ESPO Conference 2023 - Bremen 1-2 June: let’s go through the programme
20 April 2023
On 1 and 2 June, the European port community and stakeholders are gathering for the 19th edition of the ESPO Annual Conference in the magnificent heritage listed ParkHotel in Bremen. The central theme of this year’s Conference is “Europe’s ports as partners in the race to net-zero”.
Also this year, ESPO together with the host, bremenports, have succeeded in putting together an exciting programme combining broadening the lens speakers with hands-on port experts. Being less than six weeks from the event, our stage is fully booked and we are happy to go with you through the programme.
After the official opening of the Conference, we set the scene on the morning of Thursday 1st June with both a general economic outlook for ports, followed for the first time by an energy outlook. This will be followed by two more specific viewpoints from the South of Europe and the United States. These eye-openers will be the basis for the discussion with some port CEO’s and a high-level expert from the World Economic Forum.
We start the afternoon with a hands-on presentation by the port expert in the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency on the different EU funding instruments available for ports, the way to use them, and the tricks not to fail in your applications.
An ESPO Conference must not only be a forum for big speeches but must also bring concrete answers to problems and ready-to-use solutions for port managers. For that purpose, we have set up a Pop-Up Port Academy in the afternoon of day one during which we seek concrete answers on three questions: How to make a port masterplan and/or develop a strategy for the future in an ever-changing world? Who will be “fuelling” the future ports? What is the role of ports in fuelling the future?
Those who have attended our conference before, know that an ESPO Conference Day does not end with the last slide or speech. Once again this year, you will not be deceived by the after conference programme. We will take all guests for the Gala Dinner in the prestigious Upper Hall of the Bremen town hall. And we might have a surprise for you in between :-)
After a nice and – potentially long evening – we start on Friday 2 June exploring different ways of cooperation on greening, followed by a conversation with two island ports that are full of energy.
After that, we expect the CEO of the Centre for European Political studies to give us his unvarnished views on what is going on in Europe in the geopolitical turmoil. This will be followed by another high-level speech by DG MOVE’s Deputy Director General about Europe’s Transport and new Transport Infrastructure policy.
After a day and a half exploring the big game changers and game makers for ports and trying to define their role in the race to net zero, we end the programme of the conference as usual with a big political debate including Members of the European Parliament, the TEN-T coordinator for Motorways of the Sea, European Commission and ports. During this debate we will look into the policy and discuss what is needed for ports to be able to play their role in the new environmental, economic and geopolitical context.
After the conference, bremenports is taking us on a boat tour of the port of Bremen.
If you wonder who is on stage during these two days, here is a full line up (by Alphabetical order):
Magdalena ADAMOVICH, Peter ALKEMA, Rasmus ANDRESEN, Kurt BODEWIG, Zeno D'AGOSTINO, Massimo DEANDREIS, Claes FREDERIKSSON, Maurice GEORGES, Robert HEIRBAUT, Floor HOOIJMAN, Robert HOWE, Dan IKENSON, Marc ITGEN, Marija JANEVA, Gerardo LANDALUCE, Karel LANNOO, Isabel MOURA RAMOS, Lars Nordahl LEMVIGH, Ekaitz LOPEZ AMURRIO, Jens MEIER, Theo NOTTEBOOM, Eamonn O'REILLY, Minas PAPADAKIS, Torsten PORWOL, Tim POWER, Monica RAMALHO, Ulrike RIEDEL, Herald RUIJTERS, Isabelle RYCKBOST, Daan SCHALCK, Claudia SCHILLING, Victor SCHOENMAKERS, Giovanni SGARAVATTI, Malte SIEGERT, Boudewijn SIEMONS, Livia SPERA, Vera TAX, Gunnar TRYGVASSON, Margi VAN GOGH, Pieter VANDERMEEREN, Ansis ZELTIŅŠ.
You can find the programme and all details about the conference on the conference website.
So if interested, just click through and register for the ESPO Conference 2023. You can book the conference hotel (rooms are limited) or an alternative hotel through the registration booking form.
This year again, we are offering a special rate if three or more people from your port, organisation or company are attending the event.
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