The Engineering Platform is a sub-group that has recently been established under European Professionals Network with the active participation of dedicated professionals in the field of engineering. The Platform`s main aim will be to provide opportunities for networking through wide-ranging events while building strong relationships among engineering professionals. The Engineering Platform will also develop projects within the sector and will promote active citizenship in various ways.
In order to make this initiative better known, the Engineering Platform organised a launch & seminar with the participation of professionals in the engineering sector. The event was a great opportunity to learn more about this inspiring initiative as well as for meeting other colleagues and building up friendships.
19.30 : Welcoming
20.00 : Opening speech
20.15 : Seminar with Q & A session: “Converting sea water to drinking water: The future of humankind?” by Dr. Metin Bulut, researcher at VITO (Language: English)
21.00 : Refreshments
Dr. Ir. Metin Bulut obtained his master degree in bio-engineering in 2004, at the Catholic University of Leuven, with a specialization in environmental technology. He continued his academic formation there with a PhD study in the field of catalytic technology. During his PhD research he discovered two new patents for Total. In 2008, he started his working career at Total Petrochemicals, as a research engineer, implied in the development of catalysts for refining and petrochemical applications. Since 2010, he is working as a contract researcher and expert in membrane technology at the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO).
More than fuel and energy shortage, water is the main issue that the world has to face in the near future. Only 2.5 % of the world’s water is not salty and from that more than two-thirds is trapped in glaciers and icecaps. The availability of potable water is very irregular. Not only drinking water is essential but also 1000 times more fresh water is needed to generate food. According to the UN Water, by 2025 3.4 billion people will be living in countries defined as water-scarce reagions. This talk will deal with challenges in the Water Life Cycle, which can address existing and new membrane(-based) technologies for sustainable solutions in urban and industrial water management.