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

Updated: Dec 20, 2022

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?


You can find the links to the recordings in the program below.


Read more about the event and the Flagships' Brussels expedition here.


You can also find our event leaflet here.


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 the UNITE and FinnCERES Research Flagships

Professor Jyrki Kangas, UNITE, University of Eastern Finland (Recording)

Professor Monika Österberg, FinnCERES, Aalto University (Recording)

16:00 Transforming forestry in Finland - Short documentary film (Recording)


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

Professor Juha Hyyppä, National Land Survey of Finland (Recording)

Professor Juho Hamari, Tampere University (Recording)


16:30 Climate change adaption and mitigation through multifunctional forestry

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


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 (Recording)


17:15 From science to new industries

Jussi Manninen, Executive Vice President, VTT Technical Research Centre Finland (Recording)


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 (Recording)


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

Jori Ringman, Director General, Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI)

Raisa Mäkipää, Research Professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

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

18:10 Concluding remarks


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




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