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Open Bioeconomy Week 2022

Mark your calendars for Open Bioeconomy Week 2022:
18.-19.5.2022, Hämeenlinna, Finland

The organizing committee is following the COVID-19 situation closely. The event will be organized at the Hämeenlinna University Centre in Hämeenlinna, Finland, as face-to-face participation if the pandemic situation allows. The committee is prepared to move to hybrid or online execution if the situation requires.

Welcome to the 3rd Open Bioeconomy Week (OBW) organized on 18th -19th of May 2022 in Hämeenlinna, Finland (University Centre: Building C, Auditorium C, Visamäentie 35 A, 13100 Hämeenlinna).

The conference aims to highlight the current research innovations, trends, and future of bioeconomy through the lens of digitalization and data utilization. The key focus is to highlight the paradigm shift digitalization can bring in the field of bioeconomy. To accomplish this, the event aims to bring different academics, researchers, stakeholders, policymakers, business representatives and the society to discuss and understand the role and the impact digitalization can make in development of bioeconomy and hence towards a sustainable future.

The conference is organized by Häme University of Applied Sciences together with of the leading national research and innovation organizations such as Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and University of Helsinki. In addition, the Scientific Committee includes Aalto UniversityVTT Technical Research Centre of FinlandUniversity of Feevale, Brazil.

Open bioeconomy Week will annually be built around the themes of utilization of digitalization in the development of sustainable bioeconomy research, innovations, and business. In addition, cross-cutting themes such as sustainable development and circular economy are expected to be taken into consideration and will be valued in the selection process.

This year the conference consist of current keynote speaks, innovative abstract sessions and a co-creation workshop about the future skills in bioeconomy, hosted together with The Regional University Network RUN-EU alliance. RUN-EU is an alliance of seven like-minded higher education institutions drawn from all regions of Europe. The alliance is creating a regional development-oriented European University that embodies the values of sustainability, multiculturalism and inclusiveness in all its work. A goal is to establish three innovation hubs, bioeconomy is one. Future skills in bioeconomy will be discussed in first-ever RUN-EU EIH workshop.

In the year 2022, the themes of the Open Bioeconomy Week call for abstracts will cover:

    • Carbon neutrality
      – Carbon sinks and sequestration
    • Biodiversity in bioeconomy
      – Biodiversity measurements and environmental surveillance
      – Wellbeing and connections to biodiversity
      – Socioeconomic factors and connections to biodiversity
    • Co-creation and co-innovation in bioeconomy
      – The role of innovation ecosystems and industrial symbioses in bioeconomy
      – Digital and other tools supporting actors to develop innovation ecosystems
      and industrial symbioses

    • Blue bioeconomy and food value chains or food system
      – Aquaculture technologies and solutions
      – Water use efficiency and circular management/circularity Innovations and
      new products E.g., utilization of side streams
      – Nutrients, especially nutrient recycling


    • Agriculture and water
      – The role and systems of irrigation
      – Catchment
      – Water allocation
      – Water efficiency in processes
      – Nutrients, especially nutrient recycling

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Abstract submission for 2022

March 31st, 2022

Approval for oral / poster

April 30th, 2022
Via email

Final presentations

May 12th, 2022

>> Full Call for Abstract for 2022<<


Papers from 2020 have been published in a special issue of The Technology Innovation Management Review

The selected and peer revived papers from Open Bioeconomy Week 2020 have been published in a special issue of The Technology Innovation Management Review (TIM Review), February 2021 issue. The special issue’s editorial theme covers a variety of topics on actual theme of digital innovations in bioeconomy.

The editor of this issue is Dr. Iivari Kunttu, (Häme University of Applied Sciences HAMK), a member of the Open Bioeconomy Week Scientific Committee.

 Editorial: Digital Innovations in the Bioeconomy (February 2021)