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Plastic fantastic? How Antwerp is cooperating to keep plastics out of the river Scheldt

Plastic fantastic? How Antwerp is cooperating to keep plastics out of the river Scheldt

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We are pleased to invite you to the launch event of the new AMS Alumni Chapter on SDG Leadership (ACSL): Plastic fantastic? How Antwerp is cooperating to keep plastics out of the river Scheldt which will take place on November 9th at our AMS Campus.

During our launch-event and based on the SDG6 (Clean water & sanitation), SDG14 (Life below water), SDG 17 (Partnerships for the goals), we will explore how Antwerp is cooperating to keep plastics out of the River Scheldt by giving a short overview of the problem of global plastic pollution as well as a scientifically grounded approach to systematically reduce it. Building on this, we will give an introduction to the actions and initiatives related to this in the area of Antwerp and its port.

About Riverine Plastic pollution

Riverine plastic pollution is the main driver of marine plastic pollution which has evolved into a severe global environmental problem that can be considered as a planetary ecological boundary threat. Additionally, the river Scheldt is transporting plastic waste to the North Sea. As such, plastic pollution of the Scheldt is already a subject of research and concrete action which has brought together multiple organizations in Antwerp, such as businesses and industry, governmental and non-governmental organizations, universities, and research institutes, most of which are connected to the Antwerp Management School. Due to the complexity and importance of the problem, both research and actions need to be intensified in the near future. This will require a coordinated effort by partnerships of all relevant organizations and people.

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About The Alumni Chapter on SDG Leadership (ACSL)

The purpose of the ACSLis to inspire and enable the development of leadership on the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. It aspires to bring together all relevant stakeholders on societally relevant issues. Through enabling the exchange of knowledge, experiences, visions, and ideas, the ACSL wants to be a force for good with impact.

Interested in joining this new initiative?

We are looking for enthusiastic AMS alumni or students from any background or education eager to contribute to the success of this chapter. If you want to find out more, please send an email to Dirk to express your interest!

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Contact the Rockstar Team!

Dirk Pauwels
ACSL Initiator
AMS Alumnus Executive Master of Enterprise and IT Architecture
2012
dirk.pauwels@ams.ac.be

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Prof. Lars Moratis
Chapter Ambassador
Chair in Management Education for Sustainability, Professor of Sustainable Business

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Practical Info

Date: 09 November 2021
TIme: 18:30 - 22:30

Location: Antwerp Management School, Boogkeers 5, 2000 Antwerp.

Price (incl. btw, talks & networking reception):

  • AMS Alumni: 35 EUR
  • Bring a friend: AMS Alumni can register with a partner for 70 EUR total, bringing a friend at our exclusive alumni price!
  • Non - Alumni: 50 EUR
  • Group Tickets: (5 or more): 40 EUR per ticket (for companies interested in purchasing 5 tickets or more - please contact Emmanuelle Duval).

Detailed Program

18:30 Welcome & Registration

19:00 Introduction by Prof. Dr. Steven De Haes, Dean, AMS

19:05 The Economic Relevance of Plastics in the Port of Antwerp by Jolijn Dupont, Business Development Advisor at Port of Antwerp

19:15 A comprehensive approach to reducing riverine plastic pollution in the river Scheldt by Dirk Pauwels, Initiator Alumni Chapter on SDG Leadership & PhD-candidate AMS

19:30 Measurement of plastic pollution and future initiatives, Prof. Dr. Ronny Blust, Vice-Rector Research University of Antwerp & Bert Teunkens, PhD-researcher, University of Antwerp

19:45 Plastic catcher in the river Scheldt near Temse/Bornem, Magali Bruggeman, Business Development Manager, DEME

20:00 Preventing plastic waste by creating awareness and involving our youth, Koos Hogeweg, Stuurman, Stormkop & Lot Saldien, Stuurvrouw, Stormkop

20:15 The road ahead: Panel-discussion and questions by the audience

Moderator: Rozanne Henzen, Researcher Sustainable Transformation Lab, AMS & Circular Economy Expert

• Prof. Dr. Steven De Haes, Dean Antwerp Management School

• Prof. Dr. Ronny Blust, Vice-Rector Research University of Antwerp, Professor in Environmental Toxicology

• Vincent Van Dyck, Environmental Expert, CA/ES – Environmental Services, Havenbedrijf Antwerpen/Antwerp Port Authority

• Bert Teunkens, PhD-researcher, University of Antwerp

• Magali Bruggeman, Business Development Manager, DEME

• Koos Hogeweg, Stuurman, Stormkop

• Dirk Pauwels, Initiator Alumni Chapter on SDG Leadership & PhD-candidate AMS

20:45 Start networking reception

22:00 End