1st International Upcycling Network Conference 2021

Dear Sirs and Madams,

It is with pleasure I extend you this invitation to join our 1st International Upcycling NetworkConference 2021 scheduled to take place on 28th of October 2021 online via Zoom and at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, the Greenest University Campus in Germany – as a parallel event of the 12th International Circular Economy Conference.

IUNC focuses on the dissemination of the wealth of practical knowledge gained over the years during the research project UPZENT    Upcycling Center: a participatory business model to raise awareness and implement a resource-efficient circular nced by the Federal ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) – which is a premiere upcycling initiative in Germany that promotes not only circular economy but also a gamut of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The project leader, the Institute of Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS) of the Trier University of Applied Science, will welcome you to this event that provides you the opportunity to share with the international community your experiences, expertise and knowledge and connect with like-minded people from around the globe.

Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local regulations and international travel restrictions, this conference will be delivered as a hybrid event. Should you require further information or clarification, please do not hesitate to contact my team or me directly.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. Dr. Peter Heck
General Director, IfaS

Considering the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, local/regional regulations, and international travel restrictions, this conference will be delivered as a hybrid event.

On-site: Environmental Campus Birkenfeld. Loretta Room, Building 9928
On line: Via Zoom platform
Link: https://zoom.us/j/99466271295
Meeting ID: 994 6627 1295

All times Central European Time (CET)

8:45 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 9:30Welcome address
Introduction to IfaS and Circular Economy Research Projects
Prof. Dr. Peter Heck, CEO IfaS- Institute for Applied Material Flow Management. Trier University of Applied Sciences.
Block 1.Resource efficient circular economy
9:45 - 10:00Digital technologies, business models and design concepts for innovative product cycles: Presentation of the BMBF funding measure „Resource-efficient Circular Economy – Innovative Product Cycles”.
Dr. Barbara Gleede and Katja Wendler, DECHEMA e.V.
10:00 - 10:30Resource efficient circular economy business models through the cascade utilization of production residues. Introduction to the environmental and socioeconomic values of the International Upcycling Center Network (UpZent)
Eng. Jackeline Martínez, MSc. / Econ. Michael Schmidt.
Project lead UpZent. IfaS- Institute for Applied Material Flow Management. Trier University of Applied Sciences.
10:30 - 11:00Coffee Break and Upcycling lounge / Product exhibition
11:00 - 11:30Circular product design. UpZent- Transformation of residual materials into innovative upcycling design products
Product designer Jessica Bruni, K8 gGmbH.
11:30 - 12:00Integrating social aspects in the manufacturing of design upcycling products
Stefan Gerber, UpZent Manufacture Center AQA gGmbH
Ralf Schellenberg, UpZent Manufacture Center FAUK e.v.
12:00 - 13:30Lunch at the campus restaurant
Block 2.Circular economy and upcycling experiences from the industry
13:30 - 13:45Improving sustainability and corporate responsibility trough the cooperation with UpZent
To be defined
13:45 - 14:00Sustainability and ethical responsibility. Successful cooperation on circular economy. Marketing of upcycling products.
To be defined
14:00 - 14:30Discussion
14:30 - 15:00Coffee Break and Upcycling lounge / Product exhibition
Block 3.International upcycling initiatives
15:30 - 16:00Upcycling Driven Social Entrepreneurship: insights from the Sri Lankan resource management sector.
Dr. Randika Jayasinghe. Senior Lecturer. Faculty of Technology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Gangodawila, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.
16:00 - 16:30Education for sustainability and inclusivity: upcycling initiatives in Japan as an emerging tool
Prof. Dr. Faezeh Mahichi. Associate Professor Environment and Development (E&D). College of Asia Pacific Studies. Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. Japan
16:30 - 17:00Discussion and wrap up

Contact data

Eng. Jackeline Martinez, MSc., Project lead
E-Mail: j.martinez@umwelt-campus.de
Tel: +49 (0) 678217 2624

Econ. Michael Schmidt, M.A., Project Management
E-Mail: michael.schmidt@umwelt-campus.de
Tel: +49 (0) 678217 2621

Angela Werdin B.Sc., Project Management
E-Mail: a.werdin@umwelt-campus.de
Tel: +49 (0) 678217 2664

1<sup>st</sup> International Upcycling Network Conference 2021
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