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University of Exeter launches first international academic symposium on the circular economy

January 19, 2018
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This major international academic symposium on the circular economy, Circular Economy Disruptions -- Past, Present & Future, will take place at the new Global Centre for the Circular Economy, at the University of Exeter, UK, from the 17th-19th June 2018.

The symposium represents a significant step towards establishing the circular economy as an area of academic study, key to informing systems-led frameworks, tools and methodologies for critiquing and advancing fundamental and applied research.

The call for papers invites leading academics from a broad range of sectors to take stock of the current circular economy landscape in academia and to set a pathway for future scientific and research agendas.

The event is hosted by one of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Pioneer Universities, the University of Exeter, with support from the Foundation, and the wider group of six Pioneer Universities from around the world – University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), Arizona State University and Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), Cranfield University and University of Bradford (UK) and TU Delft (The Netherlands).

Academia is uniquely placed to bridge the critical link between circular economy concept and application. The symposium signals a significant step towards understanding this key role and mobilising the global academic community to define and set the future circular research agenda.

- Jules Hayward - Education & Learning Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

We are delighted to host this symposium to address research questions that flow from the impressive developments in circular economy over the past seven years. Our aim is to provide academic perspectives on key aspects of circular economy and contributions to this potentially world-changing and disruptive phenomena.

- Professor Peter Hopkinson - Professor of Circular Economy, University of Exeter

Delegates attending the symposium will be invited to extend their stay in the UK to participate in a one-day higher education workshop on the circular economy on 20th June 2018, and the Foundation’s Annual Summit in London on the 21st June 2018.

Read further information on the University of Exeter symposium on the circular economy.