MateriNex launch event on 18 June

Find out how MateriNex will shape and support sustainable materials research in Flanders, what the roadmaps are that are being deployed and how you can contribute yourself.

Are you a stakeholder in sustainable materials research in Flanders? Then don't miss the MateriNex launch event on 18 June in the afternoon. Participation is free. Registration is required.

The event will be held in Dutch. However, the short pitches (on relevant expertise, project ideas, opportunities for cooperation) during the breakout sessions can be in English. Would you like to pitch? Please indicate this in the registration form.

Please note that all pitch slots for the 'Materials for battery technology' and 'Materials for building and construction' breakout sessions are taken.


  • Registration (13h - 13h50)
  • Plenary session (13h50 - 15h30)
    • Welcome by Peter Vercaemst (VITO - CEO office and Public Affairs)
    • Keynote by Tomas Wyns (VUB - Institute for European Studies): Materials for a Climate Neutral Europe
    • Launch of MateriNex by Annie Renders (VLAIO - cluster manager) and Inge Neven (VITO - CEO)
    • Explanation on MateriNex by Johan Vangrunderbeek
    • Academic and industry stakeholders' views by Marlies Van Bael (UHasselt - Director of the Institute for Materials Research) and Wouter Crijns (ResourceFull - Managing Director)
  • Breakout sessions per roadmap with keynote, roadmap presentation, opportunity for short pitches in Dutch or English on relevant expertise, project ideas, opportunities for cooperation (15h45 - 17h)
    • Materials for battery technology 
      • Keynote: Wouter IJzermans (Batteries European Partnership Association (BEPA) -  Executive Director)
      • Pitches - all pitch slots are taken
        • Annick Hubin - Vrije Universiteit Brussel
        • Arjen Mascini - Universiteit Gent
        • Dirk Vangeneugden - VITO
        • Dries De Sloovere - IMO-Imomec
        • Isabelle Tolleneer - CRM Group
        • Jonas Hereijgers - Universiteit Antwerpen 
        • Laszlo Farkas – Siemens & Roald De Meyer  - Novali
        • Noshin Omar - ABEE
        • Tim De Schryver - YouPower bv
        • Tine Derez - Universiteit Antwerpen
    • Materials for building and construction 
      • Keynote: Wouter Crijns (ResourceFull - Managing Director)
      • Pitches - all pitch slots are taken
        • Aart Willem van Vuure – KU Leuven

        • Adriaan Debruyne – Material Mastery

        • Bernard Vanderheyden – CRM Group

        • Kurt Scheers  – Indaver

        • Niels Hulsbosch – Buildwise

        • Pascal Lava – MatchID

        • Ruben Snellings –  KU Leuven

        • Sven Van Caimere –  Owens Corning Foamglas

        • Wim Van den bergh – University of Antwerp

    • Strategic and critical raw materials
      • Keynote: Karen De Boeck (Veolia - Non Ferrous & Energy from Waste Supply Manager)
      • Pitches
        • Anna Matveeva – Siemens Industry Software NV & Giovanna Sauve – KU Leuven

        • Griet Lannoo – CRM Group

        • Gwenny Thomassen – Universiteit Gent/ Universiteit Antwerpen

        • Karel Van Acker – KU Leuven

        • Laurenz Schröer – Universiteit Gent

        • Mathias Chintinne – Aurubis

        • Vera Meynen – Universiteit Antwerpen

        • Wim Maervoet – Flanders Metals Valley

        • Xochitl Dominguez Benetton – VITO

  • Networking drink and marketplace (17h - 18h30)


The MateriNex launch event will take place at Vestar, Lamorinièrestraat 53 – 2018 Antwerp:

  • Within walking distance of train stations Antwerpen-Centraal and Antwerpen-Berchem.
  • Indoor and secure bicycle parking with possibility of charging your bike.
  • Ample reserved free parking underneath the building (150 cars) with possibility of charging. 
    The vestar car park is located at Lamorinièrestraat 53. You can enter on your left just behind a small wooden building. Tell the parking attendant that you are coming for the event. You can park on level -2 and take the Papyrus exit. This will take you to the main entrance. 

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Registrations for the event are closed.

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