Join an expected audience of over 350 delegates from industry, academia, the public sector and the investor community to network, share ideas and build new collaborative partnerships.

Open sessions

These sessions offer a space for debate, exchange of ideas, or are source of information about the following topics:

  • The European vision towards a Circular Economy
  • Designing the next generation of Corporate Accelerators for the new Open Circular Economy
  • Circular Design: Rethinking Product Design
  • Circular Cities: from Waste to Resource
  • Connectivity, Creativity and Circularity
  • European Urban Agenda for Circular Economy: Porto Roadmap 2030
  • Circular Economy into Praxis
  • New Business Models for Circular Economy
  • ENRICH – Open Innovation through a network-based initiative gathering Europe, Brazil, China and USA
  • Industry 4.0 as an Enabler of the Circular Economy
  • Reduce & Reuse: Industry Examples
  • Circularity – Building Favourable Context for a New Playing Field

They are composed of at least one speaker and are open to everyone interested in the topic. The audience is strongly encouraged to participate with questions and comments which will enhance the debate.

Action Tank Sessions

The goal is to bring about a cultural change via encouranging working across disciplines, sharing knowledge and experience, and creating new interdisciplinary teams which focus on the proposed topics on different areas.

Focus sessions (Brokerage day)

The Focus Sessions will include pre-scheduled B2B meetings. This means that all the participants who are interested in this activity, need to submit a partner search query (by ticking the relevant box in the online registration form and specifying thereafter the type of partner they would wish to meet) in order the event’s organisation team could promote the matching. If the matching proves to be successful the B2B meeting is pre-scheduled. The Focus Sessions will also include debates on “Empowering Innovators for a Sustainable Localism” and “How to Put Open Innovation in a Sustainability Context” where various stakeholders take the floor during discussion panels.

Technology Showroom & Business Showcase (Brokerage day)

The delegates will have the opportunity to present and/or just visit a wide group of technology showcases and some technology demonstrations / simulations. Any delegate can propose technologies to be presented, free of charge. The Business Showcase includes institutional showcases. The delegates have the opportunity (optional) to be present with a institutional showcase (free of charge) which offers the perfect spot for the companies to promote their expertise, products and projects, but also to interact and/or do business with other partners as well as with academic and scientific communities.

Complementary Events

Complementary events include a Co-Creation workshop on Sustainable Design in partnership with IKEA and also an opportunity to visit an exhibition “We Won’t Waste You” dedicated to design from recycled materials. The exhibition is a result of the cooperation between the Design Studio of the Faculty of Engineering (University of Porto) and Matoshinos City Council.

Social Programme and Networking

A Welcome for international delegates and guests, informal lunches, networking dinner, off-site visits, a Farewell Party @UPTEC and several other networking activities will be offered to the active participants free of charge. These activities aim at strengthening relations and deepening cooperation between the participants.