Highlight Sessions

Next generation pharma manufacturing, hyperscaling hydrogen, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems, fossil-free production, a fully resource-efficient chemical industry – the challenges for the process industry are multi-layered when it comes to these core topics. That’s why thought leaders, users and technology providers will discuss where we are today and what the process industry can expect in the future in five highlight sessions.

Learn more and join us for these exciting discussions!

#pharma: Highlight Session

Next generation pharma manufacturing – Current advances in cell and gene therapy

Monday, 10 June 2024
13:00 -14:00
Hall 4.0, Room Europa

Over the last years, significant advancements in the development of new technologies and processes for the manufacturing of gene and cell therapeutics have been achieved. However, the production processes are complex and remain challenging in terms of scalability, manufacturing time and costs, quality control, and more. All steps require a deep understanding of the biological and chemical processes and, accordingly, a multidisciplinary approach involving chemical engineers, biologists, and experts from other fields. Learn more about centralized and decentralized manufacturing of cell therapeutics and the current challenges of translational research and commercializing therapies. Use this opportunity to meet leading experts from academic and industrial research who share their insights into all stages of the development and production of cell and gene therapies. Join us for an exciting ACHEMA Highlight Session.

Keynote lectures of the Highlight Session

Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulrike Köhl, Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, Leipzig and Director of the Institute of Clinical Immunology, University of Leipzig
“Centralized and decentralized academic manufacturing of CAR effector cells as living drugs”

Interview with Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulrike Köhl

 

Sadik H. Kassim, Chief Technology Officer, Genomic Medicines, Danaher
“Advancing the Next Generation of Cell and Gene Therapies”

Interview with Sadik H. Kassim

Participants in the discussion panel

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Ulrike Köhl, Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology, Leipzig and Director of the Institute of Clinical Immunology, University of Leipzig
  • Sadik H. Kassim, Chief Technology Officer, Genomic Medicines, Danaher
  • Dr. Beate Müller-Tiemann, Chief Technology Officer, Cytiva
  • N.N.
  • You! Join in and ask your questions!

#hydrogen: Highlight Session

Hyperscaling hydrogen – Turning strategy into reality

Tuesday, 11 June 2024
13:00 -14:00
Hall 4.0, Room Europa

As we move towards a climate-neutral future, great hopes are being pinned on hydrogen as a key element of the energy transition. To date, more than 20 countries of the 56 globally strongest economies have published national hydrogen strategies. Adding up the quantities of hydrogen estimated in these strategies, the global hydrogen potential is in the high four-digit terawatt-hour range per year – an immense figure with correspondingly large opportunities. As the quantities mentioned above indicate: The term “up-scaling” doesn't do justice to the task ahead. “Hyperscaling” is needed to increase capacity and structure by a factor of approximately 100. Especially in heavily industrialised countries with chemical industries or steel production, the demand for hydrogen will be tremendous if these sectors are to become fossil-free. What does it mean for plant engineers, suppliers and energy-intensive industry to scale-up in a short time? What investments are needed for technology development and infrastructure? What international partnerships are being established to import energy in the form of hydrogen? These questions and more will be addressed in the ACHEMA Highlight Session.

Keynote lectures of the Highlight Session

Manuel Kuehn, Vice President Sustainable Energy Systems (Global Sales), Siemens Energy GmbH & Co.KG    
“Implementing green hydrogen production in the chemical industry”

Gilles Le Van, Vice-President Large Industries and Energy Transition Central Europe, Air Liquide
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Participants in the discussion panel

  • Manuel Kuehn, Vice President Sustainable Energy Systems (Global Sales), Siemens Energy GmbH & Co.KG
  • Gilles Le Van, Vice-President Large Industries and Energy Transition Central Europe, Air Liquide
  • Frank Jenner, Managing Partner - Global Advanced Manufacturing & Mobility Supply Chain Leader, EY
  • Jürgen Nowicki, Executive Vice President Linde plc & CEO Linde Engineering, Linde
  • You! Join in and ask your questions!

#digital: Highlight Session

Artificial intelligence and autonomous systems in process industry

Wednesday, 12 June 2024
13:00 -14:00
Hall 4.0, Room Europa

The process industry is transforming. New AI tools can help operators increase process efficiency and stability, support process development and plant engineering and drive the energy transition. At some point, we may even see fully autonomous and unmanned systems. But are we ready to let go of human control yet? What steps need to be taken along the way, and what technological and human challenges need to be addressed? These questions and more shall be discussed at the visionary ACHEMA Highlight Session on digital innovation.

Keynote lectures of the Highlight Session

Dr. Mehmet Mercangöz, ABB Reader in Autonomous Industrial Systems, Imperial College London
“Uncrewed and autonomous systems: Future of automation in process and energy industries”

Interview with Dr. Mehmet Mercangöz

 

Fabien Mangeant, R&D Digital Program Director, Air Liquide
“Artificial intelligence for the process industry”

Participants in the discussion panel

  • Dr. Mehmet Mercangöz, ABB Reader in Autonomous Industrial Systems, Imperial College London
  • Fabien Mangeant, R&D Digital Program Director, Air Liquide
  • Dr. Jürgen Spitzer, Process Automation Head of Strategy & Technology, Siemens AG
  • May Mohamed, Sr. Manager, Solutions Architecture, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • You! Join in and ask your questions!

#green: Highlight Session

Beyond fossil fuels - Exploring alternative carbon sources for a sustainable chemical industry

Thursday, 13 June 2024
13:00 -14:00
Hall 4.0, Room Europa

Fossil-free production is an important and ambitious goal for reducing the process industries' greenhouse gas emissions and a promising way to become independent of fossil feedstocks. The adoption of alternative carbon sources, such as CO2 or biomass, alongside the implementation of a circular economy, have posed substantial challenges to the process industries. While the idea of fossil-free production is simple, it holds many unanswered questions. Join the ACHEMA Highlight Session and learn more.

Keynote lectures of the Highlight Session

Professor Dr.-Ing. André Bardow, ETH Zurich
“Towards a circular chemical industry within the planetary boundaries”

Dr. Michael Köpke, Chief Innovation Officer, LanzaTech
“Innovating for a new carbon economy”

Interview with Dr. Michael Köpke

Participants in the discussion panel

  • Professor Dr.-Ing. André Bardow, ETH Zurich
  • Dr. Michael Köpke, Chief Innovation Officer, LanzaTech
  • Matthias Brey, Decarbonization and Circular Economy Expert, EY   
  • Dr. Daniel Witthaut, Executive Director Innovation, Cefic
  • You! Join in and ask your questions!

#process: Highlight Session

Nature as a role model – Maximum resource efficiency in the chemical industry

Friday, 14 June 2024
12:00-13:00
Hall 4.0, Room Europa

In a fully resource-efficient chemical industry, chemical processes and products are designed, developed, and executed or manufactured with no or minimal waste generation and maximum sustainability. To achieve this goal, circular economy, energy efficiency, sustainable feedstocks, process intensification and digitalisation must be considered and used in equal measure. Where are we in the implementation of this vision and what do we need to achieve it? These and other questions will be discussed with different experts at this ACHEMA Highlight Session.

Keynote lectures of the Highlight Session

Nico van Dooren, Director new business development, Port of Rotterdam    
“Material change - The relation between energy and feedstock transition”

Dr. Uwe Boltersdorf, Division President Chemtech, Sulzer    
“Mimicking natural ecosystem for effective carbon capture and storage”

Participants in the discussion panel

  • Nico van Dooren, Director new business development, Port of Rotterdam
  • Dr. Uwe Boltersdorf, Division President Chemtech, Sulzer
  • N.N., Endress+Hauser
  • Guido König, Head of Focus Industries Management, Segment Manager Chemicals and Sustainable Industries, Samson Aktiengesellschaft
  • You! Join in and ask your questions!
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