Beyond the Bio-Bubble - Solutions for a circular forest bioeconomy

Updated: Nov 25

UNITE and FinnCERES Flagships are organizing an event "Beyond the Bio-Bubble - Solutions for a circular forest bioeconomy" introducing the latest research and development taking place in the circular forest bioeconomy. The event will take place on November 30th 2022 at 15:15 -18:00 (CET) in Brussels and online.


Our Flagships will introduce the latest research and development taking place in the circular forest bioeconomy and discuss the bio-based materials which are shaping our future. In recent years, as Europe transitions to a greener future, these efforts have been complicated by persistent greenwashing. However, if we look beyond the hype, the bioeconomy has vast potential to reduce our fossil dependency, ensure our continent’s resilience, and solve several global sustainability challenges. How can we sustainably use natural resources while conserving biodiverse ecosystems? And how can science-based knowledge support policy and regulation?


Please register to the event here! There are still few seats available for on-site participation.


AGENDA (subject to change, times in CET):


15:00 Registration opens, coffee served Uusi Puu exhibition: Showcase of new bio-based products and VR forestry


15:30 Online stream opens

15:45 Welcoming words

Introduction to FinnCERES and UNITE Research Flagships

Professor Jyrki Kangas, UNITE, University of Eastern Finland

Professor Monika Österberg, FinnCERES, Aalto University

16:00 Transforming forestry in Finland - Short documentary film


16:10 The digital revolution in forestry: From lasers to gamification

Professor Juha Hyyppä, National Land Survey of Finland

Professor Juho Hamari, Tampere University


16:30 Climate change adaption and mitigation through multifunctional forestry

Professor Manfred J. Lexer, The University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna


16:50 Q&A - From the audience, both online and on-location Chair: Professor Heli Peltola, University of Eastern Finland


17:00 Visionary use of biomass - Short documentary film


17:15 From science to new industries

Jussi Manninen, Executive Vice President, VTT Technical Research Centre Finland


17:30 Are there simple answers to complex challenges? The paradox of conveying scientific knowledge in politics

Dean Kristiina Kruus, School of Chemical Engineering, Aalto University


17:45 Panel discussion with Q&A from the audience, both online and on-location

TBC


18:10 Concluding remarks


18:15 – Networking and drinks, showcase of new bio-based products and VR forestry 20:00