Circular Economy Bootcamp


The European Bootcamp offers a unique experience of dialogue between academic expertise and experience in the field of circular economy in Brussels and Paris 3rd week of April 2020. The complementarity between experts and lecturers from VUB, ULB and MINES ParisTech, and the variety of themes will add a unique dimension to the Bootcamp. Site visits, peer to peer exchanges and joined work on case studies will help to acquire a broad picture of this complex subject.
This Bootcamp is proposed and hosted by VUB, ULB and MINES ParisTech and will alternatively take place in Brussels on VUB campus and at MINES ParisTech campus in the center of Paris.


Circular economy requires an interdisciplinary approach, this major topic appeals to a wide range of potential participants coming from various sectors. Company managers, employees, project manager, consultants, officials, public servants, confronted with circular economy challenges, recent graduates and current PhD students with a specific interest are welcome.


The Brussels – Paris Bootcamp will start with 2 days in Brussels to set the conceptual and theoretical scene, investigate on the question of methods and metrics, and focus on the role and possible way of the different actors to lead to the transition toward circular economy.
The following days in Paris will address the interactions between innovation and real field experience both in territorial and industrial ecology on urban and construction sector, and for enterprises, in circular business models.


From the Brussels side this summer school is organized in the frame of the FEB/VBO Research Chair on Circular Economy which is hosted by a partnership between VUB and ULB.
The VUB site is represented by the Mobility, Logistics and Automotive Technology Research Centre (MOBI), the ULB is represented by the Institute for Environmental Management and Land-Use Planning (IGEAT) and the Department of Building, Architecture & Town Planning (BATir). The main responsible in this collaboration on the FEB/VBO Research chair on Circular Economy are Prof. Cathy Macharis, Prof. Wouter Achten, Prof. Ahmed Khan, Prof. Tom Bauler.

In Paris, the workshop is organized by MINES ParisTech, mainly through ISIGE "Higher Institute of Engineering and Management of the Environment", specialized in expert sustainability education, through three post-Master training programs. The institute is developing and sharing expertise in the field of Ecological and Environmental Transitions – systemic approaches and gouvernance. The main responsibles for ISIGE are Prof. Jasha Oosterbaan, Prof. Daniel Florentin and Prof. Cathy Descamps-Large, together with Prof. Frank Aggeri, from research center on scientific management – CGS at MINES ParisTech.

In Paris, “Les Canaux”is partner of the bootcamp initiative - this site, previously dedicated to the management of Paris canals, has been transformed into a hub, incubator and booster for social and circular economy at the Grand Paris scale. Launched by the city council of Paris, this initiative houses various projects on circular economy and has been itself refurbished according to this model. Les Canaux offers a time for a gathering and networking, and a meeting with the site coordinators and start-up networks.

Bootcamp tuitions and Fees

Tuition includes admission to lectures, lunches, coffee break and Les Canaux event (Wednesday afternoon networking session and cocktail in the evening) 2000€. Special prices for students.

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