After Ashdod (Israel) in 2014 and Dunkirk (France) in 2015, the Port Center of Antwerp (Belgium) will welcome us on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 April 2016 for the Citizen Port Meetings with on-site visits, international presentations and exchanges of practices among AIVP members of the Port Center Network.

Wednesday 27 April 2016


Welcoming and introductory words

Philippe MATTHIS, AIVP President
Ludwig CALUWE, President, Port Center of Antwerp, Belgium


Brief visit of the Havencentrum exhibition


Coffee Break


Workshop 1: The Port Center Concept – the Antwerp Experience
Port Center of Antwerp, latest developments

Philippe DEMOULIN, Director and colleagues, Antwerp, Belgium

Latest developments in science centers

Patricia VERHEYDEN, Director of exhibitions, Technopolis, Belgium

Ports and the world of youngsters

Koen DEPRYCK, Professor at the VUB University Brussels and Director of the School district 1 Antwerp, Belgium


Sandwich Lunch at Havencentrum Lillo


Transfer to the Port Pavilion and MAS Museum


Site visit: the Port Pavilion
Welcoming words and presentation of the Port Pavilion
  • Bianca WEYTEN, Representative for the Port Pavilion


Workshop 2 (at the MAS Museum, Floor 9) : Port heritage and port city developments – Antwerp reaches out to its citizens
Project Havenland – a total project for scenery, visitors, and communication of the port area

Kurt TUERLINCKX, Manager Corporate Communications, Port of Antwerp, Belgium

MAS museum and public activities, links to the port

Jef VRELUST, Policy Manager, MAS, Antwerp, Belgium

Conversion of the Scheldekaaien waterfront and maritime park

Philippe TEUGHELS, Urban development department, City of Antwerp, Belgium

The story of the new offices of the Port Authority as designed by Zaha Hadid

Port Development Department, Port of Antwerp, Belgium


Site visit: the MAS Museum


Back to hotel Ibis or walk through down-town


Convivial dinner at the RAS Restaurant

Thursday 28 April 2016


Welcome words by (Site: Havencentrum Lillo)

Marc VAN PEEL, President, Port of Antwerp, Belgium (tbc)

Key note address
What next after soft values to promote port – city relationship?

Prof. Eric VAN HOOYDONK, Lawyer and author of the book “Soft Values of Seaports”, Belgium


Workshop 3: CSR and Community outreach actions
Investing in CSR and education

Pilar BLAYA HERNANDEZ, Director of CSR and Cooperation, Fundación Valenciaport, Spain

Good Neighbourhood Committee and other community outreach actions of the Port of Montreal

Sophie ROUX, Vice-president, public affairs, Port of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Introduction to the methodologie of the Port Center Concept of the AIVP

Greta MARINI, Strategic Advisor Port City Community Affairs, AIVP and José  SANCHEZ, Master Architecture, PhD Research, Hafencity Universität Hamburg

Coffee break


Workshop 4: Educational tools and reaching out to the youngsters + the port…a place to visit?
Challenges and opportunities at the start-up of a Port Center, Le Havre, France

Marie SARFATY, Mission Interface Ville-Port, Haropa Port du Havre, France

Contship Italia celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Porto Lab project

Mauro SOLINAS, External Relations Director, Contship Italia Group, Italy

The Port of Nantes Saint Nazaire awarded the “Qualité Tourisme” label for tours of its port facilities

Pascal FRENEAU, Directeur de Cabinet et de la Communication, Nantes Saint Nazaire Port, France

World Port Days, Rotterdam : challenges and constraints of making the port being a venue place

Marie Louise CALAME, Deputy project Manager World Port Days, Rotterdam

Conclusion remarks and end of the meeting


Lunch at Havencentrum Lillo

14:00 / 17:00

Visit to points of interest in the port (Optional)

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