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Event announcement: "Time to get things moving! Systemic circular economy as a driver of rural development".

The virtual kick-off event of the project "Potentials of the Circular Economy for Rural Development in Germany and Europe" will take place on 8 June from 9:30 am to 12 pm.

At the event, the first interim results from the ongoing work process will be presented and discussed. In addition, a first interdisciplinary exchange will be initiated. The event is aimed at German experts, representatives of German ministries (BMWSB, BMUV, BMEL), funding agencies and project promoters, as well as practitioners at municipal and regional level. In addition, German case study regions from the project will present themselves.

Make a note of this date. Registration options will be announced (here) or contact Mr Mathias (mathias[at]

About the project:

While the systemic circular economy is mostly considered in an urban context, the project turns to territorial factors and rural areas. Prognos AG (coordination) and the IfLS are jointly investigating

  •     which spatial factors are decisive for the implementation of a systemic circular economy in rural areas
  •     to what extent the systemic circular economy is already anchored in regional development strategies and is being implemented
  •     to what extent approaches to the systemic circular economy are already being implemented in other European countries and what can be learned from them for Germany
  •     to what extent cooperation can take place at the European level in order to utilise the potential of the systemic circular economy.

As a result, recommendations for action are to be developed for political decision-makers and groups of actors from practice. In this way, the project tries to contribute to the promotion of the systemic circular economy as a sustainable way of doing business based on the avoidance and (re-)use of raw materials by closing material cycles.

The project is being implemented within the framework of the BMI programme "Shaping Regions".

Contact at IfLS: Dr Ulrich Gehrlein (gehrlein[at] and Christoph Mathias (mathias[at]