Stikstof: in alle redelijkheid

Year: 2024
Nitrogen: in all fairness
Class of Technical Sciences

Stuurgroep van het Denkersprogramma Stikstof: in alle redelijkheid

Thomas Christensen
Paul De Bruycker
Inez Dua
Hilde Heynen
Egbert Lox
Patrick Maselis
Erik Smolders
Ana Soares
Karel Velle
Kris Verheyen
Willy Verstraete
Siegfried Vlaeminck

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Events 

De Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten organiseert in 2023-2024 de Denkerscyclus Stikstof: in alle redelijkheid / Nitrogen: in all fairness op initiatief van de Klasse Technische Wetenschappen. Coördinatoren zijn Willy Verstraete (KVAB, KTW, UGent), Erik Smolders (KVAB, KTW, KU Leuven) en Siegfried Vlaeminck (UAntwerpen). 

Twee internationale experten Ana Soares en Thomas Christensen gaan zich in samenspraak met een Stuurgroep vanuit de Academie buigen over deze urgente problematiek en trachten om alle betrokkenen in het Vlaamse landschap te horen.

Doorheen tal van activiteiten met stakeholders en experten wordt een brede reflectie beoogd rond het vooropgestelde topic en zal men trachten perspectieven te bieden voor een toekomstig beleid.

Het uiteindelijke denkersrapport zal gepresenteerd worden tijdens een publiek symposium in de Academie in maart 2024.

 

Experten internationaal:

Ana Soares, Professor of Biotechnology Engineering aan de Cranfield University, UK.

Thomas Christensen, Professor of Environmental Engineering aan de Technical University of Denmark.

 

Coördinatoren:

  • Willy Verstraete, Biochemische en Microbiële Technologie UGent, voorzitter FWO (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen)
  • Erik Smolders, Bodem- en waterbeheer KU Leuven, decaan Faculteit Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen
  • Siegfried Vlaeminck, Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen UAntwerpen, hoofddocent

 

Naast de drie coördinatoren zijn de overige leden van de Stuurgroep:

  • Patrick Maselis, CEO Maselis, graanproducten voor de voedingsnijverheid
  • Paul De Bruycker, CEO Indaver, recycling en afvalverwerking i.s.m. Vlaamse Overheid
  • Egbert Lox, Vice-president Umicore R&D, wereldwijde materiaaltechnologie- en recyclagegroep
  • Kris Verheyen, Bio-ingenieurswetenschappen, UGent, hoofd Labo Bos & Natuur (ForNaLab)
Thinkers 
Ana Soares

Professor in Biotechnology Engineering. MEng from Algarve University in Portugal, PhD from Lund University in Sweden. She has 17 years post-doctoral experience doing research focused in municipal as well as industrial wastewater management, proposing innovative and economically feasible solutions to produce high quality effluents and product recovery. She is particularly successful in bridging the gap between science and application, working in close collaboration with industrial and institutional stakeholders. Professor Soares has an h-index of 34 with >75 published peer reviewed publications, >40 invited presentations, acted as main examiner for >25 PhD defences in various countries and has secured over £9M research funding as Principal Investigator. Prof Soares in an IWA Fellow, active member of various national and international committees, such as co-Chair of the IWA Resource Recovery Cluster, the UK Water Industry Forum and advisor to the NET-ZERO Roadmap for Scottish Water and the ReWater Project with Aarhus Vand in Denmark.

Thomas Christensen

Professor in environmental technology. M.Sc. from DTU, PhD from University of Washington, Seattle, and Dr.Agro. from the University of Copenhagen. Has been a researcher in waste management and related aspects for more than 40 years, specifically within environmental assessment of waste management systems (founder of the waste-LCA-model EASEWASTE/EASETECH), leaching from waste and groundwater pollution at landfills. Has also worked with waste characterization, incineration, biological treatment, and utilization of waste and sludge on land and use of ashes in civic construction. In recent years focus has been on carbon-capture for storage and utilization. Has collaborated with municipalities, institutions and companies in Denmark as well as abroad. Has published several international books on waste. Has published more than 250 international scientific journal contributions and has been cited more than 25 000 times; H-index 75. Member of the Danish Academy of Technical Sciences.