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We are pleased to invite you to our Annual Meeting 2018, which will be held at Holiday Inn Eindhoven, the Netherlands, on Tuesday 13 November. This year’s theme will be Circular Economy, which is highly relevant in today’s world and will no doubt be of great interest to you.

The four invited speakers will consider different aspects of the challenges that plastics are presenting to the world today and the need to find solutions that will contribute to a circular economy for plastics. Patricia Vangheluwe (PlasticsEurope) and Søren Bøwadt (European Commission) will both emphasise the need for broadly-based collaboration along the value chain, ensuring a concerted effort involving various stakeholders. Just Jansz (Expertise Beyond Borders) sees plastics waste as an unused feedstock and argues that mechanical, chemical and thermal recycling present opportunities to achieve full circularity of plastics. Kim Ragaert (University of Ghent) examines the major hurdles – both technical and otherwise – to be overcome in order to effectively use mechanical recycling as a means of revalorising plastics waste. 
During the week of the DPI Annual Meeting, Eindhoven will be hosting the annual international Light Art Festival GLOW Eindhoven. As the festival attracts many tourists, we advise you to make your hotel reservation as soon as possible. We will, of course, reserve some time in the programme of the DPI Annual Meeting so that you have the opportunity to visit GLOW Eindhoven. For more information about GLOW Eindhoven, visit the GLOW website.

Programme for Tuesday 13 November

Lunch and poster session
13.30 DPI Annual Meeting
Jacques Joosten
Managing Director DPI
DPI Golden Thesis Award
Presentations by the three nominees:
Hans van Franeker
Dirk Jan Mulder
Monica Zakhari
15.00 Break and poster session
Circular Economy
The focus will be on plastics and plastics recycling
Towards a Circular Economy for Plastics

Plastics in the circular economy

Plastic 2030 – A Voluntary Commitment for a Plastics Circular Economy

To recycle or not to recycle - it's hardly a question

Dr. Søren Bøwadt
European Commission
Dr. Just Jansz
Expertise Beyond Borders
Dr. Patricia Vangheluwe
Prof. Kim Ragaert
Ghent University
18.30 Conference dinner
21.00 Opportunity to visit GLOW  
During the poster sessions, the audience will vote for the three best posters that will receive the DPI Poster Award.


Venue: Holiday Inn Eindhoven, Eindhoven, the Netherlands 
To register, click here
The deadline for registration is Thursday 8 November.
Please make your hotel reservation as soon as possible. Click here for the hotel options.

For more information, please contact DPI's Communications department: communications@polymers.nl.

Kind regards,
The Organising Committee

DPI - The Polymer Research Platform
P.O. Box 902, 5600 AX EINDHOVEN
The Netherlands
T +31 40 247 5629