Welcome event CES&T Students 2017

What: Welcome to all students of the study programmes CES&T
Who: Discussions are hosted for all study programmes affiliated with CES&T: 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: 17 October 2017, starting at 5h30 pm
Where: Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Coupure Links 653, Ghent, Block E, Room Oehoe

Registration: please click here

17h30-18h00: Doors open
18h00-18h10: Introduction (Prof. Ingmar Nopens)
18h10-19h10: Keynote lectures:
                        Prof. dr. Kala Vairavamoorthy - Executive Director of the International Water Association
                        Marc Despiegelaere - External relations and communication PROTOS vzw                     
19h20-20h20: Interactive discussion sessions covering different critical environmental topics
20h20-22h00: Networking reception + matchmaking for MSc thesis


Environmental discussion topics:

Each student can choose up to three of the discussion topics below. We are looking forward to seeing many of you at the discussion table and hear your thoughts on these issues!

1. The ‘North-South’ discrepancy: how to transfer knowledge and develop the 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?

2. 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?

3. What's for dinner? How to feed the growing population
The ever increasing rise in population poses the question on how to house our new fellow humans and, more importantly, how to feed them. Would GMO's be a solution? Should we restructure the polluting food industry, which also takes up a lot of area, and push them towards production of single cell proteins or, in colloquial terms, edible bugs? How should we consider the difference of population growth in different countries in our proposed measures?

4. 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?

5. 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?

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?