The first CAPTURE conference was a true success! A perfect mix of science, interaction, food, drinks, inspiration and optimism!
On October 22nd, 109 scientists of Ghent University, University of Antwerp and VITO exchanged information on themselves and their research via speed dating sessions, presentations, pitches and posters. Top science and fruitful interactions made this a real boost for the CAPTURE community.
On October 23rd, about 200 scientists, policy makers, industry representatives and interested citizens attended the official CAPTURE ceremony. Research director Ignace Lemahieu (UGent) and TechTransfer manager Wim Van Camp (UGent) stressed the importance of CAPTURE for research and valorisation at UGent. Mayor and deputy-mayor of Ghent Mathias De Clercq and Sofie Bracke and Deputy of the Province of East-Flanders Kurt Moens indicated CAPTURE as a catalyst for co-creation in cleantech in the region of Ghent. Keynote speaker Janez Potocnik inspired the audience with his plea for radical changes towards a real circular economy. CAPTURE founding father Korneel Rabaey was excited to give an update on the CAPTURE platform and CAPTURE building. Afterwards, vicerector Silvia Lenaerts of the University of Antwerp and VITO R&D director Walter Eevers, demonstrated the enthusiasm of their institutions to join forces with Ghent University in CAPTURE to really make a difference for Flanders on the CAPTURE topics. The ceremony was concluded with the signature of the CAPTURE partnership agreement between UGent, UAntwerpen and VITO. The reception afterwards gave the audience the opportunity to interact and to get in contact with some ongoing CAPTURE projects in the region of Ghent.