Monday 14 march 2022

9.00 - 9.30

Registration on UCLL-campus  (central reception, E-block)

Central reception E-blok

9.30 - 10.00



10.00 - 11.00

Keynote lecture: Sustainability in the transport and logistics sector by Yannick Dylst  (H.Essers)


11.00 - 11.15


11.15 - 12.15

Mr Jan Van Dierdonck , UCLL University of Applied Sciences (Belgium) on  ‘Circular Economy’  


12.15 – 12.30

Getting to know project teams 

Project spaces E202, central library tower, E003, E004, E005

12.30 - 13.30


Cafeteria B002

13.30 - 14.30

Campus tour and presentation of UCCL 

14.30 - 14.45

Break/transport to Hasselt city center 

14.45 – 17.00

City Game Hasselt

Tuesday 15 march 2022

9.00 - 11.00

Mr Giovanni Pernigotto,  Free University of Bozen/Bolzano (Italy) on ‘Application of Energy Efficiency Measures for Building Retrofitting’


11.00  - 11:15


11:15 - 12:15

Session 1: Mrs Alice Lemesle en Mr Henk Van der Hyde, Danone Dairy (Belgium) on ‘Danone : One Health One Planet’ (Belgium)
Session 2: Mr Martijn Kiers, FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Austria), on ‘E-mobility in smart cities’

D204 (1) and C102 (2)

12.15 – 13.15


13.15 - 15.00

Introduction projects/ Guidelines project work

1) E-mobility: Mr Martijn Kiers, FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Austria), 

2) Second life batteries - Re-using car batteries in homes: Mr Peter Van Hout, UCLL University of Applied Sciences (Belgium)

3) Building Performance Simulation: Mr. Giovanni Pernigotto, Free University of Bozen/Bolzano (Italy) 

4) Chemistry is everywhere.  So what about sustainability?  Mr. Evert Vanecht , UCLL University of Applied Sciences (Belgium)

D103 (1), D104 (2), D203 (3) and D402 (4)

Project spaces E202, central library tower, E005, E006, E007

15.00 – 15.30

Transport to city center

15.30 – 17.15

Guided tour @ Jenever Museum 

Wednesday 16 march 2022

9.00 - 10.00

Mr.  Martijn Kiers, FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences (Austria), on ‘Mobility opportunities within Smart Cities’


10.00 – 10.15


10.15 - 11.15

Project work


11.15  - 11.30


11.30 – 12.00

Presentation requirements/guidelines Assessment


12.00 - 13.00

Project choice E-mobility: ‘The transition to a green mobility’, Mr. Johan Boelen, Mobility Manager BMW-MINI (open to the public)

Central library 4th floor

13.00 - 16.00

Project work   (Project E-mobility: 13.00 – 14.00 lunch)

Project spaces E202, central library tower, E005, E006, E00

16.00 – 18.00

European aperitif

Foyer E-block

Thursday 17 march 2022

9.00 - 10.00

Mr. Alexandre Martins and João Emílio Alves, IPPortalegre (Portugal, online)  on  ‘How to build more successful and sustainable ageing processes in the frame of local communities? A social gerontology approac


10.00 – 10.30


10.30 – 12.00

Mr Thomas Vanhove and Mr Jan Elsen, UCLL University of Applied Sciences (Belgium) on ‘The cooperation of UCLL and the Pop  Festival Pukkelpop. The use of UCLL’s mobile energy unit’


12.00 – 13.00


Cafeteria B002

13.00 – 14.30

Mr. Thibaud Van Lindt (Borealis Group) on ‘Sustainability in the chemical industry: challenges and solutions’


14.30  – 17.00

Project work and rehearsal presentation


Project spaces E202, central library tower, E005, E006, E007

Friday 18 march 2022

9.00 – 12.00

Final presentations

D204, D303

12.00 – 13.00

Lunch break

Cafeteria B002

13.00 – 14.00

Award Ceremony 

Learning outcomes

Peter Van Hout

Name of class: 2nd life batteries
Module leader: Peter Van Hout
University: UCLL
Contact hours: 1

  • Battery technology
  • 2nd life batteries
  • DC technology
Learning outcome
  • Students will know the basic characteristics and parts of Li-ion Batteries
  • Students understand the benefits and barriers of 2nd life Batteries
  • Students can explain the history of AC and DC technology with their benefits
Alexandre Martins

Name of class: How to build more successful and sustainable ageing processes in the frame of local communities? A social gerontology approach.
Module leader: Alexandre Cotovio Martins
University: IPP, Portalegre, Portugal
Contact hours: 1

Learning outcome

1. Main objectives:

  • To address and discuss some of the main contemporary demographic and sociological trends in the field of ageing;
  • To explore and discuss policy trends in the field of ageing with a view to demographic and social sustainability;
  • To address some methodologies and approaches for successful and sustainable ageing at a local level.

2. Learning outcomes. At the end of the lecture, students should:

  • be able to identify and briefly discuss some of the main social and demographic trends in the field of ageing, and to know some key indicators in the field;
  • be able to recognize and briefly analyze some of the main current policy trends in the field of promoting successful and sustainable ageing;
  • know the basics of some intervention methodologies in the field of promoting successful and sustainable ageing at local level.
Alexis Versele

Name of class: 
Module leader:  Alexis Versele 
University: KUL, Campus Ghent, Belgium
Contact hours: 1

Learning outcome
  • The student knows the different aspects of circular building construction and the implications for the building design and construction process
  • The student knows the "design for change" principles at district, building and component level and understands the relationship between these different levels.
  • The student understands the importance, possibilities and challenges of reuse (of building, elements and materials)
Sarah Eyckmans and Sonia Bonus

Name of class: One health one planet
Module leader: Sarah Eyckmans and Sonia Bonus
Company: Danone
Contact hours: 1


Big companies like Danone can play a role to solve the global social and environmental issues tackled by the SDG’s (eg climate change, inclusiveness, good health and well-being, malnutrition…).

Learning outcomes
  • Students will learn how this is translated into a company vision where every single employee has a voice
  • Students will learn that sustainability is not something you can do on your own, but have to do together with your communities
  • Students will learn how this is transformed to tangible goals, actions and results
Giovanni Pernigotto

Name of class: Introduction to Building Performance Analysis and Simulation
Module leader: Eng. Giovanni Pernigotto, Ph.D
University: Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy
Contact hours: 2

Learning outcomes

This course aims to provide students with knowledge about the fundamentals of building energy balance and with the main aspects of the state-of-the-art of building performance analysis and simulation. Students will learn the most typical solutions for building energy renovation, as well as some methodologies to assess their impact on both building energy performance and comfort conditions for the occupants.


Yannick Dylst

Yannick Dylst is project manager sustainability at H.Essers, where sustainability is interpreted broadly and includes social, environmental and governance aspects. We selected 5 SDG’s that are perfectly in line with our corporate values, and translated these into 19 concrete ambitions. Furthermore, for us it’s not about a sustainability strategy, but rather about a sustainable strategy. This also means that our different internal departments are accountable for the realization of our sustainable strategy. Yannick supports the organization by ensuring consistent reporting on KPI’s, by actively engaging with the accountable of each ambition with regard to the progress that is being made, and by starting up new initiatives together. Yannick himself drives several changes as project manager in cross-departmental project teams. Aside from acting as project manager for several internal projects, Yannick coordinates customer pilots with regard to sustainability.

Giovanni Pernigotto

Faculty of Science and Technology. He joined the  Research Group in Building Physics and Building Energy Systems in 2016. Dr.Pernigotto is  author of more than 100 papers published in national and international journals and presented at national and international conferences, reviewer for several international journals in the field of building physics and editor for the journals “Energies” and “Buildings”.


  1. Building envelope components: Characterization of the thermal behavior of opaque components, thermal and optical characterization of fenestration systems.
  2. Building system:
    • Optimization of energy efficiency measures in the framework of building refurbishment
    • Assessment of indoor environmental quality conditions, especially in school buildings, in particular related to thermal-hygrometric comfort, visual comfort and indoor air quality IAQ, as well as to the impact on occupants ’performance and productivity’
  3. Building stock and urban-scale analysis:
    • Analysis of the energy performance of the existing building stock, study of historical data of final uses and identification of reference case-studies
    • Building simulation at district / urban scale, energy policies definition
    • Study of climatic boundary conditions for building energy simulation analyses-modelling of solar irradiance, analysis of multi-year weather data series, climatic classification

Giovanni Pernigotto (BSc and MSc in Management Engineering) received his PhD in Industrial Engineering in 2013, discussing a thesis titled "Evaluation of building envelope energy performance through extensive simulation and parametrical analysis", which he developed at the University of Padova, Italy, and at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands. After PhD defense, he spent the next 3 years as research fellow at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and at the University of Padova, Italy, and in 2016 he joined the Research Group in Building Physics of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano as Assistant Professor. His main research interests include experimental and numerical characterization of the thermal behavior of building materials and building envelope components, monitoring and simulation of the energy performance of the building system, analysis of the indoor environmental quality, and urban scale simulation. At the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, he serves as a lecturer for three courses on building energy efficiency, high performance buildings, indoor lighting and daylighting design in bachelor and master degree engineering study programmes.

jan van dierdonck
Jan Van Dierdonck

Jan Van Dierdonck  is the manager of the centre of expertise “Sustainable Resources” at University Colleges Leuven-Limburg. He aims at setting up collaborations with SMEs, government organizations, universities or universities of applied sciences, etc. to initiate innovative research projects on a national and international scale. These projects are centered around three focus areas, i.e., (i) valorization of waste streams into new products, (ii) sustainable energy systems and (iii) the link between environment and human health. Following the latest innovations and trends within these fields and translating them into tangible research output beneficial for the involved stakeholders and students is a key element for the centre of expertise “Sustainable Resources”.

Martijn Kiers
Martijn Kiers

Martijn Kiers is Senior Lecturer and Senior Researcher at University of Applied Science FH JOANNEUM GmbH in Austria. His areas of knowledge are: Project management and negotiation skills; Highway expansion Projects inclusive environmental impact assessment highway A1; Utilization projects e.g. hard shoulder running A27 and A28, Ramp meters; Spatial planning; Transport planning; Traffic Telematics; Dynamic Traffic Management; Shared Space; Indoor Navigation; Benchmarking; slow mobility; surveys and evaluations; municipal transport plans; customized public transport, etc.

Alexis Verse

Alexis Versele is MSc in Architecture (Ghent, B) and MSc in Industrial Design (Milan, I).  He is affiliated with Department  of  Building  Physics and Sustainable Design at KU Leuven Technology campus Ghent and is lecturer “Socio-ecological Construction”. 

His research interest is focused on “Community scale sustainability and social sustainable development” with a focus on assessment and certification of societal sustainability and zero carbon emissions on community and regional scale. 

Alexis Versele runs his own Green Building architectural practice “BAST architects & engineers” in Gent. He is also chairman of the social-profit organization Domus Mundi with the mission “Sustainable building and living with and for vulnerable groups”. He is co-founder of the social real estate company “Het Pandschap”, the social contractor “Rewind” and the social profit company “RenoseeC” for collective renovation of disadvantaged neighbourhoods.

Alexandre Cotovio Martins

Alexandre Martins holds a PhD in Sociology from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences at the New University of Lisbon. He is an Assistant Professor at the Higher School of Education and Social Sciences of the Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (ESECS-IPP) and a Researcher of the IPP’s Valoriza Research Center. He is an integrated researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center in the Social Sciences of the New University of Lisbon (CICS.NOVA) and researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Constructive Communities on Functional Aging (Age.Comm). He is Head of the Department of Social Sciences, Territory and Development and Vice-President of the Technical-Scientific Council of ESECS-IPP. He is Coordinator of the Master of Gerontology of IPP. In his research activity, he has been studying end of life processes in the context of palliative care, processes of ageing and foresight methodologies in the field of Gerontology. He has been a reviewer in a number of specialized journals in the fields of social sciences and health sciences, including publications indexed in Elsevier. He is an editor of the board of Cambridge Scholars Publishing. His more recent scientific article, written in co-authorship, can be found here. Colleague and co-author João Emílio Alves, IPP, Portuga

Thomas Vanhove

Thomas Vanhove is lecturer mechanics and energy systems. He is also researcher in the research centre ‘Sustainable Resources’. Thomas Vanhove has participated in the project ‘ Control of residential loads and energy storage supports the integration of renewable energy sources’  and a second one ‘Power quality with green energy sources linked to the net and microgrids’. He has also been part of some European projects such as ‘DCT-REES: Direct Current Technology – Renewable Energy education and Skill development”.

Jan Elsen

Jan Elsen is lecturer electricity, power electronics and drive technology in the study programmes Energy Technology, Electromechanics and Electronics-ICT.

Together with Thomas Vanhove Jan Elsen was the driving force of the mobile energy unit and the Moving Lab. As a researcher in the research center ‘Sustainable Resources’ he is involved in various projects such as  ‘Overcoming an electrical black-out in a residential microgrid’ and ‘Power quality with green energy sources’. He also participated in the European projects ‘DCT-REES: Direct Current Technology – Renewable Energy education and Skill development’.

Thibaud Van Lindt

Thibaud Van Lindt graduated as MSc Energy. He started his carreer as an energy consultant in the energy and industrial sector. Today, he’s energy manager at Borealis and responsible for climate and energy related topics. Thibaud will give you insight in how Borealis is contributing to a sustainable future.

  1. An introduction to Borealis
  2. Plastics: a climate solution and a waste problem
  3. The future of plastics
  4. The chemical plant of the future

Thibaud Van Lindt
Energy Manager Belgium and the Netherlands
Borealis Kallo nv

Alice Lemesle

Alice Lemesle, Sustainability Manager Danone Belgium

After graduating with a Master’s degree in Sustainable development at Paris Dauphine University in France, Alice Lemesle joined Danone in 2020, to work on packaging, circular economy and product environmental footprint among other topics.
At Danone Belux, she is responsible for co-building, deploying and animating the “One Planet One Health” strategy of Danone for all the categories (plant-based and dairy products, waters, infant and medical nutrition).
She works transversally with the different functions of the company and engages the Danoners to be activists and contribute to the transition to a more sustainable food system.
She is connecting and working hand in hand with external partners to mutually benefit from various expertise and develop impactful projects and partnerships.
Together, Danone aims at best serving the communities considering our planet’s limits and continuously improving, as part of Danone B-corp engagement. »

Henk Van der Hyde

Henk Van der Hyde, Energies and Utilities Manager – Danone Belgium, Rotselaar Factory

Henk graduated as a mechanical and electrical technician. He had the opportunities to fill positions ranging from hands on maintenance and reliance technician, maintenance manager, project engineer and sustainability manager. With this background he learned the importance of efficiency of operations in all aspects to reduce dependency on natural resources. Through collaboration with key stakeholders and peers he has co-developed projects to see Danone reducing water consumption and circular technologies, energy efficiency improvements and ultimately green energy, efficient maintenance practices and circular economy of packaging. The key to success for Danone as manufacturers and any other industrial operation is to future proof their businesses as a collective – when it comes to nature there may not be any competition. 


Registration fee

Live participation on campus

Erasmus students when receiving an Erasmus grant from their home university: no fee
Erasmus students NOT receiving an Erasmus grant from their home university: 95 euro
Non Erasmus students: 95 euro

Virtual participation

30 euro


For students

Shared rooms (3 to 4 people) will be booked for you in Hasselt, from Sunday 13 March 2022 untill Friday morning 18 March 2022: 125 euro

More information:
Please DO NOT book your flight before you get official confirmation of acceptance.

For guest lecturers

Please book your accommodation yourself.


Travel info

Visit the Campus Diepenbeek webpage for travel info on how to get to the campus and how to get to Hasselt, the nearest city with regular train connections to an from the airports in the Brussels region.