The Summer School is an intensive week-long programme of innovation workshops and symposia in London, UK, with input from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, guest experts, businesses and thought leaders who work in the circular economy space.

Expert Insights

Expert Insights

Presentations and interactions with experts give students the opportunity to learn, deepen their understanding, ask questions and engage in debate with guest speakers, fellow students, mentors and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation team. The 2016 cohort heard from Hunter Lovins (Regenerative Agriculture), Michael Pawlyn (Biomimicry) and Ellen MacArthur in a panel discussion around the ‘Growth Within’ report created in partnership with McKinsey. 

CE100 Symposium

Ce100 Symposium

The Circular Economy 100 (CE100) is an innovation programme run by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, which brings together organisations to help them learn, build capacity, network and collaborate with the circular economy network. The CE100 Symposium provides students with real industry insights into how circular economy principles are put into practice.

In 2016, students participated in breakout sessions with 19 representatives from organisations including; H&M, Marks & Spencer, Intesa Sanpaolo, ENSO Tyres and The Biomimicry Institute.

CE100 Annual Summit

Nike Ce100 Annual Summit

Each year the Ellen MacArthur Foundation hosts the CE100 Annual Summit which convenes thought leaders, academics, companies and practitioners to inform on, inspire innovation and bring the circular economy to scale. 

Students attending the summer school receive exclusive invitations to the Annual Summit and have the opportunity to engage with the speakers and other attendees of the event throughout the day. These connections prove invaluable in advancing their understanding and making key contacts within their favoured networks. Find out more here

Field Trips

Field Trips

Each year the Summer School provides an off-site experience for students to stimulate their thinking around circular economy. In previous years students have visited businesses such as Veolia UK, Growing Underground and Old Oak.