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Please find here the final programme of PolyTalk 2018.

DAY 1 Thursday 26 April 2018

11:00 – 12:30

Registration and welcome lunch

12:30

Welcome
Karin Helmstaedt, Moderator

12:30 - 12:50

Welcome Words
Hon. José A. Herrera, Minister for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Malta

12:50 - 13:05

Setting the Scene
Plastics, a sustainable material with a challenge
Daniele Ferrari, President, PlasticsEurope; Chief Executive Officer, Versalis

13:05- 14:05

Interactive Dialogue
Marine litter: a scientific perspective

  • François Galgani, Project Manager, French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER)
  • Richard Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology, Plymouth University

14:05 – 14:25

Networking coffee

14:25 - 15:35

Moderated Panel Discussion, followed by Q&A
Tackling a global challenge

  • Vijay Merchant, Senior Adviser for the Environment, PLASTINDIA Foundation
  • Abdulwahab Al-Sadoun, Secretary General, The Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA)
  • Daniel Yaw Mensah Tornyigah, Director, Policy and Sustainability, Federation of Plastic Manufacturers, Recyclers and Users, Ghana (FePMRUG)
  • Heike Imhoff, Head of Division “Protection of the Marine Environment”, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Federal Republic of Germany
  • Crispian Lao, Vice Chairman and Private Sector Representative to the Recycling Industry, National Solid Waste Management Commission, Republic of the Philippines
  • Steven Russell, Vice President, Plastics Division, American Chemistry Council (ACC)

15:35 -15:40

Video Message
Priorities of the Austrian EU Council Presidency
Elisabeth Köstinger, Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, Federal Republic of Austria

15:40 – 16:25

Moderated Panel Discussion, followed by Q&A
The European path forward towards a cleaner marine environment

  • Stefanie Werner, Scientific Officer for the Marine Protection Unit, German Environment Agency (UBA)
  • Haitze Siemers, Head of Unit Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment, DG MARE, European Commission
  • Alan Deidun, Marine biologist, university academic and Ocean Ambassador for Malta, University of Malta and International Ocean Institute (IOI - Malta)

16:25 – 16:45

Networking coffee

16:45 – 18:00

Moderated Panel Discussion, followed by Q&A
Shared Strategies for the Mediterranean region: issues and challenges

  • Stefano Ciafani, President, Legambiente, Italy
  • Gaetano Leone, Coordinator, UN Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan-Barcelona Convention Secretariat
  • Yavuz Eroğlu, President, Turkish Plastics Industry Federation (PAGEV); President of MEA & Turkey, Waste Free Oceans Foundation (WFO)
  • Edward Sultana, Co-founder of pressure group "No To Plastic Malta"

18:00 – 18:10

Summary and closing words - day 1
Karin Helmstaedt, Moderator

18:10 – 22:00

Networking cocktails, followed by Buffet Dinner
Reef Club Pavilion

Welcome words
Daniele Ferrari, President, PlasticsEurope; Chief Executive Officer, Versalis

DAY 2 Friday 27 April 2018

8:30 – 9:00

Registration and coffee

9:00

Welcome
Karin Helmstaedt, Moderator

9:00 – 9:15

Keynote Speech
Global Industry’s commitments
Jim Seward, Chairman, World Plastics Council and Vice-President JV and International Business, LyondellBasell


9:15 - 9:30

Introduction
The Global Plastics Alliance & Plastics 2030 – PlasticsEurope’s voluntary commitment to increase circularity and resource efficiency
Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope

9:30 - 10:45

Pitching Industry Efforts, followed by Q&A
Preventing Plastics Litter in the Environment - a value chain effort

1. PlasticsEurope's work on Marine Litter Solutions

  • Anne-Gaëlle Collot, Senior Manager, Environmental Affairs, PlasticsEurope
  • Dorothea Wiplinger, Sustainability Manager, Borealis AG, Chair of PlasticsEurope Marine Litter Solutions Working Group

2. Operation Clean Sweep®

  • Gesa Junghanns, Governmental Affairs Manager, Covestro Deutschland AG
  • Maxim Remchukov, Sustainability Manager, SIBUR
  • Luc Arnouts, Director International Relations & Networks, Port of Antwerp
  • Dilyana Mihaylova, Projects Manager for Marine Plastics, Fauna & Flora International (FFI)

10:45 - 11:05

Networking Coffee

11:05 - 12:30

Moderated Panel Discussion, followed by Q&A
Improving Resource Efficiency and Accelerating Innovation to Increase Circularity - Innovation

  • Irene Diez, General Manager, ECOALF Foundation
  • Guido Sonnemann, Professor for Sustainable Chemistry, University of Bordeaux, and Vice Chair, Forum for Sustainability through Life Cycle Innovation (FSLCI)
  • Marco Faimali, Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Science of Genoa, National Research Council (ISMAR-CNR), Italy & Nikoleta Bellou, Research Scientist, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Oceanography (HCMR-IO)
  • Julien Boucher, Partner, Shaping Environmental Action & Carole Dubois, Senior Consultant, Quantis
  • Philippe Diercxsens, Packaging & Environment Manager, DANONE Beverages Division
  • Joao Sousa, Marine Programme Officer/Project Manager, IUCN

12:30 - 12:35

Video Message
Matthieu et Quentin, Cycle to Recycle
Two cousins cycling the world to spotlight plastic waste solutions

12:35 - 13:00

Keynote Speech
Europe’s commitment & Plastics Strategy
Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

13:00 – 13:30

Networking Lunch

13:30 - 14:40

Creating Awareness and Changing Behaviour
Introduction
Lesley Henderson, Senior Lecturer in Sociology & Communications, Institute for the Environment, Health & Societies, Brunel University London

13:40 - 14:30

Moderated Panel Discussion, followed by Q&A
Creating Awareness and Changing Behaviour

  • Allan Thomas Williams, Geologist, Chartered Engineer & Scientist
  • Helmut Schmitz, Director Communication & Public Affairs, Duales System Holding (DSD) - Der Grüne Punkt
  • Maria Westerbos, Director, Plastic Soup Foundation
  • Lesley Henderson, Senior Lecturer in Sociology & Communications, Institute for the Environment, Health & Societies, Brunel University London
  • Simon Bernard, Expedition Leader, Plastic Odyssey

14:30 - 14:40

Keynote Speech
Alternative views on waste collection & recycling – global experiences

Costas Velis, Lecturer, Resource Efficiency Systems, School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds

14:40 - 15:25

Moderated Panel Discussion, followed by Q&A
Improving Resource Efficiency and Accelerating Innovation to Increase Circularity - Resource Management

  • Crispian Lao, Vice Chairman and Private Sector Representative to the Recycling Industry, National Solid Waste Management Commission, Republic of the Philippines
  • Leon Jacobs, Sustainability Leader, SABIC Europe
  • Michael Scriba, Managing Director, mtm plastics GmbH and mtm compact GmbH, member of Borealis Group
  • Christian Crépet, Executive Director, Petcore Europe
  • Ziad Abichaker, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Cedar Environmental, Lebanon
15:25 – 15:30

Wrap-up and Closing remarks
Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director, PlasticsEurope