Creating Circular Strategies for the Food Sector

6 seats available.
Price: €50.00

This online course will provide training to understand how to practically apply Circularity Thinking tools and approaches to the food sector and supply chain, and 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 use these tools, with a special focus on challenges within the food sector.

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 your work to create and implement circular solutions. You will learn how to create circular economy strategies and hear about how others have implemented circular strategies.

This subsidised training is only available for participants in the RIS countries to support the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme.

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 user status

The course also covers the competencies needed for participants to apply to be part of the approved pool of users 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 user, there is the need to submit your case study evidence with an additional 100€ cost.


Practical information

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

COST: 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.

TIMELINE: The training will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting on 23rd November 2021

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

Is this course right for you?

  • This blended course is intended for practitioners, project managers, consultants and designers from SMEs, trade bodies and associations who operate in the food sector looking to gain practical knowledge to develop circular solutions.
  • 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 training will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons starting on 23rd November 2021

Workshop 1
 13:00 - 17:00 CET

Map the current system

Workshop 2
 13:00 - 17:00 CET

Hunt the waste

Workshop 3
 13:00 - 17:00 CET

Identify circular strategies

Workshop 4
 13:00 - 17:00 CET

Organise suitable circular strategies

Workshop 5
 13:00 - 17:00 CET

Re-assess the proposed new system

Workshop 6
 13:00 - 17:00 CET

Develop an action plan

Who are your coaches?

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”



portrait of Milan Veselinov
Milan Veselinov


Milan Veselinov - 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”



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”


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”



6 seats available.
Price: €50.00