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Local Partnership Arena at INSA: 70 participants co-creating challenges related to circular economy


November 11, 2021

Local Partnership Arena at INSA: 70 participants co-creating challenges related to circular economy


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INSA Toulouse organised its first Local Partnership Arena on the 4th of November 2021 on the INSA Campus of Toulouse. The theme of this arena was circular economy.

ECIU University Local Partnership Arenas are open collaåborative fora that bring together diverse stakeholders who want to help shape a resilient and more sustainable future. The objective of this event was to co-create challenges related to circular economy requiring specific multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary approaches. 70 learners, teachers, researchers, companies and public sector representatives, NGOs and regional embedded ecosystems representatives participated in this event and got a unique opportunity to:

●     Engage in societal issues and make a real impact on society

●     Meet and collaborate with new people to launch exciting collaborative projects

●     Co-create concrete challenges in business and civil society areas with a large international community of researchers and students

●     Pave the way for solving multi-disciplinary challenges in entrepreneurial, innovative ways and provide personalised learning and network opportunities.

Based on previous experiences shared by Linköping university, this one-day event fostered and supported innovative thinking corresponding to the SDG11 and over 35 potential challenges ideas were developed. “How to generalize the reuse of water in collective housing?” or “the Environmental impact assessment of public services” were among the ideas of challenges brought up from the discussions.

Bertrand Raquet, President of the INSA Group and Director of INSA Toulouse
"We are convinced that this initiative will lead to a strong commitment from all stakeholders, with the desire to co-build projects that take into account societal issues".

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Institut National des Sciences Appliquees

With 90,000 alumni across all economic sectors and 3,000 new graduates each year, the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées is a leading French group of engineering institutes with several campuses. Based on a strong research-industry-education nexus, it attracts students with a high academic level.