Hubs4Circularity kick-off event

From 24 February 2023 10:00 until 24 February 2023 12:30
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The Hubs4Circularity Community of Practice launch event took place on Friday 24 February 2023 online, from 10:00 to 12:30 Central European Time. The event marked the launch of the digital knowledge platform, which went live on 28 February. 

How can the Hubs4Circularity platform support your local circular activities? What knowledge, resources, training and network opportunities would you like to see? Participants had the opportunity to take part in breakout sessions to tailor this initiative to their needs, and to exchange with peers from all over Europe. 

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Hubs4Circularity Community of Practice team:



10:00 – 10:10 | Welcome

  • Maria Loloni, Maritime and Industrial Symbiosis Programme Lead, EIT Climate-KIC (event moderator)

10:10 – 10:25 | Keynote address: “Hubs4Circularity: a European flagship initiative and expectations for the Community of Practice”

  • Peter Dröll, Director for Prosperity, Directorate-General Research and Innovation, European Commission

10:25 – 10:32 | Business perspectives on industrial symbiosis

  • Michael Schmidt, Head of Global Innovation Management, Covestro AG

10:33 – 10:40 | Symbiosis4Growth: lessons learned from industrial symbiosis in the Netherlands

  • Wouter de Buck, Senior Adviser & Business Developer, LeAF BV

10:40 – 10:55 | The role of Hubs4Circularity in the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of the Processes4Planet Partnership

  • Àngels Orduña, Executive Director, A.SPIRE

10:55 – 11:25 | Introducing the Hubs4Circularity Community of Practice

  • Rachel Lombardi, Director of Business Development, International Synergies
    Ron Weerdmeester, European Innovation Manager, PNO

11:25 – 11:30 | Virtual coffee break

11:30 – 12:15 | Breakout sessions

  • Enabling regional circular economy (Moderator: Francesco Lembo, ACR+)
  • Implementing industrial symbiosis (Moderator: Rachel Lombardi, ISL)
  • Facilitating Hubs4Circularity (Moderator: Ron Weerdmeester, PNO)

12:15 – 12:30 | Summary and conclusions

  • Maria Loloni, Maritime Programme Lead, EIT Climate-KIC (event moderator)

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