* The presentations made available by the keynote and workshop speakers can be downloaded from the web pages of the respective sessions and workshops! (Indicated by an astersk in the program below).
More presentations will be made available over the next days and weeks.


The challenge of a low carbon and circular society is well known. With a view to the post-2020 era, WRF2019 takes stock of solutions and practices undertaken by many actors in society to move from a linear and fossil to a circular and low carbon economy. Where are the opportunities, what works, what does not, and why?
Thematic ‘Global Sessions’, with inspiring voices from leading experts will set the scene on key topics. Interactive workshops will allow to dive deeper into selected topics. Networking events and site visits are an integral part of the program.


Sunday 24 February

20:00 - . . . Pre-registration & Get Together reception  
Location: Felix Archive, Antwerp                          

Monday 25 February

8:30 - 9:30  Doors open // Registration & Coffee
9:30 - 11:15

High Level Plenary Opening session: in the presence of her Majesty the Queen,
Advocate of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: 'From a global vision to transitions at work' *

WRF Workshop Parade - moderated by Mr. Bas de Leeuw

11:15 - 12:00    Coffee break
12:00 - 13:00

Parallel Global Sessions 1  

Icoon stedanCities and regions as laboratories for circular change

Icoon bodemSoil and Land as a valuable resource *

Icoon afvalThe global recycling challenge of plastic and textile *

Icoon digitaalMaking digital technology as driver for circular change *

Icoon havensExploring the future role of ports in a circular economy *

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30

Interactive Deep-Dive Sessions 1

1. From city blight to urban might: Using circular urban design strategies to reuse and
refurbish empty buildings
(BBL and OVAM) *
2. Digital business innovation stimulating a circular economy (TNO)
3. Making waste smart – How EPR systems are closing the loop (EXPRA + Ecoembes) *
4. How can knowledge on secondary raw materials from EEE, batteries and vehicles
be improved?
(UNU Berlin) *
5. Making textile circular (European Commission)
6. Towards stewardship and circular use for sustainable land and soil management - Part I
(Deltares - RWS - U Hasselt)
7. Make and take design principles and solutions for closed material loops in construction
(VUB Architectural Engineering - VIBE) *
8. Plastic for Lunch – How to Best Address the Issue of Marine Litter?

14:00 - 16:00

Special session

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 - 17:30

Interactive Deep-Dive Sessions 2

9.    Setting binding targets to diminish waste and increase re-use as leverage to accelerate
changes towards circular economy
10. The UrbanWINS approach: citizen-driven priority action for waste prevention, resources
management and innovative circular business models
11. How can (digital) tools foster circular economy business practices? (EY) *
12. Glass, the End of Waste success story in Europe (Ferver)
13. Towards a strategy for a circular resource management system in road engineering (UA) *
14. Redefining value - The manufacturing revolution, remanufacturing, refurbishment,
repair and direct reuse in the circular economy
(IRP) *
15. Global reporting standard for sustainable materials and waste management (GRI)
16. Towards stewardship and circular use for sustainable land and soil management: Part II
- Circular use
(Deltares - RWS - U Hasselt)
17. Circular Economy: Stimulating new business models in the building and real estate sector
(German Sustainable building council)

17:30 - 19:00 Guided tour of the City of Antwerp - to the Grand Café Horta
19:00 - . . . Gala Dinner
Location: Grand Café Horta, Antwerp 

Tuesday 26 February

8:30 - 9:00 Doors open // Registration & Coffee
9:00 - 9:45

Plenary: WRF Wake Up session *

9:45 - 9:50 Transfer break
9:50 - 11:20

Interactive Deep-Dive Sessions 3

18. Plastics, a sustainable material for the future (ESSENSCIA/CATALISTI)
19. Global electronics waste flows: How to improve high-quality recycling?
(Eurometaux, EERA, WEEE Forum)

20. Marketing tailor made compost and digestate-based products
(European compost Network) *
21. Benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation for successful transitions
(Federation of German Scientists - FGS) *
22. Wood as a sustainable resource to a better climate change (VITO)

23. There is no such thing as waste - true or false?  Union of International Associations (UIA)
24. Electromobility and Circular Economy
(Marie Curie Circular European Economy Innovative Training Network ‘Circuit’)
25. Circular Europe: the future of circular economy programming (H2020 Cicerone)

11:20 - 11: 30 Transfer break
11:30 - 13:00

Interactive Deep-Dive Sessions 4

26. Generation Plastics: infinite resource of innovation (The Shift)
27. Copper and the Circular Economy: Challenges, Opportunities and Solutions

(International Copper Association)
28. COCOON landfill management: from landfill to useful resource (
Cleantech Flanders) *
29. E-Circular: innovations to unlock waste prevention and circularity (Climate KIC)

30. Circular procurement and Green Deals - (Next) Challenges (RWS/OVAM) *
31. Extracting value from slags: the case of non-ferrous metals industry (
VITO/Umicore) *
32. Unlocking the potential of urban resources through new use of urban spaces
(Eurocities + Urban Agenda Partnership on Circular Economy)

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00

Parallel Global Sessions 2

Icoon klimaat   Circular economy as enabler for climate policy  *

upscaling sustainable lifestyle 6   Sustainable Lifestyles - key in the transition towards the circular economy

Icoon metaal   Different perspectives on global metal flows in the circular economy

Icoon bioeconomie   Circular bio-economy - circular by nature

15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

Sustainable Fashion at the Circular Catwalk

15:30 - 17:00

Interactive Deep-Dive Sessions 5: Circular stories from Flanders and Belgium

33. The importance of quality assurance and data in closing the C&DW loop
(VCB - Tracimat)
34. Antwerp, a city where circularity matters (
City of Antwerp)
35. Blue Gate Antwerp - When a blackfield turns into a sustainable business parc
36. The eternal life of shrink hoods (VALIPAC) *
37. Plastics2Chemicals: converting plastic waste into raw materials for the chemical
38.  A disruptive e-waste collection engine (
39. Circularity in action:  Plastic packaging waste, a 360° approach on collecting,
sorting and recycling
(Fostplus) *

40. How to develop, implement and continuously improve a bio-waste strategy in the
circular economy?
41. Inspiring OVAM! (OVAM) *

17:00 - 17:05 Transfer break
17:05 - 18:00 Plenary Closing Session
18:00-19:00 Jef Neve in Concert
20:00-... WRF afterparty at de Koninck Brewery

Wednesday 27 February

9:00 - 14:00


Circular visits