Materials scientist and polymer processing engineer by background, prof. dr. Kim Ragaert is an associate professor at Ghent University. Her research domain is ‘Sustainable Use and Recycling of Polymers and Composites’ at the Department of Materials Textiles and Chemical Engineering. She leads and participates in several (inter)national recycling projects, alongside a variety of industrial partners, policy makers and other academia. Prof. Ragaert is the chair of the Plastics to Resource pipeline within CAPTURE, a Resource Recovery platform wherein she creates synergies with colleagues active in thermochemical recycling, polymer design for recyclability, food packaging, waste logistics, sorting/decontamination and LCAs.
She will use her scientific background, international involvement in various recycling projects and experience at CAPTURE, to share technological solutions and discuss technology’s potential in combatting plastics marine pollution.