24 Nov 2020
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Visionary Seminar - Recycling for a sustainable future

General info

Tuesday 24 November, 2020

16h00 - 18h30

In collaboration with Imec & supported by Belgium-Japan Association (BJA) and Leuven 2030

Members Leuven MindGate & members BJA: €20 excl. VAT
Non-Members : €40 excl. VAT
Under 35 years old & members Leuven 2030 : €25 incl. VAT
Students: €10 incl.VAT (with proof of student status)


buy 1 ticket, get 1 free for the online Visionary Seminar on Nov 24, by sending an email to events@leuvenmindgate.be

Registration preferably via the online registration form or by sending an email to admin@leuvenmindgate.be
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Register as a student or a teacher, by sending an email to admin@leuvenmindgate.be

After registration you will receive a confirmation. Fee is payable after receipt of invoice.
We are happy to provide proof of attendance on request.

Registration is possible until 20 November 2020.
Cancellation after registration is not possible; however, replacement by a colleague is allowed.

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The Circular Economy is at the forefront of current global discussions, as seen on last year's World Economic Forum conference in Davos, Switzerland. The Circular Economy concept could be an important enabler of overall sustainability.

The Belgian federal government and the three autonomous regions are all aligned on this transition to a circular economy, and it must be said that Belgium is recognized as being a pioneer in this field.

According the principles of a circular economy, increased maintenance, reuse and reprocessing must be considered right from the product design stage, while avoiding waste and environmental pollution. Also, the use of critical raw materials that are subject to supply shortage is an essential aspect.

Material shortage is an outlook we cannot escape, we can, however, change how we deal with that. Undoubtedly, sustainable product design has never been more important. From the purposeful use of plastics design, and recycling precious metals to upcycling aircrafts, our speakers will leave no stone unturned!


15:30 - 16:00 Registrations/online login

16:00-16:05 Welcome by Leuven MindGate & online seminar instructions

16:05-16:30 Introduction & Opening Keynote,
by Prof. Karel Van Acker, KU Leuven

16:30-16:50 AI&robotics for sorting&dismantling
by Prof. Dr. Jef Peeters, KU Leuven

16:50-17:10 Keynote by Koen Staut, CEO Aerocircular
'Aircraft dismantling 2.0 as a service model in Circular economy with focus on economical feasibility'

17:10-17:15 Break

17:15-17:35 "Metals recycling of Li-ion batteries, fuels cells and car catalysts:
an essential contribution to sustainable mobility”
by Dr. Ir. Egbert Lox, Senior Vice President, Umicore

17:35-17:55 "Design from recycling for plastics",
by Prof. Els Du Bois, UAntwerpen

17:55-18:25 Closing Debate with all the speakers,
moderated by Yolan Gielen (Facilitator Circular Economy, Circular Flanders @ OVAM)

18:25-18:30 Closing by Leuven MindGate

18:30-19:30 Networking session

Download the Visionary Seminar flyer by clicking the picture