Final keynote speaker of Europump annual meeting announced

Carolynn Bernier, research engineer at CEA — the French alternative energies and atomic energy commission — and consortium coordinator of the CIRPASS project, in charge of defining the framework for the EU digital product passport (DPP), is the final keynote speaker of the European Pump Association (Europump) annual meeting.

Europump represents 15 national associations across Europe. Hosted by the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) and sponsored by WEG — a global company in motor, drive, and asset management systems technology, the meeting will take place in Windsor, UK from 22-24 May 2024.

This meeting offers commercial value at a practical level for Europe’s pump manufacturers and suppliers. Bernier will join the rest of the invited speakers to share their expertise, along with activities of Europump commissions: technical, standards, marketing and SME.

With DPP expected to come into force by 2027, and gradually expanded to product groups including pumps and their related systems, Bernier’s presentation, entitled ‘DPP — the current state of play’, will provide delegates with updates and an increased understanding of DPP deployment. 

Bernier holds a degree in computer engineering from the University of Toronto and a PhD in microelectronics from the National Polytechnic Institute of Grenoble. Her background is in integrated circuit design for Internet of Things (IoT) wireless communications and her current research activities include smart embedded perception systems, and digital technologies for the circular economy and sustainable electronics.

Her presentation will take place on the morning of 23 May 2024, ahead of the presentation by Mike Otten, director, edge and intelligence, Xylem, which will address artificial intelligence (AI) in the pump manufacturing industry, and how to harness digital twins and generative AI for an evolution of the sector.

During the afternoon, as part of the marketing and SME commission updates, Oxford Economics lead economist Kiran Ahmed will present key findings from the 2024 World Pump report, which will have been published just weeks before the event.

Then, on 24 May 2024, WEG sustainability and corporate affairs director Daniel Godinho with WEG engineering director Martin Brand will offer a talk on the ethical, ecological, and commercial benefits of sustainability. This will be followed by Stephen Phipson, chief executive, Make UK, who will provide an overview of the UK’s political arena and its impact on the manufacturing sector both at home and abroad.

Europump secretary general Lisa Kretschmann said, “We are delighted to have secured the engagement of such renowned experts, whose wisdom and insight will be of immense value to our audience of senior pump executives.”

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