VITO organises its annual Clean Vision Summit at the Bijloke in Ghent on Tuesday 14 June 2022. We will be highlighting sustainable technologies that help companies and industries with the development of more efficient business processes, innovative products and smart services for their clients.

Don't miss your chance to discover the latest opportunities in sustainable technology for your business and register now! The Clean Vision Summit is an all-day event. All presentations will be in English.

The programme

Expect insights and demonstrations from VITO experts and specialists from the market, sharp debates on topical issues and networking opportunities with our experts and potential partners to grow your business in a sustainable way.

VITO's Clean Vision Summit 2022 will be organised around four themes:

Energy solutions for the future
VITO energy solutions

The transition towards a safe, sustainable and affordable energy system is on its way. Our research includes materials and components up to the level of complete energy systems, business models and strategies

The circular and bio-based economy in practice
VITO circular economy

VITO helps governments and companies to make the transition to circular thinking and develops circular business models. We also support innovation that transforms waste streams into raw materials and basic materials for new or existing products.

How can we do more with less water?
VITO water management

The Blue Deal was launched as a series of measures to prepare Flanders against water scarcity and drought. VITO's contribution include its water-related tools and innovation projects such as the Water barometer, the WaterArchitect and the Nature Value Explorer

Preventive and personalised healthcare
VITO personalised health

Preventive and personalised are the characteristics that will define the health system of the future. It will be participatory, data and technology driven, respecting the privacy of citizens. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 09:30 to 10:00

09:30 to 10:00

Registration & coffee

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Registration & coffee

09:30 to 10:00 14 Jun

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 10:00 to 10:10

10:00 to 10:10

Kick-off Bruno Reyntjens, Commercial Director VITO

Bruno Reyntjens

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Kick-off Bruno Reyntjens, Commercial Director VITO

10:00 to 10:10 14 Jun

Bruno Reyntjens

Commercial Director VITO

Bruno Reyntjens has been VITO’s Commercial Director since 2017. His career has been versatile with jobs in business development, business and product management as well as product development. Bruno has held international positions, focussing on the functionality of gluten protein at Amylum’s R&D lab in Aalst, on fine chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem/Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno focuses on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards a more valorization driven research organization that meets the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates VITO’s international activities. He holds a degree in bioscience engineering from Ghent University.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 10:10 to 11:00

10:10 to 11:00

How can we save the planet and the economy? Bond Beter Leefmilieu, Voka, FPS Public Health, VITO

Peter Wittoeck

Yelter Bollen

Bruno Reyntjens

Frank Beckx

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How can we save the planet and the economy? Bond Beter Leefmilieu, Voka, FPS Public Health, VITO

10:10 to 11:00 14 Jun

Debate with representatives of Bond Beter Leefmilieu, VOKA and VITO​

Peter Wittoeck

Director Federal Climate Change Service

Peter has headed the Climate Change Service at the Environment Directorate-General within the Federal Public Service Health since 2003. In that capacity he serves a dedicated team of about 25 climate policy experts, federal civil servants committed to preparing and implementing Belgian, European and international climate policy, in close dialogue with all other actors in the field.  He chairs the Belgian Coordination Working Group on Greenhouse effect of the Coordination Committee for International Environmental Policy (CCIM-CCPIE), where the federal and regional governments of Belgium prepare common positions for the international climate negotiations. 
Peter has been heading the Belgian delegations to the UNFCCC negotiations for close to 20 years and represents Belgium in the Working Party for International Environment Issues (Climate Change) of the Council of the European Union.
He regularly lectures on international, European and Belgian climate change policy at different Belgian universities.
For more information on the federal Climate Change Service: see www.climatechange.be 

 

Yelter Bollen

Policy expert climate & environmental tax, Bond Beter Leefmilieu

With a doctorate on European and Belgian political economy, Yelter Bollen keeps his finger on the pulse of climate policy. He keeps one eye on the overarching challenges for 2030 and 2050, the other on the nitty gritty of how to get there. Yelter advocates a root and branch policy: an investment marathon for sustainable solutions and a socially just environmental tax.

Bruno Reyntjens

Commercial Director VITO

Bruno Reyntjens has been VITO’s Commercial Director since 2017. His career has been versatile with jobs in business development, business and product management as well as product development. Bruno has held international positions, focussing on the functionality of gluten protein at Amylum’s R&D lab in Aalst, on fine chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem/Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno focuses on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards a more valorization driven research organization that meets the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates VITO’s international activities. He holds a degree in bioscience engineering from Ghent University.

Frank Beckx

Director of the Knowledge and Lobby Center, Voka

Frank Beckx is the Director of the Knowledge and Lobby Center of Voka, the Flemish employers’ association. He is also Board Member of the Science Center Technopolis and member of the STEM Platform advising the Flemish Government on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) issues.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 11:00 to 11:30

11:00 to 11:30

Keynote Juan Carlos Alonso – Strategy for sustainable innovation at Bekaert​

Juan Carlos Alonso

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Keynote Juan Carlos Alonso – Strategy for sustainable innovation at Bekaert​

11:00 to 11:30 14 Jun

Juan Carlos Alonso

Strategy for sustainable innovation at Bekaert

Juan Carlos Alonso joined Bekaert on 1 July 2019. He began his career in 1998 with the Boston Consulting Group where he led projects in Mexico, the US and Australia. In 2006, he joined CEMEX, a global building materials company, to take up the assignment of Global Corporate Strategic Planning Manager, based in Spain. He joined the Comex Group in 2010 as Vice President of Sales & Operations for the US Western Region, before he moved to the Belgian lime and minerals company Lhoist Group where he held various business development and strategy leadership positions with increasing responsibility and scope.

In 2017, Juan Carlos moved to the Imerys Group as Head of the Americas and development regions for the Group’s Monolithic Refractories division and, in parallel, as Global Head of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing for the High Temperature Solutions business.

Juan Carlos Alonso, Mexican national, holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, US.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 11:30 to 12:30

11:30 to 12:30

Visit Tech Fair

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Visit Tech Fair

11:30 to 12:30 14 Jun

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 12:30 to 13:30

12:30 to 13:30

Lunch

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Lunch

12:30 to 13:30 14 Jun

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 13:30 to 14:30

13:30 to 14:30

Technology pitches

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Technology pitches

13:30 to 14:30 14 Jun

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 14:30 to 15:00

14:30 to 15:00

Coffee break

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Coffee break

14:30 to 15:00 14 Jun

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 15:00 to 16:00

15:00 to 16:00

Technology pitches

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Technology pitches

15:00 to 16:00 14 Jun

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 16:00 to 16:30

16:00 to 16:30

Keynote 2 - to be announced

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Keynote 2 - to be announced

16:00 to 16:30 14 Jun

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 16:30 to 16:40

16:30 to 16:40

Wrap-up

Bruno Reyntjens

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Wrap-up

16:30 to 16:40 14 Jun

Bruno Reyntjens

Commercial Director VITO

Bruno Reyntjens has been VITO’s Commercial Director since 2017. His career has been versatile with jobs in business development, business and product management as well as product development. Bruno has held international positions, focussing on the functionality of gluten protein at Amylum’s R&D lab in Aalst, on fine chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem/Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno focuses on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards a more valorization driven research organization that meets the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates VITO’s international activities. He holds a degree in bioscience engineering from Ghent University.

Tuesday, June 14, 2022 - 16:40 to 18:00

16:40 to 18:00

Networking reception

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Networking reception

16:40 to 18:00 14 Jun

Conference speakers

Ann De Bie

Moderator
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Ann De Bie

Moderator

Ann De Bie is a senior journalist for VRT NWS, the newsdesk of Belgium’s Dutch speaking public broadcaster. Mostly she works for the TV-news, but she also writes articles for the news site and occasionally she works for the radionews. She has a wide experience, from political and cultural coverage to recently climate-related issues. Ann is a historian, speaks English, French, Spanish and Dutch.  

Marleen Rombouts

Senior researcher, Coating and Shaping Technologies group, VITO
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Marleen Rombouts

Senior researcher, Coating and Shaping Technologies group, VITO

Dr. ir. Marleen Rombouts graduated with a master’s degree in Materials Engineering in 2001 and obtained in 2006 a PhD in Engineering Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) in the field of 3D printing. From 2006 to 2016 she worked as a researcher in the Laser Materials Processing group at VITO. In 2016 she joined VITO's Coating and Shaping Technologies group. Her areas of expertise are powder metallurgy (including 3D printing and coating) and materials development for CO2 capture & conversion. She is responsible for the research track on CO2 capture at VITO’s Sustainable Materials Department. She is a principal member of CAPTURE (capture-resources.be) where she is (co-)leading the CO2 capture & separation program. 

 

Peter Wittoeck

Director Federal Climate Change Service
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Peter Wittoeck

Director Federal Climate Change Service

Peter has headed the Climate Change Service at the Environment Directorate-General within the Federal Public Service Health since 2003. In that capacity he serves a dedicated team of about 25 climate policy experts, federal civil servants committed to preparing and implementing Belgian, European and international climate policy, in close dialogue with all other actors in the field.  He chairs the Belgian Coordination Working Group on Greenhouse effect of the Coordination Committee for International Environmental Policy (CCIM-CCPIE), where the federal and regional governments of Belgium prepare common positions for the international climate negotiations. 
Peter has been heading the Belgian delegations to the UNFCCC negotiations for close to 20 years and represents Belgium in the Working Party for International Environment Issues (Climate Change) of the Council of the European Union.
He regularly lectures on international, European and Belgian climate change policy at different Belgian universities.
For more information on the federal Climate Change Service: see www.climatechange.be 

 

Roel Vleeschouwers

Business & relationship development manager VITO
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Roel Vleeschouwers

Business & relationship development manager VITO

Roel Vleeschouwers started his career at Hydrochem, heading its environmental laboratory, and then spent 9 years at Ecowater Watrex as a sales manager in the industrial water treatment department. He joined VITO in 2005 and has since worked as a business development manager in the business unit Sustainable Chemistry. Roel holds a degree in Applied Chemistry and Environmental Sciences from KU Leuven. 

Yelter Bollen

Policy expert climate & environmental tax, Bond Beter Leefmilieu
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Yelter Bollen

Policy expert climate & environmental tax, Bond Beter Leefmilieu

With a doctorate on European and Belgian political economy, Yelter Bollen keeps his finger on the pulse of climate policy. He keeps one eye on the overarching challenges for 2030 and 2050, the other on the nitty gritty of how to get there. Yelter advocates a root and branch policy: an investment marathon for sustainable solutions and a socially just environmental tax.

Serge Peeters

Business & relationship development manager, VITO/EnergyVille
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Serge Peeters

Business & relationship development manager, VITO/EnergyVille

Serge Peeters joined EnergyVille in 2016, as part of VITO’s Energy Technology Unit. Serge’s charter is the development of business activities linked to the electrical storage systems. With a strong technical background in electronics and his extensive experience in product and business relationship management, he contributes to the valorisation trajectory for VITO’s technologies, research activities and test lab services. His capability in identifying and engaging with the right stakeholders in the battery value chain, led to the development of a new battery management concept recently introduced and referenced as the SmartCell.  

Prior to joining VITO/EnergyVille, Serge Peeters spent almost 24 years of his career in electronics and semiconductor companies, more specific in technical, pre-sales and product marketing roles. Serge has a deep knowledge of electronic systems and especially in microprocessors, spending 10 years as field application engineer for the Intel embedded components (like Pentium, i386ex, USB devices, PCI chip set, MLC Flash memory and CAN-Bus controllers). More recently in 2012, he started a mission of 4 years to create and develop the commercial activities of a newly accredited test lab for the testing and certification of PV panels in Belgium, with ambitions for the testing activities in other renewable energy application segments.

Marianne Stranger

R&D project coordinator VITO
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Marianne Stranger

R&D project coordinator VITO

Metin Bulut

Business & relationship development manager VITO
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Metin Bulut

Business & relationship development manager VITO

Metin Bulut is an expert in the field of catalysis and started his career in the petrochemical industry. He joined VITO in 2010 where he was involved in several research projects related to process intensification. Next to his technological expertise, Metin has relevant experience in market analysis, techno-economic analysis and technology benchmark for sustainable chemistry applications. He has been working as a business development manager at VITO since 2014. Metin holds a doctoral degree in bio-engineering from KU Leuven. 

 

Bruno Reyntjens

Commercial Director VITO
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Bruno Reyntjens

Commercial Director VITO

Bruno Reyntjens has been VITO’s Commercial Director since 2017. His career has been versatile with jobs in business development, business and product management as well as product development. Bruno has held international positions, focussing on the functionality of gluten protein at Amylum’s R&D lab in Aalst, on fine chemistry and biofuels at Proviron in Hemiksem/Ostend and on technical polyurethane foams for different niche applications at Recticel in Wetteren. At VITO, Bruno focuses on the transformation of a strongly research driven organization towards a more valorization driven research organization that meets the innovation needs of companies and governments. Bruno also coordinates VITO’s international activities. He holds a degree in bioscience engineering from Ghent University.

Kris Broos

Business & relationship development manager VITO
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Kris Broos

Business & relationship development manager VITO

Dr. Kris Broos graduated as an environmental engineer in 1999 and obtained a PhD in Applied and Biological Sciences in 2003 at KU Leuven (Belgium). After 5 years of environmental research at the CSIRO Land and Water in Australia, Kris moved back to Belgium to work at VITO, the Flemish Institute for Technological Research. With a track record of more than 30 SCI papers and a strong involvement in several large EU projects (H2020, FP7, Interreg, EIT Raw Materials), Kris has become an expert on Sustainable Materials Management. His field of expertise is the transformation of inorganic waste streams into new resources and products. In particular, the recycling of construction and demolition waste, metal slags, and industrial waste streams have been some of his focus areas. Kris has been closely involved in the latest revision of the waste legislation for Flanders, under the authority of the Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM). Currently, he is exploring a new strategic research line on the use of sensor-based technologies and machine learning for the inline characterization of heterogeneous waste streams.  

Juan Carlos Alonso

Strategy for sustainable innovation at Bekaert
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Juan Carlos Alonso

Strategy for sustainable innovation at Bekaert

Juan Carlos Alonso joined Bekaert on 1 July 2019. He began his career in 1998 with the Boston Consulting Group where he led projects in Mexico, the US and Australia. In 2006, he joined CEMEX, a global building materials company, to take up the assignment of Global Corporate Strategic Planning Manager, based in Spain. He joined the Comex Group in 2010 as Vice President of Sales & Operations for the US Western Region, before he moved to the Belgian lime and minerals company Lhoist Group where he held various business development and strategy leadership positions with increasing responsibility and scope.

In 2017, Juan Carlos moved to the Imerys Group as Head of the Americas and development regions for the Group’s Monolithic Refractories division and, in parallel, as Global Head of Strategy, Business Development and Marketing for the High Temperature Solutions business.

Juan Carlos Alonso, Mexican national, holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Panamericana, Mexico City, and an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, US.

Jan Vaes

Programme manager sustainable chemistry VITO
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Jan Vaes

Programme manager sustainable chemistry VITO

Dr.ir. Jan Vaes holds a master’s degree in materials science and engineering from KU Leuven (Belgium), where he also completed his PhD in electrochemistry.  He started as a corrosion consultant to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries before joining imec as an R&D engineer in 2005. In this role, he developed process steps for semiconductor and solar cell manufacturing.  In 2012 he started as Technology Director at Hydrogenics On Site Generation division, where he led to the development and engineering of alkaline and PEM water electrolysis systems, from basic component research to full system integration. Since 2018, Jan has been a programme manager in VITO’s Sustainable Chemistry business unit, focusing on electrosynthesis of chemicals and e-fuels for energy storage.

Frank Beckx

Director of the Knowledge and Lobby Center, Voka
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Frank Beckx

Director of the Knowledge and Lobby Center, Voka

Frank Beckx is the Director of the Knowledge and Lobby Center of Voka, the Flemish employers’ association. He is also Board Member of the Science Center Technopolis and member of the STEM Platform advising the Flemish Government on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) issues.

Elfi Goesaert

R&D VITO
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Elfi Goesaert

R&D VITO

Elfi Goesaert holds a doctoral degree in Psychology, doing research in the field of neuroscience on visual perception at KU Leuven (Belgium). After a couple of years as a postdoc looking at the organization of the visual cortex using machine learning techniques, she switched tracks and started at Domus Medica on out-of-hours care. In 2016, she became project manager ICT and eHealth, and worked on several federal and Flemish projects on eHealth and the digitization of healthcare (e.g. medication scheme, GDPR and secure communication in health, eHealth training for health care professionals,… ) , and became vice-chair of the Vitalink Consultation Committee in 2019. She co-managed the digitization of the Domus Medica Health Guide, and started collaborating on the BIBOPP project. In 2021, she joined the VITO Datascience Hub to further develop projects in personalized medicine and prevention.   

Dries Van Gheluwe

Business Development Advisor, Port of Antwerp
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Dries Van Gheluwe

Business Development Advisor, Port of Antwerp

Dries Van Gheluwe is Business Development Advisor at Port of Antwerp. He is responsible for the development of the NextGen District in which investors are attracted, according to a predefined scope and criteria, including sustainability and circularity. In his role, he also encourages the integration of the various companies on the NextGen District. This involves looking at synergies, cluster reinforcement and integration of the operations. 

Carolin Spirinckx

Activity leader VITO/EnergyVille
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Carolin Spirinckx

Activity leader VITO/EnergyVille

Carolin Spirinckx is activity leader of the team developing sustainability solutions within the built environment, coordinator of several EU projects, and plays an active role in several arenas promoting the transition to a sustainable and circular built environment.

Tom Van Haren

Geologist, VITO
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Tom Van Haren

Geologist, VITO

Tom Van Haren (MSc) graduated as a geologist in 2007 and obtained a Master degree of Environmental Sciences and Technology in 2009. At VITO he has mainly been working on the development of 3D geological models with focus on raw materials and city scale modelling. Currently he is leading a 3D modelling project that brings into focus the urban subsurface of the Antwerp area. An urban subsurface model is a useful starting point to support decision-makers in managing the city’s subsurface. With "Down2Earth" Tom wants to present and explain subsurface data in one central place, so that at an early stage project planners get a better idea of the expected situation of the subsurface and what this means in terms of risks and opportunities for their project. 

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