Annick Castiaux, University of Namur (UNamur)

Speaker, Professor, Management Sciences

Annick Castiaux has a PhD in Physics realised under the auspices of the Belgian National Foundation for Research (FNRS). After several post-doctoral projects supported by the European Union, she decided to join the private sector. During 4 years, she worked as a consultant in Information and Knowledge Management for I.R.I.S. SA, an spin-off company located in Louvain-la-Neuve. This experience gave her some knowledge of public and private organisations and their difficulties to manage technological changes. In 2002, she came back to the university as a Professor of Innovation and Technology Management.





Bernard HanquetBernard Hanquet, BEP (Economic Office of the Province of Namur)

Speaker, Head of Environment Department

Bernard Hanquet is agronomist engineer. He has got a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences after being Researcher for 6 years at Gembloux Agro BioTech. After then, he joined a consultancy office where he carried out consulting and training missions in the field of environmental management within various sectors and sizes of business. He acquired a strong knowledge in environmental regulations and management systems (ISO 14001 / EMAS). He joined BEP – Environment Department in 2008 as Coordinator for environmental certifications. Since 2011, he is Head of Unit “Industrial processing and project design”, especially in charge for the operation and the technical monitoring of units for waste processing and recycling (composting, anaerobic digestion, shredding/sorting plant for bulky waste and wood waste, landfill post-closure care) and for project designs (infrastructure, site remediation, soil studies, renewable energy, permit applications files, ...).





Loïc Boulon, UQTR

Speaker, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Director of the Research Department of the International laboratory on hydrogen energy, Loïc Boulon has got a PhD in Engineering sciences majoring in electrical engineering.

Loïc Boulon is currently teaching in the Department of electrical and computer engineering.





Julie Henry UNamur

Julien Henry, University of Namur (UNamur)

Ph.D. Student in Computer Science Didactics in UNamur - Ph.D. student and Lecturer in ULiege

Julie Henry is a chemist, a graduate of the University of Namur, and a computer scientist. She is a specialist in computer science didactics and Ph.D. student in this field, with a particular interest in tangible computer science. She is a researcher at the Faculty of Computer Science of the University of Namur on topics such as digital literacy, computer thinking, teaching programming to novices and teaching artificial intelligence to young people. She is also Ph.D. student in digital technologies didactics at the Faculty of Psychology, Logopedics and Educational Sciences of the University of Liege, where she is particularly interested in teacher training. To date, it has trained no less than 1000 teachers in computer and digital technologies. She is in charge of the Didactics of Computer Science and ICT course as part of the Form@TICEF university certificate at the University of Liege.





Simon Barnabe

Simon Barnabé, Université du Québec at Trois-Rivières

Moderator, Professor, Resource Recovery

Barnabé is an industrial microbiologist with masters and a Ph.D. degree in water sciences from INRS-ETE in Quebec, Canada. He is a senior professor at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) in Quebec, Canada where he holds an Industrial Research Chair in Environment and Biotechnology and jointly holds the Industrial Research Chair in Regional Bioeconomy and Bioenergy with one of his colleagues. He is the scientific director of the Institute of Innovations on eco-materials, eco-products, and eco-energy at UQTR and he is an active member of many research centers and networks in Canada and around the world. His research activities are dedicated to relaunch regional economies and to revitalize local infrastructure and expertise through diversification of biomass products. Through his industrial researches and partnerships, his team has developed good expertise in areas such as biomass fractionation, 2nd and 3rd generation biofuels, biomaterials and bioingredients. With his team of 20 students and professionals, he searches to maximize benefits from resource recovery by applying a unique community-based biorefining approach. He is also known to favor university-college-industry-city synergy in all of his projects, which accelerate his researches and allow him to cover the entire chain of value of biobased products and materials. Indeed, he is now involved in land development and circular economy by being a scientific counselor for many cities or regions.



Haissam Jijakli

Haissam Jijakli, University of Liège 

Urban Agriculture, another way to grow

For 8 years, Prof. H. Jijakli, develops a new axis of research on urban agriculture at the University of Liège (ULiege), Campus Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech. Several national and international research projects are underway in the area, with a view of results transfer. He created the Research Centre in Urban Agriculture (www.agriculture-urbaine.be) which develops and studies production modules in - and outdoor for urban communities and individuals (gardens, modules of indoor vertical production, aquaponics systems like PAFF BOX,...) but also for professionals (aquaponics at pilot-scale, rooftop greenhouses). The characterization of aquaponics microbiota for their plant care properties is under progress. He also developed a Spin-off company (Green SURF s.a) dedicated to advice Real Estate promoters and cities willing to include urban agriculture in their projects. Since the beginning of his career, he has to his credit more than 400 scientific outputs (including 125 refereed articles; 7 patents, 3 Spin-offs). 






Benoît Moreau

 Benoît Moreau, HEPC-Condorcet

Speaker, Professor-Researcher, Green Chemistry (biocatalysis) and white biotechnologies

After a doctoral dissertation at Gembloux AgroBioTech in the field of the production of an enzyme and its exploitation for the synthesis of new surfactants from renewable resources, I discovered the industrial reality during my post-doc at SUPAGRO Montpellier. The theme of this applied research, funded by Cognis (Germany), was biofuel synthesis using an enzyme.
 This post doctoral position allowed me to become a Research Manager for 3 years at Galactic.

Since 6 years, I joined the HEPH- Condorcet where my academic and industrial skills allow me to teach future engineers in « Bio-industries ». For more than two years, I have managed the "Green Chemistry and Biobased Products" unit whose philosophy is the « Valorization of industrial by-products into molecules with high added value ». Currently, 3 applied research projects are in progress, namely an ARES project in Cuba, an FHE project and a DGO3 project with UCL et CRA Gembloux; other international projects are being drafted with collaborations with France (CEBB, AgroParisTech, UTC, AgroSup Dijon, SUPAGRO Montpellier), Germany (Fraunhofer, ATB-Postdam), Canada (UQTR, CNETE, Oléotek), Brazil (UFRJ, INT, SENAI, Fiocruz), Cuba (ICIDCA, University of Havane) ; Greece (TEI & Polytech Athens).



Alain Bouscayrol

Alain BOUSCAYROL, University of Lille

eCAMPUS international lab

Alain BOUSCAYROL PhD in electrical Engineering, Professor at University of Lille, France, He is currently coordinator of the national network on Energy Management of Hybrid Electric  Vehicles (MEGEVH), France. Since 2015, he has been coordinator of the CUMIM (Campus of University with Mobility based on Innovation and Neutral carbon) interdisciplinary program of University of Lille. Since 2018, he has been co-director of the international research lab e-CAMPUS on sustainable mobility. He is coordinator of PANDA a European H2020 project on simulation and testing of electrified vehicles.






Alexandre Marchal, Hénallux

Speaker, researcher, applied informatics


Bachelor in IT management, Alexandre Marchal worked at Stésud, a company specialized in IT solutions for local authorities, before joining Hénallux in 2015. Hénallux is the Haute École de Namur-Liège-Luxembourg with more than 6500 students spread over ten sites in the Provinces of Namur, Liège and Luxembourg. It offers an almost complete range of courses in higher education of the short type ("baccalaureate"), as well as master's degrees, several years of specialization and numerous cycles of continuing education. There, he is a researcher in applied IT and manages a lot of research and startup projects on smart technologies at the FoRS Center of the Département Technique de Marche-en-Famenne (DTM).





Denis ROY

Denis Roy

City Councilor - Marie-de-la-l'Incarnation District, City of Trois-Rivières 

Although he spends most of his time serving the city of Trois-Rivières, Denis Roy still defines himself as an impact entrepreneur. For nearly 30 years, he was the Head of Egzakt, a marketing & communication firm he created, which he actively engaged in developing his community. Elected in 2017 to the city council, he is actively working at the Culture, Recreation and Community Life Commission and the Sustainable Development Commission as well as at Trois-Rivières center on the challenges of sustainable mobility, densification, cultural inclusion, collaborative innovation, and livability.