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2021


BUSINESS CENTRE | Online


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The International Conference, organized by CECOLAB and with the support of the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, besides enhancing a circular transition, it will leverage the development of an international cooperation within the field of the circular economy.

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For the occasion of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, from January 2021 to June 2021, CECOLAB (Portuguese COLAB for the CIRCULAR ECONOMY) was invited by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, of the Government of Portugal, to organize an International Conference within the context of Circular Economy. The Conference will be held on the 20th and 21st of April 2021, in a mixed format: face-to-face, at Oliveira do Hospital, centre region of Portugal and in a Webinar format.

The Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union will be an important milestone for the strengthening of Europe's resilience and its citizens' confidence in the European social model. Ultimately, this will be achieved by promoting an EU based on the shared values of solidarity, convergence and cohesion, capable of taking a coordinated action in order to recover from the crisis.

Meeting the three major priorities and the five action lines of the Portuguese Presidency this International Conference “Europe: a Knowledge and Science Bridge Towards a Global Circular Economy features the following Focus Areas and Milestones:

Focus Areas
- “Green Global Europe”;
- “Knowledge and Science: the power of moving towards Circular Economy “;
- “Green Funds and Financial Instruments”;
- “Regional Symbiosis and International Knowledge Exchange”;
- “Young Generation”; and
- "Circular Economy contribution to a Sustainable Economic Recovery Post-Covid 19 and Emerging Markets".

Milestones
- Circular Economy International Cooperation Agenda leaded by Europe and bilateral cooperation's;
- Increase the financial market and opportunities for small and flagship projects in Circular Economy;
- Territorial cohesion and regional symbiosis between European Countries & Africa and South of America; and
- Promote knowledge and the responsibility of Young People in Circular Economy.

In order to present and discuss the knowledge and science (with a focus on increasing cooperation, actions and network capacities), within the field of Circular Economy, the event will gather relevant personalities and institutions from around the World.

Programme Schedule

Europe: a Knowledge & Science Bridge Towards a Global Circular Economy
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Prof. Dr. Manuel Heitor - Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education;
Dra. Isabel Damasceno - President of the Portuguese Centre for Regional Coordination and Development Commision;
Spokesman From CECOLAB;

Focus Area: "Green Global Europe"
PP Priorities: Climate and digital transiton and EU's strategic autonomy

*PP: Portuguese Presidency

Focus Area: "Knowledge and Science: the power to move towards the Circular Economy"
PP Priorities: Climate and digital transition.

*PP: Portuguese Presidency

Focus Area: "Youth Generation"
PP Priorities: Social Pillar as a key element for a climate and digital transition.

*PP: Portuguese Presidency

Focus Area:"Green Funds and Financial Instruments"
PP Priorities: Climate and digital transitions.

*PP: Portuguese Presidency

Focus Area: "Green Funds and Financial Instruments"
PP Priorities: Climate and digital transitions.

*PP: Portuguese Presidency

Focus Area: “Knowledge and Science: the power to move towards the Circular Economy”
PP Priorities: Climate and digital transitions

*PP: Portuguese Presidency

Focus area: “Regional Symbiosis and International Knowledge Exchange”
PP Priorities: Social Pillar as a key element climate and digital transition

*PP: Portuguese Presidency

Focus area: "Circular Economy contribution to a Sustainable Economic Recovery Post-Covid 19 and Emerging Markets"
PP Priorities: Europe’s strategic autonomy

*PP: Portuguese Presidency

Prof. Dra. Ana Abrunhosa - Minister of Territorial Cohesion

Scientific Committee

Europe: a Knowledge & Science Bridge Towards a Global Circular Economy

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Ana Cristina Carrola

Member of the Board of Directores of the Portuguese Environment Agency (Portugal)

Ana Cristina Carrola

Member of the Board of Directores of the Portuguese Environment Agency (Portugal)

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Beatriz Luz

Founder of Exchange 4 Change Brasil (Brazil)

Beatriz Luz

Founder of Exchange 4 Change Brasil (Brazil)

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Julia Okatz

Programme Manager Natural Resources, SYSTEMIQ | Climate Solutions | Circular Economy | Foresight | Global Governance (Slovenia)

Julia Okatz

Julia works as special advisor to International Resource Panel Co-Chair Janez Potocnik, and leads the Natural Resources and Global Policy Programme at SYSTEMIQ. She was a Co-Author of the Report “A System Change Compass: Implementing the European Green Deal in times of recovery”, as well as of the publication “Resource Efficiency and Climate Change: Implications for Business Leaders (IRP2021)”

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Mika Sulkinoja

Leading Specialist, Carbon Neutral and Circular Economy at Sitra (Finland)

Mika Sulkinoja

Mika Sulkinoja helps the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra to plan and intensify its international co-operation in the circular economy and climate fields. His aim is to take Sitra’s experiences onto the international agenda and stimulate the climate debate in Finland. He leads the work on international projects such as the World Circular Economy Forum.

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Paulo Ferrão

President of COST Association - European Corporation and Science and Technology and Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa (Portugal)

Paulo Ferrão

President of COST Association - European Corporation and Science and Technology and Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa (Portugal)

Speakers

Europe: a Knowledge & Science Bridge Towards a Global Circular Economy

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Alondra Tiemann

Industrial Engineer and founder of "Gestión Verde"

Alondra Tiemann

Young Chilean entrepreneur with 25 years old. Industrial Engineer and founder of "Gestión Verde" - Environmental education and sustainable waste management

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Ana Abrunhosa

Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Portugal

Ana Abrunhosa

Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Portugal

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Ana Rúbia Torres

Associate Consultant at Exchange4Change Brasil

Ana Rúbia Torres de Carvalho

Associate Consultant at Exchange4Change Brasil for the Northeast Region. Law Bachelor with more than 20 years of experience in the environmental area. Determined to contribute to the construction of a Caatinga Biome economically prosperous, socially fair and environmentally rich.

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Anastasia Zabaniotou

Full professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Polytechnic School of AUTh

Anastasia Zabaniotou

Full professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the Polytechnic School of AUTh and Vice President of the Mediterranean Engineering Schools Network (RMEI) for Sustainable Development. Worked and actual Expert of Directorate-General for Research and Technological Development at the European Commission.

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Ardi Dortmans

Director of Science Circular Economy and Environment, TNO

Ardi Dortmans

Director of Science Circular Economy and Environment, TNO. Ardi Dortmans is a Member of the Netherlands Mission on Circular Economy; Member Steering Committee Netherlands Circular Manufacturing Industry; Coordinator for the Dutch National Science Agenda route on Circular Economy; Co-secretary on Materials Netherlands Platform; Board member Public-Private Partnership TI Coast (analytical chemistry); Mentor for CECOLAB, Portugal

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Beatriz Ildefonso

Researcher at the Laboratory of Energy Policy of Ljubljana and board member and the Policy team leader at YES-Europe (Young leaders in Energy in Sustainability)

Beatriz Ildefonso

With a background in Energy and Environmental Engineering, Beatriz Ildefonso has been working in the Renewable Energy sector since 2019. She is currently a researcher at the Laboratory of Energy Policy of Ljubljana, in Slovenia. She is also a board member and the Policy team leader at YES-Europe (Young leaders in Energy in Sustainability), a youth-led NGO.

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Christian Wolf

Professor for automation and industrial IT at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences

Christian Wolf

His focus is on projects in the waste and water industry. He is currently leading the research project: metabolon that develops innovative solutions for the reuse of waste materials to foster a sustainable circular economy.

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David Fitzsimons

Director of the European Remanufacturing Council, member of the World Economic Forum and member of the UN

David Fitzsimons

Director of the European Remanufacturing Council in Brussels, a member of the World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing and Production Council and member of the United Nations Working Group on Product Life Extension. He is Director of Circular Economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins.

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Débora Campos

CEO and founder of AgroGrIN Tech with a PhD in Biotechnology and Food Engineering

Débora Campos

CEO and founder of AgroGrIN Tech with a PhD in Biotechnology and Food Engineering by the Portuguese Catholic University. Circular Economy Specialist in the Food Sector. On the innovation and technology development field she is the inventor of one granted European Patent and is the autor of another one in the process of submission. Has been involved in different entrepreneurship activities related to innovation and business development at the food sector.

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Gorazd Renčelj

Slovenian Ambassador to Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador.

Gorazd Renčelj

He was Economic Advisor at the Slovenian Embassy in London, United Kingdom and Washington D.C, USA. He was Secretary of State, Ministry of Finances of the Republic of Slovenia and National Coordinator for the OECD affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

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Gracia Munganga

Member of executive team of the African Circular’s Economy Network (ACEN) nad Manager of Carbon Trust

Gracia Munganga

Sustainability professional with over 8 years of experience across various sectors such as energy access, circular economy, renewable energy, and policy. She is currently part of the African Circular’s Economy Network (ACEN)’s executive team, and works as a sustainability consultant. She is passionate about sustainability and the role the green economy will play in contributing to Africa’s economic development.

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Henrique Vale

Head of Chemistry, Metallurgy, Materials and Sanitation team at Finep, Brazilian Innovation Agency

Henrique Vale

Head of Chemistry, Metallurgy, Materials and Sanitation team at Finep, Brazilian Innovation Agency. PhD in engineering from Universidade Federal Fluminense.

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Isabel Damasceno

President of Centro Regional Coordination and Development Commission, Portugal

Isabel Damasceno

President of Centro Regional Coordination and Development Commission, Portugal

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Izabella Teixeira

Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel (United Nations) and Former Environment Minister of Brazil

Izabella Teixeira

Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel, expert in environmental management, impact assessment and licensing. Former Environment Minister of Brazil and was named a Champion of the Earth in 2013.

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Janez Potočnik

Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel (United Nations)

Janez Potočnik

Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel, Partner at SYSTEMIQ and advisor of the European Forest Institute. Former European Commissioner for the Environment.

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Jorge Nhambiu

Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique)

Jorge Nhambiu

Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique) and Former Minister of Science Technology, High and Professional Education of Mozambique.

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José Epifânio da Franca

Full Professor at IST and Former Chairman and CEO Portugal Ventures

José Epifânio da Franca

Secretary of State of Education (1991-1992)
Full Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (2000-present)
Received the Doctor Honoris Causa Honorary Degree of University of Macau (2006)
Received the Grande Oficial da Ordem do Mérito bestowed by the President of Republic (2006)
Received the International Entrepreneur of the Year Award Ernst & Young (2007)
Chairman, President and CEO, Co-Founded Chipidea (1997-2008)
Chairman and CEO Portugal Ventures (2012-2015)

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Ladeja G. Košir

Chair of ECESP, Founder and CEO of Circular Change, Slovenia

Ladeja G. Košir

International circular economy expert, speaker, and moderator, Founder & CEO of Circular Change and Chair of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform (ECESP).

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Manuel Heitor

Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

Manuel Heitor

Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

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Pedro Lopes

Secretary of State for Innovation and vocational training

Pedro Lopes

Secretary of State for Innovation and vocational training

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Petar Ostojic

Founder of the Center of Innovation and Circular Economy – CIEC

Petar Ostojic

Founder of the Center of Innovation and Circular Economy - CIEC; CEO of Neptuno Pumps; Host of “Revolución Circular” Podcast (Chile)

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Reid Lifset

Research Scholar and Resident Fellow in Industrial Ecology on the faculty of the Yale University School of the Environment (YSE). Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology.

Reid Lifset

Reid Lifset is a Research Scholar and Resident Fellow in Industrial Ecology on the faculty of the Yale University School of the Environment (YSE). He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial Ecology, an international peer-reviewed bi-monthly headquartered at the Center for Industrial Ecology of the YSE and owned by Yale. He is a member of the UN’s International Resource Panel (IRP) and the governing council of the International Society for Industrial Ecology. His research focuses on the application of industrial ecology to novel problems and research areas, the evolution of extended producer responsibility (EPR), resource and material efficiency, the environmental impact of the digital economy, and the circular economy.

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Susanne Kadner

Initiated and leads the state and industry funded, multi-stakeholder Circular Economy Initiative Germany.

Susanne Kadner

Dr. Susanne Kadner initiated and leads the state and industry funded, multi-stakeholder Circular Economy Initiative Germany; before that she was Head of Science of the UN’s Climate Panel (IPCC) head office on climate change mitigation.

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Thibaut Portevin

Policy officer for green economy at the European Commission, DG International Partnerships

Thibaut Portevin

Thibaut Portevin is policy officer for green economy at the European Commission, DG International Partnerships. He currently works on the external dimension of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and is responsible for several EU supported initiatives in this area, notably the SWITCH to Green flagship programme supporting green business development in EU partner countries. Thibaut previously worked at the EU Delegation to Indonesia where he was in charge of forestry and climate change cooperation, and with several international NGO programmes. He holds master’s degrees in business and development.

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Organization

Europe: a Knowledge & Science Bridge Towards a Global Circular Economy

João Nunes
President & CEO of the CECOLAB
João Coutinho
Vice-President of the CECOLAB
Lurdes Costa
Executive Member of the CECOLAB
Jorge Paiva
Research Director of the CECOLAB
Dulce Martins
Communication & Marketing
Filipa Figueiredo
Sustainability & Life Cycle Specialist
Sandrina Sobral
Management Support