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Venue: Hotel Marriott Grand Place, Brussels. Address: Rue Auguste Orts, Grand Place 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium. Phone number: 0032-2-516 9090.

Getting there: The four-star hotel/conference venue is situated in the historical heart of Brussels, 30 minutes by taxi from Brussels Airport and only 11 minutes by taxi from the convenient Eurostar terminal at the Brussels Midi (‘Zuid’) station. The subway/metro station Bourse is located underground, some fifty meters from the hotel. Also nearby are spacious parking garages at Paul Devauxstraat 8 (BePark Bourse) and 13, Bisschopsstraat 1 (Parking Brucity) and Rue des Augustins 14-16 (Parking De Brouckère). There are also many other hotels within easy walking distance.

Booking your Hotel

To book your hotel stay at the conference rate, please click here.

The link is only valid until (and including) 30 October 2023.


(A) Day One (30 November): Excursion and workshops, incl. lunch and transportation: € 350,-  ex VAT
(B) Day Two (1 December): Conference, incl. deluxe lunch and drinks reception: € 670,-  ex VAT
(C) Day Two (1 December): Conference dinner, three courses: € 75,-  ex VAT

NB: only during September 2023, option B comes with a € 70,- Early Bird Reduction!


Please send an email detailing the first and last name and company name of each person, also including which options (A, B, C) apply for each person, to: If there are any allergies or particular wishes, please add this information too. An invoice will be returned within a week; registration is concluded on receipt of full payment. Speakers and presentations may be subject to change.

See below for the programme. During the conference afternoon sessions on 1 December, you can switch quickly and quietly between the simultaneous presentations through the connecting door, so you can pick and choose from sessions A and B exactly what interests you the most!

09.00 – 12.00

An excursion to the outstanding Museum of Natural Sciences, starting at 09:00 hours sharp in front of the entrance at the Marriott Grand Place Hotel (venue).

At the museum, Sean Fitzgerald (FACTS) will give a presentation ‘The science of asbestos: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’.  

We will return to attend a presentation and guided tour at approx. 11:30 by Joris Gribnau (Asbestmuseum) of the Asbestos Museum exhibition at the venue. 

12:00 – 13:00Lunch buffet at the venue
13:00 – 17:00

Round table workshops and debate interspersed with presentations and valuable insights from different perspectives (e.g first response, exposure risks from asbestos cement rubble, aftermath, communication,etc.). Topic: Asbestos & Dealing with Disasters.


  • Environmental hazards from past use of asbestos, by Professor Arthur Frank (Drexel University)
  • The importance of communication during calamities, by Frank Peters (Virtus Communications)
  • The Twin Towers Effect: the long-term effects of asbestos calamities, by Sean Fitzgerald (FACTS)
  • The learning curve: dealing with asbestos after a terroristic calamity, by Paul Hewitt & Mark Bush (Transport For London)
  • Management of Asbestos-containing materials dispersed following calamitous events, by Federica Paglietti & Sergio Malinconico (INAIL)
  • More to be confirmed soon.
08.30 – 09.00Registration and refreshments
09.00 – 09.10Welcome by Dr. Yvonne Waterman LL.M. MFAAM
09.10 – 09.15Introduction of the Chairpersons: Nick Garland and Adam Harding
09.15 – 09.30Welcome by Kees Hoppener (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management)
Plenary Session
09.30 – 10.00Opening Speech, by Zuhal Demir (Flemish Minister of Justice and Enforcement, Environment, Energy and Tourism)
10.00 – 10.25Issues with ingesting asbestos, by Professor Arthur Frank (Drexel University)
10.25 – 10.50Being a mesothelioma survivor, by Heather Von St. James
10.50 – 11.10Break and refreshments
11.10 – 11.30Asbestos: a global disaster for the future, by professor Jukka Takala (past President of ICOH)
11.30 – 11.35Why the European Parliament considers the new Asbestos at Work Directive so important, by Dragoş Pîslaru (MEP and Chair of the EU Committee on Employment & Social Affairs)
11.35 – 12.00Keynote Speech: The global relevance of the Asbestos at Work Directive, by Gordana Materljan LLM. (EU Commission DG EMPL)
12.00 – 12.45Lunch break, also with exhibitions by Tony Rich (Asbestorama), Eurofins and the Dutch Asbestos Museum
Session AAsbestos & Its Impact on Society
12.45 – 13.05At the UK Asbestos Crossroads: The Devil is in the Detail, by Kevin Bampton (British Occupational Hygiene Society – BOHS)
13.05 – 13.25To Mars and back: What on earth is good for mesothelioma?, by Professor Steven Kao (Sydney Medical School)
13.25 – 13.45Asbestos in Colombia: Challenges in a post-ban scenario, by Guillermo Villamizar and Professor Manuel Saba (University of Cartagena)
13.45 – 14.05The importance of asbestos statistics and the latest insights, by Jorge Sirgo (Gnarus Advisors LLC)
14.05 – 14.25Break and refreshments
14.25 – 14.45Filing EU Citizen Asbestos Claims In United States Courts, by Michael Armitage & Charles Siegel (Waters Kraus & Paul, LLP)
14.45 – 15.05It is what it is, by Helen Bone (mesothelioma victim)
15.05 – 15.25The Asbestos Museum, the International Asbestos Awareness Foundation and the urgent need to update REACH, by Harry Vonk (BME Opleidingen)
15.25 – 15.45The urgency of global collaborations to eliminate ARD’s, by Kim Brislane (ADDRI)
15.45 – 16.00Break and refreshments
Session BAsbestos & Professional Perspectives
12.45 – 13.05New insights on defining asbestos and asbestiform minerals, by Sean Fitzgerald (FACTS)
13.05 – 13.25Using Artificial Intelligence to improve the ergonomics of asbestos analysis, by Thomas Muller (Eurofins)
13.25 – 13.45Does your reinforced concrete contain asbestos? by Wayne Bagnall MBE (Wayne Bagnall Consulting)
13.45 – 14.05Synergy between AI, asbestos roof inspections and local governance, by Stefan Kempeneers (Interleuven)
14.05 – 14.25Break and refreshments
14.25 – 14.45Removing asbestos between rockets and granades, by Mr. To Be Announced
14.45 – 15.05Update on the Flanders asbestos policy, by Sven de Mulder (OVAM)
15.05 – 15.25The global case to move away from landfill and towards denaturation, by Graham Gould (Thermal Recycling)
15.25 – 15.45Asbestos denaturation by water – and start with eradication, by Inez Postema (Asbeter Holding B.V)
15.45 – 16.00Break and refreshments
Plenary Session
16.00 – 16.30Plenary session: all the speakers from sessions A & B for questions and debate
16.30 – 16.40EAF Special Recognition Award
16.40 – 16.55Special feature
16.55 – 17.00Concluding speech
Photo Session
17.00 – 17.15Group photos of speakers and audience
17.15 – 18.15Convivial closing drinks for networking
18.15 – 21.00Conference dinner (optional)

NB: Titles and speakers may be subject to change