Annual Summit

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation's Summit is the world’s leading forum for exploring the idea of a circular economy. In its 7th edition, the 2019 Summit brings together world leading thinkers, innovators and pioneers who are refining and implementing the vision of an economic system that is restorative and regenerative, by design.

2019 Summit Open Session 
17:45 - 20:15 Thursday 13th June 2019 

The Roundhouse, London 
 What does the circular economy look like? What does it feel like? The 2019 Summit will bring the circular economy to life providing a unique opportunity for audience members to see up close and personal what it means for a range of everyday products including cars, clothing and beer. 

This year's event will feature individuals on the frontline of circular economy innovation sharing their stories, while exhibiting the products that they have redesigned. 

Through immersing in these products, we will also hear the stories of people and what inspired them. The evening session invites people to bring their lived experience of the circular economy into the Roundhouse. 

What can we learn from their stories? The path to success is never a straight line. In reality, it’s messy, difficult, and full of unknowns. We don’t have to go it alone: the things these pioneers have learnt can help illuminate the promise and pitfalls of circular economy innovation. 

Confirmed speakers currently include Rhiana Gunn-Wright, one of the lead authors on the Green New Deal, Hugo Spowers, founder of electric car innovator Riversimple, and John Adams, director of the earth systems research facility Biosphere 2.0. 

5.45-6.00pm - Doors open 
6.00-6.15pm - A story about systems with John Adams, Biosphere 2.0. 
6.15-6.35pm - The Green New Deal and building collaboration around a vision with Rhiana Gunn-Wright, New Consensus 
6.35-7.40pm - What does the circular economy look like? Exhibiting the redesign of everyday products. 
7.40-8.30pm - Drinks reception