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The programme of WRF2021 will take place on 12-14 October 2021, with three days of online sessions, and two small-scale in-person events in Dübendorf (Switzerland) and Accra (Ghana). Online sessions will be held every afternoon (Central European Time), open for engagement from participants from all over the world, while in-person activities at the Swiss Event and the Ghana Event will be organised on the mornings of October 13 and October 14, respectively. Sessions taking place in-person both in Ghana and Switzerland will be live streamed on our virtual event platform, making the whole programme fully accessible online.

Leveraging all the opportunities that such a hybrid conference setting has to offer, the conference program will consist of inspiring keynotes & plenary sessions, scientific sessions, interactive workshops and networking opportunities.

All the workshops and scientific sessions will take place online. Please find below more information about the 3-days agenda for the online event and activities taking place in the Swiss and Ghana Events.

Information, including finalised program and sessions’ speakers, are updated here as soon as they become available.

3-Days Event Agenda

In-person Programme

Alongside the three-days online programme, WRF2021 will host two small-scale physical events for face-to-face interaction in Switzerland (morning CET, October 13th) and Ghana (morning CET, October 14th). Due to the ongoing uncertainties related the impact of COVID-19 developments on physical gatherings, these events are primarily meant for participation of a restricted group of national and regional stakeholders.

The in-person programme is fully dedicated to plenary keynotes and panel debates, which will be live streamed into the virtual event platform for participants from all over the world to (virtually) attend.

The Swiss Event will focus on the topic stream of Primary Resources, while the Ghanaian Event on the topic stream of Secondary Resources.

Swiss Event

The Swiss Event will be located at the Empa Akademie in Dübendorf/Zürich. Empa is the ETH Domain’s interdisciplinary research institute for materials science and technology development. Participants thus benefit from excellent conference facilities and can also take part in guided tours on request.

Empa Akademie Conference

Ghana Event

The Ghana Event is commissioned by the BMZ, through the E-Waste Programme which is a technical cooperation implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, in partnership with the Ghana Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI). Its objective is to improve the conditions for sustainable management and disposal of electronic waste in Ghana. The Ghana event on the third day will focus on electrical and electronic waste.

The event will take place in the conference venue “Fiesta Royale”, 13 George W. Bush Hwy, Accra, Ghana. Due to COVID-19 regulations, the event has limited capacity and is invitation-only.

Fiesta Royale a


The full conference programme can be accessed online through a dedicated virtual event platform, provided by Whova and curated by the World Resources Forum Association.

Access to the virtual event platform for the online event is subject to a fee.

For holders of online tickets, access to the Swiss Event is free of charge but subject to conditions. If you are interested to participate, you can reserve a spot by selecting the ticket category “Online Conference + Swiss Event”. Due to uncertainties related to the actual capacity of the conference venue in light of latest COVID-19 developments, this reservation does not mean your participation is confirmed. Please wait for our confirmation by email before making any travel arrangement.

Access to the Ghana Event is currently invitation-only, so no tickets can be purchased on our registration portal. All the sessions taking place in Ghana will be live streamed into the virtual event platform.