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WCEF Side Events in 2023

As part of the World Circular Economy Forum, WCEF Side Events will be organised throughout 2023. This list of events will be updated monthly.


WCEF Side Events present circular economy solutions from around the globe. They address specific topics related to the circular economy and the role circularity plays in the economies of the future, as well as in the fight against climate change and the nature crisis.

Side events can take place any time during 2023, excluding the days of the annual WCEF (30 May – 2 June). If you are interested in organising a WCEF Side Event, please submit your application by filling in the application form and sending it to Note that it takes a few days to process the arriving applications and upload the events on this list.

The organisers are responsible for all practicalities, expenses and inquiries related to organising and participating in the side events. Side events may be organised either virtually or locally.

Upcoming events

Tuesday 21 February

Doing Business with Finland – Namibia seminar

This live event is for Finnish and Namibian companies to explore partnerships. Namibia aims for carbon neutrality as the first African nation. The demand for sustainable solutions in e.g. energy production, construction and agriculture is evident. In addition to matchmaking, presentations on focus sectors and themes are also on the agenda.

Time: 9:00-14:00 UTC+2
Organisers: Finnpartnership and the Embassy of Finland in Namibia

Thursday 23 February

Doing Business with Finland – Zambia seminar

This live event is for Finnish and Zambian companies to explore partnerships. The Zambian circular economy space remains largely untapped, offering wide-ranging opportunities in many areas such as waste, manufacturing and agriculture. In addition to matchmaking, the event agenda also includes presentations on focus sectors and circular economy market needs.

Time: 9:00-14:00 UTC+2
Organisers: Finnpartnership, the Embassy of Finland in Zambia and the AGS Programme

Wednesday 1 March

MIC Ghana Kick-off Event

Join the official kick-off of the Material Innovation Center & COCA Architects’ upcycling journey in Ghana. This event marks the start of the project to turn cocoa waste into materials for the built environment – at a commercial scale.

Organiser: Material Innovation Center and COCA Architects
Time: 11:00-12:00 UTC+2

Wednesday 26 to Thursday 27 April

LOOP Forum 2023: eliminate waste and circulate resources

LOOP promotes circular solutions and technologies, initiating collaboration and dialogue across industries. We also debate challenges and influence policy making while sharing knowledge and building capacity. Join us to gain new insights!

Organiser: Relevant
Time: 10:30-17:00 UTC+3

Thursday 27 April

FRUSH innovating the circular economy

FRUSH opens up new perspectives on the circular economy and business. Bold claims. Shaking and awakening. Questions and doubts. Mind-opening conversation. Participate live in Forssa’s Kehräämö region or online. Admission to the event is free. The event language is mainly Finnish.

Organiser: Forssan Yrityskehitys Oy
Time: 9:00-16:00 UTC+3

Past events

Tuesday 31 January

Launch of the state of the art analysis on Nordic circularity

The Nordic Network for Circular Construction project is producing a state-of-the-art analysis on the circularity of the Nordic construction markets. At this event you will hear the key findings of the analysis and an expert commentary on how the findings can be implemented.

Organiser: Green Building Council Finland
Time: 13:00-15:00 UTC+2


WCEF Side Events are part of the World Circular Economy Forum concept. The organisers of these side events have an opportunity to present their circular economy solutions and engage international and local audiences. They also get to highlight their work in supporting the development of a circular economy.

In the beginning, side events were organised around the annual WCEF conference. The WCEF concept has since been updated and selected additional events will be held between the annual WCEF conferences.

All WCEF Side Events are independent events organised by one or more hosts. The hosts of each side event are responsible for all practicalities and expenses related to organising the event, including the virtual event platform and tools, possible venue, programme, invitations, registration, marketing and communications. Sitra will not be responsible for any practical arrangements or costs.

As the initiator of the WCEF concept, Sitra will promote the side events on the WCEF project website, in WCEF newsletters and on social media, based on the information submitted by the side event host in the application form.

If you are interested in organising a WCEF Side Event, please submit your application to using the application form. New side events will be added to this list monthly.

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