April 2023

WME 2023

18 - 20 April 2023


The European Conference for Waste Management and the Circular Economy will take place from 18-20 April in Bergamo, Italy. ICLEI Europe is a partner of the conference, which is bringing together industry leaders, innovators, buyers, regulators and government to network, collaborate and debate the future of waste management and the sustainable eco-friendly solutions urgently needed by our planet.

WME 2022 took place in Bergamo with excellent participation for many leading experts in the waste management sectors, including government and policy representatives shaping legislation. It attracted more than 2,000 attendees, 100 exhibiting companies, dozens of partner associations and organisations, and over 200 conference delegates coming from Austria, Germany, Italy, Libya, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain and United Kingdom.

WME presents the ideal opportunity to showcase products, technologies, innovations and solutions to the waste management and circular economy community. It is also a convening platform to engage in debate and thought leadership, share ideas and solutions to drive towards a greener and carbon neutral environment.

For more information, and to register, click here.

Public Procurement Conference – centralization and new trends

25 - 26 April 2023

University of Copenhagen

Central purchasing bodies (CPBs) conduct procurement procedures on behalf of other contracting authorities and play an important role in many EU Member States. So does framework agreements and dynamic purchasing. However, in the post-Covid reality, disrupted by the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, and emerging climate change, aggregated procurement is facing many challenges.

This public procurement conference – centralization and new trends aims to address new developments, innovation and sustainability as well as emerging issues in public procurement. The two-day Conference will bring together both practitioners and researchers working in the field from all around Europe, especially from Scandinavia.

The first day of the Conference is divided into three panels:

  • CPBs in Scandinavia - trends and challenges
  • Framework Agreements
  • Dynamic Purchasing Systems

The second day of the Conference is divided into two panels followed by Danish and International Tracks:

  • Public Procurement for a Green Transition
  • The Future of Centralization
  • International Track (held in English) / Danish Track on framework agreements (held in Danish)

More information on the conference can be found here

May 2023

Organic Textile Forum

8 - 10 May 2023

The Organic Textile Forum in Konstanz, taking place from 9-10 May, with an evening event on 8 May will have "Resources with future potential - sustainable materials and innovative raw material alternatives" as its main topic

Textile producers, dealers, organisations and authorities are always somewhere in a value chain between customers and suppliers. The pressure for social and sustainable management of all those involved as part of these supply chains is increasing. Not least because new legal regulations make it necessary and more and more customers, including consumers, are asking for sustainable products. The fact that the environment suffers from textile production and the working conditions in production countries are sometimes catastrophic calls for more responsibility on the part of business, civil society and politics.

The Organic Textile Forum will show the breadth of these challenges, but at the same time will also present solutions, good approaches and best practice examples. More information about the 2023 Organic Textile Forum and its programme can be found here.


July 2023

Global Procurement Conference

6 - 7 July 2023


The Global Procurement Conference 2023, taking place in Rome from 6-7 July, aims to raise awareness about the planetary implications of joint decisions regarding what is purchased, how and for whom in the public domain. The eight edition of this event will be organised by the University of Rome Tor Vergata, with support from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

The Global Procurement Conference is an event where experts from international financial institutions and regulatory bodies, policy-makers, economists, engineers, lawyers, procurers and other relevant stakeholders gather for a much-needed debate concerning issues related to innovation, competitiveness, sustainability and regulation in public procurement worldwide.

The conference will be centred around six topics: Procuring Food, Procuring Consultancy, Competitive Dialogue, Digital Procurement, Gender Aspects in Procurement, and Firms Training in Procurement. Additionally, The University of Rome Tor Vergata will host the Erasmus+ ProcToGo project to share practices and tools to boost the upskilling of procurement professionals.

For more information on the conference, and to register, click here