PhD Summer School CATAPULT

August 20 – Sept 2, 2017, Gothenburg and Frankfurt

Shaping cross-company Innovation: Circular Business Models in the Chemical Industry

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The industrial sector uses a large part of raw materials and more than half of the global energy consumption. Where better than here could innovations lead to meaningful transitions? We expect 20 to 25 international PhD Researchers to apply the concepts of closed-loop value chains and circular economy to innovation processes for one of the major manufacturing industries in Europe: the chemical industry which will serve as a case study for the two-week programme. Engage with stakeholders, discuss with experts, work in interdisciplinary teams and develop innovative solutions for the real-life challenges of chemical companies and clusters.

The Challenge
The established industry faces changing market demands and new requirements regarding sustainable usage of material and feedstock. Circular economy models, focusing on the integration of different players along the entire value chain, become an important tool in meeting these demands. At the same time, they require to create new partnerships and new forms of cross-company interaction. Industry clusters offer benefits, but also challenge the companies to rethink not only energy and feedstock streams. Unlocking their full innovation potential requires from them to examine how their business model interacts with those of the other cluster members.

But in which areas can companies work together? When can they benefit from a cluster setting? Can sustainability demands best met when working across different stakeholders in the value chain? And how do the business models of companies interact in cooperative settings?

The German challenge owner, based in Frankfurt am Main, presents the cluster perspective: Infraserv Höchst is the service provider of one of the largest industrial parks in Europe, the Industriepark Höchst. The park contains of 90 companies, most of them from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry with more than 20.000 employees. Large international companies such as Clariant, Sanofi, Celanese and Bayer CropScience hold manufacturing or research sites in Frankfurt. Infraserv provides the infrastructure for all located companies, covering areas such as energy, waste, health and mobility.


Auszeichnung Werkstatt N 2015

Climate-KIC PhD Summer School „Energy Transition in Frankfurt: Overcoming Barriers to Change” awarded by German Council of Sustainability

Provadis School is very happy to announce – also in the name of its partners (City of Frankfurt, Goethe University and TU Darmstadt) – that its Climate-KIC PhD Summer School “Energy Transition in Frankfurt” has recently been awarded as “Werkstatt N Projekt 2015” by the German Council of Sustainable Development (Rat für nachhaltige Entwicklung).
“Werkstatt N” is a quality label awarded by the German Council of Sustainable Development for excellent sustainability initiatives. Each year 100 initiatives are honoured either as “Werkstatt N Impuls” – for promising project ideas – or as “Werkstatt N Projekt” – for existing initiatives.
“Werkstatt N” aims to provide an overview of the best approaches on the way to a sustainable society.

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