Theme: From circular products to circular systems

Date: Wednesday February 3, 2021

Time: 10 AM – 5:30 PM


Circular contexts 10:00 – 11:00

Host: Koen Dittrich

10:00 – 10:15

Opening of the conference

10:15 – 10:30

Wijnand van de Brink, member of the CvB

Sustainability at the Hogeschool Rotterdam: challenges and accomplishments

10:30 – 10:45

Arno Bonte, councilor sustainability and energy transition of the municipality of Rotterdam

10:45 – 11:00



11:00 – 11:15 Coffee / tea break and time to visit the harvest corner


Circular workshops 11:15 – 12:00

Isa van de Heuvel – How to make your closet more circular

Jens Vrolijk – Circular strategies


12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

Room 1   

Student's Spotify - enjoy your lunch with the playlist of the students

Room 2 

Lunch with DJ Jan van Lynden, student minor circular economy and business innovation

Room 3 Network lunch


Keynotes 13:00 – 14:15

Host: Arjen van Klink

13:00 – 13:05

Opening keynotes

13:05 – 13:25

Sabine Biesheuvel – Founder and director of BlueCity

The challenge of bringing circular products to the market

13:25 – 13:45

Koen Dittrich, Professor Circular Economy

Circular business and incentivising the system

13:45 – 14:05

Jan Jonker, Professor Sustainable Entrepreneurship

Transition is the name of the game!

14:05 – 14:15



14:15 – 14:30 Coffee / tea break and time to visit the harvest corner                         


Roundtable discussions 14:30 – 15:30

From Circular Products to Circular Systems – Trends, challenges and opportunities

Host: Mirella Soyer

14:30 – 14:45

Introducing the different tables

14:45 – 15:30

Round table discussions: opportunities and challenges in the field

  1. Circular textiles, moderated by Piotrek Swiatkowski (IB) and Simon Cornet (IB)
  2. Circular Hubs, moderated by Karlo Heijnen (IB)
  3. Circular products,  moderated by George Hlavacs (IPO)
  4. Biobased applications, moderated by Barbara Schrammeijer (BML)
  5. Circular startups, moderated by Anna Handshuh (COM)
  6. Circular supply chain, moderated by Josanne Heeroma – Ten Katen (IGO)


15:30 – 16:00 Coffee and tea break - pick your best group project, best individual project and most inspiring project


16:00 – 17:30 Impact café – Circular Cooking with Junion Hanenberg

Host: Nienke Binnendijk (Blue City)

The impact café features Junion Hanenberg founder of Intelligent Food (Rotterdam). Ayuk Baika behind Falafval ( and Lisa Petmecky, student Fieldlab Circular Economy and Business Innovation and writer of the eBook “Being conscious at home – redesigning your kitchen to be more circular” about reducing food waste in your own kitchen.

And announcement of the winners of the Circular Awards. There are prizes for the best group project, the best individual project, and the most inspiring project.