Programme of Events

Tuesday 30 October

Arrival and registration, with an Evening Reception.

Travel to Glasgow and get settled into the beautiful city where #PeopleMakeGlasgow. To kick-off the Hotspot, delegates will be welcomed to the City of Glasgow during an evening drinks reception in a stunning city centre venue.

Wednesday 31 October

After a warm welcome, the day will start with a series of high-profile keynote speakers. Topics will include the global and Scottish perspective of the circular economy, as well as how the Scottish Government has placed the circular economy at the core of its Economic Strategy and Manufacturing Action Plan. Learn about Scotland’s ambitions Circular Economy Strategy: ‘Making Things Last’ to build a strong economy, protect resources and support the environment. This will be followed by an in-depth and interactive panel discussion on the economics of a circular economy with experts in the field, including Gary Gillespie and Dr Katherine Trebeck.

Take a break to network, lunch, and talk to Scottish circular economy businesses at our Circular Economy Marketplace.

The afternoon will focus on Scotland’s circular Cities and Regions. Join the interactive discussions to learn how Scotland’s cities, regions and businesses are capitalising on the vast benefits of being circular.  Discover how they are finding untapped opportunities for innovation and increased profitability, whilst addressing the issue of resource pressures.Highlights will include:

  • What makes each of Scotland circular cities/regions unique.
  • Scotland’s Circular Economy Investment Fund.
  • A showcase from Circular Glasgow and Glasgow businesses about how to put a circular economy into action on a city-wide level.
  • How Circular Glasgow used ‘Circle Lab’: an online crowdsourcing platform that leverages and combines the power of crowdsourcing with circular economy expertise, in an open access environment, to create circular solutions.
  • Business case studies.

In the evening, come to a Gala Dinner not to be missed! Experience Scotland’s famous hospitality with lavish food and drink, and lively Scottish entertainment in an historic venue. It is Halloween, so expect a few fun surprises as well.

Thursday 1 November

Explore beyond the conference venue and spend the morning on field trips to visit circular businesses. Come back to the conference venue in the afternoon for an inspiring closing session and discuss what is next on the horizon. Finish the Hotspot with a relaxing, early evening drinks reception and toast to the success of the Hotspot.

Throughout all three days, there will ample networking opportunities and the chance to talk to Scottish circular economy businesses, as well as sample their products in some cases!

 Woven through the Hotspot will be four key themes:

Innovate. Demonstrating innovation and design in the circular economy.
Make. Showcasing Scotland's finest circular economy businesses.
Connect. Embracing connectivity and collaboration.
Landscape. Reflecting Scotland’s natural capital, as well as exploring the supportive political and business circular economy landscapes.

Circular Economy Hotspot Scotland is supported by funding from both the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund through the £73million Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme.

Zero Waste Scotland
Circular Glasgow