Community Square

Community Square

 The place to be for a great conversation!

For a good conversation you are at the right spot at Community Square in 2018. None other than Jan Versteegh, known from the tv-show 'Wie is de mol?' moderated the discussions between professionals about subjects that will radically change the sector in the next years. With live ON-AIR talk shows about relevant themes, you're welcome to join in on the conversation.

We will soon announce the program of Community Square 2019.

See the biographies of the speakers and see the program of the event in 2018 below.

ON-AIR Talkshows

Each talkshow runs for 30 minutes so they are easy to combine with your exhibition visit. The talkshows are also live streamed on amongst others and the Facebook page of Navingo Career.

Program Community Square 2018

11:00-11:15 - Official opening Navingo Career Event
11:15-11:45 - ON-AIR Talkshow: Young, energetic and in transition
11:45-12:00 - Kickoff search Young Maritime Representatives
12:15-12:30 - Inspirational Talk - Jan-Willem van der Graaf
12:45-13:00 - Quiz: Dit was het
13:15-13:45 - ON-AIR Talkshow: Maritime Gamechangers
14:00-14:15 - Inspirational Talk - André Steenhuis
14:30-15:00 - ON-AIR Talkshow: The bubbly North Sea
15:15-15:45 - ON-AIR Talkshow: Wind at sea, jumping board for progress


11:00 Official opening Navingo Career Event
Opening speaker: Annemieke Den Otter, Business Unit Manager Exhibition & Events, Navingo BV

11:15 - 11:45 - ON-AIR TALKSHOW - Young, Energetic and in Transition

In Paris in december 2015, 195 countries decided to stop global warming. Decreasing CO2 emission, for example by using less fossile energysources such as coal, oil and gas, plays an important role. In the maritime & offshore sector, companies are also busy trying to reduce the CO2 emissions of their operations and about switching to a cleaner energy system. Jan Versteegh will talk with students, young professionals and professionals about the energy transition in their companies and sector and what these may mean for their own career development.

Talkshow guests:
• Amanda Mackintosh, Manager Business Development & Marketing, Bayards en Board Member, Young IRO
• Senja Boom, Student Sustainable Energy Technology, Technische Universiteit Delft en lid, Community of Energy Top Talents
• Jelle van de Ridder, Young Maritime Representative, Student Maritieme Techniek, Rotterdam Mainport University
• Lisa van Beveren, Area Sales Manager, MarFlex en Board Member, YoungShip
• Vincent Doedee, Sustainability Advisor, Heerema Marine Contractors

11.45 – 12.00 Kickoff search Young Maritime Representatives
For the 6th year in a row,Nederland Maritiem Land searches maritime young ambassadors, who want to become the figurehead of the maritime industry. Are you a student at a maritime educational institution at mbo-, hbo- or University level and do you want to inspire other young people to choose an education or job in the maritime world? Then you can become the next Young Maritime Representative (YMR). The kickoff of the search takes place at the Career Event! 
• Dennis van der Meer, YMR en Student Scheeps- en jachtbouw, STC
• Desiree Raaijman, YMR en Student Officier Logistieke Dienst, Koninklijk Instituut voor de Marine
• Jelle van de Ridder, YMR en Student Maritieme Techniek, Rotterdam Mainport University
• Laura Slootweg, YMR en Student Maritieme Techniek, TU Delft

12:15 - 12:30 Inspirational Talk
"What makes you tick at the start of your career?" Jan-Willem van der Graaf, former CEO of Seaway Heavy Lifting and board member of IRO tells an inspiring story about your career in the sector.

Speaker: Jan-Willem van der Graaf, former CEO Seaway Heavy Lifting, board member IRO

12.45 – 13.00 Quiz: Dit was het
How good is your knowledge about the maritime and offshore energy sector? Are you completely informed about the latest news? Do you know all the terms from the industry? Test your knowledge and enter the 'Dit was het, Quiz, presented by Jan Versteegh (from Wie is de mol?).

13:15 - 13:45 ON-AIR TALKSHOW Maritime gamechangers

In the maritime & offshore sector, optimizing technologies is a constant priority. But which new developments go beyond improvements, which inventions are going to radically change the industry? The host will talk with different companies from the sector about amongst others emission-free sailing, autonomous sailing, 3D printing, and what this all means for shipping companies, ship builders, suppliers, and everyone working in the supply chain. 

Talkshow guests:

  • Jelmer de Lange, Managing Director, Jules Dock Innovation
  • Eric Romeijn, Department Head Research and Development, Huisman Equipment B.V.     
  • Kees Custers, Senior Research Engineer, Damen Shipyards

14.00 – 14.15 Inspirational Talk
The Inspirational Talks were created to inspire you about working in the sector from a personal perspective.
Speaker: André Steenhuis, Vice President Innovation, Allseas

14:30 - 15:00 ON-AIR TALKSHOW The bubbly North Sea

One of the talkshows will also discuss the North Sea. In the last 2 years, we see a lot of developments with important consequences for both the offshore and maritime sector. On the one hand, reduction of offshore oil- and gas extraction, and on the other hand, construction of windparks at sea. These changes influence the way the North Sea is organized, the way we work at sea and the material and personnel we need at sea. 

Talkshow guests:

  • Jo Peters, Secretaris Generaal, NOGEPA 
  • Ruud de Bruijne, Project manager offshore wind energy at RVO (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland)               
  • Wiebrand Bouwkamp, Senior application manager AIS infrastructure, Rijkswaterstaat
  • Bart Gijsberts, Bestuur Dispuut Offshore Technology and Master Student Offshore & Dredging Engineering, TU Delft

15:15 - 15:45 ON-AIR TALKSHOW Wind at sea, jumping board for progress

Wind at sea is doing well, especially at the North Sea. At this moment, windparks in the Dutch part of the North Sea are producing 950MW electricity, enough for about 1 million households for an entire year. Over the next 5 years, we need an additional 3.500 MW. In 2023 a total of 4,5 million households need to use electricity from wind at sea. What does it take to install a windpark at sea? Where will these windparks be located and why else is wind at sea so good, besides clean electicity? Jan Versteegh discusses the windsector with students, teachers, starts and seniors, about developments in wind, how those contribute to a cleaner energy supply and sustainable progress, including your own progress. 

This talkshow is organised in cooperation with CAREER (

Talkshow guests:

  • Jasper Vis, Country Manager, Ørsted Holland   
  • Willem den Ouden, Managing Director, Centre of Expertise Water & Energy, Board member Stichting CAREER                
  • Joost Pellis, Manager Global Business Development, Atlas Professionals

  Community Square's moderator Jan Versteegh



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