The Side Conference: Public Perception

within the framework of the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference

The common public is increasingly critical towards large and also small infrastructure projects - whether it is about the health, the safety, the environment or "simply" about one's own property, the public dialogue is becoming increasingly complex.

In the context of the internationality of the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc) in Berlin, we want to engange at the ptc Side Conference: Public Perception in a joint exchange on various international problems and approaches.

Although ptc is a technical conference, there has been a growing interest in public perception over the last few years, which is why the Organizer EITEP Institute will host the ptc Side Conference: Public Perception for the first time in 2019 on the day before the ptc main conference and exhibition.

New challenges for infrastructure projects

Construction projects are increasingly being called into question.
The closer a construction project moves, the greater the interest and critical commitment of citizens. Not only the type of implementation (e.g. the technology used, in the case of line-bound infrastructure also the route guidance), but also the fundamental necessity are often questioned. Even "hidden" infrastructures such as pipelines, which in the past were of little or no public interest, are now the subject of public attention.

At the same time, it can be seen that citizens' trust in established institutions, actors and procedures is result, legal legitimacy can no longer be equated with social legitimacy.
The public is not sufficiently informed
Especially in highly industrialised areas such as Central Europe, the population is largely unaware of how important pipelines are for their daily lives and whether the continuous operation of pipelines actually has many effects on their daily lives. There is little awareness of how many of these veins are already running through the ground and how successfully the pipeline-operating institutions are maintaining the infrastructure.
Public participation is being demanded
Pipeline projects are now more than ever the subject of public debate and will continue to be viewed increasingly closely and critically in the near future. Previous practices of dealing with - or not dealing with - the public are no longer accepted and therefore a dialogue is necessary on how to deal with criticism, protest and manipulation in planning, construction and operation.
Public authorities have also recognised the new challenges
The “Citizens and (environmental) groups fear that the realization of [infrastructure] projects will have a considerable negative impact on the quality of local life and the environment. Therefore they announce themselves in the context of the planning and approval procedures - asked or unasked - ever louder to word. They use the participation formats offered and, in most cases, demand more far-reaching opportunities for participation and co-decision.” (

German Federal Environment Agency, 2017)

join the PTC

The ptc Side Conferences are the new event format for the Pipeline Technology Conference (ptc), the leading pipeline conference in Europe.
A new format within a technical conference
Unlike the ptc, which aims to bring the technical community together and exchange information on new developments in the pipeline sector, the side conferences deal with non-technical topics, which are no less important: The problems of public perception as well as the qualification and recruitment of personnel.

At the ptc Side Conferences, high-ranking speakers from the global pipeline industry will talk about their challenges and solutions and enter into dialogue with the international participants.

The respective local approaches will be discussed and perhaps some approaches can also be applied to your particular challenges.

For more information, have a look at
Europe's leading Pipeline Conference and Exhibition
With more than 70 exhibitors, 700 participants and 100 presentations, ptc 2019 will once again be the largest pipeline conference in Europe.

The outstanding importance of ptc can also be expressed by other figures: Participants come from over 50 countries worldwide and over 60 pipeline operators.

As a participant of the ptc Side Conference: Public Perception on Monday, 18 March, you may attend the opening event of the 14th Pipeline Technology Conference on Tuesday, 19 March.

Also included is the participation at the ptc Reception on Monday evening with representatives of the exhibitors and the ptc Advisory Committee.

You may also attend both events by getting a discounted Combo Ticket in our ticket shop below.

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ptc Side Conference "Public Perception" - Program

Monday, 18 March 2019

09:00-10:00 Registration (Foyer ECC Room 2)

10:00-10:30 Opening & Introduction (ECC Room 2)

"Welcome" Bernd Vogel, Head of Network Department, GASCADE Gastransport, Germany

10:30-12:30 Situation & Examples (ECC Room 2)

Current projects' work presented.

Session Chair: NN

"Handling of growing opposition to large-scale projects", Prof. Dr. Marcus Mattis, Multi Utility Consulting, Germany

"Public perception of pipeline projects on the example of the ZEELINK project", Dr. Jochen Stratmann, Open Grid Europe, Germany

"International resistance towards the Nord Stream 2 project", NN, Nord Stream 2, Switzerland*

"The Fehmarn Belt Tunnel between Germany and Denmark", Stephan Siegert, Fehmarn A/S, Denmark

12:30-13:30 Lunch Break (Foyer ECC Room 2)

13:30-15:30 Insights (ECC Room 2)

The individual perspectives of the stakeholders

Session Chair: NN

"Operators in the context of legal obligations, private-sector interests and public perception", Thomas Wagner, TenneT, Germany

"How is the industry viewed around the world?", Cliff Johnson, PRCI, United States

"The dread factor - public fears", Susan Chilton, Newcastle University, United Kingdom

"Key factors for successful communication of infrastructure projects - and their impact on strategy and tools", Daniel Hitschfeld, navos, Germany

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break (Foyer ECC Room 2)

16:00-17:30 Measures (ECC Room 2)

Methods to address the public

Session Chair: Daniel Hitschfeld, navos, Germany

"Participation as persistent expectation in a post-modern society: How public communication gains public acceptance", Prof. Dr. Felix Krebber, Pforzheim University, Germany

"Integrity Management - not just about the pipe!", Malcolm Toft, Penspen, United Kingdom

NN, Christian Möller, Arcadis, Germany

17:30-18:30 Panel Discussion (ECC Room 2)

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schmidt, Center of Safety Excellence, Germany

Panelist: Dr. Jochen Stratmann, Open Grid Europe, Germany*
Panelist: Erik Cornelissen, ROSEN Group, Switzerland *
Panelist: Cliff Johnson, PRCI, United States
Panelist: NN, Arcadis, Germany

from 18:30: ptc Reception (with exhibitors, speakers, members of the ptc Advisory Committee)

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

All participants are invited to take part for free in the first half day the ptc Conference & Exhibition on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 (09:00 - 13:30):

  • Opening / Welcome
  • Keynote speech "Learning from Failures: moving from ‘failure’cause to ‘root’ cause"
  • Opening Plenary Session "Eurasian Pipeline Forum - Linking East andWest"
  • Lunch Break
  • Access to the ptc exhibition

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