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 1,200 key people at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Finland, on the 5th-7th of 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 our vision for a circular economy into a road map and deliver concrete benefits across all sectors of business and society.

How to be part of WCEF2017?

The World Circular Economy Forum 2017 is free of charge to participants – our gift to the world as we celebrate Finland’s 100th Anniversary Year. Be assured of the warmest of welcomes and some special surprises from the Land of the Midnight Sun!

Participation is by invitation only. If you are interested in joining, please contact wcef2017(at)sitra.fi for your registration link.

PROGRAMME

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.

Monday 5th June

11.00

Doors open

12.00

Grand Opening

FINLANDIA HALL
Integrating Circular Economy to the Global Agenda 2030

13.30

Break

14.15

Boulevard Sessions

FINLANDIA HALL
Blueprints for a Circular Bio-Based Economy
HELSINKI HALL
Innovation Challenges for the Circular Economy
RESTAURANT HALL
17 Circular SMEs Meet the 17 SDGs
TERRACE HALL
Collective Impact for Sustainable Consumption and a Circular Economy

15.45

Break

16.30

Plenary

FINLANDIA HALL
Circular Cities

18.00

Finlandia Block Festival

Tuesday 6th June

8.00

Doors open

9.00

Plenary

FINLANDIA HALL
Circular Business Leaders

10.30

Break

11.00

Boulevard Sessions

FINLANDIA HALL
Economic Research on the Circular Economy
HELSINKI HALL
Forest-Based Bioeconomy and Climate Change Mitigation
RESTAURANT HALL
Transformation to Circular Business Models
TERRACE HALL
Circular by Design -Products in a Circular Economy

12.30

Lunch

13.30

Boulevard Sessions

FINLANDIA HALL
Financing the Circular Economy
HELSINKI HALL
Branding Circularity for Consumer Value
RESTAURANT HALL
Future Technologies for the Circular Economy
TERRACE HALL
Supporting Growth of Circular SMEs

15.00

Break

15.30

Grand Finale

FINLANDIA HALL
Moving beyond WCEF2017

17.00

End of WCEF2017

17.30

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

Wednesday 7th June – Side Events

SPEAKERS

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

SIDE EVENTS

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. More information coming soon!

Tuesday 6th June

NameOfficial WCEF2017 reception
Organiser
: the City of Helsinki
Time: 17.30-19.00
Location: Helsinki City Hall, Banquet Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13
Registration: Separate registration link for participants of the World Circular Economy Forum 2017.

Wednesday 7th June

Preliminary list of WCEF2017 side events.

Bioeconomy side event, organised by OECD, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation
Digitalisation side event, organised by Deloitte
Excursion: Flying planes with waste? Discover how waste is turned into high-quality biofuels, organised by Neste
Excursion: Bioruukki, organised by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Excursion: Helsinki district heating and cooling, organised by Helen Electricity Ltd
Investor side event, organised by SWITCH-Asia, European Commission Executive Agency for SMEs, European Investment Bank, FiBAN – Finnish Business Angels Network, Finnish Venture Capital Association
Stimulating Rural Economy: Actions Towards Combating Migration, Poverty and Hunger side event, organised by African Union

NETWORKING

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.

Marketplace

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

Opportunities Stage

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.

INFO

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 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.

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