Education - Applied Research - Innovation

Towards a Biobased and Circular Economy in Canada and The Netherlands

We aim to join forces in a so-called Living Lab Circular Economy Canada. EP-Nuffic, the Dutch organization in international education, has developed a new instrument for international collaboration called Living Labs. A Living Lab is a programme that unites universities, private businesses and public organizations, from two countries, to provide state of the art applied research opportunities and real-life research assignments for researchers and students in a key area of the Netherlands. The Living Lab provides a platform to unite education, research and businesses and to commonly develop and apply practical solutions for challenges faced in different countries around the world. 

Main actions within a Living Lab are: 

  • Student exchange for education and research internships
  • Educational projects
  • Joint applied research
  • Networking and knowledge sharing

Each Living Lab is a bilateral triple-helix cooperation. A Living Lab stimulates innovation by developing competencies of people through the execution of real-life practical assignments by students, lecturers, researchers and professionals working in a specific sector. Innovations are realized through student and professor mobility, active stimulation of innovative developments through joint education and applied research programs. The goal of our Living Lab is to enhance international cooperation, stimulate innovation, and increase human capital.


The Living Lab Circular Economy Canada focuses on the following themes:

Green Chemistry

Resilient Cities

Agro & Food

Business Development

Living Lab links in with the political and economic priorities in both The Netherlands and Canada by targeting a sector that is of strategic importance in both countries. The Living Lab stimulates innovation by enabling and developing competencies of people: students, lecturers, researchers, professors and professionals in a triple-helix setting. Our founding partners are located in the Netherlands and Canada. 

Value propositions

The triple-helix symbolizes a union between government, business and university. The Living Lab Circular Economy Canada connects companies, public organizations and governments with higher education institutions through students, lecturers, professors and researchers who apply their expertise in the Biobased and Circular Economy. The value propositions for each stakeholder are the following:









Government (agencies)


Lecturers / professors

International safe haven, internationalization@home, build-up international network and gain international work/research experience.

Appealing to international students, development of international courses, educational innovations through internationalization, improving cooperation with industries through applied research.

Acces to a network of education and research institutes, access to human capital talent with active input to the development, access to new technology, benefit from new business opportunities.

Regional development through a triple helix (coalition, cooperation and collaboration), internationalization, knowledge and practices.

Professional development, access to international network(s), contribute to innovative applied research.