UGent (coordinator), KULeuven, MU Leoben (Au), TU Eindhoven (Nl), TU Berlin (Ger), FAU Nürnberg (Ger), AU Thessaloniki (Gr), DTU (Den)
Bringing plastics into the circular economy is one of the great challenges of our age. C-PlaNeT lays the foundations for a New Plastics Economy through a European Joint Doctoral Programme that trains 15 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to become part of a new generation of scientists, engineers and policy makers for the EU’s circular economy, which must include the design, processing, use and reuse of plastics. C-PlaNeT focuses on excellent international research, training in complementary skills, including entrepreneurship and the translation of research into policy, international as well as cross-organisational and intersectoral mobility, active involvement of the non-academic sector, dissemination, awareness raising and public outreach.
As a truly multidisciplinary proposal, C-PlaNeT is well-balanced across different scientific fields of equal importance: chemistry, social sciences, engineering, political sciences, product design and business model development. Moreover, through the 20 non-university partners, C-PlaNeT is anchored across all sectors relevant for the Circularity of Plastics. All ESRs will advance the current state-of-the-art of their respective fields, which together cover the whole life cycle of plastics. To this end, they are supervised by at least 2 promotors from 2 universities and a partner outside university, with whom they will also take an internship. They will participate with each other in a cooperative learning scheme to take their research beyond the borders of their own respective disciplines and gain a holistic appreciation for the complex issue of Plastics in a Circular Economy.
As such C-Planet has the ambition to be a game changer for the circularity of plastics as a material resource, based on and excellent and
multidisciplinary research and training programme.