Bruno will welcome you at the Clean Vision Summit 2020.

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11:00
End
11:15

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Bruno Reyntjens

Since June 2017, Bruno Reyntjens is Commercial Director at VITO. He studied in Ghent as bioscience engineer. Bruno has followed a versatile, professional path in technical commercial sectors: business development, business management, product management and product development. From Belgium, he has always worked in strongly internationally oriented positions amongst others on the functionality of gluten egg white at the R&D lab of Amylum in Aast, on chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem and Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno is focused on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards an excellent and more valorization driven research organization that answers to the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates the international activities for VITO.

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Keynote presentation by Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency

More information to be announced soon.

Start
11:15
End
11:45

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Hans Bruyninckx

Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, taking office on 1 June, 2013. He was born in Schoten, Belgium in 1964. Dr Bruyninckx studied undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science specialising in international relations at Antwerp University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also completed an additional programme in development studies at Université Catholique de Louvain.

He completed a PhD degree in 1996 at Colorado State University on the topic of international environmental politics, subsequently teaching at several other universities in the United States and Europe, including Colorado State University, Canisius College and Wageningen University.

From 2010 until his appointment at the EEA, he was head of the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven, Belgium, a policy-oriented research institute associated with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he was also head of the Political Science department from 2007 to 2010. Dr Bruyninckx has also been a senior member of the interdisciplinary Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and promoter-coordinator of the Flemish Policy Research Centre on Transitions for Sustainable Development (TRADO).

Over the last 20 years, he has conducted and managed policy-oriented research in the areas of environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development. He was responsible for research in the domains of policy evaluation, monitoring and reporting, methodology development, environmental policy integration, and more recently also on long-term transition policies. His experience pertains to the level of the regions (Flanders in a comparative European perspective), the EU Member States, the EU level, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and processes of global environmental governance (climate change in particular).

His academic expertise lies primarily in the field of European and international environmental policy, studying the effects of globalisation on the global governance of environmental issues and sustainable development. From this perspective he has also studied global production and consumption systems, as well as issues relating to distribution and justice. He has taught courses on the topics of global environmental politics and global environmental governance in relation to the European Union (EU), publishing extensively on EU environmental policies and its role as an actor in global environmental governance.

Dr Bruyninckx was involved in numerous policy processes as an advisory board member, involved in steering groups of government agencies, and as academic policy advisor to governmental agencies and other key actors. In addition, he has worked intensely with civil society and business actors, in support of public-private initiatives or private regulatory approaches to environmental, climate change and sustainability issues. Furthermore, he was president of the board of Bond Beter Leefmilieu (The Association for a Better Environment), a Flemish umbrella organisation bringing together many different environmental groups.

Dr Bruyninckx speaks fluent English, French and German in addition to his native Flemish. During his career he has conducted research in more than a dozen different countries. He is a keen sailor as well as an outdoor and sports enthusiast.

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Keynote presentation by Wim Michiels, CEO Proviron

Proviron developments, transition of classic chemical producer to marketeer of renewable solutions & cooperating with other parties 

 

 

Start
11:45
End
12:15

Inspirational speakers

Wim Michiels

Proviron Holding, family owned producer en marketer of niche additives and ingredients for plastics, CASE, pharma, animal health, automotive, aviation, construction …
2 plants in Belgium, 1 in USA, sales office in China
240 people, turnover €75 M, export to 500 customers in 100 countries, ebitda €10 M
2000-2002: product manager: implementation of a broad customer oriented service model into a Business-to-Business world.
2002-2005: business director: streamlining sales, marketing, product development and supply chain
2005- today: managing director and board member: meeting interesting independent board members
2007- today: CEO: managing Proviron through crisis years,
transition from process development to product development,
streamlining the product portfolio: less turnover and people to achieve higher absolute margin
product development and marketing ready to expand sound sales

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Working with VITO, case studies in contract research, tech transfer and spin-offs

  • Let’s work together by Bart Swaelens & Johan Geysen, VITO Techtransfer Office 
  • Cases & Testimonials from VITO Licensees, Partners & Startups
  • VITO for starters by Johan Vangrunderbeek, VITO SME office

More details to come.

Start
16:00
End
17:30

Inspirational speakers

Johan Geysen

Johan Geysen supports the translation of VITO research results into valorization concepts. He is an experienced mentor & trainer in (sustainable & social) entrepreneurship.  He contributes to the VITO Tech Transfer Office, that realised seven startups in the past four years.

Marc Lor

Since March 2019, Marc Lor is Managing Director at Servaco Product Testing. He studied chemistry at the Catholic University of Leuven and obtained a PhD degree in Sciences (Chemistry) at that same university. During his professional career he has worked at Belgian Building Research Institute (BBRI) in the domains of health and safety aspects of building materials and sustainable construction and at VITO in the domain of indoor air quality and product emissions testing.  Marc is appointed as Belgian expert in the field of dangerous substances in several technical committees and working groups at CEN, EOTA and European Commission level.  He is also the convenor of the Belgian mirror committee of CEN/TC 351 and active as a technological consultant in the domain of health and safety aspects of (building) materials.

Koen Meuleman

Martin Slooijer

Martin has a background in Environmental Engineering, and has been active in environmental contracting on the international market for over 20 years. Started as project manager, later as manager of the international department of a leading soil and groundwater remediation company. As manager he was responsible for the international business development, as well as the implementation of the international projects, successfully implementing projects in over 20 countries from Europe to Asia and North and South America. In 2016 Martin founded with private investors the GreenSoil Group, specialised in biological remediation projects, by now conducting such projects in over 12 countries, in Europe, South America and Africa. GreenSoil is investing in development of new technologies in bioremediation and for this is working with different partners amongst which VITO.

Bart Swaelens

Bart Swaelens is Head of Tech Transfer and Venture Development and as such responsible for transferring or licensing VITO technology to companies and/or creating spin-offs.

Johan Vangrunderbeek

Johan Vangrunderbeek is Single Point Of Contact for SME’s and Flemish companies in search of the appropriate technology and researcher(s) within the VITO/EnergyVille organisation. He advises on co-financing opportunities, additional expertise and complementary partners. He can rely on a broad network and expertise as researcher, manager and business developer.

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Closing Remarks by Bruno Reyntjens, Commercial Director VITO

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17:30
End
18:00

Inspirational speakers

Bruno Reyntjens

Since June 2017, Bruno Reyntjens is Commercial Director at VITO. He studied in Ghent as bioscience engineer. Bruno has followed a versatile, professional path in technical commercial sectors: business development, business management, product management and product development. From Belgium, he has always worked in strongly internationally oriented positions amongst others on the functionality of gluten egg white at the R&D lab of Amylum in Aast, on chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem and Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno is focused on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards an excellent and more valorization driven research organization that answers to the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates the international activities for VITO.

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Battery management for safe and energy-efficient use

In 2018, Punch 2, the solar-powered car built by students from KU Leuven, sped across the finish line of the world’s most extreme solar-powered car race in first place. A competition that traverses the Atacama Desert and the Andean Mountains in Chile. The silent power behind the vehicle was the Battery and Ultracapacitor Management System. It monitors and secures all components in a battery, providing the exact battery capacity in real time. It’s not just for solar-powered vehicles. It has all sorts of applications for your company.

Find out what the benefits for your company are at the TechFair.

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Hans Bruyninckx

Hans Bruyninckx is the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, taking office on 1 June, 2013. He was born in Schoten, Belgium in 1964. Dr Bruyninckx studied undergraduate and master’s degrees in political science specialising in international relations at Antwerp University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also completed an additional programme in development studies at Université Catholique de Louvain.

He completed a PhD degree in 1996 at Colorado State University on the topic of international environmental politics, subsequently teaching at several other universities in the United States and Europe, including Colorado State University, Canisius College and Wageningen University.

From 2010 until his appointment at the EEA, he was head of the HIVA Research Institute in Leuven, Belgium, a policy-oriented research institute associated with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, where he was also head of the Political Science department from 2007 to 2010. Dr Bruyninckx has also been a senior member of the interdisciplinary Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and promoter-coordinator of the Flemish Policy Research Centre on Transitions for Sustainable Development (TRADO).

Over the last 20 years, he has conducted and managed policy-oriented research in the areas of environmental politics, climate change, and sustainable development. He was responsible for research in the domains of policy evaluation, monitoring and reporting, methodology development, environmental policy integration, and more recently also on long-term transition policies. His experience pertains to the level of the regions (Flanders in a comparative European perspective), the EU Member States, the EU level, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and processes of global environmental governance (climate change in particular).

His academic expertise lies primarily in the field of European and international environmental policy, studying the effects of globalisation on the global governance of environmental issues and sustainable development. From this perspective he has also studied global production and consumption systems, as well as issues relating to distribution and justice. He has taught courses on the topics of global environmental politics and global environmental governance in relation to the European Union (EU), publishing extensively on EU environmental policies and its role as an actor in global environmental governance.

Dr Bruyninckx was involved in numerous policy processes as an advisory board member, involved in steering groups of government agencies, and as academic policy advisor to governmental agencies and other key actors. In addition, he has worked intensely with civil society and business actors, in support of public-private initiatives or private regulatory approaches to environmental, climate change and sustainability issues. Furthermore, he was president of the board of Bond Beter Leefmilieu (The Association for a Better Environment), a Flemish umbrella organisation bringing together many different environmental groups.

Dr Bruyninckx speaks fluent English, French and German in addition to his native Flemish. During his career he has conducted research in more than a dozen different countries. He is a keen sailor as well as an outdoor and sports enthusiast.

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Koen Meuleman

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Wim Michiels

Proviron Holding, family owned producer en marketer of niche additives and ingredients for plastics, CASE, pharma, animal health, automotive, aviation, construction …
2 plants in Belgium, 1 in USA, sales office in China
240 people, turnover €75 M, export to 500 customers in 100 countries, ebitda €10 M
2000-2002: product manager: implementation of a broad customer oriented service model into a Business-to-Business world.
2002-2005: business director: streamlining sales, marketing, product development and supply chain
2005- today: managing director and board member: meeting interesting independent board members
2007- today: CEO: managing Proviron through crisis years,
transition from process development to product development,
streamlining the product portfolio: less turnover and people to achieve higher absolute margin
product development and marketing ready to expand sound sales

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Bruno Reyntjens

Since June 2017, Bruno Reyntjens is Commercial Director at VITO. He studied in Ghent as bioscience engineer. Bruno has followed a versatile, professional path in technical commercial sectors: business development, business management, product management and product development. From Belgium, he has always worked in strongly internationally oriented positions amongst others on the functionality of gluten egg white at the R&D lab of Amylum in Aast, on chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem and Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno is focused on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards an excellent and more valorization driven research organization that answers to the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates the international activities for VITO.