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ARISE-GIN Symposium 2020: Towards Circular Regions Online event

Because of the new Corona measures in the Netherlands, this event has been moved entirely online. If you have signed up for the symposium, you will receive more information about how the event will proceed soon.

This year ARISE organises its annual sumposium in collaboration with Greening of Industry Network (GIN) and the Sustainability Week at the University of Twente. This symposium will be organized online due to COVID-19. The program will consist of presentations sessions that will be broadcasted online for digital audiences. 


About the symposium

The title of this year's symposium is 'Towards Circular Regions'. Transdisciplinary knowledge has been emphasized to facilitate the transition from a linear to a circular economy (CE). Regional and broader scale initiatives are needed to manage multiple actors, sectors, scales and dimensions during the transitionary period. Systematic collaboration among societal representatives through their value chains can enhance regenerative production and consumption systems.

Regionally we pose a number of questions:

  1. how can government facilitate business transitions to offer products that have self- regenerative potential?
  2. how can business create business models that are profitable while ensuring resources management includes circularity principles, delivers products at reasonable cost, with high quality, and a self-regenerative sustainable-footprint?
  3. to what extent can education facilitate society to make purchasing decisions accordingly with responsible-regenerative consumption principles?
Registration for the ARISE-GIN symposium 2020 is now closed.


  • Full programme
    09:30 - 10:00


    10:00 - 10:10

    Welcome message by Victor van der Chijs, President of the Executive Board of the UT

    10:10 - 10:30

    OECD by Oriana Romano

    10:30 - 10:50

    UNIDO by Nilgün Tas 

    10:50 - 11:10

    Metabolic by Tamara Streefland

    11:10 - 11:30

    Utrecht Sustainability Institute by Jacqueline Cramer

    11:30 - 11:50

    Ellen MacArthur Foundation by Seb Egerton-Read

    11:50 - 12:00

    Wrap-up of the plenary session

    12:00 - 13:00

    Lunch break

    • Group 1: Virtual UT tour
    • Group 2: Musical intermezzo by Allesandro Taberna

    13:00 - 15:00

    Parallel sessions

    15:00 - 15:20

    Coffee break with virtual UT tour

    15:20 - 15:50

    Keynote speaker Angele Reinders, University of Twente

    15:50 - 16:00

    Closing remarks

  • Speaker biographies
    • Victor van der Chijs
    • Oriana Romano
      Dr. Oriana Romano

      Dr. Oriana Romano is the Head of Unit, Water Governance and Circular Economy in Cities in the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Cities and Regions. She set up the OECD Programme on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions, supporting governments towards the transition to the circular economy. She has led multiple circular economy policy dialogues and created the OECD Roundtable on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions.

    • Nilgün Tas
      Nilgün Taş

      Nilgün Taş is the Deputy Director of the Department of Environment, UNIDO and the Chief for the Industrial Resource Efficiency Division, which promotes and advises on green industry development through resource efficient cleaner production (RECP) and circular economy practices, transfer of environmentally sound technologies (TEST), chemical leasing as well as ecosystem services with emphasis on water. She also leads UNIDO’s cross- departmental team for Circular Economy. As a private sector development specialist with over 34 years of experience, since August 1996, Nilgün held various positions at UNIDO as Chief for Competitiveness, Business Environment and Industrial Upgrading Unit, Chairperson for the Gender Mainstreaming Steering Committee, Country Representative in Vietnam. She was also Chief Technical Advisor for various UNIDO, UNDP, OECD and TIKA projects within the same period.

    • Tamara Streefland
      Tamara Streefland

      Tamara leads Metabolic’s Cities Program, in which she tackles the major urban challenges the world is facing. She has been involved in a wide range of projects regarding sustainable cities with a focus on topics such as water ecologies, the freight sector, waste systems, and renewable energy, in cities including Amsterdam and New York City. In these projects, she has been able to conduct comprehensive systems analysis, in-depth research, and collaborative design as a basis for creative and feasible strategies towards a more sustainable and circular state.

      Her background as an earth scientist allows her to integrate knowledge on scientific processes that underlie the ecological impacts with creative solutions that engage novel technologies and are sensitive to social issues

    • Jacqueline Cramer
      Prof. dr. Jacqueline Cramer

      Prof. dr. Jacqueline Cramer is member of the Amsterdam Economic Board, particularly in charge of the circular economy and professor of sustainable innovation at Utrecht University. Before she was Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment for the Labour Party (2007 –2010). Her background is primarily related to industry, working as a consultant for many years with more than 200 companies on the implementation of sustainable entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and circular economy. Moreover, she worked as professor since 1990. She was and still is member of various (inter-)national advisory boards of the government, industry and non-profit organisations, among which chairman of the Supervisory Board of Holland Circular Hotspot, Mayor of Circle City and chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Plastic Soup Foundation.

    • Seb Egerton-Read
      Seb Egerton-Read

      Seb Egerton-Read joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2014 initially working as part of the editorial and digital marketing teams producing content across the organisation's social media channels and Circulate News. He currently works in the learning team, where he leads work across our informal and digital learning activities, including oversight of the Explore the Circular Economy weekly show, digital learning tools and experiences, and the From Linear to Circular programme.

    • Alessandro Taberna
    • Angèle Reinders

Call for papers

The paper submission deadline has passed and the call is now closed.

More information and contact

You can contact one of the members of the organizing committee for more information about the symposium.

dr. M.L. Franco Garcia (Laura)
Assistant Professor
prof.dr.ir. B. Schuur (Boelo)

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