The Australian Circular Economy Conference will be a week-long festival of near thirty events for academics, startups, government, and industry.  Browse and register for any of the events below:

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Keynote: NSW Circular


This keynote presentation is brought to you by NSW Circular. Our conference co-chairs NSW Circular will give a twin keynote presentation featuring CEO Lisa McLean and Chief Circular Economist Kar Mei Tang. Lisa will give a view on the policy and innovation roadmap towards a circular economy and an overview of NSW Circular's role. Kar […]

Circular Economy Infrastructure and Services


This panel, co-hosted by NSW Circular and Open Cities, will look at the infrastructure and services which underpin a circular economy. Through the lens of city-scale transformation, this panel will discuss transport, water, food, energy, planning and, of course, design. This session will be moderated by Open Cities CEO, Kate Ringvall in conversation with the below […]

Opportunities and Challenges of Using Recycled materials in Roads and Pavements: a NSW Local Government Perspective


This panel is organised by the Waste Transformation Research Hub. This session will provide a range of perspectives on the opportunities and challenges of using recycled materials in roads and pavements, with speakers from Local Government NSW (LGNSW), the University of Sydney, Transport for NSW and metropolitan and regional councils. Participants will learn about the […]

Academic Presentations on Circular Plastics


This event is organised by Korea University and APRU Sustainable Waste Management. Our guest speakers will discussing various topics about plastics in the circular economy. This will be followed by a live Q&A panel discussion which you can register for below. Panel Chair: Professor Yong Sik Ok, Korea University Panel Moderators: Kumunduni Niroshika Palansooriya, Korea […]

Scaling Circular Textiles: The Future of Retail and Re-sale


This panel is brought to you by the Australasian Circular Textile Association (ACTA) and NSW Circular. This conversation with leaders in circular economy innovation in clothing and textiles will look at the key circular economy challenges in this industry. Join us to discuss the impacts of textile manufacturing and waste, the action that is required […]

Applied Mechanics in Waste


National Committee on Applied Mechanics (NCAM), Engineers Australia is excited to organise a session on the use of applied mechanics for waste. NCAM goal is to promote and disseminate knowledge across a wide range of topics in applied mechanics as well as engage in all activities between academics and industrial sectors. Activities within the field […]

Food and the Circular Economy in Australia and China


This event is organised by the China Studies Centre, the University of Sydney and will explore the role of the circular economy in transforming how we understand and respond to food challenges. This facilitated discussion will highlight the current issues and benefits of 'smart food' systems, China's response to food challenges in a changing climate, […]

Hydrogen from Waste: A New Route to Green Hydrogen


This event is invitation only. If you would like to attend, please contact us. The challenges of waste management in Australia are immense and the solutions that work elsewhere in the world may not be applicable in an Australian context. This has led to agreements by the Australian government to boost resource recovery targets for […]

Biochar in the Circular Economy


This event is organised by the Korea University. Our guest speakers will be exploring the uses, challenges, and opportunities biochar presents in the circular economy. This will be followed by a live Q&A panel discussion which you can register for below. Panel Chair: Professor Yong Sik Ok, Korea University Panel Moderators: Kumunduni Niroshika Palansooriya, Korea […]

Greening the Healthcare Sector


Join us in conversation with leaders in health waste management to provide insight into the magnitude of health waste issues, and offer solutions for incorporating circular economy principles into hospital management. This session will include an immersive virtual view into the on-site waste management facilities in at Orange Base Hospital and Ophir Rd Resource Recovery […]

Construction and the Circular Economy: Drivers, Barriers, and Opportunities


This panel discussion is brought to you by the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at The University of Sydney. This session explores the opportunity to adopt and scale a range of materials, technologies and systems in the Australian construction industry. Speakers from industry and academia will outline innovation in construction in an international context […]

Architecting a Digital Circular Future: Transitioning to a True Circular Economy via Analytics


The transition to a true Digital Circular Economy requires an unprecedented collation, transformation, understanding, and use of data to provide information and answers for industries and individuals. Mercularis is proud to present a panel session with a cross-section of leading industry and academic experts. Join them in discussing data opportunities, barriers, and solutions to dwindling […]

Circular Economy and Clean Energy to Achieve Sustainability Outcomes in Australia and India


This event is organised by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). To address the challenges of increasing waste flows and accelerating climate change, and to harness the economic and employment benefits of the next wave of innovation, Australia and India have the opportunity to transition their economics to become circular and powered by clean […]

Conference Poster Session


Current undergraduate, Masters and PhD students are invited to submit an expression of interest for our poster presentation at ACEC 2020. If selected, your poster will be part of an online session on Wednesday 9th December. A panel of judges will select the top three posters who will also receive awards, prizes to be announced […]

Keynote: A Conversation with Jess Scully


Rupal Ismin sits down with Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney Jess Scully, 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 Now

Food Waste in the Circular Economy


This panel discussion is brought to you by the Centre for Advanced Food Enginomics. Preventing food waste through a circular economy is a vital pillar in reducing a problem which affects us all. The Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, focuses on the food waste sector and aims to halve the per capita global food waste at […]

Entrepreneur Workshop: Creating a Startup that Supports the Transition to the Circular Economy


Join Boomerang Labs, Australia’s first Circular Economy accelerator, in a hands-on workshop to help you develop new business ideas in areas such as innovative product design, waste management and up-cycling. Come equipped with your business idea or just an open mind to opportunity and we’ll work with you on market fit, product roadmap and plans […]

Product Stewardship in the Circular Economy: Identifying the Dimensions of Effective Partnerships and Excellence


Join us in a facilitated panel discussion about Australia's move toward product stewardship excellence and the implications for scaling in a circular economy in supply networks. This session will identify the features of effective partnerships and outline strategies to enable stewardship excellence. Participants will be invited to join in small group discussions to shape the […]

Health Waste Transformation Workshop


This workshop is aimed at key stakeholders in health waste management and is invitation only. If you would like to attend, please contact us. Using circular economy principals, this workshop will focus on engaging with systems-thinking experts to devise effective strategies in managing Orange Base Hospital's waste output.  

Smart Waste Virtual Hackathon: Pitch Night


Watch teams from the Smart Waste Virtual Hackathon pitch their best ideas for solving the problem of waste to a panel of judges in this “Shark Tank” style pitch event. Teams were challenged with the issues of managing waste, increasing sustainability, and improving the waste service customer experience. Winners will get a cash prize, plus time with […]

Startup Panel: Innovative Businesses Enabling the Shift to the Circular Economy


This panel is brought to you by iAccelerate from the University of Wollongong. Hear from startups and investors supporting businesses using waste as a primary input in the development of new products in order to lengthen the lives of our resources. This panel aims to inspire us to think constructively and creatively about waste. Chair:Chris […]

Student Workshop: Learning the Big Principles of a Circular Business

Sydney Knowledge Hub Level 2, Merewether Building, Corner of City Road and Butlin Avenue, Darlington, NSW

Are you new to the Circular Economy? This workshop will introduce the main concepts and show how engineering, design, and business models intersect and work together using real life examples. Participants will be expected to complete ~4 hours of self-directed material (which we will supply) before the interactive session. The in-person workshop will include a […]

Chemical Engineering Circular Economy Leaders Forum


This event is invitation only. If you would like to attend, please contact us. ACEC's first Leaders Forum in November 2018 concluded with a recommendation to introduce the Circular Economy in the Chemical Engineering Curriculum. This session will be a discussion on our implementation approaches and how the underpinnings of circular economy principles have changed […]

Technology Transfer and the Circular Economy


Join us for the closing keynote of #ACEC20 from Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, the most recent recipient of the Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation 2020. Thomas has been recognised for his work taking fundamental science to commercialisation in fields that address environmental problems and the circular economy. Session Organiser: Associate Professor Ali Abbas, Director, Waste Transformation […]