Future topic – Interdisciplinary – Web seminar at 6 universities in NRW

Creating value instead of throwing it away

Zirkel.Training presents: The idea of sustainable management in cycles

What is it about?

The unchecked consumption of resources in our current economy is not future-oriented. But what do sustainables alternatives look like? An alternative to our wasteful society is the idea of a Circular Economy. Their goal: To hold materials and products in cycle for as long a possible in order to create new value while simultaneously conserving resources and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The NRW-wide events series Zirkel. Training highlights what this means concretely and from the perspectives of different disciplines. Experts from 6 universities took on stations of the Product Life Cycle (from Design to Recycling) and gave insights into the Research fields. Project presentations from entrepreneurial practice and panel discussions supplemented the scientific impulses.  

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The series is aimed at students of all disciplines at universities in NRW, preferably Bachelor’s and Master’s students; however it is open to all interested parties.

Dates and Lectures

2021 Summer Semester

June 01, 2021 14:30-16:00

Integration of product operations in regional eco industrial networks

We are exploring how proximity advantages and regional approaches can induce operational cooperation in the circular economy and efficient use of resources.

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Portrait Martina Fromhold-Eisebith

Prof.‘in Dr. Martina Fromhold-Eisebith, Chair of Economic Geography

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June 17, 2021 | 14:30-16:00

Circular value creation in product development - current status, challenges and solutions

What starting points are there to convert the current linear product development into a recycling process.

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Portrait Eva Schwenzfeier-Hellkamp

Prof.‘in Dr.-Ing. Eva Schwenzfeier-Hellkamp, Institute for Technical Energy Systems (ITES)

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June 29, 2021 | 16:30-18:00

Increasing the efficiency of citizen oriented waste collection in the digital age

Waste-collection efficiency? Is it possible to establish a cycle for plastic products if they are not being recorded? Concepts for a stakeholder discussion.

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Portrait Ralf Holzhauer


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ralf Holzhauer, Center of Recycling Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental and Building Technology

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Brümmer, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Environmental and Building Technology

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2021 Winter Semester

October 29, 2021 | 14:30- 16:00

Using R-Concrete for circular value creation

With the use of R-Concrete, cycles in the resource-intensive construction sector can be closed and thus contribute to circular value creation.

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Portrait Sabine Flamme

Prof.‘in Dr. Sabine Flamme, Department of Civil Engineering, IWARU Institute for Water-Resources-Environment

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November 10, 2021 | 17:30-19:00

User-centered circular business models

How can circular business models be developed and how can and must users be integrated into the innovative business models early on?

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Portrait Stefan Hankammer

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Stephan Hankammer, Chair of Sustainable Corporate Management and Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Economics

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November 25, 2021 17:30-19:00

Robotized disassembly of electro-mechanical devices for better recycling

A robotized production system must be followed by robotized recycling in order to do ecological and economic justice to the increasing amounts of electronic waste.

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Portrait Saulo Seabra

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Saulo H. Freitas Seabra da Rocha, Institute of Energy Systems and Energy Economics

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Additional Dates

December 10, 2021 | 14:00 - 16:00

Occupational fields and Economic prospects

Together with company representatives, we present professional perspectives in circular growth and offer an opportunity for conversation and questions.

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Portraitfoto Uwe Handmann


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Handmann,
Expert of Digitization

Portraitfoto Wolfgang Irrek

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Irrek,
Expert of Circular Economy

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Organization & Contacts

Prosperkolleg e.V. | www.prosperkolleg.ruhr

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe Handmann & Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Irrek

Coordination & Contact
Sabine Büttner, zirkeltraining@prosperkolleg.ruhr

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