PhD Summer School in Circular Economy


The Summer School brings together highly motivated PhD candidates from a variety

of disciplines 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.

The Challenge


The goal of the programme is the application of concepts from the circular economy and the functional economy to the technology sector in the broad sense. Real cases are brought up to participants by entreprises manufacturing industrial and domestic appliances.


Participating PhD students are asked to prepare the Summer School by following a series of online courses to be ready for an intense one week immersive experience. During the Summer School they will work in multidisciplinary teams. Each team having to solve a challenge prepared and coached by our industry experts.

Time Schedule starting on sunday evening!

When ?

The 2018 session is scheduled from Sunday evening (Sep 2nd) till Tuesday afternoon (Sep 6th).

All students stay at the location for the entire duration of the summerschool (incl. overnight).

If you apply, please make sure you will be available for the full week!



De Heerlijckyt van Elsmeren, Geetbets, Belgium (more info)

A unique place to relax and make sure your brain is ready for intense ideation.


Who can apply?

Any PhD candidate with an affinity for developing new business models in a world of limited resources. Candidates are welcome from a variety of disciplines, including: engineering (mining, materials, chemical, electrical, etc.), business and economics, product design, etc.


How to apply?

Applications are now closed.





Selection procedure?

A selection of 20 PhD students will be made 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. In case of overbooking, priority will be given to students linked to EIT Raw Material partners.


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



All expenses directly related to the PhD Summer School program (local transportation, accommodation, food) are covered by the EIT Raw Materials.