Speakers Ready to Share Their Views at CEDA-IADC Dredging Conference

Preparations for the upcoming CEDA-IADC Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure Conference have reached an advanced stage.

The two-day-long program (19 and 20 November), taking place in the heart of Amsterdam at the Beurs van Berlag, will gather professionals from all sectors involved in the realization of a dredging project.

Speakers from inside the industry – including Professor Dr. Patrick Meire (University of Antwerp), Jaap van Thiel de Vries (Boskalis), Dr. Mark Lee (HR Wallingford’s Dredging Group) and Dr. Todd Bridges (US Army Corps of Engineers) – are ready to share their views and experiences with the participants.

The Conference will confer quintessential knowledge for planners, designers, decision makers, regulators, contractors, project owners and environmental advocates.

Meet the speakers


Patrick is a professor in biology and head of the research group Ecosystem Management (ECOBE) at the University of Antwerp in Belgium. His research focuses on the environmental impact of human activities on aquatic and wetland systems, and these insights are used to develop concepts for integrated water and ecosystem management.


Jaap graduated from the department of Fluid Mechanics of Delft University of Technology in 2003. He worked in Deltares as a senior adviser/researcher. Later, he joined Hydronamic, the Engineering group of Boskalis in 2013 as a senior engineer within the Marine Environment and Morphology group.


Choco Evangelist Ynzo van Zanten is an economist, author, entrepreneur and storyteller of Tony’s Chocolonely. His entrepreneurial ambitions drove him to set up Innocent Drinks in the Benelux. Ynzo is initiator of the ‘Sustainable Leadership & Entrepreneurship’ program of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and Delft University of Technology.


Currently Group Manager of HR Wallingford’s Dredging Group, Mark has a background in marine monitoring and surveying with a focus on dredging-related projects. For over 20 years, he has specialised in coastal oceanographic surveys and coastal and fluvial sediment transport measurements, and worked on projects in the sectors of ports and shipping, construction, energy, oil and gas, and water.


As the U.S. Army’s Senior Research Scientist for Environmental Science, Todd’s responsibilities include leading research, development and environmental initiatives for the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Todd is the Director of the Center for Contaminated Sediments (CCS) and the Program Manager for the Dredging Operations Environmental Research (DOER) program.

Check out the full program at www.sustainabledredging.com, register and get involved in this high-level, international dredging event.