Waterways for smart transport
Challenges & successes
Organized by COVENTURIS and CreaDelta
A one-day working seminar on inland waterways transport took place
with a focus on operation, finance and innovation
The aim was to facilitate business relations in the inland waterways transport sector and to create awareness on the related opportunities considering its growth across Europe and the competitive advantages it can offer compared to other means of transport.
Speakers and attendees represented diversity amongst the whole value chain including SMEs, start-ups, large companies, clusters, research groups, investment firms, pilots, operators, city distributors, etc.
Actionable insights along the day
It started with interactive presentations providing key lessons learned, success stories, addressing challenges and failures and inspiring with innovation and trends.
Leading up to afternoon co-creation workshops where participants actively collaborated in subgroups on the topics of their choice to generate ideas, solve problems, improve working relationships or share feedbacks. Animated with professionals, the interactive workshops stimulated the development of business opportunities and creativity through collaborative working.
Several questions have been addressed such as:
Speakers and moderators
8:30 – 9:00 Welcome coffee and registration
9:00 – 10:30 Morning session 1
Mr. Nick Celis, André Celis
Mr. Bernard Piette, Logistics in Wallonia
Dr. Christa Sys, Holder of the BNP Paribas Fortis chair on transport, logistics and ports at University of Antwerp
Mr. Frans D’Haese, Waterwegen & Zeekanaal
Mr. Emmanuel Maes, Group De Cloedt
Cdt. Yves Houard
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Morning session 2
Mr. Erik De Herdt, Lex.be
Mr. André Hage, DN&T
Mr. Antoon Van Coillie, Blue Line Logistics
Prof. Cathy Macharis, MOBI Research Centre
Mr. Stephane Helsmoortel, Canaleye
Mr. Hervé Verloes, Poolpio
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 16:30 Afternoon session
Each participant will come back with added-value elements aligned with its own centre of interest.
You will be able to address problems in an open environment, challenge ideas and co-create track of solutions that will be exploitable immediately.
Three parallel workshops are foreseen on the following thematics:
For organizations that consider using this transport mode but question the feasibility and would like to know how to start and for those willing to develop further their operations.
For investors and banks interested by this growing sector to diversify their portfolio or for companies looking after solutions to bridge the financial gap.
For actors interested by ICT, operational, technological or cross-sectoral innovations. To discuss new business models and ‘barriers to adoption’.
16:30 – 18:00 B2B Meetings and Networking
Who should attend?
SMEs, Large companies, City logistics companies, Maritime and inland operators, Cargo operators, Shipowners, ICT companies, Banks, Investment firms, BE and EU Authorities.
Presentations and workshops will be in English.
4 October 2016
8:30 to 18:00
Coworking & innovation space
1140 Evere, Belgium
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