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UNPRECEDENTED | Industrial Dialogues - ERCI Conference on Mobility and COVID-19

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UNPRECEDENTED: Industrial Dialogues

ERCI Conference on Mobility and COVID-19

The Science counterattacks

COVID-19 has changed the way of using public transportation. Operators must apply new protocols (not defined so far) to generate confidence in the population. What tools do we currently have?

The European Railway Clusters Initiative (ERCI) Conference on Mobility and COVID-19: The Science Counterattacks will address this extremely topic issue from different perspectives coming from the Academic World.

The Conference will cover a wide variety of approaches: sensor systems to control simultaneously temperature and social distancing, electrochemical sensors to detect the level of viral load, rapid diagnostic nanosensor platforms against pandemics, simulation technologies to minimize the risk of contagion caused by air stream flows in stations and public transport vehicles. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from the best Scholars, united against COVID-19. The science counterattacks!


10:00 – 10:05 | Welcome and presentation of ERCI – Mr. Dirk Ulrich Krueger                            Spokesperson of ERCI

10:05 – 10:10 | Introduction – Dr Eng. Ignasi Gómez-Belinchón - Cluster                                 Manager Railgrup

10:10 - 10:25 | Contagion and mobility. SARS-CoV-2 – Dr Enric Alvarez -                                   Researcher of the Research Group on Computational Biology                            and Complex Systems (BIOCOM-SC), Universitat Politècnica                            de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech (UPC)

10:25 – 10:40 | Sensor system to control simultaneously temperature and                                   social distancing in public transportation transit and waiting                                  zones. – Eng. Ute Franke - 5MICRON

10:40 – 11:10 | Electrochemical sensors to detect the level of viral load.                                      Learning from “in silico” experiments – Prof. Carlos Alemán -                            BarcelonaTech. IMEM-BRT Group. Dept. of Chemical                                           Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona                            Tech (UPC)
                         Case use applied to industry – Dr. Pau Turon Dols, PhD                                   (Chem), PhD; (B.Adm), VP Research and Development.                                      B. Braun Group(Spain)

11:10 – 11:25 | Rapid diagnostic nanosensor platforms against pandemics. – .                            Dr. Bergoi Ibarlucea – Head of Biosensing Activities, Institute                            of Materials Science, Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials                               Dresden

11:25 – 11:40 | Air stream flows in stations and public transport vehicles as a                            key element in the potential for virus spread. Simulation                                      technologies to be applied to minimize the risk of contagion -                               Prof. Joaquim Rigola - Heat and Mass Transfer Technological                          Center (CTTC). Departament de Màquines i Motors Tèrmics.                               Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - Barcelona Tech (UPC)

11:40 – 12:00 | Questions and Answers

Moderated by

Dr. Ignasi Gómez-Belinchón, Cluster Manager Railgrupp




UNPRECEDENTED Webinar Series was born as a transversal proposal to the challenges of Circular economy, Digitalization and Technology transfer.

Together we have prepared a series of meetings online, under the name of Industrial Dialogues, how the industry can cope with the challenges considered by the situation of the "New normal".

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  • Guest speaker
    Mr. Dirk-Ulrich Krüger Spokesman @ ERCI

    With 12 years of experience as BTS Rail Saxony cluster manager with focus on international cooperation projects, strategic development and member acquisition of the cluster. In 2010 he has been the Co-initiator of the railway initiative ERCI, since 2016 he has been the ERCI spokesman

  • Guest speaker
    Prof. Joaquim Rigola Professor at UPC Researcher and Promoter @ Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - CTTC UPC

    Works in the numerical simulation and experimental validation of heat and mass transfer phenomena applied to HVAC & R systems; participating in KIC, Urban Mobility, H2020 CleanSky projects, from medicine inhalation to aircraft particle protection systems, etc.

  • Guest speaker
    Dr. Pau Turon Dols PhD (Chem), PhD (B.Adm), VP Research and Development @ B. Braun Group

    Vice-President of Research and Development at B. Braun Group (Spain), a multinational company active in the pharmaceutical and medical device sector. He is Doctor in Chemistry and Business Administration and author of more than 50 scientific articles and 10 patents

  • Guest speaker
    Dr. Bergoi Ibarlucea Head of Biosensing Activities @ Institute of Materials Science, Max Bergmann Center of Biomaterials Dresden

    With background in Biology, he devoted his career to biosensors. In December 2013, he joined the group of Prof. Gianaurelio Cuniberti as a postdoctoral researcher in Dresden, where he worked on label-free electrical biosensors. Since the end of 2019 he leads the biosensing activities of the group.

  • Guest speaker
    Eng. Ute Franke CEO @ 5MICRON

    Started at the Brandenburg airship developer Cargo Lifter AG and later on, at the Aerospace Supplier FTI GmbH-Berlin. Roles such as Key Account Mng of Rolls-Royce and the establishment of the R&D division with international research projects were her motivation to found 5micron GmbH in Berlin, 2015

  • Guest speaker
    Prof. Carles Alemán IMEM-BRT Group. Dept. of Chemical Engineering @ UPC

    Full Professor of Chemical Engineering at the UPC and principal investigator of the group "Innovation in Materials and Molecular Engineering". Associate Researcher at IBEC (Institute of BioEngineering Center) and Director of the Laboratory of the Center for Environmental Sciences (LCMA) of UPC

  • Guest speaker
    Dr Enric Alvarez Researcher of the Research Group on Computational Biology and Complex Systems @ BIOCOM-SC, UPC

    Doctorate in physics for the U. of Barcelona and got a post-doctoral fellowship in biophysics in the Weizmann Institute of Science. Currently, member of BIOCOM-SC research group, working on cardiac arrhythmias and member of the Covid19 tracking team coordinated by Dra. Clara Prats for the EC

  • Guest speaker
    Dr. Ignasi Gómez-Belinchón Cluster Manager @ Railgrup

    Rail-based mobility cluster that brings together more than 100 companies and institutions. Member of the Steering Committee of the European Railway Cluster Initiative. He has participated in various mobility and merchandise studies, in research and business projects.

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