Upcoming Events

September 29, 2020

Circular Economy Lab 22: Circular procurement of ICT

The Utrecht Sustainability Institute organizes the 22nd Circular Economy Lab in collaboration with the Amsterdam Economic Board.


This time, the focus is on circular options for ICT equipment in the workplace. Computers, servers and monitors have a huge impact on the environment. Production and use require a lot of energy and the products contain critical metals. The short depreciation period results in the disposal of millions of tons of electronic equipment every year, which means that critical metals are quickly depleted. There is a lot of potential for smarter and circular solutions, such as life extension. But in practice, little use is made of this in the workplace.


During the Circular Economy Lab: Circular procurement of ICT, we identify the bottlenecks together with experts and front-runners and determine how we make circular solutions accessible and upscale. We focus on purchasing organizations (buyers, category and contract managers, maintenance and service around ICT) and on vendors / suppliers of ICT equipment. At the end of 2020 we will organize a Circular Economy Lab about data servers.


The 22nd Circular Economy Lab goes online to offer everyone the chance to be there. Join the open panel discussions with experts. Share your own experiences, learn from each other and ask the questions that help you further. Register now.


Utrecht Sustainability Institute & Amsterdam Economic Board

September 30, 2020

Real Estate in the Six-foot Society

the first Global Edition of Real Estate Futureproof (REF), themed ‘Real Estate in the Six-foot Society’ takes place. REF is the biggest and most innovative online real estate event.


Professionals from all over the globe meet here virtually in order to gain insights into the newest trends, share knowledge, and build commercial relations. Already more than 3.000 professionals hit the attend button!


In line with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, the REF event is divided into 11 Future thematic pillars: Offices, Smart Cities, Construction, Energy, Retail, Logistics, Space as a Service, Houses, PropTech Investing in Real Estate, Architecture and Smart Buildings

October 8, 2020

Utrecht Region Get Connected annual conference

Future perspective in special times


We cordially invite you to be digitally present at the Utrecht Region Get Connected annual conference on October 8, 2020. Between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm we organize various digital sub-sessions with a multitude of partners and live from Studio 21 in Hilversum. plenary program. Despite the special times, we will come together (digitally) on 8 October in a program full of inspiration, creation, collaboration and meeting.


Together with our network, we are optimistic about the future. With 'healthy urban living' as our common compass for several years now, we are working on a future-proof living environment with healthy people and a focus on valuable digitization.


We do not close our eyes to the consequences of the corona pandemic. For example, since the beginning of April we have been working together as a region in the Utrecht Region Economic Corona Alliance, in which we help entrepreneurs to be able to continue to do business even in corona time. The annual conference will not only pay attention to this, but also to the impact of corona on jobs in the region.


A powerful tool to arrive at impactful solutions for healthy urban living is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Our region has everything it takes to become the hub when it comes to human-centered AI: people at the center of healthy urban life. On October 8, we will discuss this in the program.


Future perspective in special times, towards a green, healthy and smart future. How do we see that for us? How do we organize the recovery plans in such a way that we emerge stronger from the crisis and at the same time take a significant step towards the goals of the climate agreement? And how are we set up as a region for this? What role can the new Regional Development Agency (ROM) Utrecht region play, for example, as an important extension of the regional instruments? These are all questions that will pass in review on 8 October. In the near future we will announce more about the program via our website.