Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference 2022



Join us at Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC) to hear the latest discoveries and innovations in bio-based materials, chemicals, and products from wood biorefineries.


NWBC will be held in Helsinki, 25-27 October 2022.

This is the 10th time when the conference is organized. In October we will have a strong focus on low emission biorefineries, side-stream valorization and in addition, interesting presentations on themes such as:

  • Circularity of wood sourced carbon and emerging policies

  • Novel cellulose modifications

  • Structure - function - performance interrelations in materials engineering

  • High performing wood-based products for industrial scale

  • Wood-based textile solutions

This is an event you do not want to miss!

NWBC brings together key operators from the chemical, pulp & paper industries, scientists from the global research community as well as emerging start-ups and SMEs. Secure your seat and be prepared for an inspiring event!




Program:


Monday 24/Oct/2022


11:30 - 14:30 Side event: Nordic Research and Technology Infrastructure Workshop

15:00 - 17:00 Visit to Bioruukki Bus transportation from Scandic Park Hotel and back, Bus leaves from hotel at 14.30

16:00 - 18:00 Pitching training session, PhD Students Wonder, Future Hub VTT, Tekniikantie 21, Espoo



Tuesday 25/Oct/2022


8:30 - 17:30 Registration

9:00 - 9:15 Opening of the conference Dr. Antti Vasara, President & CEO of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

9:15 - 9:45 Keynote, Jori Ringman, Director General at Cepi Cepi is the European association representing the paper industry The Green Deal with Wood Biorefineries


9:45 - 10:45 Keynote, Nordic RTOs collaboration on testbeds and technology infrastructures strengthens the impact on European green transition Karin Johnson, CEO at RISE Processum AB Mika Härkönen, Professor of Practice, VTT Keynote, FinnCERES Flagship

A Competence Centre for the Materials Bioeconomy

Tekla Tammelin, Research Professor, VTT


10:45 - 11:15 Coffee & poster viewing

11:15 - 12:35 Engineered lignin products (Part 1)

12:35 - 13:35 Lunch

13:35 - 15:15 Low emission biorefineries and side-stream valorization (Part 1)

15:15 – 16:45 Coffee & poster session

16:45 – 17:45 Pitching

19:00 - 20:30 Helsinki City Reception, Helsinki City Hall



Wednesday 26/Oct/2022

8:00 - 9:00 PhD Student Breakfast, Ravintola Töölönranta

8:30 - 17:00 Registration

9:00 - 9:30 Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2022 winner keynote Organic superbase salts (ILs) for cellulose dissolution and biomass processing Ilkka Kilpeläinen, Professor, University of Helsinki


9:30 - 11:10 Circularity of wood sourced carbon and emerging policies

Novel cellulose modifications 11:10 - 11:40 Coffee & poster viewing

11:40 - 13:00 Structure – function – performance interrelations in materials engineering 13:00 -14:00 Lunch


14:00-14:30 Panel discussion The challenges and opportunities of Lignin Participants will be announced soon

14:30 - 15:50 Low emission biorefineries and side-stream valorization (Part 2)

15:50 - 16:30 Coffee & poster viewing

16:30 - 17:30 Low emission biorefineries and side-stream valorization (Part 2)

19:00 - 23:00 Conference Dinner & The Gullichsen Award, Restaurant Pörssi



Thursday 27/Oct/2022


8:00 - 16:00 Registration

9:00 - 9:30 Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2022 winner keynote Novel cellulose fibers from steam-exploded birch wood as the main product

in a new biorefinery concept Herbert Sixta, Professor, Aalto University

9:30 - 10:30 Turning research success to commercial success Juuso Konttinen, Vice President, UPM Åsa Ek, Acting SVP Head of Innovation, Division Biomaterials, Stora Enso Niklas von Weymarn, CEO, Metsä Spring Oy Kristiina Kruus, Dean in the School of Chemical Engineering in Aalto University Johannes Bogren, Vice President, Södra


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & poster viewing

11:00 – 11:20 Lignin-based functional fillers - a disruptive innovation Invited speaker, Dr.-Ing. Tobias Wittmann, SunCoal Industries GmbH

11:20 – 12:40 Wood based textile solutions

12:40 - 13:40 Lunch

13:40 - 15:00 Engineered lignin products

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee

15:30 - 16:30 Engineered lignin products

16:30 - 16:45 Closing the conference and announcing the next NWBC