Debate - Act - Change 16-17 March 2016 Brussels (Belgium)
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Programme PolyTalk 2016 - DAY 1

Posted on February, 01 2016


Day 1 – Wednesday 16 March

11:00 - 13:00
Registration and welcome lunch
Exhibition Tour


13:00 - 13:05 Welcome
Moderator: Laura Shields, Brussels Director, The Media Coach


13:05 - 13:15 Plastics, a sustainable material with a challenge
Setting the scene by Patrick Thomas, President, PlasticsEurope and CEO, Covestro


13:15 - 13:40 Marine litter: are there solutions to this global environmental problem?
Keynote by Prof Richard Thompson, Plymouth University


13:40 - 14:05 Circular economy and rethinking the future of plastics
Keynote by Andrew Morlet, CEO, Ellen MacArthur Foundation


14:05 - 14:20 Coffee break 


14:20 - 14:45 The European marine strategy framework directive 
Keynote by Marianne Wenning, Director for 'Quality of Life, Water & Air', DG Environment, European Commission
14:45 - 15:55 Regional issues and solutions - Panel debate:

  • Mehmet Ceylan, Deputy Minister of Environment and Urbanisation, Turkey
  • Bart Tommelein, Secretary of State for the North Sea, Federal Government of Belgium
  • Stefanie Werner, Scientific Officer, Federal Environment Agency, Germany
  • Ulf Bjornholm, Head, Brussels Liaison Office, UNEP
  • Patrick Thomas, President, PlasticsEurope and CEO, Covestro
  • Marianne Wenning, Director for 'Quality of Life, Water & Air', DG Environment, European Commission
15:55 - 16:25 Networking break


16:25 - 16:40 Mission Zero - making products from waste
Keynote by Rob Boogaard, CEO, Interface EMEA


16:40 - 17:50 Pathways towards solutions - Panel Debate:

17:50 - 18:00 Summary & closing words day 1


18:00 - 19:00
Networking drinks at exhibition area


19:00 - 22:30 Evening programme & dinner
Welcome by Patrick Thomas, President, PlasticsEurope and CEO, Covestro - Exclusive Platinum Sponsor of PolyTalk 2016
Dinner speech by Roz Savage MBE, ocean rower, environmental advocate, writer and speaker



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Day 2 – Thursday 17 March