Conference programme 16/05

16/05/2018 - Inspiration sessions

09:45: Welcome by your host Lisbeth Imbo

10.00: Intro by Flemish Minister of Innovation, Philippe Muyters

10.05 - 10.50: Umicore materials solutions for sustainable mobility

Egbert Lox

Umicore develops and produces materials that are key in high tech products that contribute to a sustainable mobility. The product portfolio consists on the one hand of emission control catalysts and catalyzed filters, that are used to practically eliminate the obnoxious components from the exhaust gases of internal combustion engines. The application of these products range from motorbikes up to large ships.  On the other hand Umicore is leading in cathode materials for Lithium ion batteries, that are key in enabling electrified powertrains, and is also active in the field of fuel cell components. The presentation will cover aspects of design, application, production and recycling of these materials resp. the devices in which they are used.

Speaker: Prof Dr. Ir, Egbert Lox, Senior Vice President, Umicore | Honorary Professor - Faculty Of Mechanical Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | Chairman of the Board of Directors, Innotek

10.50 - 11.30: More space for you

Sam Waes


Space has always been a source of inspiration to innovate.  Technical and human challenges are being overcome to reach the next frontier. With the increased speed of innovation in  technology, also space gets disrupted. During the session we will illustrate the opportunities from space, it's knowhow and technology for you.

Speaker: Sam Waes, Esa Technology Broker

11.30- 12.30: The day after tomorrow

Peter Hinssen

When markets speed up, organisations have to think further ahead. Not just about Today and Tomorrow but about their Day After Tomorrow. That’s because focussing on radical innovation is what offers the most long term value: it’s what changes entire markets, industries and even the world. We show organisations what their Day After Tomorrow could be like. It’s about inspiration. But it’s also shock therapy. We’ll introduce you and your team to the extremities of business and technology to rewire how you think, move and innovate.

Speaker: Peter Hinssen, Chairman & Co-Founder, Nexxworks

12.30 - 14.00: Free visit of the fair