International Swiss Talent Forum 2023

The Topic of our 12th ISTF is:

Circular Economy

One: This is the number of planet Earth humanity has at its disposal for meeting the needs of the present. Would all humans live according to the standards of Switzerland, we would need more than three planets Earth, which carries the risk that future generations will not be able to meet their
needs: This is, in essence the issue of the finite resources and was already identified by the so-called Club of Rome, 50 years ago.

Although progress has been made in the last decades, the necessity for a paradigm shift from a linear economy – based on the mantra take, make, use, waste – to a circular economy is becoming the cornerstone of the next industrial revolution to stop the loss of the planet’s biocapacity and
climate change. We need to find new ways of defining growth and success. We have the chance of learning from nature where the everlasting cycles and rhythm of growth and recovery are proven principles, finetuned over billions of years.

At the International Swiss Talent Forum 2023, we want to look at the concept of the Circular Economy through the lenses of various challenges to try and develop approaches to tackle the issue of a non-sustainable linear economy.

Join us and explore the future of this highly challenging and exciting topic – we look forward to welcoming you to ISTF 2023! 


“I’ve never met so many awesome friends in such a short space of time. I was up every day from 6:30am to 2am and I didn’t even feel tired because there was always another interesting conversation with another interesting person on the horizon. I had one of the best times of my life.” Ali, UK


Schedule ISTF 2023

Tuesday, 7 – Saturday, 11 February 2023

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL),

70 highly motivated young adults aged 18 to 23 years. Please note that participation is possible on grounds of invitation only.

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Feb 07 - 11 2023


All Day
Swiss Tech Convention Center EPFL Lausanne


Swiss Tech Convention Center EPFL Lausanne
Rte Cantonale, 1015 Lausanne
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