Autumn in Tech-Park Kaunas 2023: Fostering Circular Innovation and Sustainability
20 December 2023
Autumn 2023 unfolded as a season marked by transformative dialogues and impactful initiatives, where representatives of Tech-Park Kaunas played pivotal roles. Their active engagement in focus group and stakeholders’ meetings, information dissemination events throughout the season underscored a commitment to fostering circular innovation and promoting sustainable practices.
The autumn season kicked off with the Best Practices in Sustainability Education Conference on October 25, 2023, held in Vilnius. Živilė Paužaitė and Vaiva Kelmelyte from Tech-Park Kaunas actively participated in the conference held in Vilnius contributing to the discourse on sustainability. The event, organized by Cormack Consultancy Group, British Embassy Vilnius, and the Research Council of Lithuania, emphasized key insights:
- Collaboration as a driving force for innovation.
- A focus on sustainability as a paramount consideration.
- The pivotal role of technology in shaping the future.
- The growing importance of circular economy practices.
The conference highlighted the significance of networking in fostering meaningful relationships and collaborations to drive positive change.
The momentum continued with a focus group meeting at Circular Makerspace Kaunas on October 31, 2023. The session, led by the curator of Circular Makerspace Kaunas, gathered key stakeholders and community members. Discussion delved into implementing circular economy principles within the makerspace. Project “Circular Spaces” was introduced, outlining its mission to develop a digital tool promoting collaboration between makers and suppliers in the circular economy.
On November 8, 2023, two representatives of Tech-Park Kaunas attended the focus group meeting at Makerspace Kaunas. The session mirrored the Circular Makerspace Kaunas meeting. The focus remained on responsible resource utilization within the makerspace, emphasizing the establishment of a dynamic, inventive space for collaborative creation. The “Circular Spaces” project reiterated its aim to develop a digital tool facilitating circular collaboration.
December marked a milestone with the grand unveiling of the M-Lab at Kaunas University of Technology. This EUR 6 million prototyping laboratory, situated at the KTU Student Campus, showcased a commitment to sustainability, blending preserved architectural ideas with automated management for minimal resource usage. The addition of M-Lab not only served as a hub for science and business collaborations but also contributed significantly to the university’s sustainable development targets. The Modern Maker Space and Young Lab promised to be a place for creative minds and community members alike.
Autumn 2023 unfolded as a season of collaboration, innovation, and sustainable practices, leaving an indelible mark on the journey towards a circular and eco-conscious future.
Kaunas Science and Technology Park