Terms and conditions


The teams will be utilizing design thinking methodologies that overall will follow the execution of a Design Sprint: from a problem-setting to the test of a prototype solution.

In the scope of Circular Economy you will learn to:

  • Map a full life cycle of a product

  • Link each stage of the life cycle of a product with possible different impacts (social and environmental)

  • Apply specific mixed strategies to ‘close loops’ through the whole life cycle

  • Think and design in terms of product-service-systems

  • team-work and design thinking by going through a design sprint. 

In the scope of Additive Manufacturing you will learn to:

  • Select sustainable materials for AM

  • Optimize product architectures for AM

  • Bridge AM and mass customization

  • Use CAD workflows for AM 


‘Circular sprint: Additive Manufacturing to foster Circular Design’ is recognised as a specialist course in the:

  • Doctoral School of AHL (Natural Sciences), Ghent University

  • Doctoral School of BSE ((Bioscience) Engineering, Ghent University

As a PhD student in other Universities you may be eligible to receive credits from the event. Please check with the study coordinators of your home University. The week will total an estimated 45 hours of lectures, workshops and teamwork.


Participation to the event is free for PhD students. 

Get in contact for quotations for companies and professionals. 

  • 3D-printing costs included

  • Video-conference access provided

  • Teamwork platform provided

  • Lectures can be downloaded at the end of the event


The aim is to create multidisciplinary teams, therefore not everyone is asked to have prior knowledge on Additive Manufacturing. Nonetheless, prior experiences in one of the domains below is considered a plus.

  • 3D-printing

  • Business modelling

  • Market research

  • Material sciences

  • User testing

  • Circular economy


1. Subscribe to the event. 

     Subscribe to the event on this website.

2. Selection of participants. 

     Participants will be selected and a notice of selection will be communicated to the applicants.

3. Intake video call. 

    Participants will be contacted for a short video call for optimal team matching closer to the event.


Computer or laptop with working microphone and camera (test upfront) 

A decent internet connection: minimum bandwidth 600 kbps (up/down), recommended 1,5 Mbps (up/down)