Thursday, 11 April 2013

SPIRE, BRIDGE Joint Presentation

!UPDATED 12 April 2013! On the opening day of Europe's largest Science and Business Congress on Chemical Engineering and Applied Biotechnology the two proposed Horizon 2020 Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) initiatives, SPIRE and BRIDGE 2020, will be giving a joint lunchtime plenary presentation. The two complementary concepts will also be presented by SusChem board director Marcel Wubbolts of DSM at a latter plenary session of the conference.

This important  European congress has the theme ‘Shaping a Sustainable Future’ - the ultimate objective of both the PPP initiatives - and combines two major scientific and industrial innovation events: the Ninth European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE9) and the Second European Congress of Applied Biotechnology (ECAB2). The event takes place from 21 to 25 April in The Hague, Netherlands.

At lunchtime on Monday 22 April the SPIRE and BRIDGE 2020 PPP initiatives will be presented jointly. This plenary session, which is scheduled to take place in the World Forum Theatre, will see Pádraig Naughton, Innovation Manager - Resource and Energy Efficiency, from Cefic present on the SPIRE initiative and Annita Westenbroek, director of the Dutch Biorefinery Cluster give an overview of BRIDGE 2020.

With no parallel presentations anticipated in the programme at present it is expected that the session will be very popular and an ideal opportunity to get to know more about these two exciting proposals and their synergies. Following the presentations there may be an extended question and answer session.

Relevant and important
The Biobased and Renewable Industries for Development and Growth in Europe (BRIDGE 2020) and Sustainable Process Industries through Resource and Energy Efficiency (SPIRE) initiatives are the most relevant and important European PPP initiatives for this forum as their aims and objectives coincide perfectly with the audience from the chemical engineering and applied biotechnology communities in Europe and worldwide.

“This is a great opportunity to present SPIRE together with BRIDGE,” commented A.SPIRE aisbl Executive Director Loredana Ghinea. “It will allow us to emphasise the synergies between SPIRE and BRIDGE and the importance of both initiatives to future competitiveness and sustainability in Europe.”

SusChem and A.SPIRE aisbl board member Dr. Marcel Wubbolts of DSM will also be including SPIRE and BRIDGE 2020 in his opening plenary lecture ‘Sustainable Solutions for a Changing World’ on Tuesday morning thereby ensuring maximum exposure for these two ‘SusChem inspired’ initiatives at this important conference.

The two PPPs will also be presented together at this year's SusChem Stakeholder event that takes place on 14 and 15 May in Brussels. The two initiatives will feature in the Resource Efficiency stakeholder dialogue session to be held on the morning of the second day. This will be an opportunity for an in-depth discussion on the two programmes.

Registration offer
The 9th European Congress of Chemical Engineering (ECCE9) and Applied Biotechnology (ECAB2) takes place from 21-25 April in The Hague, The Netherlands and the organizers have just announced a ‘last minute’ registration offer.

You can register for the whole four and a half day programme for €650 – 750 or for just one day the fee is €395 Euro.

The theme of the conference ‘Shaping a Sustainable Future’ promises a first-class scientific programme and a special Innovation Track that will deliver cutting-edge examples on “How to drive the bumpy road from science and technology to business”.   Delegates can also visit the high-tech innovation market, career fair, and there are plenty of opportunities for networking.

Registration via the conference website is open until 18 April. After that date only on-site registration in The Hague is possible.

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