Join us on Dan-CE 5 - December 8th, 2023
The circular economy (un)limited


The dilemma: While making our economy and companies circular, we cannot continue to grow, to prevent a major increase in material use and environmental impact. At Dan-CE (Dutch Academic Network on the Circular Economy) we will get inspiring visions: what are the foundations of a future, fair and circular economy and how do we get there? What is really needed to make this big and fundamental transformation? How does change come about and what can we do as an individual? 



09.30 Coffee & thee
09.45 Start: take seats
09.55 Welcome
10.00 Lectures 

Hans Stegeman is Chief Economist and Group Director Impact & Economics of Triodos Bank and columnist for het Financieele Dagblad. It's time to move away from our fixation on economic growth, he says. And: the market and the government are not almighty in achieving a fair and sustainable, circular economy. Politics and society should have the courage to make painful choices and break through the barriers that make us repeat mainly vested interests and old patterns. We should take collective interest at heart, which is much more than the sum of individual self-interests. With this in mind, what would the economy of the future look like? 

Arnold Tukker is scientific director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centre for Sustainability, professor of Industrial Ecology at CML (Leiden University) and visiting professor at Universitas Padjadjaran (Indonesia). As former scientific director of CML and senior researcher at TNO he experienced how, for decennia, different kinds of concepts for economies based on circular and sustainable principles passed by, without change really happening. This led him to the question: how does change come about in a world where power politics, driven by a quest for economic and material wealth, continues to play a leading role? He studied and found some answers during his work as a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study in Paris.

Marthe Wens is a scientist at the Institute for Environmental Studies of the VU Amsterdam. She is active for Scientists Rebellion who lately received the 2nd prize of the Sustainable Top 100 of the newspaper Trouw. Marthe is very concerned about the lack of climate ambitions and she tries – with other scientists – to bring ‘’the elephant in the lecturer room’. She will tell us about the ways in which she tries to make a difference as a person and as a scientist.
Robert Tekke is mission lead Circular South-Holland at the regional government of South Holland. The new coalition of this province focuses on 'broad prosperity', aiming to establish an economy not only based on financial growth but also on welfare, health and other values. Many tasks are given to the province, that sometimes conflict with one another. What dilemma's does the province experience while working on broad prosperity and the circular economy? 

11.50 PANEL discussion 

With Hans Stegeman, Arnold Tukker, Marthe Wens and Robert Tekke. Led by Nicky Pouw (University of Amsterdam).

12.20 LUNCH

13.15 WORKSHOPS: first round

Workshop: A new framework for a new economy: Nicky Pouw (University of Amsterdam, author of the book: '‘Wellbeing Economics, How and Why Economics Needs to Change’') will rethink economics with you. What stories are we used to tell about the economy? What will happen if we think in opposite directions? What new concepts will appear, leading to what new methodologies and what new connections with other scientific disciplines? We will discover how a robust framework of new narratives, concepts and methodologies can transcend existing silos in science and policymaking. And how this will make it possible to make choices that lead to an economy based on wellbeing, instead of financial growth alone.

Workshop: How to design leadership facilitation from social movements: Ilja Beudel (project manager Het Groene Brein) en Jifke Sol (Lector Circular transitions, Fontys University of Applied Sciences) will discuss with you what we can learn from historical cases about major social changes and how they were realized. You will think about what we can learn from how leadership was formed in these movements and how we can facilitate this, so we accelerate the transition towards a fair, circular economy. The workshop is designed as a small action research.

Workshop: Lego Serious Play. Built your own fair and circular economy with bricks. Workshop led by members of the PhD-network. 

14.15 Short break 

14.30 WORKSHOPS: second round 

Workshop: Needs for collaboration between science and regions. By Kim Simons (opgaveteam Circular Society, province of Utrecht) and Antoine Heideveld (director Het Groene Brein). Provinces and various regional partnerships play an important role in realizing the circular economy. After all, it will be in these regions where the circular economy is taking shape. In this workshop we will explore the needs of the provinces for collaboration with science regarding the circular economy. We also explore the needs of scientists for collaboration with provinces and regional partnerships. Based on two short contributions, we will set up a dialogue to make concrete agreements about cooperation in the near future.

Workshop: How to contribute as a scientist? Maien Sachisthal (researcher Social Psychology, UvA) and Nicolas Magnard (researcher Chemistry, Leiden University) will reflect the role of scientists in time of the climate crisis with you. Together, we will delve into the question on how scientists can contribute to change. We will discuss different forms of engagement with you, ranging from actions in the personal to the institutional and public spheres.

Workshop: Unearthing Capitalism. In this workshop Sjoerd Kluiving (VU Amsterdam) presents a proposed new course on University bachelor 3 level. 'Unearting capitalism: towards a regenerative economy and livable relations in the Anthropocene.' Discover new perspectives of transitioning to regenerative, circular and ecological economies. Do short exercises that will be evaluated for a final version of the course.

Workshop: Lego Serious Play. Built your own fair and circular economy with bricks. Workshop led by members of the PhD-network. 

15.35 DISCUSSION & Wrap Up

16.00 Drinks & Bites