The main scope

The 2024 Clocks Circular Economy Summer School will focus on design for the circular economy and sustainability. Experts from academia and companies will address the following question:

How can we create durable, reusable, repairable and recyclable products from raw materials that are not harmful to living beings and the natural environment through energy-efficient, non-polluting and zero-waste production?

The special feature of this school is the opportunity to discuss with the experts after the lectures.

Teaching topics

  • Materials and ecodesign: glass, paper, textile, food
  • Circular chemistry
  • Manufacturing for circularity: electromotors, mobile phones
  • Sustainable and bio-based enzymatic food production and plastic biodegradation
  • Methodological tools: artificial intelligence, modeling and design of experiments to enhance circularity and sustainability
  • Process evaluation: measuring circularity

Who can join?

PhD students

Company representatives/employees

Professionals working in the fields of circular economy and/or raw materials

Master’s students have the opportunity to take part in the Summer School if places are still available after the application deadline. However, they are advised to apply in advance.

Fee and application details


  • students from Justus Liebig University, University of Padova, University of Ljubljana, MEERI Institute, Fraunhofer Institute IWKS
  • PhD students of the “Scientific, Technological and Social Methods Enabling Circular Economy” National Italian PhD program of the University of Padova


professionals and employees from:

Umicore, Tondo Lab, sponsors


30th June 2024 at 12:00 p.m.


Apply through the form on the website

You will receive a confirmation email with bank transfer information
(if applicable) when application will end

Timetable with abstracts

Where will the school be held?

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 19, 35392 Gießen

Lecture hall C5b (ground floor)

Seminar rooms C103, C105, C106, C107 (first floor)

Heinrich-Buff-Ring 17, 35392 Gießen



We have pre-reserved some rooms, but participants should make their own bookings using the keyword ‘CLOCKS’

We look forward to hosting you!

Schanzenstraße 11, 35390 Gießen


Single room, breakfast included: € 80,50/night.

Double room, breakfast included: € 90,00/night.

For use of the pre-reserved rooms, book by July 21, 202.

Wilhelmstraße 3, 35392 Gießen

Tel +49641 79 26 65


Single room, no brekfast, shared kitchen and bathroom: € 50/night.

Double room, no brekfast, shared kitchen and bathroom: € 70/night.

For use of the pre-reserved rooms, book by July 31, 2024.


Participants have the opportunity to buy vouchers for lunch in the in the Cafe CaRé on the Science Campus (choice of two dishes a day) or in the main Mensa, where the choice is greater.

The price of the voucher (includes a main course with two side dishes (e.g. salad and dessert) and a drink):

€ 8,00

The total number of vouchers is limited. The distribution of vouchers among participants will therefore be performed according to the “first come, first serve”-principle. The respective amount is to be paid in cash.

There are two bakeries near the venue. Other places to eat and drink can be found in the city center (approx. 30 minutes walk).

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