3ndInternational Circular Change Conference


Kostanjevica na Krki and Maribor


Circular Economy Roadmaps, National CE Strategies, Indicators and Metrics for CE, Bio-based Economy, Creative Industries


Unfolding Circular Economy Roadmaps

10 and 11 May 2018, Slovenia
Kostanjevica na Krki / Maribor

The third Circular Change Conference is a two-day interactive stream of indoor and outdoor events. Get inspired by real circular stories of the most visionary personalities, the real driving forces ofthe circular transformation. Discover creative circular projects. Engage with creators of national circular economy roadmaps. Extend your circular network and scale up your circular business.

 See you on the 10th and 11th of May 2018 in Slovenia.


  • Tired of conferences and events? – experience a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the combination of indoor panels and exciting outdoor co-working & networking
  • Circular Economy Change Makers on & behind the scenes – use the opportunity to meet international experts in person, exchange your ideas and set new business
  • Direct access to the “hottest” circular economy trends – get inspired by the national roadmaps that are shaping the circular transition in Europe 
  • Celebration of innovation and creativity – dare to be curios, get out of your comfort zone, trust your intuition and step into new circular adventures

Under the sponsorship of the Prime Minister of the Slovenian Government Miro Cerar, the 3rd International Circular Economy Conference is the perfect ground for seeing which “circular seeds” can grow into sustainable solutions.

Slovenia with its advantage of size (population of 2 million and the size of 20.273 km²), economic complexity and social cohesion has offered to become a pilot country for the deepest absorption of the circular transition and become both a field of business opportunities and lessons to be learned and shared. In terms of circular economy implementation, it is already recognised as a bridge between Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Co-creation of new narratives, of collaborative circular culture, is what we would like to explore with you.  

In the focus:

National roadmaps for circular economy

Indicators and metrics for circularity

Circular cities and circular citizens

Creative industries and circular design

Bio-based economy vs. circular economy

New narrative and circular culture

Mindful circular leadership

Among the co-creators:

Miro Cerar – Prime Minister of the Slovenian Government; Janez Potočnik – Co-cahir UNEP, International Resource Panel; Joss Bleriot – executive officer of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Franc Bogovič – Member of the European Parliament/SLO; Milan Chrenko – Director General at Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic;  Lia Stravens – LandArt Diessen;  Lambert Van Nistelrooij – Member of the European Parliament/NL; John Brennan – Secretary General at EuropaBio; Philipe Mengal – Executive Director at Bio-based Industry JU; Mateja Benedetti – Creative Art Director at Benedetti&partner; Herman Bavinck – Program Director at Holland Circular Hotspot; Kari Harlevi – Project Direcor, Circualr Economy SITRA; Igor Kos – Project Manager Wcycle Institut Maribor; Sara Isakovič – Olympic Silver Medalist

Ellen MacArthur Foundation, European Circular Economy Stakeholders Platform, Partnership for Green Economy of Slovenia

DAY 1: Thursday, 10th May – Kostanjevica na Krki

Focus: Bio-based economy and creative industries

Lead partner: Member of European Parliament Franc Bogovič & representatives from the Kingdom of the Netherlands

10:00 – 11:00 Registration & Brunch Local food market
11:00 – 11:15 Opening Welcome speeches
11:15 – 12:00 Going Circular An overview of activities of “Circular Epicentres” in Slovenia
12:00 – 12:30 Creative & Circular Dialogue between two artists
12:30 – 13:20 Be Circular, Be Practical Introduction of Circular Business Practices and invitation for collaboration
13:20 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Circular vs. Bio Based Economy Panel discussion – opportunities for Europe, vision vs. action planes for 2018 – 2020
16:00 – 17:00 Creative workshop Speed Dating in parallel
17:00 – 17:20 Bio-based Fashion Fashion Show
17:20 – 17:30 Harvesting of the day Conclusions
17:30 – Opening of the exhibition Party time

DAY 2: 11th May – City of Maribor

Focus: National Circular Economy Roadmaps

Lead partners: Government of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Maribor

9:30 – 10:00 Registration & Coffee Taste of Slovenia
10:00  – 10:30 Opening Welcome speeches
10:30 – 11:00 Circular Challenge Two “circular legends” challenging circular ambitions of European countries
11:00 – 12:15 Prime Minister of Slovenia

Roadmaps Show and Q&A

Setting the discussion

Short introduction of 5 national Roadmaps & Discussion

12:15 – 12:45 Pitching for workshops Promotion of workshops
12:45 – 14:30 Lunch “picnic in the grass” Networking
14:30 – 16:00 4 Parallel workshops
  • Circular Cities
  • Circular Measurements
  • Circular Platforms
  • Circular Finances
16:00 – 16:20 Harvesting of the day “Take away” mind map of the Conference
16:20 – 16:40 Inspirational Speaker Mindful leadership for circular change
16:40 – 17:00 Closing remarks
Optional: site visits