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Busworld Academy & IRU Seminars at Busworld Kortrijk 2015

October 19, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - October 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm


Find the more extensive preliminary programme here.

Monday 19.10.2015 – Start 13:00

Opening of the Busworld Academy by :

Mr. Ben Weyts, Flemish Minister for Mobility

Mrs. Jacqueline Galant, Belgian Minister for Mobility

Keynote Speeches by:

Mrs. Magda Kopzcynska, Head of Unit Innovative and Sustainable Mobility, DG Move, representing the European Commission.

Mr. Ananth Srinivasan, Consultant Automotive, Frost & Sullivan: Market Analysis on New Energy Vehicles

High Level Debate for Operators
Chaired by IRU

With confirmed speakers from:
• De Lijn (Flanders), Mr. Roger Kesteloot, CEO
• Global Passenger Network, Mr. Paul Cremers, Board Member
• Keolis, speaker tbc
• United Motorcoach Association, Mr. Victor S. Parra, President & CEO
• American Bus Association, Mr. Peter Pantuso, President & CEO
• PURPLE (India), Mr. Prasanna Patwardhan, Chairman & Managing Director
• Association of State Road Transport Undertakings (India), Mr. Anand Rao, Executive Director
• …

Special Interest Sessions

WINTEX, the use of smart textiles in buses & coaches.
chaired by Ghent University & Ghent University College

AUTOMATION in Passenger Transport, first results of European demonstrations.
chaired by POLIS

Tuesday 20.10.2015 – Start: 09:00

Introductions by:

Mr. Carl Decaluwé, Governor of West-Flanders

Mr. Vincent Van Quickenborne, Mayor of the city of Kortrijk

Keynote Speeches by:

Mr. Umberto Guida, Director European Projects, UITP : Presentation of the European Projects: 3iBS, ZeEUS, EBSF2

Mr. Carlo Mol, Belgian Representative in the International Energy Agency, on behalf of VITO, The Flemish Institute for Technological Research

Mr. Alex Stewart, Associate Director, Element Energy: Market analysis on new energy vehicles

Mr. Carlos Navas, Project Manager, Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking : The future role for fuel cells & hydrogen in passenger transport

High Level Debate for Manufacturers
Chaired by Busworld Academy

with confirmed speakers from:
• Volvo, Mrs. Jessica Sandström, Senior Vice President City Mobility
• Solaris, Dr. Andreas Strecker, CEO
• Van Hool, Mr. Sven Somers, Manager Engineering, CAD, Homologation & Documentation Department.
• VDL, Mr. Peter Wouters, General Director
• IVECO BUS, Mr. Philippe Grand, Institutional Relations Director
• BYD, Ingbrand Ho, General Manager
• …

High Level Debate for Authorities
Chaired by POLIS

with confirmed speakers from:
• BIVV, Mrs. Karin Genoe, Managing Director
• Transport for London, Mr. Mike Weston, Director of Buses
• Metropolitan Transit System San Diego USA, Mr. Julio Ortiz, Director of Fleet and Facility Maintenance
• EMT MAdrid, Mr. Sergio Fernández Balaguer, Head of the European and Mobility Projects
• Transport for Greater Manchester, Mr. Howard Hartley, Head of Bus
• Tisseo Toulouse, speaker tbc
• BKK Budapest, speaker tbc
• Flanders Region, speaker tbc
• DG Mobility & Transport, European Commission, Mr. José Fernandez-Garcia, Policy Officer
• …

Special Interest Sessions

Intelligent Transport Systems, technology solutions for mobility challenges in our smart cities of the future.
chaired by ERTICO

Fire Safety in New Energy Vehicles.
chaired by SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

Regarding the accommodation we have made an agreement with the Holiday Inn Express in Ghent, they have a special discounted offer for Busworld Academy Participants. Here, you can find a reservation form for the hotel. A shuttle service will bring you back and forth to the exhibition centre.


For more information, click here.


October 19, 2015 @ 1:00 pm
October 21, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
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