Innovation through Circular Economy - EU-wide Train-the-trainer

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Price: €300.00

This blended course will provide training to develop a circular mindset in the use of Circularity Thinking tools and methodologies to help you develop circular strategies as a facilitator for change. It will give you a clear understanding of what is involved in applying circular approaches in an organisation and will help you develop the skills you need to train others to use these tools, with a special focus on the use of blended approaches.

This Train-the-Trainer programme has been designed to help participants scale up your strategic approach to the circular economy. During the course you will learn how to use practical tools such as the Circularity Compass, Value Hill and Circularity Grid that you can use in training activities as well as supporting others to create circular solutions. You will learn how to create circular economy strategies and hear about how others have implemented circular strategies.

Two editions of the training are being delivered – one with a Europe-wide focus on developing circular strategies and the second subsidised to focus on circular strategies in the RIS countries to support the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme. If you live in one of the RIS countries, you will be eligible for a subsidised version of the same training at: Innovation through Circular Economy  - RIS Train-the-Trainer

Eligible countries are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

Gain approved trainer status

The course also covers the competencies needed for trainers to apply to be part of the approved pool of trainers for future delivery of Circularity Thinking tools. A final assessed submission will be required to gain this status. For participants wishing to apply to be an approved trainer, there is the need to submit a demonstration of application with an additional 100€ cost.



TYPE: Blended training course with self-study, workshops and offline activities/project components

COST: 300 €. For participants from RIS countries, the training has been subsidised and costs 50€

Language: English

places: 25 (Seats will be reserved on a first come first serve basis)

TIME TO ALLOW: 25-30 hours (2-3 hours for self-study and for each of the workshop modules + offline activities). The course consists of seven workshops, with dates and indicative topics/timings as indicated below in the schedule scheme.

CONTACT INFO: To check eligibility and for further information contact:

Is this course right for you?

  • This blended course is intended for practitioners, coaches and trainers who have some experience facilitating systems-related change programmes.
  • It is most fitting for participants seeking to nurture their circular mindset, experiment, learn, and share with others.
  • Detailed knowledge of circular economy strategies is NOT required, although a keen interest is clearly desirable!

Learning outcomes

After successfully completing the Innovation through Circular Economy course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a circular mindset and deep understanding of the Circularity Thinking tools.
  • Put into practice the knowledge gained on designing blended approaches for future use of the Circularity Thinking tools and methodologies.
  • Access and contribute to the Climate-KIC’s circular community of coaches, trainers and practitioners collaborating on circular economy and circularity thinking activities
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ideas to complete the competency framework and become an approved trainer of the Circularity Thinking materials.


How is the course structured?

The Europe-wide Train-the-Trainer will be held on Monday afternoons starting on 1st November 2021.

Workshop 1
 15:00 - 17:45 CET

Map the current system

Workshop 2
 15:00 - 17:45 CET

Hunt the waste

Workshop 3
 15:00 - 17:45 CET

Identify circular strategies

Workshop 4
 15:00 - 17:45 CET

Organise suitable circular strategies

Workshop 5
 15:00 - 17:45 CET

Re-assess the proposed new system

Workshop 6
 15:00 - 17:45 CET

Develop an action plan

Workshop 7
 15:00 - 16:30 CET

Finalising a blended approach.

Who are your coaches?

Susanne Volz


Susanne Volz - Circular economy expert

As a passionate pioneer, Susanne Volz has been driving the implementation of the circular economy. She is working on the transformation of our economic system in European research and pilot projects for the EU and Climate KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Communities). She works as a consultant to transfer knowledge gained into practical methods and helps companies develop circular strategies.

Susanne focuses on the innovation of products, supply chains and business models for the circular economy as well as system transformation.

I am passionate about Circular Economy, because it makes the world make sense”


Attila Katona


Attila Katona – Trainer

Attila Katona is a system innovation researcher, facilitator, and consultant with a focus on urban transformation and circularity. His qualifications include process engineering and economics, and he pursues a PhD in environmental governance at the Central European University. He frequently works with the European Commission, EIT Climate-KIC, and various public and private clients, such as cities in Europe, North America, Russia and East Asia, where he co-designed and facilitated multi-stakeholder processes, projects, and partnerships.

He is enthusiastic about designing learning experiences in academic and professional settings. He supported the development of the Circularity Thinking training materials, and ran train-the-trainer sessions and pilot workshops with the electronics, building, automotive, and maritime industries from Romania to Denmark.

“I'm committed to work towards solving complex sustainability challenges and the necessary transitions to a more resilient and reflexive society”



Alejandro Fernandez De Mera


Alejandro Fernandez De Mera - Trainer

Alejandro Fernández de Mera is an Industrial Engineer (Politechnical University of Valencia - UPV). He counts with more than 10 years of experience in the field of R&D projects, with a focus in the field of energy efficiency, sustainability and renewable energies. He has been part of different teams in technological centres and has been a sustainability consultant for companies from the industrial and tertiary sectors. He holds a degree in innovation for companies and has worked on the field of entrepreneurship.


He is nowadays associated professor at the UPV and is part of the AIJU research centre (Alicante, Spain) team as international project lead and helps the regional companies (working with plastics) to undertake the transition to a more circular business model.


“Industry is facing several changes and needs training and support to adapt to a new reality – this training can help gather the skills to face those challenges”


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Milan Vaselinov


Milan Vaselinov - Approved Trainer

Milan Veselinov has been professionally dealing with the circular economy in Serbia since he returned from the Netherlands with the aim of helping responsible companies in the transition to good business, while creating a positive and acceptable environment for such business. The circular economy is his choice as the most logical model to achieve higher profits with the delivery of better products and at the same time save resources, society and the environment.


He founded the company CirEkon, which is fully committed and specialized for the transition to a responsible circular economy. He is founder and lead of the expert and innovation Balkan circular economy network called Circular Economy Beacons through which circularity is connecting Greece, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Germany and Spain.


“I want to bring the circular concept closer to the business world in Serbia and region in the best possible way”



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