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Beyond the bio-bubble – solutions for a circular forest bioeconomy

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SEMINAR & WEBINAR: November 30th 2022 15:45-18:30 (CET) in Brussels and online

The UNITE Flagship, together with our colleagues at the FinnCERES flagship, kindly welcome you to this unique seminar in Brussels on November 30th

The seminar will be streamed online for all interested.

Our flagships will introduce the latest research and developments 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 green-washing. However, if we look beyond the hype, the bioeconomy has the 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?

The topics in the programme cover the whole value chain from forests and their management to latest hi-tech products made from sustainable, renewable wood fibres.


We look forward to seeing you all!

Jyrki Kangas, Professor, University of Eastern Finland 

on behalf of the UNITE Flagship Programme

Jussi Manninen, Executive Vice President, VTT 

On behalf of the FinnCERES Flagship


15:00     Registration and Coffee 

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, Finland

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, Finland

16:30 Climate change adaption and mitigation through multifunctional forestry
Professor Manfred J. Lexer,
The University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

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 
Dr. Jussi Manninen, Executive Vice President, VTT Technical Research Centre Finland Ltd

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

Professor Kristiina Kruus, Dean of School of Chemical Engineering 
Aalto University, Finland

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

Panel members from European Universities, EU Institutions, and organisations

18:10 Concluding remarks

18:15 – 20:00  Networking and drinks

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to contact Philip Chambers at the University of Eastern Finland: philip.chambers(at) +358504305421

Beyond the Bio-Bubble: solutions for a circular forest bioeconomy. November 30th 2022, Brussels, Belgium.