CLOCKS, CLOsing the loop

Clocks: CLOsing the loop is a project promoted by EIT Raw Materials, co-founded by the European Union, and developed together with the University of Padova.

Clocks is a Ph.D. Summer School, and their aim is to establish innovative high-educational initiatives in the field of circular economy. In doing so, they strive to connect the PhD students with the companies and their representatives.

Their offer consists in a series of courses, whose program can be found on their website (, and in a Hackathon, that will be organized by Tondo Lab and will focus mainly on three topics:

  • The first challenge, provided by Umicore, will be about electronic waste: annually, every person generates around 7 kg of e-waste. This means that, in recent years, we have generated about 50 million metric tons of e-waste worldwide. It’s crucial to be more and more aware of the fact that our future will be increasingly based on technology: therefore, we need to start thinking of new circular approaches for the management of e-waste.

  • The second challenge, provided by Barilla, will be about sustainable food systems: today, modern food systems need to address many challenges, such as food management and security, sustainable agricultural techniques, food waste generation, and many more. Facing them with innovative circular solutions could lead to a substantial reduction of damage to the environment and the human ecosystem.

  • Finally, the third challenge, provided by Albini, will be about circular textiles and fashion: the textile and fashion industry is responsible for around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, therefore contributing to climate change. The EU has defined it as the fourth most environmentally sensitive consumption category. Nowadays, many initiatives are working on reducing this huge impact: but it’s clear that the sector needs more circular ideas to make a clear substantial change.

Only the Circular Summer School participants can apply to the Hackathon, and candidates can apply in teams (of at least two to a maximum of six people) or individually.

Here ( you can find more information about the project and here ( you can apply to the Hackathon.

Emma Salioni

WIth a degree in Digital content management for media, enterprises and cultural heritage, Emma Salioni has always had a strong interest in sustainability and circularity. After a period of time spent workin in The Netherlands, she started working with Tondo managing social media and communication, as well as supporting the organization of hackathons and events.