The Big Top Tent stage provides leading universities and institutions within the Ellen MacArthur Foundation network the opportunity to run online learning programmes providing a more structured path through the DIF. Short courses, MOOCs and group sessions were featured during DIF 2016 with 18 universities taking part, all incorporating topics related to the changing economy.

Big Top Tents are hosted by universities in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation network please see the Contribute page for more details.

The 2016 Big Top Tents

Click the institutions below to visit their Big Top Tent page and find out which topics they covered during DIF 2016.  

Arizona State University (ASU)

Arizona State University, a CE100 Pioneer University and recently named the most innovative university in the US, places sustainability as a core value across every department within the institution. With more than 400 sustainability scientists and s... See more >

Cranfield University

Cranfield is world-leading in its contribution to global innovation. This year, Cranfield’s Big Top Tent was awarded with special support from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to introduce some of the content of our new Executive Master Course in Techn... See more >

Delft University of Technology

TU Delft has put together a programme of events including the much-acclaimed MOOC on the Circular Economy and an exciting live seminar Teaching Circular Economy. In 2015 Delft University of Technology developed the world’s first edX MOOC (Massive ... See more >

Imperial College London (ICL)

Imperial College London is the only UK university to focus entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business. Our international reputation for excellence in teaching and research sees us consistently rated in the top 10 universities worldwide. ... See more >

​ITMO University

ITMO University is one of Russia’s leading higher education and research institutions, specialising in Information Technology, Optical Design and Engineering. Founded in 1900, today it is home to over 14,300 students and has earned its nam... See more >

Northumbria University

We’re no strangers to disruption at Northumbria University – we make it our business to think and act differently in pursuit of transformative innovation. Our focus in on design-led Responsible Innovation; innovation that is democratic, has a social ... See more >

Politecnico di Milano School of Management

The Politecnico di Milano School of Management was established in 2003 with MIP (the Graduate School of Business founded in 1979) and DIG (the Department of Management Engineering – Dipartmento di Ingegneria Gestionale – established in 1990), bringin... See more >

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology is excited to be leading the discussion on the importance of reducing food waste, not only in your home but across the food and beverage production and distribution value chain. In the U.S. alone, food production ... See more >

University of Bradford

The University of Bradford, as one of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s international Pioneer Universities for the Circular Economy, has been working with the Foundation on the Circular Economy since 2010.This year we will share with you a s... See more >

University of California, Berkeley

The University of California, Berkeley is an institution that excels at conducting research in a broad range of diverse and impactful topics as well as educating the next generation of practitioners. The Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry in the Col... See more >

University of California, Davis

As a world top-2 University in Agricultural and Resource Economics, the University of California, Davis is renowned for its research and intellectual leadership. UC Davis is also a leading institute in energy, transportation, and policy research. ... See more >

University College London (UCL)

University College London (UCL) is an academic institution committed to promoting real change and addressing the key challenges that the world is facing today, and is one of the official Pioneer Universities affiliated with the Ellen MacArthur Founda... See more >

University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh: Adopting Circular Economy PrinciplesThe University of Edinburgh is proud to return as a Big Top Tent in the 2016 Disruptive Innovation Festival.Over the past few years, the University has built up its efforts to contribut... See more >

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is excited to be a part of DIF 2016. As a leading international university we undertake groundbreaking research and deliver a world-class student experience in a campus environment of outstanding natural beauty.

University of Queensland

We will articulate a vision for mining in the circular economy of 2030, based on the research from our Wealth from Waste Cluster research.We will forecast: • what will minerals/metals supply chains look like under a circular economy framework;• how m... See more >

University of Sheffield

With almost 26,000 students from around 120 countries, and 1,200 of the best academics from across the globe, the University of Sheffield is one of the world’s leading universities. The University of Sheffield's Urban Institute (UI) leads research... See more >

University of São Paulo (USP)

University of São Paulo (USP) is one of the official Pioneer Universities affiliated with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. As the major institution of higher education in Brazil, and as one of the most prestigious universities in Latin America, the Un... See more >

University of Technology, Sydney

UTS is a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney with over 40,000 students. Ranked as Australia’s No. 1 university under fifty years of age, UTS has a distinct model of learning, strong research performance and a leading reputation for en... See more >

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