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Week of the Circular Economy – The role of AI in the Circular Economy

Can AI speed up the transition towards a circular economy?

The greatest national networking and inspiration event for (aspiring) circular entrepreneurs is the Week of the Circular Economy (11-16 March). During this week, you can gain knowledge and inspiration about circular entrepreneurship at circular organizations, companies, and hubs across the country. SustainaLab is one of these hubs, in collaboration with Change Inc. Join a session or talk, or take a look behind the scenes at the frontrunners.

Role of AI in the Circular Economy

Monday 11 March 2024, 15:00 – 16:30

Please join us to discuss these questions on Monday 11 March in SustainaLab (Amsterdam Science Park).

Line up of speakers:

Bernd Ensing (associate professor chemistry at University of Amsterdam). Bernd is director of the AI4Science Lab and will highlight how machine learning algorithms are applied for scientific discovery in a wide range of fields, including the circular economy.

Julia Krauwer (Sector Banker Technology, Media & Telecom at ABN Amro). December 2023 ABN Amro published a report concluding that ‘generative AI can play a valuable role in the sustainability transition’. Among other things, generative AI can assist in the creation of sustainability reports and be used to design new proteins and materials. Julia will present the main conclusions of this report and will highlight the role of AI in the circular economy.

Maarten Sukel (PhD at the University of Amsterdam and Machine Learning Engineer at online supermarket Picnic). Maarten launched his book ‘De AI-Revolutie’ in January this year. In this book, he argues that AI will dramatically change society, and that in fact AI already has a huge influence on our daily life. Maarten will share how AI is used by Picnic to fight food waste.

Jens Zuurbier (Data scientist at Seenons). Jens will showcase where Seenons uses AI to help customers and service partners to zero waste. This ranges from various optimization problems, to using AI to help their users correctly sort their waste, avoid contamination or increase reuse of materials.

Practical information:

Monday 11th of March, 15:00 – 16:30, drinks afterwards SustainaLab, Matrix ONE building, Amsterdam Science Park 301 Contact: Bart Krull 06 41 83 89 41 Registration: Please send an e-mail to to secure your spot.

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