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Theme

Sustainable business: The road to green profit

The future offers many opportunities. The Dutch economy is growing and new innovations are everyday’s business. This combination offers Dutch companies, both large and small, the possibility to grow rapidly in the future.

Sustainability will play an important role in this future. An even bigger role than it does today. The climate has been one of the biggest themes during the American elections. Furthermore, the major victories of D66 and GroenLinks at the Dutch elections are a reflection of the voice of the Dutch citizen: we demand change. This necessity has also been pronounced by some large Dutch companies. They want the upcoming coalition to come up with a clear climate plan to get business involved in the creation of a more sustainable economy.

Sustainability has got more around it than just climate. The substitution of employees by robots threatens the jobs of many Dutch citizens. Companies are obliged to come with a responsible reaction, because it is a liability towards the Dutch society to treat their employees with care. This shows that sustainability reaches much further and therefore affects many more businesses.

To find the balance between a sustainable future and a healthy financial position on the short term is a challenge to a business. Current students and future employees are facing an unique, yet difficult task: the unification of what seems to be each other’s opposites in order to establish a sustainable profit. The theme of the 34th Industria Congres catches up on this:

“Sustainable business: The road to a green profit.”

Location

The Industria Congres 2017 will be held at the Van der Valk Hotel in Eindhoven. This location offers us the professionality to ensure the quality of the event. The Green Key hallmark is in line with the theme of the Industria Congres 2017, which makes Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven the perfect location for the event.

 

Program

The preliminary program for the 34th Industria Congres on 6 December 2017 is shown below:

09:00 Welcome
09:40 Opening 
10:10 Plenary Lecture 1
11:00 Workshop Round 1
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Workshop Round 2
15:00 Short Break
15:30 Plenary Lecture 2
16:20 Closing
16:45 Network Drink & Speed Dating
17:45 End of the day

Photos

33rd Industria Congres


 

Below are some impressions of the 33rd Industria Congres that took place on December 13th 2016 at The Pullman Hotel in Eindhoven.



32nd Industria Congres


 

Below are some impressions of the 32nd Industria Congres that took place on November 17th 2015 at The Philips Stadion in Eindhoven. The remaining pictures are visible here.

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31st Industria Congres


Below are some impressions of the 31st Industria Congres that took place on November 18th 2014.

 
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30th Industria Congres


Below are some of the photos taken during the Industria Congres 2013.

 
 
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Speeddating

During the network drink, Master students will have the opportunity to speed date with some interesting companies. The speed dating will be in Dutch.

 

Participants


The participants of the speeddating sessions are:



Workshops

The duration of the workshops of the 34th Industria congres will be 90 minutes instead of 75 minutes as was the case at the 33rd Industria Congres. The workshops will take place in two rounds. An overview of the workshops is presented here

 

Subscription

The subscription for the Industria Congres 2017 will open on Monday November 13th at 9.00. The target audience consists of TBK third year bachelor students and master students from OML, BIS, IM and MSE. Click here to subscribe!

Industria Congres 2017
On Wednesday 6 December the Industria Congres will take place. Two plenary speakers will present theories and practices centered on the theme “Sustainable business: The road to green profit”. There will be two rounds of workshops where students can actively engage themselves with the companies present. At the end of the day master students can meet one-on-one with representatives from companies during the speed date session. During the lunch and the network drink, several companies host a stand.

 

Organisation

In 2017 the Industria Congres will be organized for the 34th time. The organisation consists of five students from the faculty of Industrial Engineering at the Technical University Eindhoven (TU/e). The “Stichting Bedrijfskunde Congres Industria” (SBCI), primarily called the “Congrescommissie” is supported by the study association Industria.

During the Industria Congres lectures and workshops are organized. The aim of this one-day event is to inspire the participants and engage the students with business on relevant topics in engineering management.

Every year a theme is carefully selected based on news, talks with scholars from the TU/e and relevance with the study Industrial Engineering. Themes from previous years are:

“Partners in Excellentie” (2016)
“Changing Technologies: The Impact on Business Operations” (2015)
“Business Agility: Flourishing in a Constantly Changing Business Environment” (2014)
“Big Data: Big Business or Big Brother?” (2013)
“Selling Technology” (2012)
“Dynamic Business Networks: Collaborate to Compete” (2011)
“Entrepreneurship” (2010)
“Open Innovation” (2009)
“Total Cost of Ownership” (2008)

Committee


The committee of the Industria Congres is responsible for the whole organization of the conference, from determining the theme till selecting the speakers, retrieving the sponsorship, the promotion of the conference, and the day organization. The professionalism of the conference and the contact that students and academics will gather with business is a central aspect.

The 34th Industria Congres committee consist of:


Lennart Eringfeld
Chairman


Yvo Seyger
Secretary and Day Coordination


Babet Heijenk
Treasurer and Coordinator Acquisition


Sjors Melman
Coordinator Speakers


Robert Jans
Coordinator Promotion

 

Committee of Recommendation 34th Industria Congres


The committee of recommendation of the 34th Industria Congres consists of:


John Jorritsma
Mayor of Eindhoven
The era that profit and sustainability are two opposite strategies, is far behind us.


Prof.dr. Wim van den Donk
Commissioner of the King Noord-Brabant
The scarcity of materials, and climate change force us to fundamentaly change the way in which we produce and live.


Prof.dr.ir. Frank Baaijens
Rector Magnificus TU/e
The relation between profitability and sustainability is not a difficult challenge, but a unique opportunity, especially for our smart engineers!


Prof.dr.ir. Jan Fransoo
Dean of the TU/e Graduate School
Companies that think carefully about their environment occur to be more robust against uncertainty.


Prof.dr.ir. Paul Grefen
Research director of the TU/e
The use of green and social goals can contribute to the competative postion of a company.”

 

References


A selection of the comments on the 31st Industria Congres that took place on November 18th 2014:
Company participants of the Industria Congres 2014:

“Het was een goed en mooi verzorgd congres. De deelnemers waren betrokken en soms positief kritisch. Dat geeft goede leermomenten.” – Wijnand van Lieshout, Stichting Digitale Overheid

Student participants:

“Dit was mijn eerste Congres en het oversteeg mijn verwachten, alles was ontzettend goed geregeld. Complimenten aan de commissie hiervoor! Met name de eerste plenaire lezing met de inleiding op het onderwerp was sterk en een goed begin van een leerzame dag.”
“Het toppunt van de dag was het terugfietsen, toen je terugdacht aan hoe goed de dag wel niet was geweest.”
“Geen echt toppunt, maar de sfeer was echt geslaagd en alles verliep soepel! Complimenten!!”
“Het toppunt van de dag was aan het einde beseffen dat je weer heel wat geleerd hebt vandaag en dat je wat meer hebt gezien van hoe het er in de praktijk aan toe kan gaan, dat vind ik erg waardevol.”

A selection of comments on the evaluation of the 30th Industria Congres that took place on December 10th 2013:

Student participants:

“Ontzettend goed geregeld, mooie locatie en interessante sprekers”
“Verbindend & inspirerend”
“Alles was tot in de puntjes geregeld en verzorgd”
“Erg interessant onderwerp en stuk voor stuk goede lezingen”
“Erg professioneel, erg interessante sprekers en ook de workshops waren enorm interessant”

Industria Congres

Theme


Sustainable business: the road to green profit

The future offers many opportunities. The Dutch economy is growing and new innovations are everyday’s business. This combination offers Dutch companies, both large and small, the possibility to grow rapidly in the future.

To find the balance between a sustainable future and a healthy  financial position on the short term is a challenge to a business.  Current students and future employees are facing an unique, yet difficult task: the unification of what seems to be each other’s  opposites in order to establish a sustainable profit. The theme of the 34th Industria Congres catches up on this:

“Sustainable business: the road to green profit.”

Committee


The organization of the Industria Congres is in hands of the following executive committee consisting of five students of Industrial Engineering:

Lennart Eringfeld – Chairman

Yvo Seyger – Secretary

Babet Heijenk – Treasurer and coordinator aquisition

Sjors Melman – Coordinator speakers

Robert Jans – Coordinator promotion

 
f.l.t.r.: Robert Jans, Babet Heijenk, Lennart Eringfeld, Yvo Seyger, Sjors Melman

Location


Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven

The Industria Congres 2017 will be held at the Van der Valk Hotel in Eindhoven. This location offers us the professionality to ensure the quality of the event. The Green Key hallmark is in line with the theme of the Industria Congres 2017, which makes Van der Valk Hotel Eindhoven the perfect location for the event.

 

Conference chairman


Helga van Leur

The conference chairman of the Industria Congres 2017 is Helga van Leur. For the past 20 years, she has presented the RTL weer. She has been awarded best meteorologist of the world. Helga van Leur is currently ambassador for climate and sustainability in the context of People, Planit, Profit and Passion. She has taken part in the Solar Team Twente in 2011 as meteorologist.

 

Speakers


Maurits Groen

The first lecture of the day will be given by Maurits Groen. He initiates in sustainable coalitions and founder of several companies. With his company Off-Grid Solutions, he has found the wakawaka powerbank for the population third world countries. It contains a LED light powered by solar energy. He ranks high in the Trouw sustainable top 100. He even reached the first place in 2015.

 

 

 

 


André Kuipers

The plenary lecture in the afternoon will be given by austronaut André Kuipers. He is the first Dutch austronaut to visit space twice. His second visit lasted 193 days, the longest stay in space for a European astronaut. He is ambassador for several organisations, including WNF. At the moment he focusses on climate and sustainability, which is perferctly in line with the theme of the conference.

 

 

 

 

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