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Seminar: What can cities, companies and citizens do?

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The research chair "Transitioning Belgian companies into Circularity" of VUB and ULB, promoted by FEB is happy to invite you to its first interactive seminar. The research chair is working with companies to develop tools that help businesses innovate by collaborating.

The goal of the first seminar, “What can cities, companies and citizens do?”, is to set the scene for the future work of the Chair. What is circular economy? Which advantages can circularity bring to both citizens and companies? How can companies transition and be effective change agents?


When? 27th of March 2019, from 14h until 18h
Where? Victor Horta room, FEB, Rue Ravenstein 4, 1000 Brussels


Moderated by prof. Tom Bauler (ULB – Igeat)


Introduction by prof. Cathy Macharis (VUB – MOBI) & prof. Wouter Achten (ULB – Igeat)

-Dr. Bonno Pel
Setting the scene: Governance of CE-agents
Transition relying on self-organization with business as key transition agents.

-Prof. Ahmed Khan
The urban metabolism
Material, water and energy flows in Brussels. A circular approach for the construction and transport sector.

-Dr. Julie Marin (KULeuven)
What makes a city circular?
Creating a circular economy transition as a sustainable city concept.


-Dr. Maarten Messagie (VUB – MOBI)
Opportunities for companies
How to evaluate circularity and sustainability? Case in point on second life batteries of electric vehicles.

-Caroline Craenhals, management Belgian Scrap Terminal Group
The story of the Belgian scrap terminal
Company perspective on collaboration within circular economy.

-Jean Mansuy (VUB – MOBI)
Is the consumer prepared?
How can consumers climb the waste hierarchy when disposing of their electronic waste?

Panel discussion


The seminar will be followed by a networking reception where you can connect with stakeholders and researchers.

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