The symposium will include seven thematic sessions: the central theme of 'Sustainability Now', as well as the following six topics:
When submitting your abstract (see Registration page for details) you will be asked to select which of the six topics it relates to. The organizing committee will then select a number of abstracts fitting the theme of 'Sustainability Now', to be included in an additional session.
|8u30-9u00||Registration, coffee and poster fixing|
|9u00-9u15||Welcome Dean of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering + Prof. dr. ir. Jan Baetens|
|9u15-10u00||Plenary speaker: Prof. dr. ir. Arjen Y. Hoekstra - The environmental footprint of humanity: A reflection on consumption patterns, trade and planetary boundaries|
|10u10-10u55||3 parallel sessions: Environment – Animal sciences & Aquatic ecology – Biotechnology|
|10u55-11u30||Coffee break + poster session|
|11u30-12u15||3 parallel sessions: Environment – Green Chemistry – Biotechnology||12u15-13u30||Lunch break + poster session|
|13u30-14u00||Plenary talk: Prof. dr. ir. Willy Verstraete - Science and enterprises|
|14u10-15u25||5 parallel sessions: Plants & Crops – Food Technology – Sustainability now|
|15u25-15u50||Coffee break + poster session|
|15u50-16u35||Plenary speaker: Dr. Jean-luc Doumont - The three laws of communication|
|16u35-17u00||Closing remarks and awards|
Prof. dr. ir. Arjen Y. Hoekstra
The environmental footprint of humanity: A reflection on consumption patterns, trade and planetary boundaries
Abstract After so many years of research we still lack a coherent picture of what sustainability means. Hoekstra will put a few pieces together by reflecting on sustainability from a production, consumption as well as a trade perspective, while moving from the local to the global discussion and back. He will discuss tensions and inevitable trade-offs between efficient resource use, fair sharing of resources, and environmental sustainability, and between strategies of control and resilience. Human's environmental footprint will be introduced and put in the context of planetary boundaries. Having done most research in the field of water for food and energy, Hoekstra will go into more depth by reviewing humanity’s water footprint and addressing the question of sustainable water use.
Biography Arjen Hoekstra is professor in Water Management at the University of Twente, visiting prof at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, and Editor-in-Chief of Water. He specialises in policy analysis and sustainability science, with a focus on water in relation to food and energy. Hoekstra is father of the new interdisciplinary research field of water footprint assessment, which addresses the relations between water management, consumption and trade He is founder of the internationally operating Water Footprint Network and founding member of the Planetary Accounting Network. His books were translated into several languages and include The Water Footprint of Modern Consumer Society (Routledge, 2013), The Water Footprint Assessment Manual (Earthscan, 2011) and Globalization of Water (Wiley-Blackwell, 2008).
Dr. Jean-luc Doumont
The three laws of communication
Abstract Useful as each of them can be, a large body of tips and tricks is impossible to remember, at least in a practical, usable way, unless it is structured into a balanced, meaningful hierarchy. This talk proposes and illustrates three simple yet solid ideas that lead to more effective communication and that underpin every other guideline: easy to remember, readily applicable, and always relevant—in short, valuable for the rest of your life.
Biography An engineer (Louvain) and PhD in applied physics (Stanford), Jean-luc Doumont is acclaimed worldwide for his no-nonsense approach, his highly applicable, often life-changing recommendations on a wide range of topics, and Trees, maps, and theorems, his book about “effective communication for rational minds.” For additional information, visit www.principiae.be.
Several awards will be given to recognize outstanding conference contributions. These include awards for best thematic presentations, along with several specific awards from sponsors.
Oral presentation: Presentations should be 15 minutes long including questions and answers. Presenting authors are required to upload their slides at least 10 minutes before the start of their session. No slideshow template is provided, however, presenters are advised to use fonts compatible with most operating systems.
Poster presentation: A0 dimensions are required for posters (118.9 cm height x 84.1 cm width). Poster panels will be provided to the participants. The poster sessions will take place simultaneously with the coffee break and lunch. Presentations should be 15 minutes long including questions and answers. Presenting authors are required to upload their slides at least 10 minutes before the start of their session. No slideshow template is provided, however, presenters are advised to use fonts compatible with most operating systems. For presentations, we will provide a Windows desktop with VGA cable - if you wish to bring your own laptop which does not have a VGA port, you must bring your own adapter to connect with the VGA cable.