Embedding circular economy into product design and optimization - European consortium to develop new Master education

Enterprises often lack the expertise to adapt life cycle responsible design in business operations. On the other hand, today's students, the future professionals, need to learn how to embed circular economy principles into product design.

In a recently launched e-CirP project coordinated by LUT University, these two groups are brought together to create a modular education package where Master students around Europe analyse genuine industrial cases by utilizing modern pedagogical approaches, such as virtual reality.

This new education project entitled Embedding Circular Economy into Product Design and Optimization (e-CirP) is financed by the EIT Raw Materials. The consortium reaches all over Europe. Partners include LUT, Fraunhofer, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), TU Delft, University of Padova, University of Helsinki and Outotec.

LUT is also well represented, as LUT School of Energy Systems, LUT School of Engineering Science and LUT School of Business and Management as well as RE-SOURCE platform are all taking part in the project.

Networking and knowledge sharing opportunity

The e-CirP project initiates a platform of education modules to bring together actors within European countries to accelerate the transformation through Master of Science education. It provides an interactive education, networking and knowledge sharing opportunity for students in the fields of environmental, mechanical, chemical, energy, civil and industrial engineering, sustainability assessment and product design. In addition, it provides an opportunity for companies to have their actual and topical challenges related to e.g. product design, life cycle sustainability or circularity to be examined by the Master students in guidance of subject experts.

For LUT, the results of this project will be implemented in Lahti in the Master's programs of Circular Economy and Industrial Design Engineering.

Kick-off event in Helsinki

The e-CirP project has a kick-off event on turn of the month in Helsinki. In 1st of February an event open for publicis in the Science Corner of University of Helsinki. Ruud Balkenende from TU Delft and Stig Irving Olsen from DTU will speak about circularity aspects in product design.

In addition, the Mixed Reality Hub of the University of Helsinki will demonstrate the usage of virtual reality in education purposes.

More information through this link.

Further information:

Kaisa Grönman
Project coordinator