SAP ‘Circular Design with Plastics’

Circular economy is a hot topic and a trendy term. However, what does it really imply for industry, for society, and for development? What are the existing and the emerging challenges?

‘Circular Design with Plastics’ is a RUN-EU Short Advanced Programme (SAP), jointly coordinated by Polytechnic of Cávado and Ave (IPCA), NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences (NHL Stenden), Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT).

It aims to present insights into these topics and examine some existing tools that can help designers, engineers, managers and entrepreneurs. From 20 September to 8 October 2021, participants will find answers to these and other questions through online lectures, cutting-edge presentations and multidisciplinary group work dynamics.

Proposed learning outcomes:

This is an introductory programme aimed at those interested in becoming familiar with circular design (specifically with plastics), circular economy, and circularity. Participants will be introduced to the topic of circular design, starting from a variety of concepts, passing through several important approaches and methodologies, and finally covering some specific tools (in terms of their purpose and how they are employed, and not learning to use them in detail).

At the end of this programme, students will be able to:

  • Appreciate current driving features for sustainability in a multidisciplinary and international context
  • Understand the concepts of circular design, circular economy, circularity and ecodesign (among others)
  • Recognise the key challenges and opportunities for improving circularity in plastics, and how to quantify it
  • Understand the different perspectives of ecodesign/design for X
  • Understand circular supply chains and sustainable modelling

Date: from 20 September to 8 October 2021 (Lecturing/contact week from 27 September to 1 October)

Mode of delivery: blended; simultaneously co-located with live audience room at the four partner institutions

Language of instruction: English

ECTS credits: 2

Academic recognition: to be defined by each home institution. In general terms, most students will have this RUN-EU SAP certified in the diploma supplement, as a minimal condition

Eligible participants: RUN-EU’s students from any cycle of studies, with a particular emphasis on students from Engineering, Design and Management

How to apply: fill in the application form

Application deadline: 8 September 2021

Selection criteria: a maximum of 40 students will be selected for this programme. A minimum of 5 places are reserved for each of the 4 host institutions. After that, the remaining 20 places will be distributed by all applicants. Selection will always be based on order of submission (first come, first served), although priority will be given to RUN-EU partner students. Only after all RUN-EU partner students are placed will external applicants be selected. The selection team will also take steps towards ensuring diversity and representativity.


IPCA, Portugal

NHL Stenden, The Netherlands

AIT, Ireland

LIT, Ireland

Read all the details about this programme.
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We are hiring: RUN-EU Project Manager!

  • Job title: RUN-EU Project Manager
  • Location: Politécnico de Leiria
  • Number of posts: 1
  • Length of employment: 1 Year
  • Contract type: Fixed-term Contract (Contrato de Trabalho em Funções Públicas)
  • Professional category: Técnico Superior
  • Grade: 6.ª posição remuneratória, nível 31
  • Working pattern: Full-time
  • Reports to: Project Coordinator
  • Application deadline: 13 May 2021 – 23h59 (Lisbon time)

Job Description:
The postholder will work as a Project Manager of the Regional University Network – European University (RUN-EU). In the next three years, Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal) and the H2020 RUN-EU PLUS Project will be coordinating a network composed of eight higher education institutions in the European Union.

The Project Manager will work on behalf of Politécnico de Leiria, supporting the coordination and management of the project to keep teams on track of their goals and ensure deliverables are completed on time.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to monitor the progress of an international cooperation-based project, communicate with regional and international stakeholders regarding project needs and goals, schedule meetings, and maintain project documents and reports to be submitted to the RUN-EU AG and the European Commission.

The RUN-EU Project Manager will also support the management of the H2020 RUN-EU PLUS Project in the creation of international and multidisciplinary research teams, which will include researchers from Politécnico de Leiria, and in the application to European funding projects, such as the Eramus+ and the Horizon Europe.

Educational requirements
Degree (Bachelor, Master or PhD) in Health Sciences, Life Sciences, Exact Sciences and Engineering, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Business and Management, Economics, or similar fields of study.

Read more about RUN-EU.

As a public service contract, you can find more information at Bolsa de Emprego Público | Aviso n.º 7914/2021 or at the original Diário da República publication – DR 2.ª série n.º 83, de 29 de abril.

Conference ‘European Universities: Pioneering Transformation in Education, Research and Innovation’

The “European Universities: Pioneering Transformation in Education, Research and Innovation” conference held on 14 April demonstrated one thing above all: transnational higher education alliances will not only revolutionise the European education and research spaces, but most importantly they will increase the competitiveness of the regions where they are set in. 

Hosted by Politécnico de Leiria, the EU videoconference brought together representatives from European Universities and the European Commission, as well as relevant stakeholders from business and society to discuss the main topics on the European Universities Initiative’s agenda.

Opening Session

The opening session of the conference was chaired by the Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal, Manuel Heitor, and the Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission, Themis Christophidou.

Panel 1 – The Transformation Potential of European Universities

Keynote Speaker

  • Sophia Eriksson-Waterschoot, Director for Youth, Education and Erasmus+ of the European Commission


  • Màrius Martinez, Vice-President for International Relations of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain, and President of ECIU European University
  • Daniela Trani, University of Maastricht, Netherlands, Director of YUFE Alliance
  • João Rocha, President of the Polytechnic of Porto, Portugal, and Coordinator of ATHENA European University
  • Rui Pedrosa, President of Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal, and Coordinator of Regional University Network – European University
  • Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik, European University Association
  • Stéphane Lauwick, President of the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education

Panel 2 – How can European Universities Foster Skills for a Green, Digital and Inclusive Society

Keynote Speaker

  • Thomas Weko, Head of Higher Education Unit in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


  • Mark Brown, Director of the National Institute for Digital Learning (Ireland)
  • Célia Reis, Chair of the Board Altran (Portugal)
  • Timea Csanaki, HR-Representative – Academic Cooperations of Audi Hungaria, Hungary.
  • Juha Haukka, Managing Director of Suomen Yrittäjät in Häme (The Regional Association of Entrepreneurs in Hame), Finland
  • Jimmy Heinzl, CEO of WISTO – Wirtschafts-Standort Vorarlberg GmbH (Austria)

Panel 3 – Future and Advanced Skills for Societal Transformation

Keynote Speaker

  • Nuno Rodrigues, Vice-President for Research of the Polytechnic of Leiria, Portugal, RUN-EU European University


  • Joan Guàrdia Olmos, Rector of the University of Barcelona, Spain, and Coordinator of CHARM European University
  • Manuel José Damásio, Lusófona University, Portugal and Coordinator of FILMEU European University
  • António Cunha, President of the Norte Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission
  • Eduardo Anselmo Castro, Vice-President of the Centro Portugal Regional Coordination and Development Commission
  • Hans-Paul van der Snee, Director of Innovatiepact Fryslân, Netherlands

Panel 4 – The Role of European Universities in Leading Regional Innovation Ecosystems

Keynote Speakers

  • Ruaidhri Neavyn , Special Advisor to the Higher Education Authority of Ireland, and member of the Steering Board of the RUN-EU European University
  • Han Brezet, EU Projects Boosting Team – Innovatiepact Fryslan, Netherlands, and member of the Steering Board of the RUN-EU European University


  • Pat Daly, CEO of Limerick City and County Council, Ireland
  • Pat Gallagher, Chief Executive Westmeath County Council, Ireland
  • Anna-Mari Ahonen, Region Mayor – Regional Council of Häme, Finland
  • Arno Brok, King’s Commissioner of the Province of Friesland, Netherlands
  • Gabriela Dür, Head of the Department of Science and Continuing Education of the Federal State of Vorarlberg, Austria
  • Emile Boc, Rapporteur of the European Comittee of the Regions

Signing Ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding

Agreement of RUN-EU members with Regional Government representatives about the long-term vision and the construction of the EZ-ID – European Zone for Inter-regional Development.

Closing Session

The closing session of the conference was chaired by the President of Politécnico de Leiria and Coordinator of the Regional University Network – European University, Rui Pedrosa, and the State Secretary for Science, Technology and Higher Education of Portugal, Manuel Sobrinho Teixeira.