Inaugural speeches prof. dr. ir. Conny Bakker & prof. dr. ir. Ruth Mugge

10 May 2019 15:00 - Location: Auditorium, TU Delft - By: Communication

From 1970 to 2019, the global extraction of materials for our products grew from 27 billion to 92 billion metric tonnes per year. This material extraction contributes to approximately half or our climate impacts, according to the UN Resources Outlook 2019. Next to this, between 1,1 and 8,8 million metric tons of plastics end up in our seas and oceans every year, to the detriment of marine ecosystems and even humans themselves. These plastics cause enormous pollution in our environment due to their chemical structure and extreme slow rate of degradation.

Materials extraction and plastics serve as prime examples where radical redesign of our business models, production processes and consumer behaviour is needed. To design truly sustainable products and services a new approach is needed. During the 50th jubilee year of Industrial Design Engineering in Delft, on 10 May at 15.00 hours, prof. dr. ir. C.A. Bakker and prof. dr. ir. R. Mugge will hold their inauguration speeches on design for sustainability in a joint public address in the Auditorium of TU Delft. TU Delft and the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering are proud of the fact that with Conny Bakker and Ruth Mugge, two female professors that have progressed through our own education programmes as students will lead the charge on research into design for sustainability.

Conny Bakker, Professor of Design Methodology for Sustainability and Circular Economy: 'No time to waste. New perspectives on design for sustainability and circular economy'

Ruth Mugge, Professor of Design for Sustainable Consumer Behaviour: 'Sustainable Consumption: Contradictio in terminis or intriguing design challenge?'