2017 EU Process Industry Conference

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The Process Industry Conference, the SPIRE mid-term policy event, will take place on 19 September 2017 and it intends to gather all relevant stakeholders for the European Process Industry. This event - open to all interested stakeholders - will be dedicated to picturing the future EU Process Industry and what can be implemented if appropriate investments are met.  The SPIRE projects' day will be organized on the same day.

Two additional days dedicated to thematic sessions and a brokerage event will be hosted for A.SPIRE members only.

Conference Programme

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19 September 2017


A.SPIRE at the mid-term of H2020

A look to the future framework - the perspective of the European Commission


Process Industries and European Commission Dialogue

  • Jurgen Tiedje, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Nicolas Segebarth, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Harri Kulmala, CEO of DIMECC Ltd and member of the High-Level Group on maximizing impact of EU Research & Innovation Programmes
  • Daniel Gauthier, Advisor to CEO of Heidelberg Cement
  • Adriana Orejas, Downstream Technology Projects Director of REPSOL


Storifying the future of EU Process Industries

Rudy De Waele, Futurist and innovation strategist, keynote speech

A.SPIRE’s perspective:

  • Francois Monnet, Advanced Technologies Director, Solvay and A.SPIRE Board Member
  • Klaus Peters, Secretary General, European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP) and A.SPIRE Vice-President
  • Pierre Barthelemy, Executive Director of Research and Innovation, Cefic and A.SPIRE Board Member


SPIRE Projects' Pitching Session presentations

Modelling and integrated process control / Process Optimisation

2. Valorisation of different energy sources / Adaptable processes using alternative feedstock

3. Waste to Resource / Industrial Symbiosis / Water / Business models / Sustainability Assessment 


    20 September 2017


    Energy Efficiency, policy perspective and SPIRE projects:

    • Margot Pinault, DG ENERGY, European Commission

    Follow-up on Industrial Symbiosis Workshop

    • Tim Reynolds, Inta Communication (Rapporteur)
    • Samie Maqbool, University of Ghent

    Amy Peace, Britest, Sustainability Assessment and future expectations

    Arnaud Witomski, CEA, FUTURING project – barriers and enablers to the implementation of a Circular Economy in Europe

    Tools for innovation: a glance to the future

    • Open Innovation Test-beds, Helene Chraye, DG RTD, European Commission
    • Digital Innovation HUBs, Anne-Marie Sassen, DG CONNECT, European Commission
    • I4MS initiative, Silvia de la Maza, Innovalia (Spain)
    • t2i technology transfer and innovation, Roberto Santolamazza (Italy)
    • FORTISSIMO, Guy Lonsdale, Scapos AG


    Breakout sessions

    1. Embedding sustainability & impact in SPIRE projects

    Barriers to industry uptake and impact

    • Mark Talford, Britest
    • Enrico Callegati, CRIT
    • Albert Torres, IRIS
    • Dorota Pawlucka, Covestro

    Sustainability Assessments in SPIRE Projects

    • Juan Manzano, Vertech Group
    • Enrico Benetto, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)
    • Pascal Dauthuille, SUEZ
    • Amy Peace, Britest (STYLE Project)

    Educational and training aspects of exploitation

    • Sophie Wilmet, Cefic

    SPRING plans for enhancing generation of educational/ training materials from SPIRE projects

    • Amy Peace, Britest

    2. Process optimization towards new feedstock and energy challenges

    Methodologies & tools for decision making

    Integration of new feedstock

    On line (at line) measurement tools

    Sectors debate and round table

    • Alfred Arias, Dow Chemical
    • Rolf Sorbo, Elkem
    • Bernhard Kohl, Voestalpine
    • Hugo Bosio, BOSIO, AICHELIN Group

    3. Seizing the opportunities of the digital transformation in the process industries

    Anne-Marie Sassen, DG CONNECT, European Commission

    Exploration of disruptive innovation by using novel methods, grounded in co-creation and design thinking

    Open discussion on digital innovation challenges

    • Michael Kranz, Thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG
    • Mikael Rudin, ABB
    • Andreas Amdahl Seim, SINTEF Technology & Society


    21 September 2017

    Jürgen Tiedje, DG Research & Innovation and Head of Unit of D2 - Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies, together with his team of SPIRE project officers, will be available to meet the SPIRE community

    Nicolas Segebarth, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

    - How A.SPIRE and its members contributed to shape the 2018-2020 Work Programme?

    - Guidance to SPIRE Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)