Circular Valley® Forum I Nov. 18th, 2022
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Circular Valley® - Birthplace of the 5th industrial revolution
Organized by the Circular Valley® Foundation
Friday, November 18th, 2022
10:00 - 17:00 CET Conference

18:00 CET Reception
19:00 CET Festive Dinner
Historical Townhall Wuppertal
Johannisberg 40,
42103 Wuppertal, Germany
Conference Program
09:30 CET
09:30 CET
Reception
10:00 - 11:30 CET
10:00 - 11:30 CET
Plenum
  • Welcome/Introduction, Overview of Main Emission Streams, Global Gap Report
  • Challenges from a business perspective
  • Current scientific/technological developments
  • Regulatory developments
11:45 - 13:00 CET
11:45 - 13:00 CET
Forums
Forum I: Science/Technology
  • Most relevant new scientific frameworks
  • Development towards perfect cycles - advances in different material categories
  • Technologies to remedy the environmental damage already caused by open cycles

Forum II: Regulatory developments
  • Implementation of the European Union Circular Economy Action Plan
  • (Financial) impact on a variety of industries, taxonomy: access to finance
  • International perspective - comparable action plans in non-European countries
13:00 - 14:00 CET
13:00 - 14:00 CET
Networking lunch
+ All day Circular Valley® Club for Founders, Sponsors and Circular Valley® members
14:00 - 15:15 CET
14:00 - 15:15 CET
Forums
Forum III: Customer acceptance and communication of circular economy
  • Customer willingness-to-pay for circular business models
  • Leaders in communication
  • Communication of the circular economy idea

Forum IV: Potentials for companies and cities
  • Circularity and local/regional business models
  • Role of local funding
  • New business models of the circular economy and cross-value chain collaboration
15:30 - 17:00 CET
15:30 - 17:00 CET
Closing panel, plenum
Opportunities of the circular economy nationally and internationally
17:00 CET
17:00 CET
End of conference program
Festive dinner
Musical accompaniment by
the Wuppertal Symphonic Orchestra
18:00 CET
18:00 CET
Reception
19:00 CET
19:00 CET
Dinner
  • Greeting
  • Circular Economy Icons
  • Business Best Practices
  • Panel of Circular Valley® Founders and Sponsors
  • Circular Economy Trailblazers
  • Arts and Circular Economy
  • Cross Country Collaboration
21:45 CET
21:45 CET
Dessert and entertainment program
in a relaxed atmosphere in the different halls of the Historical Town Hall, informal networking
24:00 CET
24:00 CET
Midnight Snacks
Historical Townhall Wuppertal
Johannisberg 40,
42103 Wuppertal, Germany



We recommend traveling by public transportation (200m from the MAIN TRAIN STATION, or STADTHALLE bus stop).

Should you be travelling by car, you will find parking spaces (and an underground car park) between the Historische Stadthalle, the Schwimmoper swimming pool and the Vienna House Easy Wuppertal Hotel, as well as in the multi-storey car park on the "Johannisberg" road as described in the route map mentioned below. Additional options for parking, as well as directions can be found there as well.

Car park and Multi-Storey Car Park Südstrasse
with direct access to the Historische Stadthalle
Südstraße 26
42103 Wuppertal GERMANY

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Speakers and panelists
The Circular Valley® Forum will bring together top-decision makers at board level from a large variety of industries. Besides the interaction in the conference format and over dinner, there will also be opportunities for bilateral talks.
Hendrik Wüst
Prime Minister
North-Rhine Westphalia
Foto: Land NRW / Ralph Sondermann
Mona Neubaur
Minister of the Economy and Climate
North-Rhine Westphalia
Foto: Land NRW / Ralph Sondermann
Oliver Krischer
Minister of the Environment
North-Rhine Westphalia
Foto: Land NRW / Ralph Sondermann
Dr. Dorothee Becker
CEO
Gebr. Becker GmbH
Andre and Iris Bovenkamp
Managing Partners
Huehoco
Liam Condon
CEO
Johnson Matthey
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Doetsch
Director
Fraunhofer UMSICHT
Saori Dubourg
Member of the Board

BASF

Foto: BASF SE
Dr. Ralf Düssel
Chairman Plastics Europe Germany, Senior Vice President
Evonik
Dr. Martin Eisenhut
Managing Partner Dach
Kearney
Dr. Andreas Eurich
CEO
Barmenia Insurance Group
Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick
President
Wuppertal Institute
Eckhard Forst
Chairman of the Board
NRW Bank

Foto: Christian Lord Otto
Dr. Dirk Gratzel
CEO
GreenZero
Markus Hilkenbach
CEO
Wuppertaler Stadtwerke
Jürgen Hingsen
Olympic Games Medalist (Decathlon)
Jochen Jehmlich
CEO
Societé Générale Equipment Finance
Arndt G. Kirchhoff
Chairman
Unternehmer NRW
Dr. Johannes Kirchhoff
CEO
Kirchhoff Group
Lauren Kjeldsen
Member of the Executive Board,
President Smart Materials
Evonik
Dr. Matthias Koehler
Ministerial Director (SME and Start-up Financing)
Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection
Philipp Krohn
Journalist
FAZ

Foto: Frank Roeth
Dr. Michael Kuhndt
Managing Director
Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production
Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner
Director
Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion
Lothar Leuschen
Chefredakteur
Westdeutsche Zeitung
Serena Lin
Member of the Board
Bayer AG
Natalie Mekelburger
CEO
Coroplast
Dr. Arnd Nenstiel
Global Head Agricultural Policy & Stakeholder Affairs
Bayer AG I Division Crop Science
Ralf Putsch
Managing Director

Knipex

Foto: Malte Reiter
Prof. Dr. Manfred Renner
Director

Fraunhofer UMSICHT
Dr. Thomas Rodemann
Managing Partner
Vorwerk
Thomas Schmidt
CEO
Haniel
Prof. Dr. Uwe Schneidewind
Lord Mayor, Wuppertal
HA Schult
Artist
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schurr
Director IGB-2 Plant Sciences


Forschungszentrum Jülich
Klaus Töpfer
Former Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Michael Wiener
CEO
Grüner Punkt/DSD
Dr. Henning Wilts
Director of Division Circular Economy
Wuppertal Institut
Gunther Wölfges
CEO
Stadtsparkasse Wuppertal
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Partners

If you are a Circular Valley® partner, please contact us.
Scholarship

If you would like to participate in the Forum and lack the financial means, please write to:
event@circular-valley.org