Circular economy conference

Join universities and industry leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region to discuss, plan and share knowledge on the circular economy at the 2nd Australian Circular Economy Conference that will be held over four days from 7 -11 December 2020. Coordinated by the Waste Transformation Research Hub, the Sydney Knowledge Hub, APRU Sustainable Waste Management and NSW Circular, the conference is FREE and features over 30 sessions.

Unlike a typical conference consisting only of a set of speakers, ACEC 20 is a ‘festival’ of events and activities. The conference will deliberate on the progress, innovation and benefits of a circular economy and shine a spotlight on the industry and businesses actively using circular economy principles. You will be able to join us in person or virtually, wherever you are in the world.

STEM-related highlights

Opening keynote: 7 December 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Attend the conference opening keynote presented by the NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte. Register to attend

Design Thinking in Manufacturing: 7 December 3 – 4 PM
Consider the value of design in the manufacturing process and how it enables manufacturers to reduce prototyping and startup costs, increase efficiency and reduce waste over a product’s life cycle. Register to attend

Architecting a Digital Circular Future: 9 December 4 -5 PM
Discover how to use data to provide information and answers for industries and individuals seeking to transition to a circular economy. Register to attend

Technology Transfer and the Circular Economy: 11 December 2-3 pm
Join Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, the most recent recipient of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Innovation 2020, who has been recognised for his work taking fundamental science to commercialisation in fields that address environmental problems and the circular economy. Register to attend

A conversation with Jess Scully: 10 December 9-9.30 am
Join a conversation between Rupal Ismin, Director Sydney Knowledge Hub and Jess Scully, Deputy Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney and author of Glimpses of Utopia, to talk about how we can create a more sustainable world by reimagining how we do business and taking a more localised approach with exchange of resources. Register to attend

Food Waste in the Circular Economy: 10 December 9:30 – 11 AM
Hear presentations from leading experts addressing the multifaceted issue of food waste and the responsible consumption and production of food. Register to attend

Business oportunities in the circular economy: 11 December 10 -11 AM
Join a startup panel to meet the people behind some of the innovative new businesses enabling the shift to the circular economy. Register to attend

Feature image shows a biodegradable snack bag created by Carapac, a Sydney Knowledge Hub member company that has developed the technology to make sustainable soft plastic alternatives from crustacean shell waste. Learn more about the Australian Circular Economy Conference