The PORTOPIA partners – including several PortEconomics members – are happy to present the outcome of the project and to shed a light on future developments during the Final Event that will take place on November 9, 2017 in the BNP Paribas Fortis Auditorium Marais in Brussels (Belgium). This event must be seen as a milestone in the data digitalisation agenda of the European port sector.
Within the framework of the PORTOPIA project, a European consortium of academics, IT experts and port professionals has been working for four years on the development of a platform that aims to improve the sustainability and competitiveness of the European Port System.
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Let’s have a look at the programme!
The Final Event features three sessions. During the opening session, the project coordinator, PortEconomics member Michaël Dooms (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) will present the main achievements of the project. This presentation will be followed by a more detailed explanation of the four main PORTOPIA components, i.e. the Rapid Exchange System+, environmental dashboards, port governance and user perceptions. Finally, Pedro Santos (Glintt) will give a live demonstration of these tools in the PORTOPIA Service Cloud.
The second session is called ‘Inside the European Port Industry’ and will focus on the added value of the project outcomes for the European port industry. Port professionals will discuss their experience in measuring port performance and will have a look at the challenges for European ports.
The third session of the day, ‘Beyond the European Port Industry’, focuses on how port performance is measured globally. PortEconomics member Theo Notteboom (Shanghai Maritime University, Ghent University, University of Antwerp, Antwerp Maritime Academy) will open the session with ‘A global analysis of port industry performance indicator availability’. This presentation is then followed by a panel discussion with port industry stakeholders. PortEconomics member George Vaggelas (University of the Aegean) will present the outcome of the project on the measurement of port users perceptions on port performance.
Stefano Bonaldo (North Adriatic Sea Port Authority), Prof. dr. Rosa Mari Darbra (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya), Prof. dr. Michaël Dooms (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), dr. Jan Hoffman (UNCTAD), Maria Dolores Lloveras (Port Authority of Barcelona), Isabelle Ryckbost (ESPO), Pedro Santos (Glintt), Victor Shieh (Appropriate Communications), Linda Van Waveren (Port of Amsterdam), Aernoud Willeumier (Port of Rotterdam Authority).
The draft programme is available here.
About the PORTOPIA project
The PORTOPIA project, which started in 2013, monitors and reports about key performance data for European ports, assisting the industry in moving towards a more sustainable and competitive port system. The project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 605176.
For more information on the project: www.portopia.eu