RDS and Trinity teaming up to inspire a new generation of innovators

Rds And Trinity Teaming Up To Inspire A New Generation Of Innovators
Ms Rebecca Markey, Chair of the RDS Committee of Enterprise; Prof. Jane Stout, Vice President for Climate Action & Bio-Diversity, Trinity Business School; Mr Barry O'Dowd, Vice-Chair Chair of the RDS Committee of Enterprise and Dr. Mary-Lee Rhodes, Associate Professor, Trinity Business School at the launch of the Circular Economy awards
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The Royal Dublin Society, with a new strategy to create a more sustainable and prosperous future for generations to come, is excited to announce a new collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, Ireland’s leading university.

This collaboration is set to create synergies that will recognise Irish businesses, entrepreneurs and innovators making a positive difference in meeting the climate change challenge.


The collaboration between the RDS and Trinity College Dublin marks a significant milestone in both organisations commitment to highlighting the benefits of the circular economy.

By combining strengths, expertise, and resources, the two organisations aim to push circular models into the spotlight and help inspire a new generation of innovation leaders, while growing awareness and support with consumers to buy products created with circular principles.

The circular economy provides a key solution for our waste crisis, but it also makes solid economic sense, as we face into a future where we must maximise the resources available to us.

The RDS Deputy Chief Executive of the Foundation, Ms Niamh De Loughry, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating: “This collaboration is a testament to our shared vision of highlighting best practice and solutions which will energise more organisation’s to do the same. We believe the national circular economy awards scheme will highlight and celebrate those organisations and their leaders who seek to achieve new heights and bring innovative circular economy solutions to the market that, were in many instances, previously unimaginable.”


Key Aspects of the Collaboration

Circular Economy Awards: The Awards will be open to businesses that demonstrate circular practices. This means products or services that use renewable materials and are designed for durability, reuse, remanufacturing, and recycling to keep products, components, and materials circulating in the economy. There will be three categories; Emerging, SME and Multinational. All the information regarding the Circular Economy Awards will be on RDS social media channels and on the RDS website.

The Call for Entries will be opened from January 18th, 2024 to February 26th, 2024.

Circular design thinking is the driving force behind some of the most interesting and disruptive new businesses. The Circular Economy Awards will recognise and celebrate the organisations, entrepreneurs, and innovators, making a making a positive difference in meeting the climate change challenge through adaptation or adoption of circular economy practices in delivery of products or services.

Alumni Event: The Trinity Executive Education team at Trinity Business School looks will host and coordinate a Circular Economy Leaders Day for category winners and runners up for the purposes of lifelong development, and continued peer-to-peer learning in relation to the implementation of circular economy strategies and processes.


The combined efforts of the RDS and Trinity College Dublin are aimed at empowering those leaders who seek to create and operationalise innovative solutions in meeting the climate change challenge through circular economy practices.

To learn more about the RDS Circular Economy Awards, please visit the Circular Economy Programme webpage, join the mailing list, or contact Guillaume Coic at guillaume.coic@rds.ie

About the Royal Dublin Society

As our world continues to rapidly evolve and face new challenges, it has become increasingly clear that we must take proactive steps to future-proof Ireland and ensure its long-term sustainability. This is especially true in Ireland and for the RDS where we want to ensure our relevance in 2031.

As a social impact organisation that has programmes in the areas of arts and culture, agriculture, industry, science and technology and equestrianism, we recognise the need to expand our scope to address these pressing issues. As part of a new strategy the RDS will have a more concentrated focus in the areas of ‘future proofing” and “finding common ground”.


The RDS is committed to bringing together practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and industry professionals to explore the latest advancements, challenges and solutions in these fields with a view to creating increased awareness, education and identification of solutions to act now.

About Trinity College Dublin

As Ireland’s leading university, we are inspiring the next generation of global citizens and global leaders.

Trinity is committed to addressing the challenge of achieving a sustainable and healthy planet, both for people, and for the natural systems we share our planet with and rely upon. We seek to embed sustainability in everything we do, and to do it in a healthy and equitable way.

In the area of sustainability, including circular economy practice, Trinity is active across a broad range of activities including cutting edge research, education and industry engagement.

Trinity fully supports the RDS Circular Economy Awards initiative, and we look forward to working with dynamic innovative organisations who are addressing some of our biggest challenges through pioneering leadership in circular economy practice.

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