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Take part in innovating new projects in Trace

Trace workshop March 22nd

Bring your ideas to the table

Join the mission and transition to a circular economy in plastics and textiles with your innovative ideas and research. Join us in addressing the societal challenge of developing a circular infrastructure.

The Trace partnership is launching a pool of 40 million Danish kroner for projects that promote the circular transition within the plastics and textiles industries.

With funds from NextGenerationEU/Innovationsfonden, projects focusing on infrastructure that support or create more circular solutions are sought.

This could include value chains, logistics, digital platforms, data, citizen engagement and communication, or entirely new and innovative ideas.

Both the textile and plastics industries face a wide range of challenges in becoming more circular, from material development, design solutions, production, logistics, take-back schemes, sorting, reuse, and/or recycling - to overarching infrastructure.

Trace therefore invites and challenges companies within the industries to participate in innovation workshops for establishing projects in collaboration with public organizations and Denmark's leading educational institutions.

The aim is to define projects based on innovative ideas or research proposals that can address the challenge of developing a circular infrastructure.

Engage in project teams/consortia across disciplines with the necessary skills to implement the project and create both output and impact.

Budget for Pool 3: Approximately 40 million DKK"

We are looking forward to seeing you, at SDU, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense

Registration fee:

Non-Member: 900 DKK

Members: Free

Process for the Pool 3 application:


Beginning March 2024

Call for applications opens

March 22nd 2024
Open innovation workshop to create consortia and develop project ideas

June 21nd 2024
Deadline for application

Fall 2024
Announcement on
Pool 3 projects

Temporary Program March 22nd 2024

SDU Odense, March 22nd

09.30 Arrival & Registration (Breakfast and coffee)

10.00 Welcome and Overview of Today’s Program

  • By Facilitator Julie Hjort, Danish Design Center

10.05 Trace: Status and Overview on Pool Projects

  • Chairperson of the Board & Anette Juhl, Director, Trace

10.20 Inside Trace: A Journey in the Project Experiment

  • Eva Tansem Andersen, Sustainability and Development Manager, Abena

10.35 Exploring Challenges & Opportunities: Insights from Public, Private, and Research Sector

  • Thomas Østergaard-Geisler, Co-founder, Create2Stay
  • Cecilie Schwartz Førby, Head of Procurement and Contract Management, Odense Kommune, 
  • Jan Stentoft, Professor, University of Southern Denmark.

11.30 Setting the Stage: Workstream Leaders map the Road Ahead

  • Else Skjold, Associate Professor, Royal Danish Academy
  • Kristian Syberg, Associate Professor, Roskilde University
  • Morten Birkved, Head of Unit, Professor, University of Southern Denmark,. 

12.30 Lunch

12.30 Afternoon program: stakeholders in workshop engagement

15.30 End of the day discussion

16.00 Farewell and good luck

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Steen Ancher

Head of Communication