EAPA Symposium 2015
EAPA held the 9th EAPA Symposium on 3 June 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey. Over 100 participants attended from the European asphalt and bitumen industry, administration and academia.
Under the theme “News and solutions from the European asphalt paving industry”, the symposium informed its delegates about the latest news from the asphalt sector and provided an excellent opportunity for networking, exchange and discussions.
The programme for the day included an opening session with a keynote speaker. In the early morning after the welcome by the President of the European Asphalt Pavement Association, Ayberk Özcan, Ismail Ertug, Member of the European Parliament, Vice-president of the Transport and Tourism TRAN Committee and speaker on behalf of the Social Democrats of the European Parliament, gave a keynote about “Transport in European Union”. This speech was followed by two presentations, “Social media to inform the uninformed about asphalt pavements” by Juan-José Potti and, ASEFMA – Spanish Association of Asphalt Producers, Spain and “Addressing asphalt advantages – The Eurasphalt communication plan” by Carsten Karcher, EAPA, Belgium.
The morning programme continued with a session on warm mix asphalt:
“Why WMA – Warm Mix Asphalt a key solution of our industry” by Egbert Beuving and Jean Paul Michaut, EAPA, Brussels,
“Global successful applications of WMA” by Bjarne Bo Jansen, NCC, Denmark,
“How to stimulate the use of WMA” by Eivind Olaf Andersen, Veidekke, Norway.
In the afternoon, two more sessions were completed with a session focused on “News from Brussels and the EAPA Committees”:
“European research activities in the field of asphalt pavements” by Rudi Bull-Wasser, BASt – Federal Highway Research Institute, Germany
“Environmental Product Declarations – EPDs: now and tomorrow” by Malcolm Simms, Mineral Products Association, UK
“Bituminous binders for paving – how to characterise and specify bitumen” by Bernard Eckmann, Eurovia, France.
In the last session of the day, a very interesting overview of “Trends and news in the European asphalt industry” was presented:
“Road Maintenance and Road Asset Management” by Luut van Hoogevest, Grontmij Nederland B.V., Netherlands
“Asphalt recycling from 0 to 100% – Recycling practice in European Asphalt Paving Industry” by André Täube, DAV – German Asphalt Pavement Association, Germany
“Paving with emulsions – Cold Mixes, micro surfacing and surface dressings” by Jean-Paul Michaut, Colas, France.
The last speaker of the day, André Molenaar, Emeritus Professor of TU Delft, made a very entertaining address with the title “A life of asphalt”.
EAPA director Dr. Carsten Karcher moderated the sessions.
One of EAPA’s main goals of this Symposium was to exchange information. Therefore, enough time was provided for exchanging information and discussions during the sessions and during the breaks.
EAPA is sure that it has provided an interesting programme for the attendees. The feedback EAPA received showed this and EAPA thinks that the participants have enjoyed the Symposium, gained new information as well as new input for their everyday work and that they had good discussions with the colleagues.
During the Symposium EAPA members were able to present their companies and products in a small exhibition to the participants. Eight companies used this opportunity.
EAPA Associate Members MeadWestVaco, Europe sponsored this year’s EAPA Symposium.
For attendees that were interested a tour was organised the following day to the construction site of the 3rd Bosporus Bridge.
On the evening before the Symposium EAPA organised a dinner for the participants and their spouses in a nice restaurant at the Bosporus, which was very much appreciated.
The programme and the PowerPoint presentations that were shown by the speakers can be downloaded by clicking here
Picture from Carsten Karcher
Picture from Izzet Kevir
Attached pictures from the speakers Levent Gulsoy, André Täube, Carsten Karcher and Izzet Kevir