Programme

PROGRAMME

Learn. Debate. Collaborate for Change.

The programme of WRF2021 will take place on 12-14 October 2021, with three days of online sessions, and two small physical hubs in Zürich (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 Hub and the Ghanaian Hub will be organised on the mornings of October 13 and October 14, respectively, and will be live streamed on our virtual event platform.

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.

More detailed information will be provided here as soon as they are available.

Online Programme

The online programme of WRF 2021 will take place on October 12-14, afternoon CET, on a dedicated virtual event platform. Each day will host a plenary panel debate focusing on one of the three topic streams–primary resources (October 12th), secondary resources (October 13th) and circular economy (October 14th)–and a series of parallel sessions on a variety of topics across the conference streams. A plenary wrap-up session will conclude the programme of the day. All the workshops and scientific sessions of WRF2021 will take place online. The conference will be opened by a high-level Grand Opening session on October 12th and will be concluded by a Grand Closing session on October 14th.

Below is a broad overview of the agenda for the three days of online programme. Watch this space – more detailed information on sessions and speakers will be announced here as soon as they become available.

Time (CET)

Session

13.00-13:20

Grand Opening

13:30-14:20

Plenary Panel Debate: Primary Resources

14:30-15:20

Parallel Sessions I: Workshops & Scientific Sessions

15:30-16:20

Parallel Sessions II: Workshops & Scientific Sessions

16:30-17:00

Day 1 Wrap-up session

Time (CET)

Session

13:30-14:20

Plenary Panel Debate: Secondary Resources

14:30-15:20

Parallel Sessions I: Workshops & Scientific Sessions

15:30-16:20

Parallel Sessions II: Workshops & Scientific Sessions

16:30-17:00

Day 2 Wrap-up Session

Time (CET)

Session

13:30-14:20

Plenary Panel Debate: Circular Economy

14:30-15:20

Parallel Sessions I: Workshops & Scientific Sessions

15:30-16:20

Parallel Sessions II: Workshops & Scientific Sessions

16:30-17:00

Day 3 Wrap-up Session

17:00-17:30

Grand Closing

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 Hub will be located at the Empa Academy in Dübendorf/Zürich. Empa is the ETH Domain’s interdisciplinary research institute for materials science and technology development. As a bridge be-tween research and practice, it develops solutions for the priority challenges of industry and society. At Empa, new technologies, materials and systems are tested, researched, further developed and validated under real conditions. Participants thus benefit from excellent conference facilities and can also take part in guided tours on request.

Ghana Event

The Ghana Hub will be located at the GIZ training centre on the Agbobloshie Scrap Yard in Accra. On the one hand, this provides excellent conference facilities, and on the other hand highly exciting excursions can be carried out. Also, the informal sector can be involved in the conference through a participatory approach, and the participants do not only discuss theoretical challenges but experience a part of it through first-hand practices.