Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

SENSE Workshop Circular Economy

Date: 13 March 2017
Time: 13:30 - 17:30
Location: PBL building, Bezuidenhoutseweg 30 ('B30'), 2594 AV Den Haag

The government of the Netherlands initiates a transition towards the circular economy. This offers a very interesting opportunity for the SENSE network to take part in this transition. Our graduate school organisation is well positioned in inter- and transdisciplinary research approaches and very well suited to assist this national process on achieving sustainability in the key resources of our societies economy.

Huub Rijnaarts, chairman of the SENSE Board initiated a SENSE network meeting / workshop on 13 March on how SENSE researchers, companies and governments can join forces to assist this process. The workshop is organised in close collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment (I&M) and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL).

If you are interested to participate and discuss possible future initiatives with SENSE participation, please send an email to


Chair: Huub Rijnaarts (chair general board of SENSE)

Time               PersonSubject
13:30-14:00 Registration & reception with coffee and tea
14:00-14:05Huub Rijnaarts (SENSE)Introduction
14:05-14:15Marc Pruijn (project leader CE at I&M) Dutch policy on the circular economy – main goals for 2030 and 2050
14:15-14:25Aldert Hanemaaijer (PBL) Challenges and relevant scientific questions for the transition to a circular economy
14:25-14:35Linda Docter (Dutch Spirit)Experiences from SME’s and industry
14:35-14:45Annemarie van Wezel (KWR)Closing cycles and the prevention of health risks
14:45-14:55Arnold Tukker (CML, Leiden University)New vision on the realisation of the circular economy - scientific challenges
14:55-15:05Marko Hekkert (Copernicus Insitute, Utrecht University)Circular Economy requires Guidance
15:05-15.10Huub Rijnaarts Instructions for parallel sessions
15:10-15:30All  Coffee and Tea break
15:30-16:45Various young researchersParallel sessions: PhD and other pitches (5 minutes) on current research topics / research needs related to the transition to a circular economy (see pdf)
16:45-17:15Huub Rijnaarts (convenor), Marc Pruijn (I&M), Arnold Tukker (CML-LU), Aldert Hanemaaijer (PBL) Marko Hekkert (UU), Annemarie van Wezel (KWR), Linda Docter (Dutch Spirit)Panel discussion - ummary and conclusions – further actions
17:00-17:30All  Drinks and bites - networking


  • (i) Recycling and re-use of water and biobased materials & products and bioenergy production
  • (ii) Recycling and reuse of building and electronic products and recycling of non-biotic mineral resources
  • (iii) Value chain - product service business models and consumer aspects
  • (iv) Closing cycles and the prevention of health risks
  • (v) Water governance arrangements

Pitches: focus on “what could your PhD research contribute to the transition to a circular economy”.

> Download programme including parallel sessions

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