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Published June 25, 2020

WCEF Side Events

Interested in organising a WCEFonline Side Event? Please submit your application by 15 September 2020.

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 an international and local audience. They also get to highlight their work in supporting the development of a circular economy.

Previously, side events have been organised in close proximity to the annual WCEF conference. The WCEF concept is currently being updated and selected additional events will be held between the annual WCEF conferences. The first of these will be the virtual WCEFonline event which will take place on 29 and 30 September 2020, making use of the momentum originally reserved for the WCEF2020.

At the moment, countries all over the world are struggling with an economic downturn caused by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep people inspired and the discussions around the circular economy ongoing, a number of WCEF Side Events will be organised during the autumn of 2020. Side events related to the WCEFonline can be arranged between 1 September and 31 December 2020. These can be organised either as virtual or local events, depending on possible restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 situation.

The topics addressed in WCEF Side Events can be specific topics related to the circular economy or related to WCEFonline’s theme: rebooting the economy with circular solutions. The side events can have several organisers.

All WCEFonline Side Events are independent events. The organiser of each side event is responsible for all practicalities and expenses related to organising the event, including the virtual event platform or possible venue, programme, invitations, registration, marketing and communications. The WCEFonline host, The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, will promote the side events on the WCEFonline website, in WCEF newsletters and on social media, based on the information submitted by the side event organiser in the application form. Sitra will not be responsible for any practical arrangements and costs.

Submitting your application

If you are interested in organising a WCEFonline Side Event, download the application form and submit your application by 15 September 2020 to

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