IMMERSE Transnational Exchange Lab a great success!

24 June 2019 - Published by Lisa Simone de Grunt

The first IMMERSE Transnational Exchange Lab was a great success! On 12 and 13 June over 60 participants joined together to discuss a range of estuary-related topics and to network. In addition to two plenary sessions, the programme included four interactive workshops:

  • Sediment management: the Port of Gothenburg
  • Sediment management:
  • Governance
  • Flood protection

The photos that were taken during the Lab are available here.

The list of participants (including contact information) is available here. A workshop report including key outcomes from the discussions, is available here.

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Welcome and introduction to IMMERSE- Frederik Roose, Flanders Department of Mobility and Public Works (IMMERSE Lead Partner)

Introduction to Gothenburg Area - 'Regulation of Lake Vänern - a challenge for the Göta River and Gothenburg' - Håkan Alexandersson, Regional Authority of Vastra Götaland

Introduction to sediment management activities in the Port of Gothenburg - Nikol Nielsen Gulis, Chief of Project Management, Port of Gothenburg

Break-out session 1

Sediment management I - Port of Gothenburg

Introduction to the expansion of Nya Arendal -Eduardo Epifano, Port of Gothenburg

Short film about the stabilization project

Stabilization of TBT polluted sediments: Technology and environment - Per Lindh, Swedish Transport Administration and Kristina Bernstén, COWI

TBT treatment methods from AMORAS treatment plans, Port of Antwerp - Patrick van Goethem, Flemish Department of Mobility and Public Works


Göta Älv case - Delilah Lithner, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)

Integrating Stakeholders in Estuary Management Example of the Elbe Estuary (Germany)- Kirsten Wolfstein, Hamburg Port Authority (presented by Holger Rahlf)

Humber Case - Yvonne Andersson Sköld, Swedish National Road and TRansport Research Institute (VTI)

Break-out session 2

Sediment management II - Research on metal recovery

Treatment and management of organotin and metal contaminated sediment

Flood protection

Göta Älv - flooding issues in the City of Gothenburg - Ulf Moback, City of Gothenburg

Sigmaplan as flood protection strategy in Flanders - Koen Segher, De Vlaamse Waterweg