DPI Annual Meeting 2019

This year’s Annual Meeting will mark a changeover in DPI’s top management. A key programme item is therefore the farewell to the outgoing Managing Director and the welcome to the incoming Managing Director. We hope that you will be present on this special occasion to bid farewell to Jacques Joosten, who will leave DPI after 14 years of service.

The Annual Meeting will be centred around the theme “The Role of Plastics in the Circular Economy, Today and Tomorrow”. A special programme item will be a panel discussion – moderated by Joris Luyendijk, well-known journalist, author and anthropologist – on a very topical subject: the management of plastic waste, in particular flexible plastic packaging waste. Panel members will be chosen to represent different segments of the plastics value chain.   

The Annual Meeting will also give us the opportunity to highlight the past and present of DPI (new developments, innovations and research in the polymer/plastics industry, the role DPI has played in this field and the history and growth of the DPI collaboration platform) and to look ahead to the future.

Bekijk programma

11.00 uur Registration and coffee
11.30 uur Get to know DPI
Opportunity to learn more about DPI and its activities, including poster presentations by DPI researchers highlighting their current work (the best posters receive the DPI Poster Award).

12.30 uur Lunch + continuation "Get to know DPI"
13.30 uur Keynote lecture – t.b.d.
Thanking the outgoing Managing Director and introducing the new Managing Director. -  Dr. Herman van Wechem Former chair DPI Supervisory Board 
A quarter century of bridging between industry and academia - Prof.dr. Thijs Michels Former Scientific Director of DPI 
Short interviews with the outgoing and incoming Managing Directors. - Joris Luyendijk, MSc Event moderator 

15.30 uur Break
16.00 uur Panel discussion
Plastic waste, in particular flexible plastic packaging waste, is a worldwide problem that is increasingly hitting the headlines. Although all stakeholders acknowledge that there is a problem, when it comes to taking action they point at one another and wait for someone else to take the first steps.

The panel discussion will focus on viable solutions for the management of flexible plastic packaging waste.
Panel members:
•  Dr. Ellen de Brabander, Senior Vice President R&D, Pepsico
•  Prof.dr. John Grin, Programme leader Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance, University of Amsterdam
•  Dr. Shahab Jahromi, Managing director Knowfort Technologies
•  One or two more members t.b.d.

17.00 uur Wrap-up panel discussion
17.15 uur Networking drinks reception
Opportunity to bid farewell to the outgoing Managing Director, Dr. Jacques Joosten, and to meet the new Managing Director 

19.00 uur Conference dinner
Presentation of DPI Poster Award