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Industry transforms – towards circular economy


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This year we put the spotlight on Circular Economy (CE) and how CE can contribute to the sustainability goals. The transformation process involves many scientific challenges, organisational challenges and the need for change in education. The KTH Transformation Day 2023 gathers KTH researchers related to CE and industry partners. Key issues relate to identifying needs for change, the need for new knowledge and research, as well as need for education.

Time: Thu 2023-10-19 09.00 - 15.30

Location: Arenan & Torget, Teknikringen 1, KTH Campus, Stockholm

Language: English



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The last day to register is 12 October 2023.

8:30 – 9:00 Registration and coffee

9:00 – 9:05 Welcome

  • KTH Industrial Transformation Platform Directors Kerstin Forsberg and Martin Edin Grimheden

9:05 – 10:20 Session 1: A Systematic View of Circular Economy

We start off the day with a systematic perspective on Circular Economy. Circulating resources, aiming to zero waste and pollution, as well as regenerating nature for a thriving biodiversity are primary objectives of circular economy (CE). These ambitious objectives demand for a systemic approach, which is one of the underlining characteristics of circular economy. This session will explore the systemic approach in connection with CE implementation, especially focusing on the manufacturing industry. 

Moderator: Monica Bellgran

10:20 – 10:50 Coffee

10:50 – 12:00 Session 2: Circular Innovations

Along with defining strategies for the transformation to a Circular Economy, the innovation of materials, products, services, processes, and not least business models is happening. In this session, we will meet representatives of different approaches to this.

  • Volvo: Katarina Colliander, Circular Business Developer, Volvo Group Circular
  • KTH researchers Sofia Ritzén and Andreas Feldman

Moderator: Magnus Wiktorsson

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch based on "One Planet Plate"

13:00 – 14:15 Session 3: Enabling Technology for CE

The session focuses on digitalisation and infrastructure to enable a circular economy. Challenges and opportunities with digital tools and platforms. What is the state of the art, what is being developed today? How is our industry transforming?

  • Ericsson: Roman Chirikov
  • KTH researchers Farazee Mohammad Abdullah Asif and Martin Törngren

Moderator: Martin Edin Grimheden

14:15 – 14:45 Coffee

14:45 – 15:30 Session 4: What happens now? Where do we go from here?

In this session, we bring back speakers from the previous sessions to discuss future pathways. How do we proceed from here?

  • KTH Vice President for Research Annika Borgenstam
  • The Swedish Association for Responsible Consumption (Föreningen Medveten Konsumtion i Sverige), Jennie Grute, Secretary General

Moderator: Kerstin Forsberg


Register here

The last day to register is 12 October 2023.