At Australia’s first conference dedicated to the circular economy, you’ll hear about ground-breaking projects and the latest research.

Powering the change is an opportunity to rub shoulders with participants from different backgrounds with a common interest in pursuing or fostering circular economy projects.

Panels include a mix of speakers from business, research and policy.


The conference kicks off on a fresh spring morning at the stunning Tonsley Innovation District.

Following our official opening, we will hear from international keynotes including

  • Casper Jorna, Circular Economy 100 Program Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Spyros Kouvelis, Former Vice Minister, Foreign Economic, Cultural and Environmental Affairs (Greece)
  • Stuart Ferguson, Head of Investment, Advance London (United Kingdom)
  • Dr Cecile Wendling, Group Head of Foresight at AXA (France)
  • Jad Oseyran, Lead, Global Centre of Competence for Circular Economy at IBM (Netherlands)
  • Jussi Manninen, Executive Vice President, VTT Technical Research Centre (Finland)
  • Amélie Rouvin, Environment and Circular Economy Manager, Veolia (France)
  • Carol Lemmens, Global Advisory Services Leader, Arup (Netherlands).

Read more about our key note speakers.

After a beautiful lunch the program will break into parallel focus sessions, to deep dive on topics including:

  • showcasing Australian disrupters
  • how business models such as product as a service and sharing economy are key
  • applications in the built environment: new business models, digital strategies, adaptive reuse and systems design
  • designing packaging for a circular economy.

The day will finish with our first COG Session - a collaborative session, in which conference participants connect on a challenge or project idea, to unpack and potentially tackle solutions together.

Then you have an important choice to make. Go rest up for a jam-packed Thursday, or join us for the unforgettable conference dinner in the heart of Adelaide. The location is top secret, but the event will epitomise collaboration and circularity. We plan to have a ball and walk away from the evening inspired. (Conference dinner is now at full capacity.)


Thursday morning starts bright and early as University of Technology Sydney hosts a special 'Wealth from Waste' breakfast from 8.30am. We’ll be hearing the outcomes of the three-year research program that focussed on ‘mining’ above ground resources, which are metals contained in collections of discarded manufactured products and consumer goods. We'll also have a second breakfast option - on the bioeconomy.

The second day of the conference continues with parallel focus sessions throughout the day.

You can choose from topics including:

  • accelerating circular solutions for electronics
  • the intersection between the circular economy and industry 4.0
  • circular water cycles
  • precincts, cities and regions
  • measuring progress: business KPIs, evaluating impact and decision making metrics.

See the program here.

There will be a second round of COG sessions - our collaborative sessions in which conference participants connect on a challenge or project idea.

Our closing plenary will synthesise the two days of joint learning and action, and will challenge all participants to continue the journey together.

FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER - academic symposium and site tours

The conference program has been extended to Friday 17 November to accommodate our academic symposium, showcasing circular economy research from across Australia and the world.

Industry site visits are available on Friday 17 November. These will take you to see great businesses going circular, and will give you the opportunity to sample some of South Australia’s unique experiences at the same time.

The conference will draw to a close on Friday, but that’s no reason to rush out of town. Linger a day or two to really explore the place and find out why South Australia has been named one of Lonely Planet’s top destinations. Read more about planning your trip here.