Network Schools

Throughout the project, several training events and network schools will be organised. While primarily aimed at ReTraCE ESRs, such event might also be opened to other interested researchers, depending on local arrangements. If interested about training events, email us.

1st ReTraCE Network School – Analyse and Evaluate the Circular Economy

The 1st ReTraCE Network School (“General Research Methods Training”) will be jointly organised by ABIS and USFD in Sheffield (UK), and will focus on the provision of fundamental concepts to the whole cohort of ESRs right at the start of their appointment.

This Network School will be mainly delivered by USFD (through its Methods Institute), ABIS, and UniKassel staff. The event will be articulated in the following sessions.

2nd ReTraCE Network School – Analyse and Evaluate the Circular Economy

The 2rd ReTraCE Network School (“Analyse and Evaluate the Circular Economy”) will be jointly organised by UPN and USFD in Naples (Italy), and will focus on the provision of fundamental concepts to the whole cohort of ESRs right at the start of their appointment.

The school will be articulated in the following sessions:

  • Waste Management Systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Materials Flows
  • Circular Manufacturing
  • Circular Value Chains
3rd ReTraCE Network School - “Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Circular Economy”

The 3rd ReTraCE Network School on “Innovation, Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Circular Economy” will be jointly organised by SEERC, ABIS and UPN in Thessaloniki (Greece), and will focus on innovative business models for the promotion of Circular Economy through a bottom-up approach.

The unit examines both theoretical and practical issues facing managers and entrepreneurs in order to drive innovation within their organizations.

At the end of the Summer School, every participant will have a comprehensive understanding of how revenues can be generated successfully, which promotion channels are the most aligned with the target group and how business ideas and property rights can be protected.

4th ReTraCE Network School – Write-up Event

This is a structured two-day writing retreat designed to provide dedicated time  and space to progress and prioritise writing projects in a supportive environment. It aims to allow participants a distraction free setting to write, as well as the opportunity to discuss the writing process with others. The programme is based on Murray and Newton (2009) “Writing Retreat” approach .The event will be facilitated by project staff and colleagues from the ThinkAhead initiative of USFD.

The event is based on three key principles:

  • A collective space within which ESRs write individually but are in the same room throughout the duration of the event.
  • The use of a series of timed and fixed writing slots.
  • The use of peer discussion to review progress during the retreat.

The output for the event will depend upon ESRs’ specific writing projects. This may include writing journal papers, revising and completing a research proposal for external funding, drafting conference papers, or writing a book chapter.