In 2019 the EU has published directives on the strategy for plastics in a circular economy accompanied by a set of action plans to develop a sustainable European industry. A world of 7.6 billion inhabitants cannot function anymore without plastics but each world citizen will need to face and take part in changing the ways plastics are produced, used and re-used in a circular, sustainable way.

The Plastics Innovation Competence Center (PICC) invites you to attend the Plastics Update 2019 Conference:

Plastics for a Circular Economy.

​​International speakers are highlighting the main ambitions of the EU strategy and present implementable actions to address the challenges for realizing a sustainable circular economy for plastics.

Three topics are expanded upon:

  • Design for Recycle,
  • Biomass-based Plastics,
  • Innovative Plastics.

​The 4th Plastics Update Conference informs on state-of-the-art thinking and proposes technology that can make a difference to transform industry and engage ensuring humanity can continue to enjoy the benefits of planet and plastics in a sustainable way.

Plastics Innovation Competence Center​​​​

Passage du Cardinal 1
Bâtiment A, Halle 1
CH-1700 Fribourg
www.picc.center
​​info@picc.center​

Speakers

Anne Ritschkoff

Anne Ritschkoff

Vice President, VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Ltd
Beat Karrer

Beat Karrer

Managing Director, FLUIDSOLIDS® Biocomposites
Christian Patermann

Christian Patermann

Former Director EU Commission and Advisor to the German Government for Bioeconomy
Costas Bekas

Costas Bekas

AI Research Coordinator / Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Research
Karine Vandoorsselaer

Karine Vandoorsselaer

Professor, Universiteit Antwerpen
Ludwik Leibler

Ludwik Leibler

Professor, ESPCI
Malcolm Mackley

Malcolm Mackley

Professor, University of Cambridge
Maurizio Crippa

Maurizio Crippa

CEO, gr3n SAGL
Rudolf Koopmans

Rudolf Koopmans

Director, Plastics Innovation Competence Center
Tom McLeish

Tom McLeish

Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of York
Tonny Bosman

Tonny Bosman

CEO, SupraPolix BV

Program

08:30
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 15 min

Welcome and Introduction

08:45
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 15 min

PICC: a view into the future

Rudolf Koopmans (Speaker) Director, Plastics Innovation Competence Center
09:00
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 60 min

Opening session: Plastics for a Circular Economy

The development of the circular Bioeconomy and its implications for plastics - Food for thoughts !

Christian Patermann (Speaker) Former Director EU Commission and Advisor to the German Government for Bioeconomy
10:00
30 min

Coffee break & networking - Morning

10:30
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 30 min

Circularity to PET, Evolution or Revolution?

Nowadays the plastic recycling is affected by down-cycling where the functionality of the material is lost along the value chain. Are technological solution to avoid this phenomenon and doing up-cycling? Chemical recycling of PET open this possibility.

Maurizio Crippa (Speaker) CEO, gr3n SAGL
11:00
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 30 min

Plastics in a circular economy

Opportunities and concerns of the use of plastics in the circular economy are discused. The implementation of ecodesign guidelines encourages the closing of the cycles.

Karine Vandoorsselaer (Speaker) Professor, Universiteit Antwerpen
11:30
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 30 min

Helping to make the world a better place using plastics

In a similar way to the development of climate change issues, most of the world is now very aware that single use plastic cannot be allowed to continue to grow at its current rate and nearly all plastic products are increasingly being viewed with suspicion. Plastic resin manufacturers, processors and consumers will now have to access how globally sustainable use of plastics can be achieved and this will necessarily involve significant societal changes and existing plastics sectors changing the way they operate

Malcolm Mackley (Speaker) Professor, University of Cambridge
12:00
Hall Auditoire Joseph Deiss - UniFR 90 min

Lunch

13:30
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 30 min

Molecular Engineering of Bio-inspired Fibre-spinning from Silk Protein Design and Rheology

Molecular Engineering of Bio-inspired Fibre-spinning from Silk Protein Design and Rheology

Tom McLeish (Speaker) Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of York
14:00
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 30 min

Renewable feedstock as sustainable alternative for new plastic economy

Renewable feedstock as sustainable alternative for new plastic economy

Anne Ritschkoff (Speaker) Vice President, VTT TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND Ltd
14:30
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 30 min

Turning waste into value

Revolutionary solutions are needed in order to solve the global plastic problem. Based on FluidSolids' technology the opportunities and challenges of novel materials made from organic waste and by-products are illustrated.

Beat Karrer (Speaker) Managing Director, FLUIDSOLIDS® Biocomposites
15:00
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 15 min

Coffee break & networking - Afternoon

15:15
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 30 min

Cognitive Discovery: Pushing the Frontier of Technical R&D with AI

Cognitive Discovery is an overarching framework that uses AI to achieve scientific knowledge extraction and representation, to intelligently design and guide simulations, in order to drastically accelerate the pace of scientific discovery. Cognitive Discovery targets to accelerate scientific workflows in technical disciplines and provide a new generation of tools. The workflows follow the cycle: a) Massive literature review in order to understand the problem at hand. Literature refers to all aspects such as mathematical modelling, solution methods, actual computer models and HPC deployment. b) Enrichment of literature data with experimental data and formation of hypotheses. c) Running simulations to test hypotheses and generate new knowledge in order to close any knowledge gaps. All three phases suffer today major disruptions. Simply put: the volume of new literature is exploding (e.g. roughly 450K new publications in materials science are published every year, tens of thousands of papers in numerical and HPC methods need to be reviewed). IoT advances as well as advances in measuring all aspects of HPC systems create an explosion of data. High fidelity models lead to massive configuration spaces the complexity of which clearly outpaces our capability to scale and efficiently run modern HPC systems. We will showcase how AI can help dramatically improve this setting and lead to a massive acceleration for scientific discovery.

Costas Bekas (Speaker) AI Research Coordinator / Distinguished Research Staff Member, IBM Research
15:45
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 30 min

Polymeric Healing

Biomedical polymers and self-healing

Tonny Bosman (Speaker) CEO, SupraPolix BV
16:15
Auditorium Edouard Gremaud 30 min

High-performance vitrimers

Vitrimers are permanent covalent networks that can be processed when heated. They can potentially combine high performance of thermosets and recyclability and processability of thermoplastics.

Ludwik Leibler (Speaker) Professor, ESPCI
16:45
75 min

Poster session

17:00
60 min

Aperitif

Sponsors

Registration

Regular

CHF 375

This fee includes: - access to the conference - access to the conference's App - access to the Lunch - access to the apero and coffee breaks

SPC Members

CHF 325

This fee includes: - access to the conference - access to the conference's App - access to the apero and coffee breaks - access to the lunch

Student

CHF 65

This fee includes: - access to the whole conference - access to the conference's App - access to the Lunch - access to the coffee breaks

Cancellations should be made in writing at info@picc.center before the 15th of October 2019. After this deadline, the registration is not refunded.

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