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Welcome-to-IE Dinner

In order to welcome all our new September students, we have organised a dinner in collaboration with Conscious Kitchen Den Haag on 14 September.

Conscious Kitchen fights food waste by collecting to-be-wasted food and turning it into delicious meals along with volunteers. What better way to get to know your fellow students than by cooking, eating and cleaning together?

Dinner is from 18.30-20.00. Dinner is free if you volunteer to either cook or clean, and 5 euros for everyone else!

In order to join the dinner, you have to sign up here:

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Workshop at Metabolic

Get to know Metabolic! On the 19th September, we have organized an excursion to the Metabolic Lab in Amsterdam, as a way to introduce you to one of the companies that puts Industrial Ecology into practice.

The day will consist of a workshop about systems thinking in the form of a game developed by Metabolic then a tour and talk about de Ceuvel, and finally drinks at de Ceuvel cafe to wrap the day up. The workshop is free, but costs of transport will be your own. You can join at Delft station (or get on the same train at Leiden) to go together with a group to Metabolic Lab. Eventually we can organise a group ticket which may save costs.

Workshop is open to IE students only! There is place for 20 people, you can sign up by emailing me at

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IE Gala 2018

The Event Committee would like to cordially invite you to enjoy a beautiful spring evening on June 15 2018 at the first ever Shift Industrial Ecology Gala!

The gala will be at Grand Café De Burcht in the heart of Leiden; drinks and (vegetarian) finger food will flow freely all night, and the good times with them. To hear more about the the program and tickets, stay up-to-date on social media. We look forward to seeing you on 15 June for a classy evening in Leiden!

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Third edition of DiscoverIE Newsletter released!

Exciting news: another edition of the newsletter has just been published! Want to know more? Just click here to download and enjoy 😀

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Lunch Lecture: Redesigning waste

On 31 April, Shift organized a lunch lecture in which recently the graduated architect Nico Schouten presented his master thesis project: Redesigning waste.

His project aimed to challenge the perception of waste by using discarded PET plastic as a building material for residential homes. His design was located in a small plot in Buiksloterham, just a block away from the plot that is the focus for the design project for the Urban Environments course. Nico wrote a definition for what circularity in the built environment meant for him as a blueprint for his design. His focus was on materials and technology, placed in a context of social, economic and environmental considerations.

The lunch lecture was followed by an open discussion amongst students!

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Second edition of DiscoverIE Newsletter released!!!

The latest edition of DiscoverIE has somehow been released during the busiest period of the year for the IE students!

Congratulations to all of the budding authors that are featured this month. And thank you to Shift’s Network Coordinator for managing and organising the writing and publication process with some editorial help from the inimitable Alan!

Click here to download and enjoy 😀

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Survey request for new Shift website design

Through the mighty network of Shift, a connection has been formed with a web-designer from Rotterdam. Jack has kindly offered to redesign our website for free, as part of his degree. We’re hoping to have this new version up by the summer. Jack has designed a survey to help him understand the website requirements. If you could fill it out, it’d be invaluable!

Survey link:

Estimated time: 2 minutes.

Thank you!


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Upcoming event: IE Beach Day

Beach day THIS SUNDAY!

Weather is looking great 8D Get your sandals, shorts and shades, suntan cream, swimming suits and sexy selves down to Scheveningen Beach. 

Upcoming events

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Breaking News: DiscoverIE Issue 1 Released!

The first edition of the spanking new IESA Newsletter ‘DiscoverIE’ has been released!

Head over to the Newsletter section of the website to check it out. Soon the content will be released as separate pieces on the website too so future content-seekers don’t need to download pdfs to find what they’re after. But initially the Shift news team decided to release as a single cohesive document. Looking forward to your feedback and future contributions!


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Lunch-lecture: challenges of the post-fossil city

Lunch-lecture-1Let us know you’re coming on the Facebook page.

Lunch Lecture: Challenges of the post-fossil city

Who? Wytske Versteeg
Where? TU Delft TPM (room to be announced)
When? 1 May
Why? Get educated on experiences from the field (and free lunch)

Wytske Versteeg (1983) graduated cum laude as a political scientist. She works with the Urban Futures Studio (University of Utrecht), as member of the curatorial team for the Post-Fossil City Contest. Next to this, she is a novelist: her work has been translated into five languages.

Thinking of a decarbonized city, we tend to focus on sterile, technological images: a ubiquitous availability of self-driving cars, efficiently controlled by urban dashboards. What we lack is a sense of the everyday spirit of living; the embodied experience of dwelling, working and moving around in the bustling post-fossil cities of the future. In response to this problem, the Urban Futures Studio organized the post-fossil city contest, asking for creative imaginations as to how cities can employ the immense challenge of decarbonization to become places that sustain natural, social, economic, and creative life. We received 250 responses from all over the world, and are currently working with 10 finalists. How can imaginations open up different ‘future worlds’, which we could not conceive with traditional planning and forecast tools? And what constitutes a good imagination of the future?

Want to learn more?

Want to know more about Wytske? Visit her website:

[Organized by Shift’s very own inimitable Frederique!]