European Bioeconomy Scene 2019

WELCOME TO HELSINKI 8–10 JULY 2019

Bioeconomy Conference

8 July, Welcoming reception
9 July, Conference day
10 July, Excursions

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Programme

Bioeconomy Conference

European Bioeconomy Scene 2019

A Bioeconomy Conference is being organised to contribute to achieving an inclusive and sustainable bioeconomy for Europe. Finland’s Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the European Commission are jointly organising the conference, and it is one of the events to be held in Helsinki under Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

The conference is aimed at raising public awareness and promoting dialogue on the progress towards a bioeconomy. This will be accomplished by bringing together academics, researchers, stakeholders, policymakers, business representatives and the civil society across the bioeconomy sector to exchange knowledge, coordinate activities and discuss new actions. A wide range of participants is expected from around the European Union and from within Finland.

The conference will help to implement important EU policies and initiatives, especially the updated Bioeconomy Strategy from 2018 “A sustainable Bioeconomy for Europe: strengthening the connection between economy, society and the environment” and the Circular Economy Package.

  • The conference opens on 8 July with a welcoming reception organised by the City of Helsinki and hosted by Mayor Jan Vapaavuori.
  • The conference itself takes place on 9 July at the hotel  Scandic Park Helsinki, which is located in the city centre.
  • On 10 July, there are excursions to see how the bioeconomy can work in practice. Excursions will be arranged within the greater Helsinki area, and in central and eastern Finland.

Programme

Draft conference programme (pdf)

See also:
8 July, Satellite events and welcoming reception
10 July, Excursions

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Speakers

Francisco Gabriel Acién Fernández

Francisco Gabriel Acién Fernández

Francisco Gabriel Acién Fernández (Spain) is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Almeria, Director of Cathedra Cajamar on Bioeconomy and Coordinator of the H2020 EU Project SABANA, which focuses on the Sustainable production of biofertilizers and aquafeed from wastewater using microalgae. The main research topics in the project include the reuse of crop residues and biotechnology of microalgae.

Prof. Acién has participated in 12 European projects in addition to 30 national projects and contracts with companies. He is Vice-President of the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA), a member of the International Society for Applied Phycology, a member of Latino American Society for Algal and Environmental Biotechnology, and editor of the journals Algal Research and RELABIAA, in addition to working as a reviewer of international journals. He also collaborates with international projects, such as DeserBioenergy in Chile and CONACYT in Mexico, which aim to develop processes for the production of biofuels from microalgae in special locations. His major contributions in the field of Biotechnology of microalgae are related to the improvement of photobioreactor design, scale-up of production systems, and economic analysis of production processes. His most recent research focuses on microalgae biomass valorisation to improve the economic yield of microalgae-based processes.

Susanna Albertini

Susanna Albertini

Susanna Albertini has been an FVA New Media Design partner since 1995 and has integrated her specialisation in psychology of work and business organisations with multimedia and ICT-supported communications. Since 2000, she has been project manager and researcher in projects funded by the European Commission as an expert in game-based training, co-creation and creativity enabling factors, communication, impact and valorisation of research results. Albertini was also selected by the European Commission as an evaluator for Horizon 2020. Her main area of interest is a sustainable circular bioeconomy and societal challenges with a special focus on sustainable and inclusive growth.

Albertini is involved in several EU-funded projects, supporting the promotion, awareness raising and communication of the bioeconomy: European Bioeconomy Network, BIOVOICES, BIOWAYS, Biobridges and LIFT. She is one of the promoters of the European Bioeconomy Network, an alliance of EU-funded projects that support the bioeconomy uptake. In the context of the Network and the BIOWAYS, BIOVOICES, LIFT and BIOBRIDGES projects, her company FVA organises events, workshops and awareness-raising activities to promote the bioeconomy and address challenges and opportunities, engaging the quadruple helix stakeholders in the domain. FVA is also the promoter of the Bioeconomy Village, a ’hands-on’ roadshow targeting the general public and involving EU-funded projects, researchers, industry and policymakers as testimonials. Last year, the Bioeconomy Village included around 40,000 participants from Europe.

Rob Beekers

John Bell

John Bell

Dr John Bell is Director for the Bioeconomy in DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. He is responsible for leading the definition, implementation and investment of EU research and innovation policy and programming across the bioeconomy; from agriculture and food systems, oceans, marine and maritime issues to investment in new sustainable bio-based industries. This includes Horizon 2020, 3.8 billion Societal Challenge 2, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, the EUR 3.7 billion Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking and Food and Nutrition Security FOOD2030. He leads Oceans research and innovation strategies including the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, the Bonus programme (Baltic Sea) and the BlueMed Initiative (Mediterranean).

Bell’s professional background was in academia (Anglo-Irish Studies) and in Business Journalism in London. During his European Commission career, he has worked in External Relations on financial assistance programmes in the former Yugoslavia, public administration reform in Central and Eastern Europe, and on Poland’s accession to the EU. Bell was a member of the Cabinet of Commissioner David Byrne with responsibility for enlargement, food safety, tobacco control, public health and global health security issues, including bioterrorism. He was Chef de Cabinet to European Commissioner Meglena Kuneva on Consumer Affairs. As Chef de Cabinet to Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn on Research and Innovation, he was responsible for developing and funding Horizon 2020, mainstreaming innovation, financial investment and simplification.

A native of Dublin, Ireland, he was educated at University College Dublin and completed his Doctorate (D. Phil.) in Cultural Nationalism in Northern Ireland at St John’s College, Oxford University.

Giovanni De Santi

Giovanni De Santi

Mr Giovanni De Santi, Director, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, European Commission’s Joint Research Centre

Giovanni De Santi has held the position of Director of the Directorate for Sustainable Resources at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission since September 2017. The Directorate provides independent scientific evidence to support the development, implementation, evaluation and coherence of EU policies, mainly in the areas of sustainable development, agriculture, Earth Observation (Copernicus), environment and climate change, blue growth and fisheries, bioeconomy, industry and trade.

De Santi previously served as Director of the JRC Institute for Energy and Transport. He has been working for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre since 1985.

Giovanni De Santi holds a university degree in Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering and a PhD degree in Fluidodynamics.

Carla Domingues

Carla Domingues

Carla Domingues has been working since 2013 as Project Officer at Fórum Oceano – Association of Maritime Economy, the entity responsible for the management of the Portuguese Sea Cluster. Over the past years, she has been working with several stakeholders from companies, universities, RTD centres and public authorities, engaging in cooperation and networking activities, building consortiums, giving support to new project ideas and business opportunities and supporting international cooperation, particularly in activities related to the blue bioeconomy.

Recently, Fórum Oceano became a member of the newly created Collaborative Laboratory for Blue Bioeconomy, the main goal of which is to implement research and innovation agendas geared at generating economic and social value in the sectors of biotechnology and aquaculture and contribute to new uses and enhancement of natural resources.

She holds a PhD in Biology from the University of Aveiro in Portugal and carried out research for more than 10 years in the fields of marine ecology, genetics and the management of biological resources at CESAM (Aveiro University, Portugal), MEFGL (Bangor University, UK), and CIIMAR (Portugal).

Shiva Dustdar

Shiva Dustdar

Shiva Dustdar heads the Innovation Finance Advisory Division in the EIB. She has worked at the EIB since 2003, first in Risk Management, then in its Lending Directorate financing higher risk, innovative projects before joining the Advisory Services Department.

Before EIB, she was Director of High Yield at Fitch Rating Agency developing its European High Yield rating business and worked in the M&A Advisory and Emerging Markets Investment Banking Group at J.P. Morgan in New York and London.

Dustdar holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University and an Executive MBA from London Business School (LBS). In 2000, she co-founded the European High Yield Association (EHYA), which is now part of the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME). In 2006, Credit Magazine nominated Dustdar to its Top 50 Women in Credit.

Linda Fröberg-Niemi

Linda Fröberg-Niemi

Linda Fröberg-Niemi is the leader of the CleanTurku cluster in Turku Science Park Ltd. The cluster boosts innovation activities in cleantech and in the bioeconomy and circular economy in the Turku Business Region. CleanTurku actors consist of startups, growth companies and industry as well as research institutes, academia and different public sector representatives. Fröberg-Niemi has worked for Turku Science Park since 2011, dealing with issues related to innovation services and business development. She was responsible for founding the Smart Chemistry Park innovation platform and started its activities in January 2015. The Park supports startups and SMEs within the fields of chemical engineering, biotech and material science develop their business, delivering solutions to bioeconomy and circular economy ecosystems. Today, this is one of the main activities of the CleanTurku cluster. Fröberg-Niemi completed her doctoral dissertation in 2007 at the Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University. Her research work was carried out in close collaboration with Finnish industry.

Nils Hannerz

Nils Hannerz

Nils Hannerz is Head of Research and Innovation at IKEM, the federation of chemical, plastic, life-science and refinery industries in Sweden. Mr Hannerz works with industry policy in the areas of innovation and bioeconomy and forming private-public partnership within bioeconomy and circular economy. He is a co-founder and Member of the Board of BioInnovation, Sweden’s major private-public programme on bio-based innovations where the forestry, chemical and textile industries work together. He is also a Member of the Board of SusChem Finland, a co-founder of SusChem Sweden and part of the Program Council Innovation at CEFIC as a representative for the Nordic federations of chemical industries. Mr Hannerz holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He is a Certified Architect of Business Model Creation, Organization and Leadership. He holds a strong belief that industry needs to focus more on finding market niches where bio-based products have a premium value for the customer and that society needs focus on a free common market for bio-based feedstock.

Kirsi Heikel

Kirsi Heikel

Kirsi Heikel is a journalist and anchor at the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE.

She has more than 25 years’ experience covering politics, economics and foreign affairs.

Udo Hemmerling

Jaana Husu-Kallio

Jaana Husu-Kallio

Jaana Husu-Kallio has been the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland since February 2012. Since 2016, she has been Chair of the management board of the European Food Safety Authority, of which she has been a member since 2012.

Her previous positions include Director-General of the Finnish Food Safety Authority (from 2006) and Deputy Director-General of DG Health and Consumer Protection of the European Commission (from 2002). Before joining the European Commission, she worked in the Ministry as Chief Veterinary Officer.

Dr. Husu-Kallio graduated with a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Helsinki (1984) and attained a PhD in veterinary microbiology in 1990 and a specialization degree in infectious animal diseases in 1992. She has been a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry since 2004 and received a Doctor Honoris Causa from the Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry of the University of Helsinki in 2008. She acted as a member of the Management Board of the University of Helsinki in 2010–2013 and as Chairman in 2014–2017.

Matti Häyry

Matti Häyry

Matti Häyry is Professor of Philosophy at Aalto University School of Business. After a period (1975-81) in the military, he studied moral and political philosophy at the University of Helsinki (PhD 1990), where he also worked as a teacher and researcher. At the turn of the millennium, he moved on to hold professorships at the University of Kuopio, the University of Central Lancashire the University of and Manchester, before returning to Helsinki in 2013. Häyry has researched the ethics of technology-related policies from the start of his career and headed a number of major research projects on them, funded by the Academy of Finland (AoF), the European Research Council, and the Wellcome Trust, among others. His recent and ongoing projects include Synthetic Biology and Ethics (AoF), Bioeconomy and Justice (AoF), the Role of Justice in Decisions on Bioeconomy (Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry), and A Just Management Model for Sustainable Systemic Change / The Updated EU Bio-economy Strategy (Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry).

Mika Härkönen

Mika Härkönen

Dr Mika Härkönen, Manager, pilot plant development at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. He is project leader for the new Bioruukki Pilot Centre expansion and coordinates research infrastructure and pilot plant development and coordinates networking in the field of the bioeconomy and circular economy.

Härkönen holds a D.Sc. (Tech.) in polymer technology completed in 1995 at Helsinki University of Technology. He has worked at VTT since 2006. Previously he worked for 15 years in the plastics and petrochemical industries (Borealis, Neste), involved in R&D and management tasks for product development and piloting.

Härkönen’s main areas of technical expertise are scale-up, piloting and polymer technology. More recently, he has focused on processes and products produced from bio-based raw materials and on collaboration and networking projects at European level.

Mikael Höysti

Mikael Höysti

Mikael Höysti is Head of the Department for Culture and Resources at the Secretariat for the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM). He is responsible for Nordic intergovernmental cooperation in the fields of Culture; Children & Youth; Gender Equality; and Fisheries (Aquaculture), Agriculture, Forestry and Foods (FAFF).

Mr. Höysti graduated from Åbo Akademi University and has previously worked for the city of Turku, Finland. He has a long experience in management positions in the public sector and has been Head of Department at the NCM secretariat in Copenhagen since 2012.

During his time at the NCM, he has had been responsible (together with his excellent team) for establishing the Cooperation Programme for FAFF (2017–2020), which focuses on two main strategic areas: developing the Nordic bioeconomy and sustainable food systems.

The NCM has also adopted a specific cross-sectoral Nordic bioeconomy programme called 15 Action Points for Sustainable Change, which sets goals specifically so that primary production can gain added value by upgrading biomass to more valuable produce.

The NCM is committed to promoting and integrating Gender Equality, sustainable development and children’s rights, and to engaging and involving children and youth in all aspects of its work.

Barna Kovacs

Barna Kovacs

Barna Kovacs is currently working as counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU. He has been appointed as the Secretary General of the BIOEAST Initiative. Between 2009-2017 he worked as scientific and policy officer in the European Commission. His responsibilities covered research project management and policy definition, contributing to conceptual reflections of the work programmes, strategic documents and new approaches for the implementation of the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, the Bioeconomy Observatory. In 2016, Kovacs was appointed as Secretary for the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research. He was a focal point for relations with the EU Member States, coordinating foresight exercises in the field of bioeconomy. In the period of 2004-2009 he worked in the European Parliament in Brussels. His scientific background covers management and business administration, focusing on the socio-economic aspects of agriculture, localised agri-food systems.

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen

Jyrki Katainen is Vice President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness.

Prior to this term, he was European Commission Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro from July to October 2014. Before this, he served as Prime Minister of Finland (2011–2014) and Minister of Finance (2007–2011). He has also served as a Member of Finnish Parliament (1999–2014) for the National Coalition Party (Kokoomus).

Jyrki Katainen is Vice-President of the European People’s Party (since 2015 and from 2006 to 2011) and was Chairman of the National Coalition Party of Finland between 2004 and 2014. He was Member of the Finnish Delegation to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly 2003–2007, Member of the Administrative Council of the Finnish Broadcasting Company 2003–2005, Member of the Finish Delegation to the Western European Union Parliamentary Assembly 2004–2005 and Deputy Member of the Finnish Delegation to the Nordic Council 2001–2003.

Jyrki Katainen has a MSc in Political Science from the University of Tampere, Finland (1998) and studied as an Erasmus exchange student for one year at the University of Leicester, UK.

His hobbies are running, cycling, cooking and tennis.

Maarit Laihonen

Maarit Laihonen

Maarit Laihonen gained her doctorate from Aalto University (Department of Management Studies) in 2017 and is now working as a postdoctoral researcher. Her doctoral thesis discussed the politics of nuclear energy from the perspective of societal legitimation, and her current research concentrates on strategies and management models of bioeconomy, unorthodox organisations, and developing ethnographic methods. She also works in a multidisciplinary artistic-scientific group, ‘Interfaces for Empathy’, developing empathic methods for groups and communities in a post-fossil world. Earlier, she worked for example as a visiting scholar at Harvard University. In general, her research interests involve the economy and politics, environmental governance, social studies of science and technology, and changing university. She lectures on corporate responsibility, business ethics, and qualitative methods. She has served as the vice president of the Finnish Society for Political Economy Research since 2015.

Christine Lang

Christine Lang

Christine Lang is an entrepreneur in biotechnology and a consultant on bioeconomy to the German government, co-chairing the German Bioeconomy Council. She is also Associate Professor for Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the Technical University Berlin and vice-president of the German Association of General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM). In 2001, Lang founded Organobalance GmbH, which is an R&D company to develop novel microbial active ingredients and strains for food, feed, personal care and pharma applications. In September 2016, Organobalance became part of Novozymes S.A., where Lang served as the CEO until June 2018. Christine Lang is also co-founder and head of BELANO, a scientific board of medical AG that focuses on the production and sales of microbiotic products for human health.

Lisa Lehner

Lisa Lehner

Lisa Lehner is a Forest Policy Officer for international and national affairs at the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism in Austria. She works at the Directorate for Forest Policy, Forest Economy and Forest Information, linking Austria’s longstanding tradition of sustainable forest management and its highly innovative forest-based sector to the international forest policy arena. She is a forestry graduate of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Vienna. Her Master thesis focused on the perception of bioeconomy in the Austrian forest-based sector. Earlier she worked at the Austrian Research Centre for Forests as well as at the European Forest Institute’s Regional Network Office in Vienna. Lehner is actively engaged in the board of the Austrian network “Women in Forestry” and was founding and board member of the International Forestry Students’ Association at BOKU.

Jussi Manninen

Jussi Manninen

Jussi Manninen is Executive Vice President at VTT. He is responsible for the business area of ‘Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment’. The business area consists of 450 research professionals working in three research areas: ‘industrial biotechnology and food solutions’; ‘biomass processing and products’; and ‘sustainable energy and chemical technologies’. Manninen moved to VTT from the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, where he was responsible for the implementation of the Finnish Government’s key projects on the ‘Bioeconomy and Cleantech’ and the Finnish Bioeconomy Strategy.

Manninen holds a PhD in Process Integration from University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST). Earlier, he worked at VTT for 15 years in research, development and innovation management in the fields of energy, the forest sector and the bioeconomy.

Katrien Molders

Katrien Molders

Katrien Molders is Communication Manager at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (Ghent, Belgium), a pilot facility for process development, scale-up and custom manufacturing of bio-based products and processes. She takes care of all communication-related issues for BBEPP and is currently also coordinating the Pilots4U and SmartPilots projects. Convinced that a shift to a sustainable bio-based economy will attract sustainable investments, create sustainable jobs and address the societal challenges Europe is facing, Mrs Molders actively engages in communicating the role and the impact of pilot facilities in enabling such a transition in a variety of ways, including by reaching out to regional, national and European policy makers as well as EU citizens. Katrien Molders received a Master of Science degree in BioSciences at Ghent University. After working for a few years on a commercial side in private companies, she understood that her true passion lies in supporting and communicating about the implementation of scientific innovations in order to create a more sustainable society. Prior to her position at BBEPP, she worked for the Institute for Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries (now known as International Plant Biotechnology Outreach), the European Plant Science Organisation and the MELISSA project run by the European Space Agency.

Jussi Mälkiä

Jussi Mälkiä

Jussi Mälkiä (Sea Captain, Master Mariner 1990, Turku) is the Chairman and founder of Meriaura Group. Meriaura Group is a growing, Turku-based family-owned group of companies that provide marine transport and ship management services, logistical solutions and environmental technology. Mälkiä studied environmental and circular economy at the University of Turku. He started his career by working for environmental and fair trade NGOs, including Greenpeace. Mälkiä founded Meriaura Group in 1986 to show in practice how to combine business and sustainable development. Once the maritime transport business became profitable and large enough, he started concentrating on environmentally friendly businesses, such as developing marine fuels from waste and closed circulation food and energy production. The main motive in his business is to find profitable businesses that also decelerate climate change.

Oana Neagu

Oana Neagu

Mrs Oana Neagu is Director of the General Affairs team at Copa and Cogeca, which itself is an EU agricultural lobby organisation representing 23 million farmers and 22,000 agri-cooperatives.

She is an agricultural economist and holds a Master’s degree in business administration. She previously worked at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Agriculture as a Policy Officer in charge of managing market measures. Prior to joining the Commission in 2006, she served as Counsellor for European Integration at the Ministry of Agriculture in Romania and was involved in preparing Romania’s accession to the European Union.

Michael O’Donohue

Michael O’Donohue

Michael O’Donohue received a PhD (Protein Biochemistry) from the University of Portsmouth in 1991. Since 1996, he has been working for INRA (France) in the field of enzyme engineering, especially applied to biomass-active enzymes. O’Donohue has coordinated several large projects focused on biorefining, including the FP7 flagship project BIOCORE, which set out to design a multi-feedstock biorefinery concept.

Since 2016, he has been head of INRA’s CEPIA division, which focuses on ‘Science for Food and Biobased Product Engineering’. Moreover, he is coordinator of the EU-IBISBA infrastructure project that entered onto the ESFRI roadmap in 2018. The French node (IBISBA-FR), including the infrastructure and preindustrial demonstrator Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB), was added to the French infrastructure roadmap in 2016 and became operational in 2018.

During his career O’Donohue has published over 80 publications (in WoS), mostly in the field of enzymology and biotechnology. H index=30

Mari Sandell

Mari Sandell

Mari A. Sandell (PhD) is deputy director of the Functional Foods Forum at the University of Turku and an associate professor in sensory perception at the Faculty of Medicine. She is also an affiliated scientist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in the United States. She is fascinated by individual differences in multisensory perception connected to wellbeing and experiences as well as sensory-based food education for children and adults. Sandell is principal investigator in several projects funded by the Academy of Finland and Business Finland. She is also principal investigator at the new research platform Flavoria, which is a living lab for researching real-life consumer experiences towards a biofuture and the circular economy in food systems. Sandell has received the Polak Young Investigator Award (USA) and the Academy of Finland Award for Social Impact. She is a former president of the Finnish Society of Food Science and Technology and is the current chair of the Food Culture Society in southwest Finland. Sandell is also an active member of the European Sensory Science Society (E3S). Together with partners such as companies, researchers, society actors and cities, along with consumers, her research activities include potential concepts for innovative, sustainable, tasty and healthy food products and services. Practical examples of co-creative activities are consumer-driven multisensory food experiences (FoodiEX), an operating model to develop the food chain in southwestern Finland (Innotori) and snacking combined with gamification (Snacks).

Leena Sarvaranta

Leena Sarvaranta

DSc (Tech) Leena Sarvaranta has been Head of EU Affairs at VTT since 2007. VTT is a fully state-owned, non-profit company with a specific public service mandate from the Finnish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment. VTT collaborates with various stakeholders, and today, VTT is among the most active European research organisations participating in EU programmes.

In 2014-2018, Sarvaranta served in the Strategic Research Council under the Academy of Finland. The Council is a funding mechanism for long-term research to support decision-making across society. As a member of the Government Foresight Group in 2016-2019, she took part in the coordination of national foresight efforts. She also works in a coordination group for Smart Specialisation Strategy of Helsinki-Uusimaa Region. At all levels, circular bio-economy, enabled by digitalisation, is at the core of Finnish priorities.

Sarvaranta has also gained experience from various EU-level initiatives, more recently the Strategic Forum for Important Projects of Common European Interest (2018-2019), and prior to that from High Level Groups on Key Enabling Technologies (2010-2011, 2013-2015) as well as Expert Evaluation Panels of PPPs in FP7 and H2020.

Kristine Sirma

Kristine Sirma

Kristine Sirma is the Head of Sustainable Agriculture Development Division at the Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia.

Kristine Sirma has been working in the ministry for 13 years. She previously worked with sectoral issues related to the common organisation of agricultural markets. For the last 6 years, her division has been in charge of developing and promoting the concept of bioeconomy within the ministry and in other ministries. It also works to raise awareness and knowledge about EU climate and energy policies and sustainable agriculture production among policy-makers and farmers’ organizations.

She represents the ministry in the FAO Committee on Agriculture and the Global and European Soil Partnerships.

Before joining the Ministry, Kristine Sirma worked for more than 6 years at the Sanitary Border control as a veterinary inspector.

She holds degrees from Latvia University of Agriculture, Department of Veterinary Medicine and from the University of Latvia, Department of Chemistry and Department of Life Science.

In the National Encyclopedia published in 2018, Kristine is named the founder of bioeconomy in Latvia.

Karl-Henrik Sundström

Karl-Henrik Sundström

Karl-Henrik Sundström was appointed CEO of Stora Enso in August 2014. He joined Stora Enso in August 2012 as CFO and as a member of the Group Leadership Team. In June 2013, he took on the role of Executive Vice President of the Paper and Wood Products division.

Prior to joining Stora Enso, Mr. Sundström held the role of CFO of NXP Semiconductors in 2008–2012. Before that, he held several managerial positions at Ericsson, including CFO.

He is a member of the board of Mölnlycke, Chairman of the tax delegation for Swedish Business and Commerce and a member of the board of the Marcus Wallenberg Foundation.

Karl-Henrik participated in an Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 1997 and holds a degree in Business Administration, Finance and Accounting from Uppsala University, Sweden.

Petri Suuronen

Petri Suuronen

Dr Petri Suuronen is Director of the Blue Bioeconomy programme at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke). The programme develops aquaculture production technologies, promotes profitable fisheries, rebuilds migratory fish populations, develops value-added aqua-biomass products, and improves genome-based tools for fish breeding. He holds a Ph.D. in aquatic ecology and fisheries science, and has extensive experience in fisheries. Suuronen worked at the Fisheries and Aquaculture Department of FAO from 2009 to 2017, where he developed management measures and low-impact fishing strategies to increase profitability in fishing and reduce ecosystem impacts of fishing. Between 1996 and 2009, Suuronen was a Research Director at the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute. He has participated in several European-level projects related to the development of responsible fisheries and has published around 65 scientific papers and many other articles. He has also given presentations on different aspects of fishery development.

Tugomir Majdak

Tugomir Majdak

Tugomir Majdak has held the post of State Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia since 2016, and before that, he was Deputy Minister of Agriculture. Mr Majdak is responsible for issues relating to agriculture and in particular for agricultural policy. He has 21 years of work experience in the field of agriculture and rural development, including strategic planning.

His previous work experience includes the negotiation process in Chapter 11 “Agriculture and Rural Development”, and he has a great deal of experience in pre-accession and structural funds for rural development SAPARD/IPARD and EAFRD.

Mr Majdak graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Zagreb. In 2017, he acted as spokesperson in the Special Committee on Agriculture of the Council of the EU. In the period of 2008–2013, he was the representative of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia in the Committee on Rural Development of the European Commission. His most active participation was in regional cooperation as the representative of the Republic of Croatia (2008-2013) and the chair of the Assembly in 2011 in the Permanent Workgroup for Regional Rural Development of South East Europe (SWG).

Majdak has been involved in several projects related to promoting sustainable growth and renewable energy sources in rural communities.

Niklas von Weymarn

Niklas von Weymarn

Niklas von Weymarn holds a Doctor of Science degree in bioprocess engineering from Aalto University in Finland. He has also studied economics and innovation strategies. His job career begun in 1999, when he took on the position of Research Scientist at Cultor Technology Center (renamed DuPont). Since then he has held the positions of Project Manager, Team Leader, Program Manager, Technology Manager and Vice President for Research at Aalto University, VTT, CLIC Innovation and Metsä Fibre, respectively. He is currently CEO of Metsä Spring, the venture capital arm of Metsä Group. He is currently also a Board member of the Bio-based Industries Consortium BIC, the private partner behind the BBI JU.

Eleni Zika

Eleni Zika

Eleni Zika is the Head of Programme of Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU), a EUR 3.7 billion partnership between the EU and the industry, aiming to sustainably convert biological residues and waste into greener products for various applications in different sectors. BBI JU is an instrumental medium for delivering the bioeconomy in Europe by de-risking investments, promoting innovation and advancing the reindustrialisation of rural areas in particular.

Ms Zika has more than 15 years’ experience in research and programme management as well as in science and technology policy focusing particularly on the socioeconomic impact of innovation. She previously served as Head of Sector for Fundamental Life Sciences at the European Research Council (ERC), overseeing funding operations in the domain of health. Before joining the EU institutions, Eleni was responsible for the strategy and implementation of International Policy at the UK Medical Research Council. She is a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the US National Academies, and holds a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

Excursions 10 July

1. CIRCULAR BIOECONOMY

Location: Helsinki Capital region / Time: 8.30 – 16.00

Companies combining the concept of a bioeconomy and the circular economy are well represented in the capital region. During the day, we will visit the largest wastewater treatment plant in the Nordic countries in Viikinmäki, the Ämmässuo waste treatment plant, and Wood City in the Jätkäsaari district of Helsinki. We will also learn about nutrient cycling and new food production methods.

Bus transport is provided for the excursion. After the last stop, the bus will take participants to the airport or back to the city centre.

Excursion programme

2. CIRCULAR BIOECONOMY 2

Location: Helsinki Capital region / Time: 8.30 – 16.00

Companies combining the concept of a bioeconomy and the circular economy are well presented in the capital region. During the day, we will visit the largest wastewater treatment plant in the Nordic countries in Viikinmäki, the VTT Food research team and an innovation and the demonstration platform for bioeconomy and circular economy businesses (VTT Bioruukki).

Bus transport is provided for the excursion. After the last stop, the bus will take participants to Helsinki Airport or back to the hotel.

Excursion programme

3. RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Location: Helsinki Capital region / Time: 8.30 – 16.00

On this excursion, we will visit companies engaged in research and development. We will be introduced to different innovations such as an innovation and demonstration platform for bioeconomy and circular economy businesses (VTT Bioruukki), the use of bio-based materials, for example lignocellulose for packages, the development of new bio-based products (Stora Enso), the development of new businesses in a forest-based bioeconomy (Metsä Spring), and ecological and economical manufacture of microcrystalline cellulose (AaltoCell™).

Bus transport is provided to all the sites. After the last stop, the bus will take participants to the airport or back to the city centre.

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4. REGIONAL BIOECONOMY

Location: Lahti / Time: 8.30 – 16.30

The excursion to the City of Lahti, about a one-hour drive from Helsinki, offers a chance to see some good practises in the bioeconomy and circular economy. The Päijät-Häme region is one of the bioeconomy clusters in Finland. It is also one of the regions in the BIOREGIO project financed by European Union. The Bio-byproduct committee of the Päijät-Häme Grain Cluster focuses on exploring opportunities to increase the efficiency of side streams from production. Other stops in Lahti include the Kujala waste treatment site with a recycling and reuse ecosystem and Stora Enso’s innovative packaging factory.

Bus transport is provided for the day. We will return to Helsinki after the last stop and the bus will take participants to the airport or back to the centre of Helsinki.

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5. FOREST-BASED BIOECONOMY

Location: Äänekoski / Time:
Departing: 9 July, Train Helsinki–Jyväskylä (departure 19.04, arrival 22.27)
Returning: 10 July, Train Jyväskylä–Helsinki (departure 19.17, arrival 22.54)

This excursion will take you to Äänekoski, in central Finland. We will visit Pro Nemus, which is Metsä Group’s visitor centre, where we will be introduced to a cross-section of their operations, products and opportunities offered by the bioeconomy. We will also have a chance to visit Metsä Fibre, the first next-generation bio-product mill in the world, and a local forest, and we will be introduced to other forest-based bioeconomy business sectors in the area.

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6. ADVANCED BIOECONOMY

Location: Joensuu / Time:
Departing: 9 July, Train Helsinki–Joensuu (departure 18.30, arrival 23.00)
Returning: 10 July, Train Joensuu–Helsinki (departure 18.15, arrival 23.06)

This excursion will take you to Joensuu in eastern Finland where you will have a chance to become familiar with advances in bioeconomy. The city’s university and science park are well known for their innovative solutions in different ecosystems, from forest research to digitalised heavy machinery. The University of Eastern Finland, the Natural Resources Institute Finland, the European Forest Institute and Business Joensuu will present their activities. A side trip will be made to Enocell Mill, which produces bleached hard wood pulp, soft wood pulp and dissolving pulp for the textile industry.

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Practicalities

Satellite events

8 July 2019 | Workshop: The role of communication and education to promote changes in purchasing habits and increasing the acceptance of bio-based products

Welcoming reception

The welcoming reception organised by the City of Helsinki on 8 July from 18.00 to 19.30, will be held in the Banquet Hall of the City Hall (Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13).

Conference venue

The conference takes place on 9 July at the hotel Scandic Park Helsinki, which is located in the city centre.

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More information: Ulla Palander, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, ulla.palander(at)tem.fi

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NEWS ALERT on 25 March 2019: Bioeconomy Conference

European Bioeconomy Scene 2019 to bring numerous internationally renowned experts to Helsinki: A unique conference on the bioeconomy, to be held this year in the vibrant seaside city of Helsinki, will present new issues and offer insights into bio-based value chains and the related socio-economic aspects. The objective of European Bioeconomy Scene 2019, which will take place on 8– 10 July, is to achieve an inclusive and sustainable bioeconomy for Europe.

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