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-chair 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; Kim Tjoa – Co-Founder of FLOOW2; Marko Gajić – Founder of Bled Water Festival; Matevž Čelik – Director of Museum of Architecture and Design; Jerzy Hausner – Open Eyes Economy Summit; Carlos Alvarez Pereira – President of the Innaxis Foundation; Krzysztof Zarnotal – Synthos Group Poland;

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


Thursday, 10th May 2018 – Kostanjevica na Krki / 10:30 – 17:30

Focus: Bio-based economy and creative industries

Lead partners: Member of European Parliament Franc Bogovič (SLS/EPP) & The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Galerija Božidar Jakac – Kostanjevica na Krki

Moderator: Ladeja Godina Košir, Circular Change

9:30-10:30        Registration & Taste of sLOVEnia
10:30-10:45 Opening

Welcome Addresses:

  • Goran Milovanović, Director of Božidar Jakac Art Gallery
  • Franc Bogovič, Member of European Parliament (SLS/EPP)
  • Ladeja Godina Košir, Founder and Executive Director Circular Change
10:45-11:45 Waste or Resource Management

  • Primož Gabrič, Assistant Director Kostak, Public Utility and Construction Company, Krško
  • Janko Kramžar, Director of Snaga, Public Waste Management Company
  • Marko Zidanšek, Director of Simbio, Public Waste Management Company
  • Representative of Wcycle Maribor (TBC)
  • Tanja Bolte, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning (TBC)
11:45-12:30 Creative & Circular

Creative potential in Slovenia:

  • Matevž Čelik, Directof of the MAO and Center of Creative Industries in Ljubljana

Inspirational international exchange:

  • Lia Stravens, Chair of LandArt Diessen
  • Matea Benedetti, Fashion Designer
  • Vlado Vučič, Wu-Le Wooden Ties production
12:30-13:30 Be Circular, Be Practical

  • Eva Štraser, Manager at Bokri d.o.o.
  • Kristal Cooperative (TBC)
  • Wood Production Cluster of Slovenia (TBC)
  • Matej Košir, Manager at Rimarket, inventor of the Smart Chair Froc
13:30-14:30 Picnic lunch
14:30-14:40 Circular vs. Bio Based Economy

Honorary Guest:

  • H. E. Mr Bart Twaalfhoven, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands


  • Franc Bogovič MEP (EPP), Slovenia
  • Zdravko Počivalšek, Minister of Economic Development and Technology
  • Tadej Slapnik, State Secretary in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Slovenia
  • John Brennan, Secretary General at EuropaBio
  • Philippe Mengal, Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
  • Ivan Mirt, Director of Tanin Sevnica
  • Dr. Dragica Marinič, Coordinator of Strategic Development and Innovation Partnership Circular Economy, Chamber of Commerce Maribor
16:00-16:30 Harvesting of the day & invitation to the exhibition of bio-based materials & research
16:30-17:00 Matea Benedetti – Bio-based Fashion Performance
17:00  Opening of the LandArt exhibition & Farewell Drink
17:30 TRANSFER TO MARIBOR / arrival to Maribor around 20:00


Friday, 11th May 2018 – Maribor / 10:00 – 17:00

Focus: National Circular Economy Roadmaps

Lead partners: Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Government Office for Developoment and European Cohesion Policy, City of Maribor

Moderator: TBC

9:30-10:00 Registration & Taste of sLOVEnia
10:00-10:30 Opening

Welcome Addresses:

    • Dr. Andrej Fištravec, Mayor of the City of Maribor
    • Alenka Smrkolj, Minister for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion (TBC)
    • H. E. Mr Bart Twaalfhoven, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Ladeja Godina Košir, Founder and Executive Director, Circular Change
10:30 – 11:00 Circular Challenge

  • Dr. Janez Potočnik, Co-Chair UNEP IRP and a former EU Commissioner for Environment
  • Jocelyn Blériot, Executive Officer of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

11:15 – 12:15

Roadmaps Show

Slovenia as the regional Circular Hotspot

Dr. Miro Cerar, Prime Minister of Slovenia

  • Finland: Kari Herlevi, CE Project Director, SITRA
  • The Netherlands: Herman Bavinck, Program Director, Holland Circular Hotspot
  • Slovak Republic: Milan Chrenko, ‎Director General, ‎Ministry of Environment
  • Austria:  Speaker TBC, Plattform Kreislaufwirtschaft Österreich
  • Slovenia: Ladeja Godina Košir, Founder and Executive Director, Circular Change
12:15-12:45 Circular Europe – What is next

    • Lambert Van Nistelrooij, Member of the European Parliament (EPP)
  • Peter Schmidt, President of the Permanent Study Group  on Food Sustainability of the EESC and Member of the CG of the ECESP
  • Dr. Jerzy Hausner,  Open Eyes Economy Summit, Former Minister
12:45-13:15 Circular Solutions – Let’s Make It Happen

Introduction of workshops

13:15-14:30 Lunch & Networking
14:30-16:00 Parallel (outdoor) workshops

  • Circular Cities & Villages
  • Circular Measurements
  • Circular Materials
  • Sharing Platforms
  • Digital & Circular
  • Financing of Circular Projects
  • Circular Culture
16:00-16:20 Harvesting of the day
16:20-16:50 Mindful Leadership for Circular Change


Marko Gajič, Bled Water Festival


Sara Isakovič, Silver Olympic Medallist in Swimming

16:50-17:00 Closing remarks
17:00 – Rafting on the River of Drava