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Key Enabling Technologies for a Sustainable Future – Swedish-Finnish Seminar on Bioeconomy

Starts at 09:00 CET (10:00 EEST) and ends at 12:00 CET (13:00 EEST).

Planta som gror ur glasburk fylld med Euros.Bio-based products such as wood buildings, green chemicals, textiles and packaging are areas where Finland and Sweden hold a strong position. Investments are being made on a wide front, both in production capacity and in research and development.

Welcome to take part in exciting results from the projects and other initiatives within the Nordic circular bioeconomy and hear the company views to the future development.

The conference will be digital via Zoom and the spoken language will be English.


09.00 CET  (10.00 EEST)  Welcome and introduction

Anna Wiberg, BioInnovation and Teija Laitinen, CLIC Innovation

Circular bioeconomy, an important part of sustainable development in Finland and Sweden

Presentations of Vinnova and Business Finland

Canadian view of Nordic development

Orlando Rojas, Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC)

Keynote presentation of a European brand owner


Parallel Sessions


1. Wood materials and Construction – Led by Susanne Rudenstam, Manager, The Swedish Wood Building Council

Wood is a building material that holds great potential for new buildings as well as for renovation and extension of existing buildings. The material is light, strong and eco-friendly. Listen to groundbreaking Nordic research projects that will change the cityscape.

Presentations from research projects on wood materials and construction:

WoodCircus Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, VTT and Dr. Andreas Kleinshmidt von Lengefeld, HOMO SILVESTRIS EUROPAE

InFutUReWood –  Innovative Design for the Future – Use andReuse of Wood (Building) Components Karin Sandberg, RISE

DynaTTB, Dynamic Response of Tall Timber Buildings under Service Load Marie Johansson, RISE

Sawmill 4.0 Johan Oja, Norrskog

2. Biorefinery – Chemicals and fuels – Led by Emilia Moisio, Director New Fibre Businesses, UPM-Kymmene Oyj

The bio-based industry can provide great help in facing today´s climate challenges and promote more sustainable consumption. Just as today’s oil refineries utilise the various fractions of crude oil, the biorefineries can play an important role in processing all the constituents of the biomass: cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, extractives and proteins. Hear the latest progress in biorefining and the relevant regulation and listen to several projects that take bio-based solutions to global markets through new cross-border collaboration.

The introduction and future views to the biorefining Emilia Moisio, Director New Fibre Businesses, UPM-Kymmene Oyj

Fit for 55 and the development of biochemicals and biofuels Marko Janhunen, UPM-Kymmene

Presentations from research projects:

OptiBark Rauni Seppänen, Holmen

MiniRefine Henrik Rådberg, Preem

BtoMi – Low value biomass to high quality manufacturing industry Thomas Bräck, Meva Energy

3. Textiles –  Led by Maria Ström, Innovation Manager, Wargön Innovation

The global need for textile fibers has grown rapidly and constitutes a societal challenge. Textiles based on cellulose holds great potential for both technical textiles and fashion. The demand for green and circular textile fibers is growing. Listen to world leading innovations from the Nordic countries on upscaling of bio-based solutions and recycling of textile fibers.

Introduction Cecilia Tall, TEKO and Marja-Liisa Niinikoski

Presentations form research projects:

100 % bio-based and biodegradable airlaid nonwoven Maria Wennman, Organoclick

NordicBio Pirjo Heikkilä, VTT and Henric Nedéus, Cellcomb

Paneldiscussion: Textile innovation in the Nordic Metsä Spring, Renewcell and TreeToTextile

New textile project – BioInnovation Hanna de la Motte, RISE, Erik Perzon, IVL

4. Packaging – Led by Ali Harlin, Research professor, VTT

Global trade of packaging is increasing and there is an increasing demand for efficient, sustainable and smart packaging solutions. Fiber-based packaging is developed for more and more applications to replace fossil-based plastics. Listen to the overview of the packaging development and the brand owners’ views to the future of bio-based packaging taking into account the changing regulatory landscape. Hear also the offering of two innovative SME companies.

Overview to the packaging development and future foresight including impact of the regulation Ali Harlin, VTT

Nestle views to the future of bio-based packaging Alexey Visthal, Nestle

Huhtamäki views to the future of bio-based packaging Tanja Virtanen-Leppä, Huhtamäki

SME companies having interesting offering of bio-based solutions: Case Woodly and Case Paboco

Tommi Vuorinen, Woodly

Gittan Schiöld, Paboco


12.00 CET (13.00 EEST) Closing of the seminar


Arranged by:

BioInnovation is a strategic innovation program initiated by the Swedish Forest Industry Federation, IKEM and TEKO. The program is funded by Vinnova, Swedish Energy Agency and Formas, and the participating stakeholders from enterprise, academy, institutes and public sector. The aim is to increase the added value and competitiveness in the Swedish bio-based sector by creating the best possible conditions to produce new bio-based materials, products and services, www.bioinnovation.se

Business Finland is a government-owned organization and offers a broad variation of services to support innovation, internationalization, investments and tourism, www.businessfinland.fi

CLIC Innovation is an innovation cluster with a focus on bioeconomy, circular economy and energy systems, www.clicinnovation.fi 

Vinnova is Sweden’s innovation agency, helping to build Sweden´s innovation capacity and contributing to sustainable growth, www.vinnova.se