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New European Bauhaus: Long Term, Life Cycle and Integrated Thinking in the Industrial Ecosystem

Understand the New European Bauhaus and its connection to the circular economy to champion a more sustainable society.

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New European Bauhaus: Long Term, Life Cycle and Integrated Thinking in the Industrial Ecosystem

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  • 3 hours per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Open level

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Discover the New European Bauhaus initiative and its goals for industry

The New European Bauhaus is a creative initiative advancing the goals of the European Green Deal. The initiative is helping to build a more sustainable society by championing circularity and life cycle thinking.

On this three-week course from the European Institute for Innovation and Technology, you’ll explore the New European Bauhaus from the perspective of industry. From the initiative’s connections with Industry 5.0 to its implications for sustainable production, you’ll discover a transformative European movement.

Understand the need for circularity in industrial ecosystems

Transitioning to a circular economy could help us limit waste, share resources, and make industries across the board more sustainable.

You’ll delve deeper into the circular economy model, and why circularity is needed to combat the climate crisis.

Examine the role of circular design and life cycle thinking in sustainable manufacturing

Circular design and life cycle thinking both factor circularity into the traditional manufacturing cycle. In Week 3 of the course, you’ll explore the importance of these approaches for sustainability.

You’ll finish the course with a detailed knowledge of the New European Bauhaus initiative, and an understanding of why we should champion the circular economy.


  • Week 1

    Discovering the New European Bauhaus and its Circular Dimension

    • Welcome to the course


    • What is the New European Bauhaus or, NEB?

      Definition of the New European Bauhaus initiative and what it entails

    • NEB from the Perspective of the (Manufacturing) Industry

      NEB and the Manufacturing Industry

    • Digitalization of industry 5.0 and its connection to NEB

      Industry 5.0 and the New European Bauhaus

    • What have we learned so far?

      Weekly wrap-up

    • Quiz

      Self-assessment questionnaire

    • What's on for next week?

      Week 2

  • Week 2

    Circularity in Industrial Ecosystems

    • Welcome back

      Week 2 outline

    • The Circular Economy Paradigm

      Definition of the circular economy

    • Transitioning to a Circular Economy

      The concept of Circularity

    • Circularity in production processes

      Application of the circularity paradigm to production chains and industries.

    • Shaping EU's industrial future by learning from circular design concepts

      Introduction of the circularity scheme in industrial design.

    • What have we covered so far

      Recap of week 2

    • Quiz

      Self-assessment questionnaire

    • What's on for next week?

      Next week's contents.

  • Week 3

    Design and Life Cycle Thinking

    • Welcome back

      Week 3 outline

    • Product (Re-)Design

      Developing products for circular economy

    • Materials

      Environmentally friendly materials

    • Sustainable Production

      Production of a product

    • (Re-)Use

      Product design and functionality

    • Materials 2030 Roadmap

      European Materials ecosystem driving the green and digital transition

    • Quiz

      Self-assessment questionnaire

    • Course review

      Synthesis of what has been learnt and conclusions.

    • End of the course

      Congratulations! You have completed the course.

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Identify the need for sustainable, long-term, life cycle and integrated thinking in the industrial ecosystem and the manufacturing industry.
  • Explain how projects from the New European Bauhaus implement circular economy actions and strategies.
  • Describe what characterises a circular economy design approach.
  • Apply design skills and a creative mindset to address sustainable, long-term, life cycle, and integrated thinking in the industrial ecosystem and the manufacturing industry.
  • Apply design tools to create a discussion that engages with system and stakeholder analysis and particularly includes potential collaborators or co-designers that are needed to be involved.
  • Develop a strategy for implementing a circular dimension in line with New European Bauhaus values and working principles.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone with a broad interest in sustainability, the circular economy, and the European Green Deal.

While no prior knowledge is required for this course, learners should be prepared to read some scientific papers and get into the nitty gritty of sustainability in industry.

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