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THE EAF CONFERENCE: 12 & 13 DECEMBER 2024

Venue: Hotel Marriott Grand Place, Brussels. Address: Rue Auguste Orts, Grand Place 3-7, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium. Phone number: 0032-2-516 9090. The Christmas Market is right next door.

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 fifty meters from the hotel. Also nearby are 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 with a wide range of prices within easy walking distance. 

Booking your Venue Hotel: To book at the conference rate, click on https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1718885302495&key=GRP&app=resvlink The link is only valid until (and including) 26 October 2024.

Prices

(A) Day One (12 December): Excursion and workshops, incl. lunch and transportation: € 350,-  ex VAT
(B) Day Two (13 December): Conference, incl. deluxe lunch: € 740,-  ex VAT
(C) Day Two (13 December): Gala Night Dinner, including entertainment: € 180,-  ex VAT

Early Bird: only until and including 10 August  2024, option B comes with a € 70,- reduction.

Registration and payment

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: yw@europeanasbestosforum.org. 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 13 December, you can switch quickly and quietly between the simultaneous presentations, so you can choose from sessions A and B exactly what interests you the most!

EAF CONFERENCE PROGRAMME 2024, DAY ONE (12 December 2024)
09.00 – 12.00Excursion, to be announced
12:00 – 13:00Lunch
13:00 – 17:00In collaboration with the British Occupational Hygiene Society, there will be round table debates, interspersed with presentations and workshops by Professor Kevin Bampton (BOHS), Chris Bishop (UKATA), Sean Fitzgerald (FACTS) and others.
EAF CONFERENCE PROGRAMME 2024, DAY TWO (13 December 2024)
08.30 – 09.00Registration and refreshments
09.00 – 09.10Welcome by Dr. Yvonne Waterman LL.M. MFAAM
09.10 – 09.15Introduction of the Chairpersons: Kirsty Budenbender (DSK Environmental) and Adam Harding (ADM Training)
Plenary Session
09.15 – 09.30Opening Speech: The legacy of asbestos in buildings and infrastructure, by Jose Blanco (European Decontamination Institute)
09.30 – 09.50The legacy of asbestos water pipes, by Professor Arthur Frank (Drexel University)
09.50 – 10.10The legacy of asbestos on Australian society, TBA
10.10 – 10.30The impact of asbestos on Belgian society, by Kyoto van Herreweghe (Lydian)
10.30 – 10.50Break and refreshments
10.50 – 11.10Asbestos in schools, by Liz Darlison (Mesothelioma UK)
11.10 – 11.35Deterioration of asbestos cement roofs, by Sean Fitzgerald (FACTS)
11.35 – 12.00Keynote Speech: the asbestos situation in Ukraine. TBA
12.00 – 12.45Lunch break with an exciting exhibition by Tony Rich (‘Asbestorama’), as well as occasion to visit many stands
Session AAsbestos & Its Impact on Society
12.45 – 13.05Achieving justice for global asbestos victims, by Michael Armitage and Charles Siegel (Waters Kraus Paul Siegel)
13.05 – 13.25Exploring novel approaches: ADDRI patient-driven research from mesothelioma diagnosis to treatment, by Dr. Elham Beheshti (ADDRI)
13.25 – 13.45The impact of asbestos in South Africa, TBA
13.45 – 14.05Creating asbestos expertise in Chile, by Professor Roger Willey (ACS Risk) and Cristian Ramirez Lynch (BRISA)
14.05 – 14.25Break and refreshments
14.25 – 14.45The impact of asbestos in Australia and south-east Asia, by Jonathan Walsh (Maurice Blackburn Lawyers)
14.45 – 15.05TBC, by Professor Tim Driscoll (University of Sydney)
15.05 – 15.25Insuring asbestos liabilities, TBA
15.25 – 15.45The asbestos heritage, by Peter Loockx (ETWIE)
15.45 – 16.00Break and refreshments
Session BAsbestos & Professional Perspectives
12.45 – 13.05A transformative asbestos removal case study, by Tobias Hans (Ferraro Group)
13.05 – 13.25Legacy asbestos in concrete, by Wayne Bagnall (Wayne Bagnall Consulting) and Martin Hönig (Wessling Consulting)
13.25 – 13.45The Beirut catastrophe – another 9/11?, by Chris Bishop (UKATA)
13.45 – 14.05An asbestos related innovation, TBA
14.05 – 14.25Break and refreshments
14.25 – 14.45Asbestos developments in Japan, TBA
14.45 – 15.05A challenging case study in Norway, TBA
15.05 – 15.25The impact of asbestos in the military, TBA
15.25 – 15.45Asbestos removal in a war zone, TBA
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
18.15 – 21:00Gala Night Dinner with wonderful entertainment (optional)

NB: Titles and speakers may be subject to change.