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European Bioeconomy Scene 2019

WELCOME TO HELSINKI 8–10 JULY 2019

Bioeconomy Conference

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

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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.

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Registration will open on this website in March 2019.

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Programme

The draft conference programme will be published in March.

Welcoming reception for the conference on 8 July organised by the City of Helsinki and hosted by Mayor Jan Vapaavuori, from 18.00 to 19.30.

Speakers

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.

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.

Lieve Hoflack

Lieve Hoflack

Lieve Hoflack is project acquisition manager at the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant. She holds a PhD in biotechnology (Ghent University, 1998) and has worked as a researcher in academia (University of Texas Health Science Center (USA), Ghent University) and in biotech SMEs (Plant Genetic Systems, Dyax, Vivactis), and later as project manager in SMEs (MintEurope, Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant). She has been and is still actively involved in the coordination of FP7 and Horizon2020 projects such as IB2Market, Carbosurf and Pilots4U. The Interreg NWE project Bio Base NWE that Lieve coordinated received the Regiostars 2017 Award, issued by DG Regio. In this project, the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant was assisting SMEs through process scale-up. The positive impact on the SMEs convinced the jury to select Bio Base NWE as the winner. During her eight years at Bio Base Europe, Lieve has coordinated several project applications and acquired eight EU, two national research and three core facility investment projects.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Excursions July 10th

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.

2. 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 (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.

3. 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.

4. FOREST BASED BIOECONOMY

Location: Äänekoski / Time: 9 JULY (tbc)
RETURNING: 10 JULY (tbc)

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.

5. ADVANCED BIOECONOMY

Location: Joensuu / Time: DEPARTING: 9 JULY (tbc) RETURNING: 10 JULY (tbc)

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.

Practicalities

Venues

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).

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

Excursions

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

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