G-STIC 2019 Industry Night Programme

Industry Night tickets let you participate in a whole range of exciting activities. Starting from 16:00 onwards, you can visit the G-STIC Technology Exhibition. Or you can join a deep dive session on "Integrated technological solutions for circular innovation" organised by the Belgian technology sector federation Agoria at 17:00.

The Industry Night will officially open at 18:50, while the "World of Flavours" walking dinner will start at 20:00.

Industry Night session

Integrated technological solution for digital circular innovation

Chairperson: Karl Vrancken


The circular economy is a complex transition to tackle. A number of companies of all sizes and in all sectors have already experimented with ad hoc experiments or have implemented circular principles. It helps underlining the potential, but so far the number of outspoken circular strategies is still limited.

Given dependency on critical resources, the manufacturing industry has most to gain from switching to a circular economy. Maturing digital technologies help as necessary enablers to tackle complexity, as was discussed at G-STIC2017 and 2018. Bridging manufacturing and digital industries might be key to achieve the envisioned acceleration and upscaling of circular possibilities and proven practices with an eye to limiting resource dependencies and supply risks, but also with an eye to achieve the 2050 goals set by the Paris Agreement.

Servitisation is one of the strategies within a circular approach that is of growing interest to many companies, as it offers many advantages ranging from resource management, over customer connection, to insight in product usage over the lifecycle.

Session approach:

This deep dive session is organised by the technology sector federation Agoria. It kicks off with 2-3 company presentations, to have a view and testimonial from both manufacturing and digital industry, and also brings a reflection from an EU point of view. Mature companies are challenged by a number of digital start-ups and niche frontrunners in the manufacturing industry.

In a panel debate the invited speakers tackle questions such as: how to tweak the existing linear model step-by-step to a more circular approach? Which digital technologies will speed up the innovation in circular manufacturing? Is servitization the next big thing, and can it be more than ‘As A Service’? What roles can norms and standards play to guide or boost this evolution? Should governments, industries and science & knowledge institutes interact more on this matter? Which digital skills are needed to reap the full potential?

Case study

Pascale Van Damme, VP & GM for Dell EMC in Belux

Case study

Annika Hedberg, Senior Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

Case study

Frederik Wouters, Business Development & Sales Executive Verhaert (TBC)

Kicking off the debate

Two challengers:

- Guido Smits, CSO Data Stories (TBC)

- Jeroen Franssen, Agoria

Interactive discussion with the speakers, challengers and the audience

Industry Night session

The SDGs as business opportunity

Opening of the industry night
Climate change – The biggest business opportunity in human history

As the world’s leading source of climate solutions, Project Drawdown identifies, reviews, and analyses the most viable solutions to climate change and shares these findings with the world. Project Drawdown is shifting the global conversation about climate change from “doom and gloom” defeatism to one of possibilities, opportunities, action, and empowerment.

Chad Frischmann
A blueprint for sustainable growth

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan sets out to decouple growth from its environmental footprint, while increasing a positive social impact. The plan has three major goals to achieve, underpinned by nine commitments and targets spanning social, environmental and economic performance across the value chain, and focuses Unilever’s efforts on those areas where they can drive the biggest change to support the achievement of the SDGs.

Sophie Souied-Soussan
Oceans and the blue economy

As oceans cover 70% of the earth’s surface, they provide a huge potential for addressing a wide range sustainable development challenges across the globe. With oceans and seas playing a major role in climate regulation, blue technologies are an important driver for economic growth with a clear shift towards innovative and sustainable solutions.

Alain Bernard
A business model for sustainability in the beer industry

Sustainability isn’t just part of AB InBev’s business. It is AB InBev’s business, and includes specific goals that will have measurable, positive impact on local communities. Through its 2025 Sustainability Goals, AB InBev connects farmers to technologies and skills, ensures water access and quality in high-stress communities, partners with suppliers to increase recycling content, and adds renewable energy capacity to regional grids.

Richard White
Health for Humanity

Johnson & Johnson aspires to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity. Johnson & Johnson’s UN SDG 2020 Commitment complements its own Health for Humanity 2020 Goals, which focus its citizenship and sustainability efforts where Johnson & Johnson can achieve the greatest impact.

Sonja Willems
Walking dinner and networking

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