This ground-breaking event presents the world’s best circular economy solutions and gathers together the most recognised experts and decision makers in the field. Be at the epicentre of circular economy with 1,500 key people at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland, on 5-7 June 2017.


Why should you come to WCEF 2017?

Come and share experiences and select the best solutions that allow businesses to gain a competitive advantage, create more value and generate new growth and jobs in societies around the world. We’re excited to have the world’s top business leaders, policymakers, researchers and innovators at WCEF2017.

Find out how the circular economy presents new and unprecedented opportunities to create wealth and well-being, as well as how it is the essential engine behind achieving the ambitious UN Agenda 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals.

Experience Finland’s own inspirational story as a global leader as we turn the vision of our circular economy road map into reality and deliver concrete benefits across all sectors of business and society.

How to be part of WCEF2017?

The event is full. If you have enquiries, please contact wcef2017(at) You can follow the event live stream online 5-6 June, see Livestream.

The media accreditation is still open, see Press.

Download the WCEF2017 mobile app

Our app is live! Download the WCEF2017 mobile app from your app store. Find out the programme, speakers and check out the networking opportunities – the app is your compass to the event.

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Finland – Leading the way in circular economy


The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 consists of 17 plenary and parallel sessions showcasing circular economy solutions for business, cities and finance. Three days of discussions, networking, workshops, side events and business excursions.

Sunday 4 June

17.00- 20.00


Tuesday 6 June


Doors open



Circular Business Leaders




Boulevard Sessions

Economic Research on the Circular Economy
Forest-Based Bioeconomy and Climate Change Mitigation
Transformation to Circular Business Models
Circular by Design – Products in a Circular Economy




Boulevard Sessions

Financing the Circular Economy
Branding Circularity for Consumer Value
Future Technologies for the Circular Economy
Supporting Growth of Circular SMEs




Grand Finale

Moving Beyond WCEF2017


End of WCEF2017


Official WCEF2017 reception by the City of Helsinki (requires separate registration)

Wednesday 7 June – Side Events


We’re excited to have the world’s top business leaders, policymakers, researchers and innovators speaking at WCEF 2017. The list of all confirmed speakers is updated continuously.

Day 1

Day 2


A number of side events will be held together with WCEF2017 – check out the list! Side events include site visits and networking activities around a specific topic related to circular economy, for example. Most of the side events take place on Wednesday 7th of June. Side events require separate registration, see the details below. The information is updated continuously.

Monday 5 June

Building Partnerships for Advancing Circular Economy and Eco-innovation Approaches
Organisers: RECPnet, UNIDO and UN Environment
Time: 8.00-11.00
Location: Hotel Crowne Plaza, Helsinki
Registration: through here

Tuesday 6 June

Official WCEF2017 reception
Organiser: the City of Helsinki
Time: 18.00-19.30
Location: Helsinki City Hall, Banquet Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13, Helsinki
Registration: only for the participants of WCEF2017 – register by clicking here

New_InnoNet Project Matchmaking Event
Organisers: Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, PNO Consultants, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Time: 17.30-21.00
Location: Finlandia Hall, Room Veranda 4, Mannerheimintie 13e, Helsinki
Registration: to or by 28.5.2017 (max. 100 participants)

Night of Circular Solutions
Organisers: Sitra & Helsinki Think Company
Time: 18.00-06/09.00
Location: Helsinki City Centre and Allas sea pool
Registration: through here by 26.5.2017 (max. 100 participants)

Wednesday 7 June

3rd EU Circular Economy Parthership Meeting under Urban Agenda
Organiser: EU Circular Economy Partnership secretariat, chaired by the City of Oslo and Ecorys
Location: Ministry of Economic Affairs, Etelä- Esplanadi 4, Helsinki
Registration: Closed meeting. For more information, please contact

Rewiring progress – A Next Era seminar
Organisers: The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra and the Nordic think tank Demos Helsinki
: 8.00-10.00
Location: Demos Helsinki office, Mechelininkatu 3d, Helsinki, Finland
Registration: through here by May 31 (max. 60 participants)

Circular Economy Showroom – Where circular meets digital
: Deloitte
Time: 8.30-11.30
Location: Finlandia Hall, Veranda 4, Helsinki
Registrationthrough here by 15.5.2017 (max. 70 participants)

New Innovation Ecosystems and Circular Solutions to Boost the Bioeconomy
Organisers: OECD and several other co-organisers
Time: 8.30-17.30
Location: Scandic Park, Mannerheimintie 13e, 00100 Helsinki
Registration: through here

Promoting Green Investments: Matchmaking opportunities for SMEs and EU-funded Projects in the Circular Economy
Organisers: EU SWITCH-Asia Network Facility and EASME
Time: 8.30-16.30
Location: Sitra auditorium, Itämerenkatu 11-13, Helsinki
Registration: full, join waiting list

High quality fuels and chemicals from waste and residue materials
Time: 9.00-13.00
Location: Neste Kilpilahti refinery, Porvoo
Registration: to by 22.5.2017 (max. 70 participants)

The H2020 NEW_InnoNet Project Final Conference
: Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, PNO Consultants, VTT
Time: 9.00-13.00
Location: Kilta Sali, Lapinrinne 1, 00180 Helsinki
Registration: through here by 28.5.2017 (max. 60 participants)

Circular Business Models in the Mobile Phone Industry
Organisers: PlanMiljø and the Nordic Council of Ministers
Time: 9.30-16.30
Location: Compass Room, Scandic Grand Marina, Katajanokanlaituri 7, Helsinki
Registration: to by 26.5.2017 (max. 40 participants)

Dissemination of the ‘Mineral Intelligence Capacity Analysis’ (MICA) project
: MICA workpackage (WP) 7 lead: EGS, WP1 lead: GEUS
Time: 9.30-12.00
Location: Vanha Ylioppilastalo (Old Student House, 2nd floor), Mannerheimintie 3, 00100 Helsinki
Registrationthrough here by 1.6.2017

Energy in Circular Economy
Organiser: Helen LTD
Time: 9.30-12.00
Location: Helen LTD, Kampinkuja 2, Helsinki and site visit to the underground heating and cooling plant
Registration: through here (max. 25 participants)

Next-Generation Leadership in the Circular Economy –  How should it look like?
: NELIS Nordics
Time: 12.00-17.30
Location: HUB13, Kaisaniemenkatu 13, 00100 Helsinki
Registration: through here or email Jovin Hurry at by 5.6.2017  (max. 20 participants)

Excursion: Piloting the Future of Bioeconomy
: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Time: 13.00-15.30
Location: VTT Bioruukki Pilot Centre, Ruukinmestarintie 2, 02330 Espoo
Registration: through here by 31.5.2017 (max. 150 participants)

Visit to the Circular Economy Village
: Fortum Waste Solutions Oy
Time: 13.00-15.30
Location: Kuulojankatu 1, Riihimäki
Registration: full

Investing in the transition: Disruptions, asset stranding and equity valuation
Time: 13.30-16.00
Location: SITRA, Auditorium, Itämerenkatu 11-13, 00180 Helsinki
Registration: through here by 7.6.2017 (max. 150 participants)


WCEF2017 is the place to be and to meet future partners and experts on circular economy.  Explore the circular economy solutions presented at the marketplace, share your ideas and visions on the Opportunities Stage and meet interesting new people at the event.

Marketplace – Explore circular economy solutions

The marketplace at WCEF2017 is an exhibition area where selected organisations and companies around the world bring their circular economy solutions into the spotlight. Check out who is coming to the marketplace and prepare yourself for interesting conversations!

Opportunities Stage – Pitch your idea

If you have an insight or idea to share, bring it to the Opportunities Stage! You can book a time slot for a three-minute speech on the spot, hop on the stage and inspire people. Or just come by to listen and discuss the ideas of tomorrow. Go up to the stage host to book a slot – just look for the Opportunities Stage sign!

The open mic sessions are:
Monday at 13.35-16.25 & 18.00-19.00
Tuesday at 10.35-15.25

Lakeside Chats – Matchmaking at the event

Meet future partners and experts on circular economy at WCEF2017. You can arrange face-to-face meetings with other event participants at the Lakeside Chats area with the help of the Brella Networking Tool, which you can find through the WCEF2017 app or by registering here!


Travel and accommodation

World Circular Economy Forum 2017 takes place at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki can easily be reached from anywhere in the world. Several hotels within walking distance of the conference venue offer special conference rates. More information about travel and accommodation and special conference rates in WCEF Event Info.

Finlandia Hall – the eco-friendly venue of WCEF 2017

Finlandia Hall, the venue of World Circular Economy Forum 2017, is a dynamic, multipurpose venue located in the centre of Helsinki. Read more about location and transportation to Finlandia Hall on the website of the venue. Finlandia Hall is one of the most iconic buildings designed by world-renowned Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto.

Finlandia Hall is committed to pursuing ecological responsibility in all its operations. For example solar panels were installed on the roof of the venue in December 2016. Finlandia Hall is among the first event centres in Europe to utilise solar energy for the energy needed in the premises. More information about social responsibility principles at Finlandia Hall.



If you are interested in joining WCEF2017, please contact wcef2017(at) for your registration link.

For more information about media accreditation, please contact Communications Specialist Sanna Autere.


WCEF2017 sessions will be live streamed. The link for following the video streaming will be published here before the event.




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