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Industry transforms – towards circular economy


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This year we put the spotlight on Circular Economy (CE) and how CE can contribute to the sustainability goals. The transformation process involves many scientific challenges, organisational challenges and the need for change in education. The KTH Transformation Day 2023 gathers KTH researchers related to CE and industry partners. Key issues relate to identifying needs for change, the need for new knowledge and research, as well as need for education.

Time: Thu 2023-10-19 09.00 - 15.30

Location: Arenan & Torget, Teknikringen 1, KTH Campus, Stockholm

Language: English

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Register here

The last day to register is 12 October 2023.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and coffee

9:00 – 9:05 Welcome

  • KTH Industrial Transformation Platform Directors Monica Bellgran, Kerstin Forsberg, and Martin Edin Grimheden

9:05 – 10:20 Session 1: A Systematic View of Circular Economy

We start off the day with a systematic perspective on Circular Economy. Circulating resources, aiming to zero waste and pollution, as well as regenerating nature for a thriving biodiversity are primary objectives of circular economy (CE). These ambitious objectives demand for a systemic approach, which is one of the underlining characteristics of circular economy. This session will explore the systemic approach in connection with CE implementation, especially focusing on the manufacturing industry. 

Moderator: Monica Bellgran ​​​​​​​

10:20 – 10:50 Coffee

10:50 – 12:00 Session 2: Circular Innovations

Along with defining strategies for the transformation to a Circular Economy, the innovation of materials, products, services, processes, and not least business models is happening. In this session, we will meet representatives of different approaches to this.

Moderator: Magnus Wiktorsson ​​​​​​​

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch based on "One Planet Plate"

13:00 – 14:15 Session 3: Enabling Technology for CE

The session focuses on digitalisation and infrastructure to enable a circular economy. Challenges and opportunities with digital tools and platforms. What is the state of the art, what is being developed today? How is our industry transforming?

Moderator: Martin Edin Grimheden ​​​​​​​

14:15 – 14:45 Coffee

14:45 – 15:30 Session 4: What happens now? Where do we go from here?

In this session, we bring back speakers from the previous sessions to discuss future pathways. How do we proceed from here?

  • KTH Vice President for Research Annika Borgenstam ​​​​​​​
  • The Swedish Association for Responsible Consumption (Föreningen Medveten Konsumtion i Sverige), Jennie Grute ​​​​​​​, Secretary General

Moderators: ​​​​​​​Sofia Ritzén and Martin Grimheden​​​​​​​


Register here

The last day to register is 12 October 2023.

Call for posters

Please share your research with all KTH Industrial Transformation researchers and give KTH Transformation Day 2023 participants a taste of KTH's best industrial transformation research. We welcome all KTH researchers to present a poster - Big challenges are solved together!

Call for posters for KTH Transformation Day 2023