What to Look Forward to at SPF EMEA 2019

May 28, 2019

SPF EMEA will take place in Paris on June 24-26. It’s mainly targeted to a European audience, but we have seen a growing presence of attendees and speakers from North America and Australia over the years. SPF EMEA is now a truly global event.

In this post we highlight things that you should look forward to at the event. This will give you a good idea of what to expect if you have not registered yet.

1) High-Impact Opening Keynotes

SPF EMEA will take place over three days. The first day is an afternoon for existing clients and includes the Customer Innovation Challenge, where great ideas for new features and functionality emerge.

The full conference takes place the second and third days. Each of the two days will feature a high-impact opening keynote that will include many lessons to remember.

The keynote on June 25 will focus on you. It will provide lessons that will help you in many ways, personally and professionally.

In March 2019, during the 70th Anniversary of the Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II and world dignitaries heard from Lewis Pugh, an ocean advocate, pioneer swimmer and explorer. Lewis was the first person to swim across the sub-zero waters of the North Pole. He is also the only person to have completed a long-distance swim in every ocean of the world.

In his keynote on Achieving the Impossible, Lewis will explain how he has learned to harness the energy that comes from overcoming extraordinary odds. You’ll learn how to successfully address internal challenges and make a difference.

Whereas the keynote on June 25 will focus on you, the keynote on June 26 will focus on your organization. David Metcalfe, CEO and co-founder of Verdantix, will deliver the keynote address. For over 10 years, Verdantix has been the leading independent research firm in EHS, quality, and operational risk technologies. The Verdantix Green Quadrant EHS Software 2019 report is the gold standard regarding the benchmark of EHS software.

At SPF EMEA, David will talk about the need for EHS departments to think big about strategic approaches to technology adoption, and how integrated platforms enable collaboration between EHS and operations. David’s keynote will provide takeaways that aim to benefit your organization as a whole.

2) Topics That Matter

If you’re trying to justify your presence at SPF EMEA to your manager, one of the best ways is to explain that the conference will cover topics that are directly relevant to your job. SPF EMEA will include the following tracks:

  • Environment, Health and Safety (EHS)
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)
  • Sustainability and Reporting
  • Process Safety Management and Control of Work
  • Product Stewardship and Supply Chain
  • Innovation and Technology

The wide range of topics ensures that there will be sessions tailored to your needs, whether you work in safety, environmental compliance, GRC, operations, sustainability and CSR, technology, supply chain, or product compliance.

3) The Convergence of EHS and ORM in Action

At one of the opening keynotes, David Metcalfe will talk about the convergence of EHS and Operational Risk Management (ORM). At SPF EMEA, you’ll also see real-life examples of such convergence.

Last year, Wolters Kluwer, our parent company, acquired eVision, a global leader in industrial operational risk management software for the oil & gas, chemical, pharmaceutical, and other high-risk industries.

Together, Enablon and eVision help companies better align EHS and ORM.

Earlier this year, at SPF Houston, we provided examples of integrations between Enablon and eVision solutions. At SPF EMEA we’ll go further and walk you through tangible use cases of integrations, and show you the benefits of bringing EHS, risk management and operations together.

4) Industry 4.0 Technology Here and Now

With Industry 4.0 and digital transformation, physical assets and systems will communicate more with each other, and with humans. This will also lead to more machine-generated data through sensors, beacons and drones connected via the IoT.

More data also means more opportunities to generate predictive insights, especially through advanced analytics and artificial intelligence. If you think that all of these are futuristic concepts not yet available, think again.

At SPF EMEA, you will see how you can evolve from reactively complying and reporting, to proactively predicting and preventing incidents. Not only will we answer the question “Why it matters”, but also “How it happens”.

There’s of course much more at SPF EMEA, including:

  • User groups and training sessions.
  • Networking opportunities.
  • Updates on the Enablon roadmap.
  • A cocktail reception and gala dinner at the renowned Le Pré Catelan, an elegant Napoleon III-style pavilion.

Finally, the venue of SPF EMEA is close enough to the Eiffel Tower that you will have gorgeous views of the iconic monument both during the day and night.

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Jean-Grégoire Manoukian

Content Thought Leader