Speakers

Anne Ritschkoff

Vice President at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland

Dr. Ritschkoff has over 30 years´ working experience in various research and management positions. She haseen at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, a globally networked, multi technological not-for-profit research organization, since 1987 and holds currently a position of Senior Advisor, circular economy and bioeconomy. I have more than 100 scientific publications from the fields of biotechnology, materials science and natural resources. Her previous position as VTT´s Scientific Director & CTO have given her a solid background and competence in different technologies, scientific disciplines, foresight and innovation related activities. She promote senthusiastically new, sustainable solutions and radical innovations for the benefit of the society and economy.

Beat Karrer

Managing Director at FLUIDSOLIDS® Biocomposites

Designer For over 25 years Beat Karrer has been developing and designing new solutions for products, applications and spaces. Inventor Innovation justifies itself on the strength of added value: it makes products and applications more flexible, stable, ecological, and cost efficient. FluidSolids® Biocomposites meet all these requirements. Entrepreneur To bring the patented technology to market, in 2011 Beat Karrer founded FluidSolids® AG, which produces and sells the novel Biocomposites.

Christian Patermann

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

Christian Patermann has spend 11 years as Director at the European Commission, including Director for Environment and Sustainability, and in recent years responsible for Biotechnologies, Agriculture, Food. He is considered the "father" of the European bioeconomy, because under his leadership this concept was introduced at a major conference in Europe in September 2005, under the concept of Knowledge Based Bioeconomy ( KBBE ), which today is known as biobased Economy or more simply Bioeconomy in Europe. He now advises public and private institutions and companies, among them the largest German Land NorthRhine-Westphalia , the Fraunhofer Society, the Swiss Agricultural Research Council etc.

Costas Bekas

AI Research Coordinator at IBM

Costas Bekas, Distinguished Research Staff Member and Mgr. Foundations of Cognitive Systems IBM Research - Zurich, is responsible for foundational research in the fields of Scalable AI systems and new computing paradigms. Costas focuses on the use of AI for the advancement of Technical R&D, which combines knowledge extraction and representation, AI based modelling of physical systems with large scale numerical simulations to accelerate scientific discovery. Costas studied with Prof. E. Gallopoulos in Patras (1998-2003, PhD) and with Prof. Y. Saad in Minneapolis (2003-2005). He joined IBM in 2005. Costas is a recipient of several best paper awards as well as the PRACE AWARD (2012) and the ACM Gordon Bell Prize (2013, 20015).

Karine Vandoorsselaer

Professor at Universiteit Antwerpen

Karine Van Doorsselaer is industrial ingeneer chemistry with speciality plastics. She has got a PhD Ecology in 1999 at the university of Brussels. For 4 yeras, she worked in the polymerlab of Exxon Chemical Antwerp. She teaches "Materials Science" at the Product Development department of the University of Antwerp, where she guides future designers through the world of materials and how they can design products in an environmentally responsible way. For more than 25 years, she regularly gives lectures on conscious sustainable consumption and follows the development of ecodesign.

Ludwik Leibler

Professor at ESPCI

Ludwik Leibler is Distinguished Professor at École Supérieure de Physique et Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) in Paris. Ludwik’s research is devoted to soft matter physics and chemistry. During the last decade, Ludwik and his team discovered a self-healing supramolecular rubber that self-repairs by simple contact after being cut, a new class of organic materials, called vitrimers, and a new method of gluing biological tissues. Ludwik has received number of honors and awards from various French and international organizations and is a member of the French Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering (USA).

Malcom R. Mackley

Professor at University of Cambridge

Malcolm Mackley is a Cambridge University Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering and he has worked within the area of polymer and plastics processing for over forty years specialising in the fields of polymer rheology, innovation and new processes. During this time he has belatedly realised that the growth of single use plastics and packaging has created a global plastics pollution problem that now urgently needs to be addressed. He has spent the last two years “in the tranquillity of his retirement” researching plastic usage, recycling and reusage options and has identified major National policy inconsistencies and conflicts on how best to move forward in the field of plastics use and reuse.

Maurizio Crippa

CEO at gr3n SAGL

Maurizio Crippa, PhD in Materials Science, CEO, founder and inventor of the gr3n technology. I worked many years in academia where I have had the chance to accumulate a wide-ranging academic and research experience in solid state physics, organic and inorganic chemistry with special regard to the development of functional and structural materials such as organic materials for opto-electronic, conductive polymers and hybrid inorganic materials for different applications. My interests re-focused on providing technological solutions to solve environmental issues.

Rudolf Koopmans

Director at Plastics Innovation Competence Center

Rudolf J Koopmans currently works at Koopmans Consulting GmbH. He is also Former member of the Dow Chemical Company, he has 35 years of industrial experience in R&D. Director of the Plastics Innovation Competence Center in Fribourg, Switzerland. Rudolf does research in Physical Chemistry, Plastics materials Science and Plastics Processing. Current projects 'Bio-inspired self-assembling synthetic organic materials'. Plastic materials modelling, and Enhancing plastics functionality and application.

Tom McLeish

Professor at University of York

Tom McLeish, FRS, is Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics and also in the Centre for Medieval Studies at the University of York, UK. His research in ‘soft matter and biological physics,’ is highly interdisciplinary, including industrial collaboration. He has published at academic and popular levels in theology/science and humanities/science issues including the books Faith and Wisdom in Science (OUP 2014) and The Poetry and Music of Science (OUP 2019). He is currently Chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee and a Trustee of the John Templeton Foundation.

Tonny Bosman

CEO at SupraPolix BV

Tonny Bosman holds a PhD degree in chemistry from the Eindhoven University of Technology (Prof. Dr. E.W. Meijer, 1999). After a short stay at the IBM Almaden Research Center in the US, he co-founded SupraPolix BV (Eindhoven, the Netherlands). Currently, he is involved in the development of supramolecular polymers based on SupraPolix’ proprietary technology (SupraB™-polymers) resulting in applications in adhesive films, self-healing materials, cosmetics, and biomedical materials.