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What we do

With our vision in mind, the institute 4 a Circular Society stimulates cooperation between professionals from diverse backgrounds.

We achieve this by bringing together experts from the Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University & Research, Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht (and their networks). They collaborate in a multidisciplinary approach at the forefront of research into circular solutions.

In the i4CS program, we prioritize three key activities: research, education and creating societal impact.


We aim to integrate scientific technology-nature-society knowledge domains, joining forces with external partners in coalitions of the willing. I4CS wants to be an ambassador for the relevance of such integrative systemic research and a facilitator for making this happen, with the deployment of innovative tools and methods.

Research initiatives include:

  • Seed calls and seed funds
  • Pressure cookers
  • Research support and help with funding
  • Living Labs

Read more about our research efforts.


We aim to offer students and professionals integrated education on circularity, aimed at developing the knowledge and skills they need for solving circular issues in their later or current careers. We use innovative forms such as challenge-based learning. We hereby strengthen the basis of the four alliance partners to be attractive for highly demanding students and professionals, for whom the notion of sustainability is a must and not a may.

Educational initiatives include:

  • EduXchange
  • Challenge Based Learning
  • Lifelong Learning

Read more about our education efforts.

Societal impact

Through our transdisciplinary approach we seek cooperation with different relevant innovation ecosystems. Jointly we have a unique group of industrial and societal partners: Brainport Eindhoven, Regio Food Valley, Utrecht Science Park and more – including the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS, an established partnership with WUR already participating). We aim to share experiences and build connections between practices and ecosystems, also in wider (international) networks and to the broader public.

Community Building initiatives include:

Want to know more?

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