Sandpit Session: The Future Hospital

The challenge of making it circular and green

27 May | 09:30-12:30

Interested researchers and practitioners are invited to this Sandpit workshop session, organized by the working group Circular Society of the alliance between TU/e, WUR, UU and UMC Utrecht to identify and explore future research questions together.

Our healthcare sector is a major polluter and circularity is not introduced in most of our daily processes. The overall objective of this session is to identify topics where the knowledge and expertise of our four institutions can make a difference. We start with plenary pitches in which we discuss the present situation and define our overall goals. In the breakout sessions, we will explore and discuss first topics of our collaboration. Promising ideas and projects will receive follow-up and budget for realization in a future session. 


  • Pitches from practice by UMC Utrecht
  • The 9 R's of the circular society (refuse, reduce, recycle, etc.)
  • Thematic breakouts to dig deeper and unravel the challenges
  • Wrap up and next steps

Topics on our radar

  • Disposables and waste
  • Energy transition in healthcare
  • Impact of pharmaceuticals on water
  • Integrate environmental and social impacts in daily practice: From ethics to practical solutions.

Other great idea for a topic? Let us know when signing up.

Join us

Do you agree with the urgency and want to make the change to a sustainable society? Can you contribute with your knowledge and expertise? Do these topics fit your research portfolio? Join us! We can only make a change together.

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More info

This sandpit session on The Future Hospital is the first focus point of the working group Circular Society, an initiative of the Alliance of Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University & Research, Utrecht University, and the University Medical Centre Utrecht. We aim to do groundbreaking research, relevant for practical solutions, and therewith contribute to the circular society. For questions, you may contact Kim Hollaender.

This sandpit session is developed with support of Wageningen Dialogue, aiming at unraveling complex challenges through dialogue. For more information, you may contact Simone Ritzer, programme facilitator Wageningen Dialogue.