Towards circular economy
How to use billions of years of successful natural design to overcome seemingly fatal economic threats
1 March 2017
Faculty of Economics
Moscow State University
19:00 - 21:00
lecture and discussion
The lecture is of interest for:
If you study economics or ecology you will be interested in learning how these different fields can be merged into one interdisciplinary research project.
Researchers and professors
Join the conversation to share your knowledge and expertise with one of the leading experts in the field of circular economy.
Are you active in the fields of circular economy, environmental policies or urban studies? You will be excited to learn how Cradle-to-Cradle principles are implemented in practice.
The wider public
Do you think that individuals can make a difference in this era of ecological imbalance and economic threats? Come to the lecture to hear how science, technology and community can join forces to overcome the challenge.
Louise Vet
Director of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO), an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at Wageningen University.

Vet was awarded several international prizes for her research on plant-insect interactions, delivering basic knowledge for the strategic development of sustainable agro-ecosystems (e.g. British Rank Prize for Nutrition). Vet is an elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. She published more than 200 papers in international journals.
Vet is a biologist with a broad interest in ecology and evolution, and devoted to stimulate a positive interaction between ecology and economy. She serves on a diversity of national and international boards and committees. Selection: Chair of the Netherlands Ecological Research Network (NERN); the Environment Steering Panel of the European Academies Science Advisory Council; The Circle Economy, WWF, etc.
Vet was the driving force behind NIOO's prize winning sustainable laboratory/office complex for which she received the 2012 Golden Pyramid state prize. Linked to these building activities Vet stimulates public-private partnerships to encourage new eco-technological developments. She is active in the media and in 'science for policy' and a frequently invited speaker (e.g. TEDxAmsterdam 2009 and 2011).
Russian experts
Sergey Bobylev
Doctor of Economic Sciences, professor, Vice-Head of the Economics of Natural Resources Management Department (Lomonosov Moscow State University).
Vladimir Zakharov
Doctor of Biological Sciences, a corresponding member of Russian Academy of Sciences, director of Sustainable development institute of the Public Chamber.
Main topics
Lecture will be in English without translation
1. Our present linear economy is destructive
The growing extent of man-nature interactions, in space as well as time, is taking a toll: the results are material shortages, an energy crisis and the loss of biodiversity and valuable ecosystems. They are not only of importance to us, but also for all other life on the planet.
2. Billions of years of successful natural design

For more than 3.8 billion years, nature has been functioning fine without us. There is no waste in nature: cycles are closed with input from solar energy and diversity leads the way. This should be the basis for the human economy as well.
3. We must rethink the blueprint - this is a major challenge for the new generation!
Waste, resources shortage and economic threats are not a problem, but a matter of choice. The only possible road to sustainable development is one of symbiosis between ecology and the economy where we translate ecological principles into human practice.

It is no surprise that the transition towards a circular economy is currently a hotly debated topic. Both nationally and internationally it is increasingly at the forefront of political and research agendas. The main takeaway of these debates is that instead of merely solving problems, perhaps we should rethink the blueprint. This poses a challenge for the next generation and forms the essential bedrock for a sustainable and innovative society.
4. Circular economy and opportunities for Russia
Russian experts in sustainable development and management of natural resources will discuss the opportunities of switching towards circular economy in Russia.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 19:00 MSK
Faculty of Economics
Moscow State University
Leninskie gory 1, bld. 46
Room P-9, 5th floor