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The two Programme participants, Ehab Sayed and Mayra Lacruz

14 Dec 2017

Circular economy and sustainable collaborations at Loughborough University

Loughborough University has been part of the Climate-KIC’s Pioneers into Practice Programme since 2011 and has hosted 13 Pioneers to collaborate on projects and inspire work between academia and enterprise.

During the autumn of 2017, two international placements were hosted by the University as part of the Programme which brings together climate change professionals with organisations from across public, private, research and not-for-profit backgrounds from a range of climate change sectors to share knowledge and influence climate change action.

This year, the Pioneers were located in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering’s research hub under the supervision of Dr Mohamed Osmani, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Sustainable Construction.

Ehab Sayed, Founder and Director of Innovation at Biohm, is from Egypt. He worked with the University to support the development of the BSI Standard, BS8895-3. The standard is part of a multi-part standard which looks at material efficiency in building projects. The collaboration involved assessing the effectiveness of all parts of the standard as well as supporting the communication and visualisation of the information within the standard. There was also a focus on the future of standards and potential future developments that may improve their effectiveness and uptake within the construction industry.

Ehab describes the Programme as: “An invaluable experience that has opened doors for my academic and professional career. Working alongside Dr Mohamed Osmani was truly inspiring and I have built great relationships through this opportunity. An ongoing collaboration, it will have a great impact on the construction industry’s sustainability and is a valuable contribution to knowledge.”

Mayra Lacruz, Founder and CEO of SEN based in Alicante, Spain, has worked in the assessment of WG1-COST Action CA15115-Mining European Anthroposphere (MINEA). This project focuses on the assessment of technologies in the recovery of construction and demolition waste (C&DW). The collaboration helped analyse the context of the research and recommended future vision strategies of MINEA WG1.

She said of the Programme: “This placement is an excellent experience for sharing expertise and knowledge, and to improve my language and intercultural skills. It was also a good opportunity for connecting with professionals working in similar areas. There was a strong networking element which was highly beneficial to me in my career as an Entrepreneur.”

Dr Kelly Manders, Partnership Development Manager within the Enterprise Office, says: "The Programme illustrates the importance of enterprise collaborations and innovation for the University in support of academic researchers."

Read the full report about this year’s Programme in the Pioneers into Practice 2017 brochure. Ehab and Mayra are profiled on pages 9 and 18.