Lieve Helsen and Wim Boydens embody the colourful synergy between academia and practitioners through fruitful research collaborations and driving forces in multiple organizations, among them IBPSA-NVL, ODE, EHPA, ATIC, ESP. Full of enthusiasm they act as the Conference Chairs of the BS2021 Conference with the aim to create real impact. They stimulate interaction between researchers and practitioners, exchange knowledge and skills, create an atmosphere to make plans for future projects, collaborations and cooperations. In the run-up to BS2021, they trigger all societal levels by provoking awareness, curiosity and competition, and by convincing different stakeholders that being @ BS2021 is a must. Behind the screens they coordinate all actions needed to create a breeding ground for quality and excellence, embraced by history, industry and undoubtedly policy, topped with a relaxing atmosphere inherently found in the calm, safe, inspiring and welcoming city centre of Bruges … an experience which is more than a conference!
It will feel as too short, but we will translate this into ‘never ending’ by creating an environment that allows ideas popping up and giving seeds for continuous creation of impact. We will draw attention of policy makers, industries, designers, practitioners such as architects, consultants, contractors and stakeholder associations, besides researchers, generating feedback from society while tackling challenges in energy transition.