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Dutch industry has a major ambition: to be fully sustainable by 2050, and to meet tough intermediate targets along the way, most particularly in 2030. To do this, it will need to play a leading transformational role. 

But let’s face it: society at large may have some qualms about industry having such a key role. So industry will need to show that it recognizes fully what’s at stake, and that it’s ready to make the investments required and work with stakeholders across the board to make the energy transition happen. 

“We should see heavy industry, not as a big bad polluter, but as an indispensable partner in building a green future.…The Netherlands must pursue an active policy to green heavy industry. It’s time for a green industry policy.”

Evert Nieuwenhuis

To explore these – and other – urgent issues at this watershed moment, we’re inviting representatives from the world of government and politics, as well as from NGOs, SMEs, and industry to share their points of view and join the conversation at our annual ISPT Conference on November 2. The theme this year is “Industry in Society”. 

Now that COVID-19 restrictions have been relaxed, the ISPT Conference will once again be in-person: please be welcome at the Prodentfabriek, a major event complex in the heart of Amersfoort. 

ISPT Conference 2021

Part of the program will be in Dutch, though of course questions can be put in English, and every effort will be made to accommodate those who would prefer to communicate in English.

What to expect: ISPT Conference 2021

We’re pleased to line up an impressive roster of speakers. The ISPT Conference will be moderated by Dick Weiffenbach, Managing Director at Netbeheer Nederland.

After Dick’s opening remarks, the program will kick off with a video on green industry policy by journalist and researcher Evert Nieuwenhuis, who has worked with the scientific branch of the political party GroenLinks on an ambitious climate plan. 

Each roundtable will be reprised and commented on by Jan Terlouw, former politician and a committed advocate of a greener earth. 

Dick Weiffenbach, directeur Netbeheer Nederland. FOTO EN COPYRIGHT HENRIETTE GUEST

Dick Weiffenbach

Managing Director at Netbeheer Nederland

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Before becoming Managing Director of Netbeheer Nederland in July 2020, Dick Weiffenbach was a partner at EY/HVG Law for more than 20 years, where among things he led the Energy division within EY Netherlands and Belgium. He sees the creation of a sustainable energy system as the most important challenge facing network operators.

Evert Nieuwenhuis

Journalist and researcher

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Evert is a journalist, specialised in sustainability and economics. He has worked with the scientific branch of GroenLinks on an ambitious climate plan. 

Jan Terlouw

Former politician and writer

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Jan is a well-known hysicist, former politician, and writer of essays, thrillers, and children’s books. Since as far back as the 1970s, Jan has been actively involved in nature conservation, and in recent years he has been a committed advocate of a greener earth. 


12:30 Coffee and conference registration
13:30 Welcome and opening – by Dick Weiffenbach
13:45 Roundtable 1: green industry policy (plenary)
14:30 Breakout sessions
15:45 Roundtable 2: sustainable energy (plenary)
16:25 Roundtable 3: circulair raw materials (plenary)
17:05 Wrap-up and closure
17:15 Drinks and talks

Roundtable 1: Green industry policy

The first roundtable discussions will take its cue from the opening video. The discussants will be:

Sanne van Keulen

Director a.i. at the Wetenschappelijk
Bureau GroenLinks

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Sanne is director a.i. at the Wetenschappelijk Bureau GroenLinks (GroenLinks Science Bureau), the think tank for green and left politics.

Donald Pols

Director, Milieudefensie

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Donald has a lifelong commitment to a society in harmony with nature, for the sake both of nature itself and of the society that depends on it. Donalds work on climate justice is animated by the belief that the ambitious climate policy that required will succeed only if it is socially equitable.

David Pappie

Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Climate

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David is director of Top Sectors and Industrial Policy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate. The Directorate is the primary point of contact between the business community and the government and helps to bring about sustainable economic growth.

ISPT Supervisory Board - Gert-Jan de Geus

Gert Jan de Geus

CEO of OCI Nitrogen

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Gert Jan is CEO of OCI Nitrogen where he leads a number of optimization projects various plants. Prior to that he was responsible for all manufacturing and related activities.

Tjeerd Jongsma

Director ISPT

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Tjeerds directorate focuses on sustainability through innovation in processing. He is convinced that we can meet the great societal challenge of the energy and raw materials transition only if we engage with the private sector.

Breakout sessions

After this first discussion, which will be held in plenary session, there will be a number of breakout sessions, organized by theme. This will give ISPT’s consortium partners a chance to discuss key issues in person for the first time in a long time (or in some cases, ever). 

Roundtable 2: Sustainable energy

There will then be a return to the plenary session, for the second roundtable discussion. Discussants will be: 

Martine Hoeksma

Energy Transition Program Manager at Shell Nederland

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Since 2019 Martine has been Energy Transition Program Manager, a role that allows her to indulge her passion for contributing to a better environment, and for building constructive relationships with stakeholders along the way.

Yolanda Verbeek

Plant Manager at Uniper Maasvlakte

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Yolanda is Plant Manager at Uniper Maasvlakte, and Managing Director Uniper Benelux. Through both of these roles she is leading Uniper’s energy transition in the Netherlands. 

Benny Bakker

Area Sales Manager for the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Portugal at DMT

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Benny is Area Sales Manager for the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and Portugal at DMT, a major specialist in upgrading to biogas and the desulphurization of gas and biogas. The development of new adsorption techniques for CO2 and the further development of BIOLNG have been among his areas of focus. 

Aaike van Vught


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Aike is CEO of VSPARTICLE, which sells equipment that allows customers to manufacture nanoparticles and nanostructured materials. He is also a faculty member at SingularityU Benelux, and in 2019 Forbes put him on his prestigious “Forbes 30 under 30 Europe” list. 

Andreas ten Cate

DirectProgram Director System Integration ISPT

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Andreas is Program Director System Integration. He is passionate about spotting opportunities, developing cutting-edge ideas and bringing them to successful implementation with clear business value. 

Roundtable 3: Circular raw materials

The third roundtable will feature the following discussants: 

Eva Helmond

Toekomstonderzoeker at Stichting Toekomstbeeld der Techniek

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One issue that Eva’s research focuses on is how technology can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She has developed the concept “From smart technology to wise technology” for STT. She believe we need to look beyond GDP if we want technological development to be aligned with the SDGs. 

Jurgen Hoekstra

Vice President Benelux and Managing Director BASF Netherlands

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Jurgen is Vice President Benelux and Managing Director BASF Netherlands. His passion for sustainable innovation and safety is reflected not only at BASF, but also in his chairmanship of Veiligheid Voorop (Safety First), which he has held since November 2019. 

Sascha Kersten

Professor at University Twente

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Prof. Dr. Sascha Kersten is full professor Sustainable Process Technology at the Department of chemical engineering, University of Twente. He is specialized in pyrolysis, oils, water, biomass and wood. As chair of the Academic Advisory Board of ISPT he advocates closer cooperation between academic institutions and industry.

Kim Ragaert

Full Professor and Chair of Circular Plastics at Maastricht University

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Kim is a Full Professor and Chair of Circular Plastics at Maastricht University. Her research centers is polymer science, with a focus on areas as concepts of quality for plastic recycling, the effects of contamination on structure-property relations in plastics, and the economics of different recycling technologies and the footprints they create. 

All in all, the day will likely be marked by candid exchanges, but with a view to forging a meeting of the minds. After all, it’s only when we connect and engage that we can make meaningful change happen. 

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And to close: some productive conviviality!

The day will be rounded out by drinks, where participants will have the opportunity both to network and to exchange views, and – who knows? – perhaps come up with new ideas and opportunities for collaboration. 

Please feel welcome to join our liveblog and share your knowledge, insights, and new ideas on your socials using #ISPTConference2021.

The Hydrogen Online Conference is the largest online Hydrogen event in the world. Join the discussion with industry leaders and key decision-makers! 30+ world-class speakers, 100+ exhibitors, 10,000+ Hydrogen professionals live, 150+ countries.

In november en december 2021 organiseert Energeia de Energy Tour 2021. Op 15 november komt het onderwerp infrastructuur aan bod. Op ieders lijstje met no regret-investeringen staat een waterstofbackbone. Maar hoe realiseer je deze infrastructuur tijdig en doelmatig? Het net-op-zee komt aan bod, nu in 2030 niet 11 GW maar 21 GW aan offshore windparken moet verrijzen. Aan bod komen aanlanding, energie-eilanden, windconnectors en andere infrastructurele hoogstandjes. Tot slot richten we de blik op CCS en CO2-transport. Wordt Nederland een CO2-sink en welke kansen en bedreigingen biedt dit? Willen we Duitse CO2 gaan opslaan in NL?

Event logo - NPS17

Time for a live event? An event for the process engineering community in the Netherlands? Yes, we are proud to announce to you the next Netherlands Process Technology Symposium NPS17, where the needs, challenges, and solutions for a sustainable world and the role of process engineering will be conferred. 

The industry is in transition. How can current employees find their way in a changing environment? And what is expected of the future generation of smart employees? During Deltavisie we want to gain more insight into this through talks and discussions.

At ISPT we believe that radical change can be achieved through technological innovation and cooperation. An important part of our work is supporting and promoting SMEs and startups by connecting them to the industry. This with the goal to stimulate the breakthrough innovations that are desperately needed to transform to a CO2-neutral industry.

Funding opportunities

For SMEs and startups the funding opportunities are enormous, whereas the application procedures and expectations are often unclear. To aid SMEs and startups in the process we are organizing an exclusive online workshop on the 24th of June from 11:00 – 12:00. During the workshop we will provide hands-on guidance on grant schemes and successful applications, regulations and subsidies. Experts Tjeerd Jongsma (ISPT) and Rob Kreiter (TKI) will be present for a discussion about expectations from grant providers, the ISPT network and the TKI.

How can I register?

Send an email to Dewi Mooij at dewi.mooij@ispt.eu to register. You will receive a link to participate on Wednesday June 23 the latest.

Sign up before June 18. This is a small-scale webinar and have set a maximum of 30 participants. Participation in the workshop is free of charge. No-shows are not appreciated.

ADCHEM 2021 will bring together researchers and practitioners from all over the world, to facilitate discussions of recent developments in the control and modeling of chemical, biomedical, and other process systems.

Are you a start-up or small and medium-sized company in the energy sector? And are you looking for the financing instrument that best suits your company? After several successful editions, together with New Energy Coalition, the Topsector Energy will organize another Masterclass Finance this year on Thursday April 15.

The Smart Maintenance Skillslab project brings together educational institutes (Avans Breda and ROC Tilburg) and organizations (Actemium, Dimensys, Kuehne + Nagel and Stork) to identify the necessary skills for the maintenance technicians of the future and to ensure that these skills will be taught in (new) educational institutes. The Skillslab shares its results of the first year.

Skillsgaps at mechanics of the future

To be able to perform an activity properly, a person needs competences, knowledge and skills. For example, to be able to make a technical drawing, a person needs spatial insight and creativity (competence), the person must be familiar with the guidelines for technical drawings (knowledge) and the person must be proficient with the drawing software (skill).

A skills gap can arise due to an increase in the need for skills, for instance when a technology is scaled up, the demand for a product increases (and therefore the desired production capacity), technical drawings are adjusted after a maintenance stop, and so on. But a skills gap can also arise due to a decrease in the production capacity, when people retire, switch to another profession or lose their skills by using them too little.

In this Skillslab project we are particularly interested in the skills of the mechanic of the future. A technician who is supported by Augmented Reality (AR) works with digital work instructions and makes maintenance decisions based on condition information. What skills still need to be taught to allow this mechanic to perform his job properly and how can we best teach this?

A pilot: performing maintenance supported by AR

In the spring of 2020, it turned out that Augmented Reality (AR) can be a great option to offer remote support of technicians. If it is not efficient – or allowed – to be together physically, an experienced technician can still remotely monitor and provide support. Few companies have already implemented AR on a large scale, however many organizations have started pilots to explore the added value.

In the Skillslab project, three Avans students, in collaboration with Stork, Actemium and Kuehne + Nagel, carried out a pilot with 20 technicians from Stork and Kuehne + Nagel. The aim of the pilot was to observe which skills the employees master and which they still lack. The test results showed that everyone, young and old, has successfully completed the entire setup. The younger generation needed less guidance in carrying out the tasks and therefore took the initiative themselves to carry out steps. The older generation was a little more careful. However, the following applies to all technicians: with a training of about 1 day, they are capable to work with the AR app (Fieldbit in this case). Additional training – and experience – will probably be required in structurally working with AR glasses/ tool in practice, looking up information with the AR glasses in their own IT systems and in clearly communicating with the technician who is not present physically. However, the main conclusion is: this skills gap must be overcome!

Which skills gap does the maintenance sector experience?

Who better to make a statement about the Skillsgap than the companies in the maintenance sector themselves? That is why two Avans students conducted a survey last year among maintenance departments in the Netherlands to ask how difficult it is to fill a vacancy (and for which positions this is most difficult), how large the inflow and outflow is within the workforce and which new knowledge and skills are most needed.
The results of the study show that in particular new knowledge and skills are required for the new (smart maintenance) technologies which are becoming more digital. In addition, new knowledge is required for the increased regulations regarding safety and sustainability. On average, vacancies remain open for about 3 months of which the positions of Reliability Engineer, Maintenance Technician / Technician and Work Planner remain open the longest. The (national) challenge in particular is to attract young people to the maintenance sector. However, the development in smart maintenance technologies may help to make the sector even more attractive for this group.

An overview of digital teaching methods

Not only the technological possibilities for the maintenance sector have increased, also the technological possibilities for learning have improved. Virtual Reality (VR), 360 ° films, MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses) and learning platforms are some examples. In order to keep seeing the trees among the forest, ISPT has made an overview of the digital teaching methods and the best practices in them.

Read more about Smart Maintenance Skillslab.

The year is almost over. It was an unusual year in which we learned that our capabilities are beyond what we ever thought.

We can simultaniously work from home, teach our children and maintain contact with our network. Admittedly, it was not easy. But it has made us realize that we are capable of more than we sometimes think.

Due to this strange time, digitization has accelerated. We started with online meetings, and shortly afterwards we initiated the online panel discussion Industrie in Gesprek. Little did we know at the time that we would be hosting many more major events later this year – all fully online.

The annual ISPT Conference, the GigaWatt webinar and the NPS17 webinar series are a few examples of how we have been able to connect with you, our network. We really enjoyed that and we want to thank you for your involvement. We hope to continue this contact in 2021 and hopefully soon there will be opportunities to see each other in person once again.

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