Welcome event CES&T Students 2016

What: Welcome to all students of the study programmes CES&T
Who: Open to all students following the programmes supported by the CES&T
           MSc Environmental Sanitation | Ma Technology for Integrated Water Management | Ba & Ma Industriële wetenschappen: Milieukunde | MSc Environmental Technology and Engineering | ManaMa Milieusanering & Milieubeheer | Ma Bio-Ing. Milieutechnologie
When: 3 October 2016 at 7pm 
Where: Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure Links 653, Ghent, Block E, Room Oehoe

Registration: please click here

18h30-19h00: Doors open
19h00-19h10: Introduction (Prof. Ingmar Nopens)
19h10-19h40: Guest lecture Prof. Guido Persoone
                        “Is chemical analysis sufficient for the evaluation of the hazard of environmental pollution?”                     
19h45-20h45: Interactive discussion sessions covering different critical environmental topics
20h45-22h00: Networking reception + matchmaking for MSc thesis

Environmental discussion topics:

1. Let’s learn together about regulation in a fun way. Do you dare to leave your (technological) comfort zone?
Sexy topic, isn’t it? Although in your study you mainly focus on technical issues, regulation will always be important in your career. Let’s make the link and discuss the bigger picture. As environmental standards and regulations are nowadays different in every country, should there be an effort to move towards global standards and regulations? If not, is the localized approach really sufficient? What is your opinion, perception on regulation?

2. Farming simulator: we want you to invest in sustainable agriculture
If you were Warren Buffet with an affinity for sustainable agriculture, where would you invest your millions? Sustainable agriculture covers a lot of aspects, from water to oil consumption, from low to high-tech solutions. What is the most efficient path to make agriculture more sustainable as a whole?

3. Blue future: seas and oceans for research, innovation and growth
Should the seas and oceans be treated as drivers for the economy, and investments be targeted at developing sectors that have a high potential for sustainable jobs and growth?

4. Transfer of environmental technology to the developing world
It occurs that developed countries nowadays invest in making state-of-the-art technologies 1% more efficient. People worry about micro-pollutants and drinking bottled water vs tapwater. At the same time, people in developing countries might have to think about how many kilometers they have to cover the next morning just to get some water, about drought or about the conditions of their water source. The question arises, how should technology be transferred between these levels? Should this start from the basics, such as basic sanitation, sewers and low-tech solutions? Or should the transfer of cutting-edge technologies be priority?

5. Environmental informatics: opportunity for improved decision-making or threat for individual freedom and privacy?
Model-based decision tools are on the rise, also in environmental policy formation. Do we trust in these with our decision making? Are these sufficient to govern decisions that affect such a complex matter as the environment?

6. Silent killer: the dangers of indoor air pollution
‘Home sweet home’ goes the saying, yet is that always true? Indoor air pollution is an important topic that a majority of people is oblivious about. What are the dangers, how can one raise awareness on this and, last but not least, how can these dangers be abated?

7. E-waste: the Table of Mendeleyev in your backyard
What currently happens to all that electronic waste and how could this be improved in the future?

8. Contaminated soils: sticking our heads in the sand?
Soil pollution is sadly omnipresent, yet it does not receive an equal amount of attention. Is this problem being underestimated, are we sticking our heads in the sand? Moreover, how to solve these issues and make solving them, e.g. brownfields, more worthwhile?

9. 50 shades of green: critical discussion on the word 'sustainable'
The word ‘sustainable’ is currently being over-used: gasoline with 10% ethanol and hybrid cars with a low coverage on electricity are hailed as sustainable solutions and therefore made fiscally attractive. In reality, they often do not make a significant difference regarding environmental impact. How can this situation be tackled? Do some countries perform better in this than others? Which is the leading example and how does one raise awareness on this? In the same respect: is resource recovery sustainable in the true sense of the word?

10. Invisible killer: dealing with micropollutants
Although water purification occurs at a sufficiently high performance level nowadays in order to protect the waterways from our pollution, still more and more problematic components are being discovered, termed micropollutants. Does water purification need a new ‘revolution’ and target these components? How do we tackle the issues related with these micropollutants?