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)uef.fi +358504305421