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The departure point of this workshop is an EU project that is developing training materials, including both theoretical modules and tools, for practical implementation of circular economy and sustainability solutions in Higher Education curricula and in companies (KATCH_e).

KATCH_e stands for “Knowledge Alliance on Product-Service Development towards Circular Economy and Sustainability in Higher Education” and involves partners from Portugal, Spain, Austria and Denmark ( This is a 3-year EU funded project that was launched in January 2017 and is part of the ERASMUS+ programme of Knowledge Alliances, aiming to address the challenge of reinforcing skills and competences in the field of product-service development and new business models for the circular economy and sustainability, with a particular focus on the construction and furniture sectors.

In our research, we take a broad understanding of the role of designers engaged in circular economy and sustainability and recognize it as increasingly strategic.

In the workshop, the KATCH_e project will be presented and a number of topics for discussion will be proposed to the audience, which resulted from the developmental work and reflection.

Additional Info

  • Place Aula di Carli
  • Date Friday, 05 April 2019
  • Time 17:30
  • Facilitors Cristina Sousa Rocha, LNEG, Portugal

The workshop will be a creative session looking at how small-scale localised manufacturing can enable us to develop better Product-Service Systems solutions throughout their complete lifecycle. During the workshop you will:

  • Learn about Product-Service Systems and Distributed Manufacturing;
  • Generate ideas using an innovative design toolkit developed within the LeNSin project;

Anyone interesting in Product-Service Systems, sustainable business models, manufacturing technologies and design process are welcome to attend!

The workshop will be facilitated by Aine Petrulaityte, design researcher at Brunel University London.

Additional Info

  • Place Room
  • Date Thursday, 04 April 2019
  • Time 16:30
  • Facilitors Aine Petrulaityte

The shifting role and skills of designers throughout the Sustainability transition:

an exploration of how the role, skills, and responsibilities of designers changed over time in the transition from Designing Sustainable Products, to Designing Sustainable Product Service Systems, to Designing new Eco-Systems.

Additional Info

  • Place Aula di Carli
  • Date Wednesday, 03 April 2019
  • Time 14:00
  • Facilitors Jan Carel Diehl, Wouter Kersten, and Jotte de Koning (Delft University of Technology)