* Lecture programme is subject to change. All lectures are in English unless stated otherwise.

MaterialDistrict theatre

Morning programme: Today’s Materials for Tomorrow’s Products

On Tuesday 12 March, the visitor of MaterialDistrict Rotterdam can enjoy a sensational speaker programme with the theme ‘Today’s materials for tomorrow’s products’, in which renowned (inter)national architects, scientists, designers, and other experts share the latest innovations regarding materials.

Moderator: Anouk Groen

10:45 Walk in
11:00 Anouk Groen, RNA Design

Title: X-Industry CMF Design Inspiration for Products. A visual journey through the stories, films and mood-boards coving product CMF styling plus the characters and events which drive them.

Anouk’s lecture will looking at the crossover in design-styling focusing on Color Material and Finish from different industries such as automotive, consumer electronics, culture and entertainment, and how they influence and inspire future design and consumer motivation. 

Anouk Groen, director of RNA Design, is the ambassador of the sector Products. She is a trend forecaster, specialised in colour, material and finish design (CMF). With degrees in Product Design (Art Center) and Marketing Management, she focuses not only on the forecasting of colour and design, but also on finding the source of the trend and telling the story that goes with it, and why it is important. 

11:30 Eva van Kempen

Title: Jewelry made of hospital waste

Eva van Kempen is an Amsterdam based goldsmith and jewellery artist. She studied at the vocational school ofgoldsmiths in Schoonhoven and Amsterdam. Her work evolved drastically when she was confronted with serious health issues. 

12:00 Satyendra Pakhalé, Satyendra Pakhalé Associates

Title lecture: Creating Meanings with Materials

Multifaceted designer Satyendra Pakhalé combines the never placated ideal of reaching masses, through true industrial production, in order to contribute to improve the lives of people, with a healthy drive towards the pleasure of making a mark on one’s time with products that are far from silent, never banal and always creating meaningful original designs.


Filip Roscam, Merck

Title: Lifestyle trends translated to automotive colours and materials

Filip Roscam is Design Director at Merck Group, a vibrant science and technology company.

13:00 Jan Berbee, Krown Design

Title: Mycelium; growing material of the future

Jan Berbee is the owner of Krown Design, a manufacturer of beautiful products with agricultural waste and fungus.

13:30 End

Afternoon programme: Today’s Materials for Tomorrow’s Print & Sign

On Tuesday 12 March, the vistor of MaterialDistrict Rotterdam can enjoy a sensational speaker programme with the theme ‘Today’s materials for tomorrow’s print & sign’, in which renowned (inter)national architects, scientists, designers, and other experts share the latest innovations regarding materials.

Moderator: Annemarie Kleve

14:00 Walk in
14:15 Jutta Birkenhauer, GF Smith

Title: The World’s Favourite Colour Project

Jutta Birkenhauer is International Sales Manager at GF Smith, a company that offers paper products, special makes and highly bespoke services tailored specifically to the needs of the creative industries.

14:45 Ariane van Mancius, New Now Next

Ariane van Mancius is the driving force behind Now New Next, the boutique innovation agency. With NowNewNext, Ariane focuses on food and packaging innovations across five wide ranging channels, each requiring their own individual approach: retail, airline, petrol, agriculture and food services.

15:15 Gerben Harmsen, twnkls | augmented reality

Title: Adding value with Augmented Reality

Gerben Harmsen is the founder of twnkls | augmented reality. After a successful career (of 18 years) setting up internet companies and managing large online projects, he proceeded a new business opportunity in the combined areas Mobile, Real time 3D and Augmented Reality.

15:45 Fabienne Bruyninckx, Bruyninckx Designers

Title: Human Colour Perception. The use of colour and material to optimize the well-being and the functioning of people in their environment

Fabienne Bruyninckx is a graphic and industrial designer and also a guest lecturer in several design academies. She has been in charge for more than 25 years of the graphic and industrial design office Bruyninckx Designers in Antwerp.

16:15 Erik Winkler, Schitterend

Title: The value of craft: Gilding, silvering and glass artworks

Erik Winkler is owner of Schitterend, a studio that creates decorated glass artworks, in both classical and modern designs, all made with traditional techniques. 

16:45  End

Partner Theatre

Morning programme: Dutch Center for Circular Textiles

Fashion and textile is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Until 2030 it’s expected that the production of clothing will increase with 60%, leading to a huge increase of local post consumer textile streams. Time is running out and we need to find sustainable innovative solutions. The companies Wieland Textiles, Salvation Army (ReShare), Loop.a life and Zaanstad | MRA, joined forces to set up the Dutch Centre for Circular Textiles. The objective of this initiative is to make the fashion and textile industry more sustainable by setting up a new production facility and innovation lab in Zaanstad | Metropole Region of Amsterdam.

Moderators: Ellen Mensink & Danielle Schouten

10:30 Walk in
11:00 Hans Bon, Wieland Textiles; Simon Smedinga, Salvation Army, ReShare; Els Lenting, Zaanstad; Ellen Mensink, Loop. a life

Launch Dutch Centre for Circular Textiles. Presentation on DCCT ambitions & activities and the potential of local circular production chain.

11:15 Simon Smedinga, Director Salvation Army (ReShare)

Presentation on the future of collecting textiles streams.

11:30 Irma Borgsteede, Stichting Fashion made in Holland; Monique Collignon, Pure; Suzan Jacobs, Former head of Design Steps; Ellen Mensink, Loop.a life

Dialogue on the power of brands and designers and the possibilities for local circular textile production.

12:00 Els Lenting, Zaanstad; Hans Bon, Wieland Textiles

A presentation about the start of the DCCT with live video streaming to see a Dutch innovation on post consumer sorting in action: the Fibersort machine.

12:30 Annemieke Koster, Director Enschede Textielstad; Tynke van den Heuvel, Director Studio Wae; Marten Boels, Program manager circularity MRA

Panel discussion on the future of the Dutch circular textile production.

13:00 End

Afternoon programme: BlueCity Talks

BlueCity is an incubator for circular entrepreneurs in and around Rotterdam. At this moment the hub (situated in a deserted swimming pool) and dynamic community (of entrepreneurs, researchers, neighbours, the government and education) serve as a breeding ground for 16 innovative, circular companies linking their waste-streams. This way they create a much needed tangible and inspiring example for the circular economy, close the loops and build the city and economy of the future. 

Moderator: Emma van der Leest

13:45 Walk in
14:00 Emma van der Leest, BlueCity lab

Title: Biofabricated materials: From the Lab to the High Street

Emma van der Leest is trained as product designer, but has great interest in the field of biofabrication. Biodesign is based on the principles of biofabrication, a field that emerged out of regenerative medicine technologies. She is also the founder of the BlueCity lab.

14:30 Floris Schiferli, Superuse

Floris Schiferli is co-founder of Oogstkaart, a marketplace for professional upcyclers and part of Superuse Studios.

15:00 Lisanne Addink, Coffee Based

Title: From Coffee Waste to Coffee Based

Lisanne Addink is owner of VerdraaidGoed, a company that thinks up solutions for reusing waste materials. Daughter company Coffee Based is a startup that develops various materials based on coffee grounds. 

15:30 Jelle Scharff, BlueRoof
Jelle Scharff is the founder of BlueRoof, a startup that aims to bring new value to waste materials from sewage treatment. They are currently developing a substrate material for green roofs.
16:00 Odile Sips, Studio Ongerept

Title: (k)Not your typical shampoo

During their minor, Studio Ongerept created ‘(k)not your typical shampoo’, shampoo tabs which are made with harmless ingredients. These tabs contain resveratrol, an anti-oxidant extracted from the Japanese knotweed, that helps well for skin aging, hair loss, cancer and it boosts cardiovascular health. This rapidly-growing plant reduces plant biodiversity and can break through concrete on buildingfoundations or the sewer. Besides that, it’s really expensive and hard to get rid of the knotweed, and therefore it’s called ‘the green monster’.
16:00 End