Circular Materials Conference is a nordic forum for industrial, scientific and commercial progress in the circular use of materials, that offers unique insight and debate in seminars, face-to-face meetings and networking for international key people, academic and commercial, that wants to be in the industry forefront at a time when we face the challenge of transformation to circular business models for the future of our planet.

Exchange and share experiences

Competence Centre of Recycling (CCR) at Chalmers University of Technology; RE:Source in cooperation with Nordic Publishing in conjunction with major organisations from the basic, chemical, recycling and textile and fashion industries are proud to invite You to the fifth ”Circular Materials Conference” on April 21-22 2021 at Chalmers Conference Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden at Chalmers Conference Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The way we use our materials today will define the world we inhabit in the future. On April 21-22 2021 we invite you to reimagine materials with the help of emerging technologies and novel collaborations to create a circular future together.

The 5th Circular Materials Conference will bring together leaders from the industry and academia to explore stunning circular economy solutions, novel business models and visions of a world where no materials are wasted. The particular focus of this year will be at the new partnerships and technologies that can speed up the transition while bringing about a more caring and truly sustainable economy for all.

Focusing on Industrial, scientific and commercial advances in circular materials, the event will feature keynote speeches, seminars, site visits and solutions exhibition, as well as welcome conversations, debate, face-to-face meetings and networking.

Target Group

The forum welcomes everyone interested in the cutting edge of circular innovation. Here you will meet CE thought leaders and visionary CEOs, R&D managers, producers, recyclers, collectors and retailers, decision-makers and representatives of global institutions, NGOs, research institutes and academia, clean-tech investors, and the media – all in one place.

Focus areas at the Circular Materials Conference 2021

  • Metals from Secondary Sources/Critical Minerals
  • Technical and Commercial Outlook
  • Circular Materials Business Applications
  • Innovation Critical Materials - Batteries for Electric Cars
  • Plastic Strategic Research and Innovation in a Circular Economy
  • Circular Economy in Textiles
  • AI and cascading materials innovation
  • CE in Fast Moving Consumer Goods

Changing the perspective

Nordic solutions for a global change

Building from Nordic experience, the forum will explore how the region’s innovations can contribute to the global transition towards circular economy.

“Today the circular economy concept is widely accepted as the road forwards and many industrial branches are striving to develop their supply chains and business networks to that goal. However, there are still obstacles for a full adaptation to circular material supply and utilization chains. Examples are the dispersion of valuable materials in low amounts in many products which makes recycling difficult and expensive and the lack of supportive economic and legal control means for promoting the use of recycled materials and especially materials that are derived from something defined as a waste. We still need to discuss the obstacles for a truly circular economy and what we can do separately and together to take further steps towards the goal.”
says Britt-Marie Steenari and Teodora Retegan.

”To meet the challenge of living within the planetary boundaries we need to create a society with sustainable circular materials, products and services”
says Evalena Blomqvist.


Britt-Marie Steenari
Professor in Industrial Materials Recycling and Director for CCR


Teodora Retegan
Assoc. Professor Nuclear Chemistry

© Emmy Jonsson

Johan Felix
Innovation Manager, Strategic Innovation Programme RE:Source