The CATALY(C)ST project is a Nordic Innovation project that aims to train youth change makers to act as catalysts for a transition to a sustainable circular economy (CE).

The project brings together circular economy expertise from past research and best practices in multiple Nordic universities and industry partners. The project will involve peer to peer learning of new ways of product development and knowledge sharing to boost the transition towards circular economy.

CATALY(C)ST overall mantra is decoupling value creation from resource consumption, by:


  • CE readiness & opportunity mapping
  • CE Business models creation & servitization
  • CE products by Eco-design
  • CE enhancement by digitalization
  • CE close the loop strategies
*The five areas origins from the CIRCit research project, which has operations in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland, to support the Nordic industry to discover the opportunities of circular economy.


There are many ways to participate with us, including

1. Circular Economy related Master’s theses, that can be co-advised by colleagues from partner universities, if desired

2. Sponsor a student project related to circular economy in any one of our courses such as:
Product Development Project (PDP)
IDBM Industry project

3. Circular economy case studies for courses such as:

Product sustainability
Mechanical Engineering in Society

4.Joint research projects

CATALY(C)ST will apply the collective experience, competencies, research, company & talent network from excellent research and entrepreneurship institutions- with the main project partners being Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) , KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Aalto Design Factory and EFLA Consulting Engineers.

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