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CE COSP - Circular Economy and Raw Material Competence for Sustainable Production

Circular economy, phd course, raw material

Based on a need for raw material solutions for a European sustainable industry, CE COSP course will train PhD students, as future experts in manufacturing and material science with regards to circular economy. Through CE COSP course, PhD students will develop circular perspective, innovation competence and entrepreneurial mind set focusing on recyclability of raw materials.

This course is held in english

Goal and purpose

The course combines theoretical studies with industry visits and practical problem solving, as well as training on entrepreneurship and innovation. The CE COSP course is based on innovative elements including blended learning and constructivist methods. In CE COSP, PhD students will be given the opportunity to reflect and adjust their research to contribute in the transformation to a more resource efficient and circular utilization of primary and secondary raw materials. Further, via clear integration of entrepreneurial mindset there is an opportunity for contribution of the attendees of green growth in Europe.

Target audience

PhD students 


RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB, Sweden (Lead Partner)

KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

Mälardalen University, Sweden


Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Germany


The whole course last for 10 weeks where students are required to take the theoretical part online. Afterwards, a field trip is taken for a week, that students are taken to several raw material producing and manufacturing companies through the value chain. The companies are located at different cities from north to south of Sweden and the accommodation and travel costs within the scheduled dates are covered by the course. Included companies in the field trip are Swerim, RISE AB, Boliden Mines, Boliden smelters and Höganäs. 

Next, within four weeks, student in groups will work on their case projects and eventually, the final workshop and presentation of the cases occurs Online, hosted by Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech).

The teaching format includes theory (video lectures), practical application (videos from laboratories and industry) and web-meetings for discussions (once per week). The duration for video lectures is up to 20 min/video and for virtual classroom for discussions between 60-90 mins).

Other info

This activity has received funding from EIT RawMaterials, initiated and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, under the Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

Practical information


29 sep 2020 - 10 dec 2020


Stockholms stad

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