E&E Congress, the flagship industry conference for the asphalt and bitumen sectors, is moving online in 2021, following the event’s postponement last year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
The programme, originally scheduled to take place in Madrid, will now take place virtually in June and will include a combination of presentations and workshops as well as opportunities for delegates to engage with sponsor organisations and exhibitors.
Organised by the European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA) and Eurobitume, the conference’s overall theme remains: “Asphalt 4.0 for future mobility”. Siobhan McKelvey, Director General of Eurobitume and a member of the E&E organising committee, explained why involvement from across the sector is key: “Next year’s event will be an important opportunity to share experiences and come together as an industry to discuss the potential challenges that lie ahead as we work to ‘build back better’.
“Undoubtedly, this is a transformative time for future mobility, with stakeholders more open to new scenarios than perhaps they were before the world was impacted by COVID-19.
“Road, cycle and pedestrian networks are being adapted right now. And, combined with expected shifts in the types and volume of traffic, the increased uptake of asset management approaches– the implications for our sector are fundamental. The coming years will see changing demands placed on our roads as we transition to new modes of mobility and respond to the effects of climate change while seeking to achieve carbon net zero.
“Industry-wide involvement at the E&E Congress next year is vital to broaden the debate so we can move forward together. No individual or organisation has all the answers and voices from across the sector need to be heard.”
More information on Asphalt 4.0 can be found at https://www.eecongress2021.org/