• Manuel Maqueda, Christian Felber, Bernard Fletz and Leen Gorissen make up the panel of speakers who will lead the plenary sessions.
  • Tickets to attend the Forum are now available for purchase on the website www.foro-ecoislas.es with the option to attend the full event or just one of the two days.

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Tuesday, 17 January 2023-. The 1st International Ecoislas Forum will feature international, national and local speakers who will present best practices and discuss the needs and solutions in each of the main areas of focus: the circular and blue economy; energy, water, and mobility; climate change adaptation; and regenerative tourism. This first meeting, on development alternatives in island territories, will take place on 2nd and 3rd February and is promoted and funded by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and organised by Infecar.

The First International Ecoislas Forum will feature four plenary sessions, led by Manuel Maqueda, Bernard Fletz, Leen Gorissen and Christian Felber. Maqueda teaches Applied Circular and Regenerative Economics at Harvard University and is the CEO of SUPER (Single-Use Plastics Elimination or Reduction). In his work, he develops the Regenerative Economy approach in Harvard’s postgraduate programmes in Sustainability and has created the online Circular Economy course at UC Berkeley and the online Circular Economy programme at UCLA.

Bernard Feltz is a Belgian biologist and philosopher, emeritus professor at the Catholic University of Leuven. Feltz’s work addresses contemporary debates within both the philosophy of science and the environment, sustainable development, and the relationship between humans and nature.

Leen Gorissen is also a biologist, specialising in Regenerative Ecology and Design and Bio-inspired Innovation, and founder of Centre4NI, a catalyst that helps organisations and companies innovate with nature. Additionally, she is a regular evaluator of innovation projects for the European Commission and an expert in sustainability transitions and advisor for H2020. Finally, Christian Felber is the driving force behind the Theory of the Common Good and has taught at several universities: The University of Economics and Business in Viena, The University of Graz, The University of Klagenfurt, The University of Applied Art Vienna and Schumacher College (UK), among others.

In addition to these four sector experts, the Ecoislas programme comprises four different spaces with parallel sessions that will delve into each of the programme’s areas, including round tables and practical case presentations with the participation of over 40 speakers. The full programme, along with details of all the speakers participating in this first forum, is available at www.foro-ecoislas.es.

Tickets Now on Sale

Thus, on 2nd and 3rd February, Infecar will become the perfect venue to facilitate a space for discussion, proposals, and the promotion of measures aimed at enhancing the comprehensive transition towards a more profitable, more self-sufficient, more sustainable and more environmentally friendly socio-economic model, with a specific focus on islands.

Those interested in being part of this event can purchase their tickets to attend either a single session or the entire two-day programme on the website www.foro-ecoislas.es. Ticket are priced at €7.50 for one day and €15 for two days for students, and €15 and €30, respectively, for professionals.

The International Ecoislas Forum is designed for individuals interested in understanding the challenge of green employment as a means to reduce unemployment levels; accessing specific information related to the four main themes; establishing collaborations between public, private, and scientific institutions to promote innovative measures in the face of climate change; and learning about policies aimed at mitigating and adapting to climate change.