Here we present the events (national, international and online) dedicated to the theme of Circular Economy with potential
interest to stakeholders and institutions from Centro Region of Portugal.
Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia – 2020 Online Conference
November 19th (online)
The 2020 Online Conference “Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia” will take place on the 19th of November, with the participation of representatives from the public and business sectors of Catalonia and from all over the world, to involve the global Circular Economy community in the discussion on the latest successful initiatives, research and development projects and government strategies and collaborations. For more information about this event, please visit: http://www.cehotspot.cat/en/home#p_p_id_56_INSTANCE_q8NI_.
Conference on Sustainability in Public Procurement and Catering Services
November 24th (online)
Next November 24th, the StratKIT project will organise an Online Conference on Sustainability in Public Procurement and Catering Services, to discuss the challenges and solutions for rethinking organics, green public procurement (GPP) and food waste. Several caterers, procurers and researchers from all over the Baltic Sea Region will present and discuss the situation and local solutions. To register, please visit: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/107984/lomake.html.
Webinar series “From Linear to Circular”
October 28th – December 16th (online)
The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is running a seven-week interactive online programme, “From Linear to Circular: Open to All”. The programme is free and anyone can take part. It includes seven weekly webinars led by the Foundation’s experts, featuring guest speakers, question and answer sessions, and interactive challenges. Circular design, business models, plastics, fashion, cities, agriculture and food, among other topics, will be discussed. To know more, please visit: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/our-work/activities/from-linear-to-circular/circular-economy-programme.
Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Conference 2020
March 1st and 2nd, 2021, Freiburg
The Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Conference 2020, to be hosted next March 2021 by the Chair of Societal Transition and Circular Economy at the University of Freiburg and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research will take place in Freiburg. To know more about this event, visit the following page: https://www.circulus-project.de/icec-2020/.
Plastics Recycling World Expo
June 1st – 2nd, Essen
The Plastics Recycling World Expo is a dedicated free-to-attend marketplace for the plastics recycling industry that will include plastics industry exhibitions – the Compounding World Expo, Plastics Recycling World Expo, Polymer Testing World Expo and Plastics Extrusion World Expo -, plus all their related conferences. Originally scheduled for June 3rd-4th of 2020, the event will now take place at Messe Essen in Germany on October 1st and 2nd of 2021. More information about the event here: https://eu.plasticsrecyclingworldexpo.com/.
Side Event “Circular buildings benefit circularity, the climate and beyond”
November 11th (online)
The European Environment Agency (EEA) is organising a side event about the benefits of circular construction, in the context of the World Circular Economy Forum, to take place next November 11th. This event aims at identifying opportunities for harnessing the circularity potential of buildings and identifying synergies with other policy areas such as climate change. It is addressed to policy-makers, NGOs, academia and also the wider, interested public. To know more about this event and proceed with your registration, please visit: https://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/waste/resource-efficiency/world-circular-economy-forum-2020.
November 3rd– 6th
The ECOMONDO is the benchmark event in Europe for technological and industrial innovation. An international event with an innovative format that brings together all sectors of the circular economy on a single platform: from the recovery of materials and energy to sustainable development. To know more about this event, please visit: https://en.ecomondo.com/.
European Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference
November 3rd – 4th (online)
Every year, the European circular economy community from businesses, public authorities, NGOs to knowledge communities and civil society organisations gathers here to discuss the transition to a circular economy. It is the flagship event of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, a joint initiative of the European Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). To know more about the upcoming event, please visit: https://circulareconomy.europa.eu/platform/en/annual-circular-economy-stakeholder-conference-3-4-november-2020.
G-STIC Conference (Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community)
October 26th – 29th (online)
During the upcoming month of October, the Global Sustainable Technology and Innovation Community will organise the 4th G-STIC Conference, to discuss the necessary strategies to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals and the development of the necessary integrated technological solutions. To know more about this event, that will engage companies, social and economic actors and policy makers, please visit: https://www.gstic.org/2020/.
EWRC 2020: Projeto REPLACE
October 20th (online)
The 18th European Week of Regions and Cities is taking place during the upcoming month of October. The REPLACE project, in which CCDRC is one of the partner entities, will be present in two of the sessions dedicated to the theme of Circular Economy. On October 20th, it will join the Participatory Lab “Developing pathways for circular economy”. To know more about the event and register for this session, please visit: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions/1320_en.
CineEco – Serra da Estrela International Environmental Film Festival
October 10th – 17th (online)
The CineEco – Serra da Estrela International Environmental Film Festival, is the only film festival in Portugal, totally dedicated to environmental issues, in its widest sense. Takes place in Seia, annually in October, and continuously since 1995, by the initiative of Municipality of Seia. The 26th edition will take place between the 10th and 17th of October. To know more, please visit: https://cineeco.pt/.
Sustainability and Innovation in Portuguese Regions and Cities
October 14th (online)
The Portuguese Trade and Investment Agency (aicep Portugal Global), in preparation for the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2021, is organising a side event for the European Week of Regions and Cities on “Sustainability and Innovation in Portuguese Regions and Cities”. The event will be held entirely in digital format and will take place on the 14th of October 2020 at 15:00 (Brussels time). To know more about this information, please visit: https://forms.gle/fazbNB2TiGkHncdJ6.
EWRC 2020: Projeto REPLACE
The 18th European Week of Regions and Cities is taking place during the upcoming month of October. The REPLACE project, in which CCDRC is one of the partner entities, will be present in two of the sessions dedicated to the theme of Circular Economy. On October 13th, it will join the Pitch “How to assess Circular Economy projects?”. To know more about the event and register for this session, please visit: https://europa.eu/regions-and-cities/programme/sessions/1535_en.
Webinars: Climate neutral food and wood
October 6th to 9th (online)
The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Climate Action (DG CLIMA) and EASME are organising a series of webinars to showcase successful LIFE and Horizon 2020 projects in the areas of agriculture, food systems, forestry, and the bioeconomy. These online events will feature project representatives, experts from the EU Institutions and agencies as well as other key stakeholders. They will discuss best practices, lessons learned, and future policy initiatives. To know more about these events, please visit: https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/climate-neutral-food-and-wood-showcasing-best-climate-practices-agriculture-forestry-food-systems?pk_campaign=LIFE-nl-sep20.
Online Seminar: Let’s talk about reuse
October 8th (online)
Circular Economy Policy Research Centre of Fladers is organising an online workshop on the topic of reuse, to further present the measures adopted by the region to promote a more efficient use of materials and a better environment. To register for this session, that will take place next October 8th, please visit the following link: https://www.cognitoforms.com/OVAM1/OnlineSeminarLETSTALKABOUTREUSE.
9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns
September 30th – October 2nd (online)
The City of Mannheim will welcome the 9th European Conference on Sustainable Cities and Towns, to happen online. In partnership with ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, they will bring together local and regional leaders, European and international institutions and some of the brightest minds working on cutting edge research, businesses and the civil society to forge a more sustainable Europe. More information is available here: https://conferences.sustainablecities.eu/mannheim-2020/.
Raw Materials Summit 2020
September 29th – 30th (online)
Registrations are open for the Raw Materials Summit 2020, organised by EIT Raw Materials, to address strategies concerning supply and access to raw materials, the European Union industrial competitiveness and the innovation capacity as well as entrepreneurship and innovation in education. More information can be found here: https://www.eitrmsummit.com/registration2020.
World Circular Economy Forum 2020
September 29th and 30th (online)
Next September 29th and 30th, the upcoming edition of World Circular Economy Forum will dive into why and how a circular economy can help reboot and build resilience in the economy. You can join circular economy change-makers from around the world as they share practical circular economy examples that will help us rebuild our economies stronger, greener and better. To know more about this event and proceed with your registration, please visit: https://www.sitra.fi/en/projects/wcefonline/.
World Circular Economy Forum 2020: Side Event
September 28th (online)
ICLEI and the city of Turku will co-host an online session, next September 28th, as part of the World Circular Economy Forum 2020 to support local governments in putting the circular economy in practice. During the session, cities from different world region will showcase tangible examples of multi-stakeholder collaboration for the circular transition and discuss specific challenges they are facing. To know more about this event, please visit: https://iclei.org/en/media/world-circular-economy-forum-side-event-putting-the-circular-city-into-practice.
European Research and Innovation Days
September 22nd and 24th (online)
The European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual flagship Research and Innovation event. Between the 22nd and 24th of September, policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and the general public will jointly debate the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond. One of the many topics to be addressed throughout the different sessions will be the European Green Deal, with a session dedicated to the upcoming call. To know more information and register, please visit: https://research-innovation-days.ec.europa.eu/.
8th International Conference on Sustainable Development
September 21st and 22nd (online)
The 8th International Conference on Sustainable Development will happen online on September 21st and 22nd! This year’s theme is “Cross-Cutting Solutions for the Decade of Action.” To know more about the event please visit the website here: https://ic-sd.org/.
August 26th – 28th (online)
The upcoming Life Cycle Innovation Conference (LCIC 2020) will happen in a virtual format. Looking at both innovative approaches and methods to address sustainability challenges as well as innovative products and services that will help us transition towards a more sustainable world, the event will take a systems perspective when discussing sustainable innovation. To register and know more information about this event, please visit: https://fslci.org/lcic/lcic2020/registration/.
July 23rd 2020 (online)
In the context of EfS Initiative and the Strategic Area “Climate, Energy and Mobility”, the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research (iiiUC) will host an event dedicated to the European Green Deal, tomorrow, July 23rd. The event sessions will be available through Zoom. To register, please visit https://surveys.uc.pt/index.php/516479?lang=en.
3rd ISWA YPG Online Conference
July 17th – 18th an (online)
The upcoming 3rd International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) Young Professionals Group Online Conference will take place on July 17th and 18th, with the theme “transition to a circular economy: innovation and sustainability in waste management systems”. To know more information about this conference and go through with you registration, click the following link: https://ypg.iswa.org/3rd-online-conference/conference-registration-and-program/.
Webinar “A methodology for a zero waste municipalities” (online)
Jule 7th (online)
Zero Waste Europe is organising an online event with the theme “A methodology for zero waste municipalities” to discuss ideas and solutions that can help cities accelerate their progress towards zero waste and the circular economy. The webinar platform has a maximum capacity of 100 virtual seats. More information and the registration link can be found here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BrEbFz3US52AC5kL5UvGkQ.
IS4CE2020 Circular Economy Conference
July 6th – 7th (online)
The Organising Committee of the International Society for Circular Economy (IS4CE) is organising an International Online Conference on Circular Economy from 6th to 7th of July 2020. The purpose of IS4CE is to synthesise and evolve the intellectual frameworks, knowledge, evidence and experience base to underpin a shift from a linear, extractive economy to a circular, regenerative and restorative economy, with research contributions from academics, practitioners, civil society and policy makers, working in the field of circular economy. To register and access more information, please go to https://www.is4ce.org/en/society-for-the-circular-economy.
Webinar “A circular economy at the heart of climate action: how materials connect the dots in the EU Green Deal”
July 6th (online)
The European Parliament Intergroup on ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity & Sustainable Development’ is organising a webinar on the importance of materials for the promotion of the EU Green Deal. Moreover, this event will be an opportunity to discuss how the circular economy, as a major part of the climate policy toolbox, can become an enabler for climate action. To register, please visit: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/183394549251484683.
Webinar “Human Health and Resilient Food Systems”
July 3rd (online)
The OECD, WWF and EDF, in collaboration with the World Bank, have organised a series of high-level virtual dialogues. On July 3rd, the session will focus on health and the environment. These conversations will inform policymakers as they move forward with recovery policies, and as well as influencing delegations for ongoing international processes including the SDGs, biodiversity and climate change COPs.
5th International Conference on New Business Models
July 1st – 2nd (online)
Calls are open for the 5th International Conference on New Business Models, to take place between the 1st and 2nd of July, online. More information is available here: https://www.nbmconference.eu/.
Circular Economy Bootcamp
June 1st – 30th (online)
Registration is open for the Circular Economy Bootcamp, taking place between June 1st and 30th , with designer Leyla Acaroglu, providing advanced training in the circular economy, life cycles, systems thinking and sustainable design. More information in the Unschool website, here: https://www.unschools.co/june-online-systems-change-circular-economy-masterclass.
EU Sustainable Energy Week 2020
June 23rd – 25th (online)
The EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) will be back for its 15th edition between June 23rd and the 25th. The EUSEW is a month-long series of activities to build a secure energy future for Europe. It brings together public authorities, private companies, NGOs and consumers to promote initiatives to save energy and move towards renewables for clean, secure and efficient power. To learn more about this event, visit the following link: https://www.eusew.eu/.
Webinar: Circulytics – Insights into measuring circular economy performance
June 22nd (online)
Next June 22nd, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation will host a webinar on Circulytics, a circularity measurement tool that enables companies to measure circularity across their entire operation and identify opportunities to adopt or further embed circular practices. More information about this webinar can be found here: https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/news/circulytics-webinar-22nd-june-registration-now-open.
Webinar: Circular Economy Action Plan
June 10th (online)
Polymer Comply Europe is organising a webinar on the Circular Economy Action Plan on June 10th. Experts from the European Commission will highlight the upcoming challenges for the plastic industry. To know more information about this event, please visit: https://plasticircle.eu/news/news/?c=search&uid=fjHLmSlV.
Webinar: How to purchase and use IT products in a circular way
June 9th (online)
On June 9th, TCO Certified will release their annual Impacts and Insights report. This time, they decided to investigate how organisations can implement circular practices for their IT management. They have spoken to experts in the field, interviewed people in the frontline for circular procurement, and checked in with some IT brands to get a snapshot of how the transition is going. To know more information about this event, visit the following page.
June 9th (online)
FIT4FOOD2030 has produced a free webinar series titled: “Towards sustainable food systems through Research and Innovation”. The series aims to advocate for responsible research and innovation (RRI) and system thinking for food system transformation. On June 9th, there will be a webinar with the title “Transforming our food systems: Research and Innovation as an enabler of the Farm to Fork Strategy”. More informations available here: https://fit4food2030.eu/webinars/.
Dresden Nexus Conference 2020
June 3rd – 5th (online)
Registrations are now open for the Nexus conference to happen online, from the 3rd to 5th of June, dedicated to the theme “Circular Economy in a Sustainable Society”. More information available at https://2020.dresden-nexus-conference.org/frontend/index.php.
1st Digital Workshop Open for EU Regional Officers
June 4th (online)
The Policy Lab is a platform where European Regions working with Circular Economy projects can collaborate, explore possible scenarios and co-design solutions for better policies. Every three months, they are going to pose a general research question and then, one monthly sub-question in order to foster discussion between regions. This period’s research question is: “How to define common criteria to assess Circular Economy projects for the new programming period?”. The first online workshop will take place on the 4th of June. More information can be found here: https://screen-policy-lab.mn.co/.
Webinars Cycle: Coimbra Sustainability Summit
May 18th – 29th (online)
The DIATOMIC (Digital Innovation Hubs boosting European Microelectronics Industry) project is organising a cycle of webinars dedicated to discussing intersection opportunities in areas of digitalization that are considered fundamental for growth: Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Internet of Things and Cybersecurity, trying to demonstrate how combining elements of these technologies can tackle the needs of the four application domains. For more information about this cycle of events, visit the DIATOMIC page.
REPAIR is THE FUTURE conference
March 27th, Leuven
Next Martch 27th, Leuven (Belgium) will welcome the REPAIR is THE FUTURE Conference on the importance of repair and repairability in the Circular Economy. You can find more information about this event here: https://repairshare.be/2020/01/27/repair-is-the-future-conference-27th-march-2020-english/.
Circular Materials Conference
March 17th and 18th , Chalmers
Registrations are now open for the Circular Materials Conference, to be held at the Chalmers Conference Center (Sweden), between 17th and 18th March 2020. More information available at
Conference on “Open Innovation in Portugal”
The second Conference “Open Innovation in Portugal” will take place on March 4th, at the Porto Business School, on the theme “Circular Economy and Sustainability of Territories through Open Innovation”, promoted by ANI (the National Innovation Agency).
Registration and more information about the event program can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.pt/e/bilhetes-conferencia-inovacao-aberta-em-portugal-81299477927.