Open Bioeconomy Week 2021

Mark your calendars for Open Bioeconomy Week 2021:
25.-27.5.2021, Hämeenlinna, Finland

The organizing committee is following the current COVID-19 situation closely. The event will be organized as a hybrid, combining online and face-to-face participation if the pandemic situation allows. Online participation will be possible throughout the scientific programme of the event.

We would like to invite you to the 2nd Open Bioeconomy Week (OBW) to be held in Hämeenlinna, Finland on 25th and 26th of May 2021.

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 event is supported by the Regional Council of Häme with the regional enterprises and other organizations working within the bioeconomy sector. Together with HAMK the organizing committee of the event consist of the leading national research and innovation organizations such as Aalto University, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) and University of Helsinki.

Open bioeconomy Week will annually be built around the themes of utilization of digitalization in the development of bioeconomy research, innovations and business. However, the subthemes will change annually. In the year 2021, the themes of the Open Bioeconomy Week will cover Data Collection and Utilization in Bioeconomy.

Under the umbrella of our main theme Data Collection and Utilization in Bioeconomy, it is further divided into following sub themes:
    • Nature Based Solutions and Digitalization
      Eg: Green Cities in Carbon Sequestration; Digital solutions in measuring/enhancing quality of waters and carbon farming
    • Biodiversity and Ecosystems: Preservation, Measurement and Digital Tools
    • Sustainable Circular Bioeconomy
      E.g. Observatory networks, bioeconomy data fusion and utilization, and data-driven quality control in agri-food area
    • Utilization of digitalization in achieving UN sustainable development goals
  • European Green Deal Thematic Areas
    Eg: Industry for a clean and circular economy, Farm to Fork, Increasing Climate Ambition


Abstract submission for 2021

April 10th, 2021

Approval for oral / poster
presentation for 2021

April 30th, 2021

Final presentations for 2021

May 10th, 2021

>> Full Call for Abstract for 2021<<

A glance back at the first Open Bioeconomy Week 2020

Speakers for 2020

The First Open Bioeconomy Week was held in Hämeenlinna Finland on 29th – 30th September, 2020

Last year, the themes in bioeconomy also include:

Food production chain
• Primary production and open data
• Primary production and digital tools
• Quality and process control in food production
• Digital solutions in food value chain management
•Digitalization in promoting circular economy in food production

Carbon footprint calculations
• Nature based solutions
• Control of carbon in bioeconomy processes
• Measurements and data utilization in intensifying carbon sequestration
• Data utilization in carbon sequestration monitoring and research

 Blue bioeconomy
• Digital solutions in water quality and quantity monitoring
• Use of open data in various kinds of water usage
• Digital tools in integrated water resources management


The call for abstracts is now open and proposals of 500 words maximum should be submitted to by 31 July 2020 at the latest. The approval will be announced before 31 August 2020. The final oral presentations should arrive at on 15 September 2020 at the latest.

The Scientific Committee will evaluate the presentations and selected presentations can be submitted to the following journal (through peer-review):

• Technology Innovation Management Review special issue on smart bioeconomy, 2020 (

• Agriculture and Food Science (AFSci) (

HAMK Unlimited (

The scientific committee of the conference will evaluate the presentations and select the ones to be invited to write the final version to be proposed to the journals’ editors.

The conference accepts posters as well. The proposals (an abstract of max. 300 words) should arrive to on the 31 July the latest. Please, indicate the interest in poster presentation in the title of the e-mail.

At least one of the authors both in oral presentations and posters must be registered in the conference.

Take a look at the 2020 program here