A unique learning opportunity for PhD students to work in the challenging domain of the transition towards a circular economy

29 November – 3 December 2021

  • a 5-day inspirational innovation and entrepreneurship online school organised by six partners of the EIT RawMaterials
  • a unique learning opportunity for PhD students from a variety of disciplines who want to enrich their scientific expertise with entrepreneurial skills
  • an intensive programme based on industrial business case studies within the challenging domain of the transition towards a circular economy

About doc-ECE

The fifth edition of a Doctoral School brings together highly motivated PhD candidates from a variety of disciplines (science, design, economics, law) to foster entrepreneurial thinking, increase their awareness regarding circular economy opportunities, and provide them with skills and tools to translate technological ideas into relevant and viable business initiatives, towards a more sustainable future.

The challenge

The goal of the programme is the application of concepts of the circular economy to the technology sector, e.g. making products and processes more circular, more sustainable. Each participating PhD student will work in a multidisciplinary team. They will experience an intense week solving a challenge prepared and coached by our scientific and industry experts. The outcome is presented to a jury on the last day in the form of a business pitch.

Who can apply?

Any PhD candidate or recently graduated student with an affinity for developing new business models in a world of limited resources can apply. Candidates are welcome from a variety of disciplines, including science and engineering (e.g., materials, chemical, electrical, manufacturing), business and economics, law, and product design. Only participants with good English language skills will be accepted.

If you apply, please make sure you will be available for the full week (online event)!

How to apply?

Please send us your application via e-mail to info@circulareconomy.education until 30 September 2021.

The application should include a motivation letter and your CV.


A registration fee of EUR 200 is required. PhD students from RIS countries can ask for a reduced fee of EUR 100. You will receive an invoice in case you are selected.


PhD candidates can ask for an attendance certification to get ECTS credits at their own university.

Selection procedure?

The application deadline is 30 September 2021. After that, applicants will be contacted for a short video interview. We will select 30 PhD students based on their backgrounds and motivation. We aim for a mix of 75% of students from technical backgrounds and 25% of students from non-technical backgrounds, and we strive for high diversity.

Selected: what’s next?

You will receive all information via mail, including access to pre-learning material and more detailed information on the case study.

More info: info@circulareconomy.education

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