WORKSHOP #1 Technology Day on Bridges over Troubled Water


25 Mar 2011

The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts (KVAB). The KVAB is located in Hertogsstraat 1 - 1000 Brussels.


A border-crossing perspective on water technologies in Brussels and beyond.
Workshop in the languages of the capital: French, Dutch & English


Session chairs: Marleen Wynants (Director, VUB CROSSTALKS) & Alok Nandi (Director, ARCHITEMPO)

09:00 - 09:30: Registration & Coffee
09:30 - 09:45: Introduction by Françoise Onclincx (Brussels Instituut voor Milieubeheer, IBGE-BIM)    
09:45 - 10:15: TALK 1 - A geological and historical perspective on water in Brussels by Philippe Claeys (Earth System Science, VUB)
10:15 - 10:45: TALK 2 - Past and present chemical and microbiological water quality of the Zenne River and its impact on Brussels sewage management by Natacha Brion (Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, VUB) & Pierre Servais (Ecologie des systèmes aquatiques, ULB)
10:45 – 11:15: Panel Discussion: Where science meets valorization
With invited discussants George Petitzon (Ingénieur Hydraulicien, CRECHE), Dominique Nalpas (Parcours Citoyen) & Jan Walravens (Senior Engineer International Marine and Dredging Consultants, IMDC)
11:15 – 11:45: Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:05: CASE 1 - Algae: a renewable resource for the future? by Ludo Diels (Scientific Manager Sustainable Chemistry, VITO)
12:05 – 12:25: CASE 2 - Water, land & landscape by Bas Smets (Engineer & Landscape Architect, Founder of Bureau Bas Smets)
12:25 – 13:00: Q & A
13:00 – 14:00: Walking Lunch + Matchmaking occasion


Session Chairs: Wouter Florizoone (Flanders Smart Hub) & Katrien Van Eerdenbrugh (Coördinator Waterbeheer van het Waterbouwkundige Laboratorium)

14:00 – 14:30: TALK 1 - Exchange processes in river ecosystems by Okke Batelaan (Dept. of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, VUB)
14:30 – 15:00: TALK 2 - Climate change impact on hydrological extremes along rivers and urban drainage systems in Belgium by Patrick Willems (Hydraulics Laboratory, K.U.Leuven/Dept. of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, VUB)
15:00 – 15:30: Panel Discussion: Where science meets valorization
With invited discussants Rolf De Bruyn (Diensthoofd Waterlopen, Provincie Vlaams-Brabant), Marc Huygens (Business Unit Water, Antea Group), Johan Van Assel (Studieverantwoordelijke Onderzoek & Productontwikkeling, Aquafin).
15:30 – 15:45: Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:15: CASE 3 - Water reduction as part of the dream of AB InBev to become the Best Beer Company in a Better World by Karen Rombaut (Environment Specialist Western Europe, AB InBev)
16:15 – 16:45: CASE 4 - Hydrological challenges on the redevelopment site in Beersel by Erwin Lammens (Directeur Ruimtelijke Economie, POM Vlaams-Brabant)
16:45 – 17:15: Q&A
17:15 – 18:30: Drinks & Networking


Our structural partners are Leefmilieu Brussel/Bruxelles Environment, VITO & INBEV. 

Event partners are Architempo, VUB TTI (Technology Transfer Interface), Provincie Vlaams-Brabant, EGEB (Les Etats Généraux de l'Eau à Bruxelles) & Flanders Smart Hub.