Episode 1 – Circular Economy


You can listen to the first podcast episode on the Circular Economy in one piece or listen to each of the contributions separately.


Listen to Episode 1 (in German only)

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This Episode Consists of Four Parts:


The Circular Economy – For a Sustainable Industrial Society

A Podcast Featuring Professor Kathrin Greiff

  Professor Kathrin Greiff Copyright: © Heike Lachmann Professor Kathrin Greiff is head of the Department of Anthropogenic Material Cycles at RWTH Aachen University.

The recycling of anthropogenic materials does not start at the end, but at the beginning, from the moment that we want to cover our needs as a society and are dependent on raw materials for this.

Professorin Kathrin Greiff

This part of the podcast runs from
4:19 to 8:16 on YouTube.

Further information: Chair of Anthropogenic Material Cycles (ANTS) at RWTH Aachen University


Circular Economy – From Plastic Waste to Plastic Recyclables

A Podcast Featuring Professor Lars Blank

  Copyright: © Peter Winandy Professor Lars Blank is head of the Institute of Applied Microbiology at RWTH Aachen University.

The topic of using biotechnology to recycle plastics has been on our minds since 2015, and since then we've been getting enormous attention. What we are frequently asked is, can this idea really be translated to industrial implementation?

Professor Lars Blank

This part of the podcast runs from
8:33 to 12:12 on YouTube.

Institute of Applied Microbiology (iAMB)

MIX-UP Project (EU-funded)


Circular Economy – Thanks to Fully Recyclable Plastic Packaging

A Podcast Featuring Dr. Montgomery Jaritz

  Dr.-Ing. Montgomery Jaritz Copyright: © IonKraft GmbH Dr.-Ing. Montgomery Jaritz, who studied mechanical engineering at RWTH, is one of the founders of the startup IonKraft. During his doctorate, he studied the coating of plastics at RWTH’s Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV).

In fact, our coating technology pays off in two ways: on the one hand, we are able to provide plastic packaging with excellent barrier properties that is recyclable, but at the same time our coatings are also less expensive than existing conventional packaging solutions.

Dr. Montgomery Jaritz

This part of the podcast runs from
12:28 to 16:26 on YouTube.

Further Information: IonKraft

Institute for Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University


Circular Economy in Mining – Nivelstein Living Lab

A Podcast Featuring Professor Elisabeth Clausen

  Professor Elisabeth Clausen Copyright: © RWTH/AMT Professor Elisabeth Clausen is head of the Instiute for Advanced Mining Technologies at RWTH Aachen University.

In mining, when it comes to providing mineral raw materials, it will be ever more important to extract raw materials in a sustainable way, responsibly and efficiently.

Professorin Elisabeth Clausen

This part of the podcast runs from
16:44 to 20:27 on YouTube.

RWTH Institute of Advanced Mining Technologies (AMT)

Further Information: Nivelstein Living Lab

Further Information: Nivelsteiner Sandwerke und Sandsteinbrüche GmbH



Introduction: Science and Research Need the Trust of Citizens

Thorsten Karbach, Department 3.0 – Press and Communications

Survey 1: Do RWTH Students Think That Their Professors Are Able to Come to the Point in 240 Seconds?

Helen Hansen and Lisa Kreutz, Department 3.0 – Press and Communications

Word Riddle: Circular Economy

Justus, 5th Grade, Einhard Gymnasium, Aachen

Survey 2: What Term Are We Looking for?

Lisa Kreutz and Helen Hansen, Department 3.0 – Press and Communications

Creator of All Audio Clips and Speaker:

Dr. Nives Sunara, Department 3.0 – Press and Communications


Lukas Hähnert, Department 3.0 – Press and Communications


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