Thinking sustainable in terms of circular economy gives us tools to face the future of limited natural resources. This is the Night of Circular Solutions, which tackles four key challenges desperately in need of solutions for sustainability through circular economy.
So What’s the deal?
The Night of Circular Solutions presented by The Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra is an intensive one night adventure, where students and researchers from different majors and backgrounds get to take their academic know-how into action. During the night multidisciplinary teams will develop concrete solutions to current and actual circular economy issues.
The Night will consist of problem solving, meeting mentors and verifying developed ideas with facilitated assistance. The teams will be taken on an adventure across the beautiful centre of Helsinki, all ending in a spectacular final where the fine-tuned solutions will be presented. After a hard-working night and the crowning final at dawn, the morning continues with a chill-out seaside celebration to end the eventful night.
This Night is a side event to the World Circular Economy Conference in Helsinki, which presents the world’s best circular economy solutions. It gathers together the most recognised experts and decision makers to Finlandia Hall in Helsinki Finland on 5 to 7 June. We welcome all attendees to either participate or just join in the final and the celebration.
Where and when?
Across Helsinki city centre from Wednesday 6th 18:00 to Thursday 7th 6:00. Chill-out seaside celebration 6:00-9:00.
Apply by May 30th as an individual or with a team, we will team all the applicants up before the event! Hear out the challenges and pick the one you can solve. Think sustainable, applicable and inventive. Put academics into action under the midnight sun. Will you be done by dawn? Take up this challenge! This Night is free of charge and open to everyone who is interested in sustainable solutions and academics in action. You can also find us on Facebook.
This event is brought to you by
MENTORING YOU THROUGH THE CHALLENGE
Lauri Reuter, Research Scientist, PhD at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Reuter works on the future of food, ranging from plant cell cultures to vertical farms and from recombinant proteins to edible insects. He grows crickets in a laboratory and keeps honeybees in the centre of Helsinki while dreaming of food production systems on Mars.
Lilli Linkola, Project Manager at Green Building Council Finland
Linkola is an industrial ecologist by education, open data and open source advocate, part time hacker and a sustainability professional. Ask her anything related to built environment, successful circular economy projects, mushrooms, data, housing, air quality, systems thinking – she’ll probably know the answer!
Simon le Roux, Designer at Ministry of the Environment
Le Roux is an architect and sustainability specialist from Helsinki who grew up in South Africa. He believes that awareness of social and political inequality motivates a responsibility to prepare younger generations to critically evaluate the changes in their own living environment.
CHALLENGING US UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN
Heureka, How to get insects on to everyone’s dinner plate?
Aalto University, How to create take-back schemes for recycling in developing countries?
Climate.now, How to apply circular economy thinking to clean water resources?
Urban Academy, How to create temporary living solutions for students in existing, unutilised buildings?
SEEKING SOLUTIONS IN COOPERATION WITH