EPSI Conference 2012 – Conference Programme

EPSI conference Day 1: The EU sports industry, where innovation never stops!

A selection of interesting keynote speeches will take place on the first conference day, Wednesday April 18th. Top speakers from Sports Industry, Sports organizations and the EU commissions will address the sports and innovation climate and chances in today’s European sports innovation network. We are proud to announce that the following keynote speakers have confirmed their attendance for EPSI 2012: Mr. Frank Dassler, General Counselor of adidas and President of FESI, Mr. Dick Hendriks, President of Ten Cate Advanced Textiles, Mr. Hans van Breukelen and Mr. George de Jong, Director Sports & Technology and Director InnoSportNL resp.

After the keynote sessions the experts seek a constructive dialogue with their audience by an in-depth panel discussion session. This will allow attendees to debate on the presented topics in more detail, and ask questions. Attendees are likely to walk away with a broader perspective on how the sports industry is positioned in the European arena nowadays and in the future.

The networking continues during the ice breaking reception and conference dinner at a special historical location in Delft where cultural creativity and innovation emerge!


EPSI conference Day 2: New thinking, new possibilities

On Thursday the 19th of April we go into the depth to reach the scientific core of the European research and development topics. The day will start with a plenary session where all EPSI Research committee leaders briefly present their topics: The Consumer, Materials and Technology, Processes and Sports Information systems. This is followed by break-out walking lunch session in which you will discuss each topic in more detail in small groups including the research committee leaders themselves. This gives every attendee the opportunity to select a workshop topic that fits their personal interest. In the afternoon a series of workshops will be open to all attendees of the conference. These workshops provide an opportunity to discuss and explore emerging areas of sports innovation research and nucleate concepts for collaboration. Workshops will focus on a variety of aspects of knowledge, established concerns and new ideas in the field of sports innovation. The goal of the workshops is to share understandings and experiences, to foster research communities, to learn from each other and to envision future directions. Ultimately, this will lead to the strengthening to existing corporations and to the nucleation of new partnerships in the field of sports innovation.

This intensive day closes with guided tour through Delft and an enjoyable musical event.


EPSI conference Day 3:  International sports innovation research meets Dutch innovation in practice

This last day of the conference we will visit the InnoSportLab The Hague, Sailing the sea of innovation! During this day it becomes clear how the success of collaboration in the so called ‘golden triangle’ works through the field lab approach. The generic model of cooperation between sports, business and knowledge institutions is illustrated by the current projects in the sailing field lab. Presentations and discussions provide the attendees the hands on feeling on how a field lab works in practice as a breeding ground for innovation. This day will be concluded with lunch at the harbour of Scheveningen.

Please download the programme booklet of the EPSI conference for more information.

The programme in more detail:

Programme 18 April
time what where
13:00-14:00 Welcome with coffee and tea
in front of Studio 23/24
14:00 Conference commences Hall U (Wim Crouwel)
14:00-14:15 Welcome by Paul Althuis, Valorisation TU Delft
14:15-14:30 Opening by Antonello Marega, President of EPSI
14:30-14:50 Keynote 1: Alberto Bichi
‘Challenges for government and industry on Sport/
Physical Activity in Horizon 2020’
14:50-15:10 Keynote 2: Frank Dassler
‘Challenges in Sports Industry for 2020 and beyond’
15:10-15:40 Coffee and tea break in front of Studio 23/24
15:40 Conference continues Hall U (Wim Crouwel)
15:40-16:00 Keynote 3: Dick Hendriks
‘The prosumer.net: the consumer in the focus of Europe’
16:00-16:20 Keynote 4: Hans van Breukelen and George de Jong
‘The need for innovation in sports’
16:20-17:00 Pitch 1: ProFit, Cees van Bladel
Pitch 2: EU4SportsCluster, Marc v.d. Zande
17:00-17:15 Short drinks break in front of Studio 23/24
17:20-18:30 Continuation of conference: Panel discussion with speakers, moderated by Alberto Bichi and René Wijlens Hall U (Wim Crouwel)
18:30-18:45 Walk to dinner location Delft
18:45-19:15 Conference reception with welcome speech by
Raymond de Prez, Alderman Sports City of Delft
Restaurant Lijm & Cultuur
19:15-22:00 Conference dinner
22:00 Bus to City Centre, Delft
Central Station, The Hague
Programme 19 April
time what where
08:00-09:00 Welcome with coffee and tea
in front of Studio 23/24
09:00 Conference commences v.d. Grinten
09:00-09:30 Welcome and intro by Alberto Bichi and René Wijlens
‘Towards a leading sports industry in Europe in 2020’
09:30-09:55 Lecture 1: Mercedes Sanchis
‘The Consumer’
09:55-10:20 Lecture 2: Christos Spitas
‘Materials and Technology’
10:20-10:50 Coffee and tea break in front of Studio 23/24
10:50 Conference continues v.d. Grinten
10:50-11:15 Lecture 3: Andrea Brambilla
11:15-11:40 Lecture 4: Alain Belli
‘Sports Information Systems’
11:40-12:00 Explanation afternoon programma, Christos Spitas
12:00-13:30 Walking lunch
Innovation Market
Studio 23/24
13:30 Workshops drinks, take to Studio’s 2-5 in front of Studio 23/24
13:30-14:45 Workshops 1: The Consumer Studio 2
13:30-14:45 Workshops 2: Materials and Technology Studio 3
13:30-14:45 Workshop 3: Processes Studio 4
13:30-14:45 Workshops 4: Sports Information Systems Studio 5
14:50-15:15 Wrap up of results of workshops and steps into concrete project proposals, interview with workshop chairs,
Alberto Bichi and René Wijlens
v.d. Grinten
15:15-15:45 ProFit information session
15:45-16:30 Network at innovation market/
Inspiration workshop ProFit
Exhibition space or
Studio’s 2, 3
16:30 Getting ready for departure in front of Studio 23/24
Side programme 19 April
time what where
16:45-17:45 Guided tour through Delft
18:00-19:00 Musical Event at Hippolytus Chapel
Programme 20 April
time what where
09:00 Assemble at Aula TU Delft
09:00-09:30 Travel to Cental Station The Hague
09:30-10:00 Travel to InnoSportLab Sailing The Hague
10:00-10:30 Welcome by Alberto Bichi and Rene Wijlens
InnosportLab Sailing
10:30-11:00 General presentation, Serge Kats
11:00-11:45 Lecture 1: Mobile Eye, Joost Pluijms
11:45-12:30 Lecture 2: Composail, Nico Persoon
12:30-14:00 Lunch Restaurant at Sea
14:00 Travel back to Central Station, The Hague
Aula, TU Delft