FERMA Press Release "Bertrand Piccard at Forum 2013"


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FERMA Press Release "Bertrand Piccard at Forum 2013"

  1. 1. Press release 17 June 2013 Solar Impulse initiator and pilot Piccard to speak at FERMA Forum 2013 Bertrand Piccard, founderand pilot of the world’s first successful solar powered plane and psychiatrist, is to be the opening keynote speaker at the 2013 Risk Management Forum of the Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA). The Forum will take place from 29 September to 2 October at Maastricht in the Netherlands. http://www.ferma.eu/ferma-forum-2013/ Dr Piccard, Initiator, Chairman and Pilot of Solar Impulse, previously spoke at the 2007 FERMA Forum when therevolutionary aircraft was still in planning. Now in 2013, he will be able to describe Solar Impulse’s achievements since then andits current flight across America. Solar Impulse completed the third leg of its Across Americamission when Dr Piccard landed the aircraft at Lambert-St Louis Airport in Missouri on 4 June 2013. FERMA executive manager, Florence Bindelle, said: “We are excited about hearing about the progress of Solar Impulse and Dr Piccard’s approach to controlling the risks of such a revolutionary project. We thank Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, which is the sole insurer for Solar Impulse, for supporting his appearance at the Forum.” Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1958, Dr Piccard studied medicine with a double specialisation in psychiatry and
  2. 2. psychotherapy.Since childhood, he says, he has been fascinated by how humans behave in extreme situations, and passionate about exploration. In the 1970s, he was one of the pioneers of hang gliding and ultralight flying. An enthusiastic aviator, he then went on to obtain licenses to fly balloons, airplanes, gliders and motor-gliders. In March 1999 he made the first non-stop, round-the-world balloon flight, thus achieving, together with Englishman Brian Jones, the longest flight ever in the history of aviation. After this, says Dr Piccard, the vision of flying around the world day and night without using any fuel seemed an obvious next step. http://www.solarimpulse.com/ Note to journalists You are welcome to attend the Forum. Contact Lee Coppack as below. For more information, contact Lee Coppack FERMA media coordinator lee@coppack.co.uk or +44 (0)20 8318 0330 or +44 (0)7843 089904 Or Florence Bindelle FERMA executive manager florence.bindelle@ferma.eu or +32 (2) 761 94 31 About FERMA The Federation of European Risk Management Associations (FERMA) brings together 22 national risk management associations in 20 European countries. FERMA has 4,500 individual members representing a wide range of business sectors from major industrial and commercial companies to financial institutions and local government bodies. These members play a crucial role for their organisations with respect to the management and treatment of complex risks and insurance issues.
  3. 3. Member associations are from the following countries: Belgium (BELRIM), Czech Republic (ASPAR CZ), Denmark (DARIM), Finland (FinnRiMa), France (AMRAE), Germany (DVS/BfV), Italy (ANRA), Luxembourg (PRiM), Malta (MARM), Netherlands (NARIM), Norway (NORIMA), Poland (POLRISK), Portugal (APOGERIS), Russia (RusRisk), Slovenia (Sl.RISK), Spain (AGERS and IGREA), Sweden (SWERMA), Switzerland (SIRM), Turkey (ERMA) and United Kingdom (Airmic).