Program 2019 ‘Asbestos & Innovation’ – 14 & 15 November 2019, Van der Valk Hotel Oostzaan, Amsterdam

On the afternoon of Thursday 14 November 2019, the EAF conference will host ‘round table’ workshops in which participants will meet many speakers face to face and freely discuss in-depth on a wide variety of asbestos related topics. This has proven to be the ideal formula for meeting relevant specialists, exchanging knowledge and building up lasting networks.

The workshops will take place from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

On Friday 15 November 2019, the EAF Conference will take place, concluded by an optional conference dinner. Please note that speakers and presentations may be subject to change. See below for further details.

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08.30 – 09.00Registration and light continental breakfast
09.00 – 09.15Welcome by Yvonne Waterman (President of the EAF Foundation)

Introduction of the Session Chairmen: Nick Garland (Assure360) and Jasper Kosters (Admanstars)

Plenary Session
09.15 – 09.35Opening Speech, speaker to be announced
09.35 – 10.00What is asbestos?, by Sean Fitzgerald (Scientific Analytical Institute)
10.00 – 10.20Asbestos victim/representative of asbestos victim organisation, to be announced
10.20 – 10.35Break and refreshments
10.35 – 11.15The truth about asbestos diseases: the truth, by prof. Arthur Frank (Drexel University)
11.15 – 12.00Keynote Speech: the impact of asbestos on society, by prof. Jukka Takala
(President of the International Commission on Occupational Health)
12.00 – 12.45Buffet lunch
Photo exhibition by Tony Rich (Asbestorama)
Session A Asbestos and its impact on society. Session Chairman: Nick Garland
12.45 – 13.05A very special asbestos awareness campaign, speaker to be announced soon
13.05 – 13.25How to promote innovation in the field of toxic building materials, by Simon Schneebeli (Bilbau)
13.25 – 13.45Making Asbestos awareness accessible, by Udo Waltman (SGS Search)
13.45 – 14.05Trump, Putin and Today’s Asbestos Industry, by Charles Pickles (Charles Pickles Associates)
14.05 – 14.20Break and refreshments
14.20 – 14.40Pursuing justice in contaminated talc cases, by Brendan J. Tully (Phillips & Paolicelli LLP)
14.40 – 15.00A new testing method for asbestos in talc, by Sean Fitzgerald (Scientific Analytical Institute) and David de Vreede (St. ECAV)
15.00 – 15.20Making Flanders (Belgium) asbestos safe, by Sven de Mulder (OVAM)
15.20 – 15.40The first museum for asbestos awareness: collecting evidence of murderous socio-political strategy, by Joris Gribnau & Harry Vonk (International Asbestos Awareness Foundation)
15.40 – 16.20Panel debate
16:20 – 16.35Break and refreshments
Session BAsbestos & Professional perspectives. Session Chairman: Jasper Kosters
12.45 – 13.05Multistep destruction of asbestos cement using waste
acids, by Huig Bergsma (Asbetter Acids)
13.05 – 13.25Denaturing asbestos – the challenges of innovation, by Graham Gould (Thermal Recycling Ltd.)
13.25 – 13.45Robotic microscopy on the spot, by Jordan Gruber (Frontier Microscopy)
13.45 – 14.05Understanding the science of asbestos remediation, by Gerrie van Beljouw (Belas Asbestverwijdering Uden BV)
14.05 – 14.20Break and refreshments
14.20 – 14.40Setting high standards for new asbestos remediation products: the VIP, speaker soon to be announced
14.40 – 15.00The evolution of the revolution: improving asbestos remediation, by Lloyd Ludlow (Soteria)
15.00 – 15.20The supertech way to prevent asbestos dumping, by Phil Cleary (SmartWater Technology Ltd.)
15.20 – 15.40Increasing the compliance of air monitoring equipment in the asbestos industry, by Will Patrick (FermionX Ltd.)

15.40 – 16.20Panel debate
16:20 – 16.35Break and refreshments
Plenary session
16.35 – 16.40Special Recognition Award
16.40 – 16.45Concluding speech, Yvonne Waterman and Hans van der Wart (KIWA Compliance International)
16.45 – 17.00Group photo of speakers
18.00 – 21.00Convivial closing drinks for networking
18.00 – 21.00Optionally: Conference Dinner