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

We would like to invite you to the 2nd Open Bioeconomy Week (OBW) to be held in Hämeenlinna, Finland on 25th – 27th 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.

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

Scientific committee

Annukka Pakarinen – Chair

Dr. Annukka Pakarinen holds a PhD degree in Environmental Solutions in Agriculture and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She is a Director of HAMK Bio Research Unit. She has expertise in utilizing and treating (physical, chemical, enzymatic etc.) plant or waste based raw materials in biofuel production. As a director of research unit, she follows closely the field of Bioeconomy throughout the chain from primary production to value added refining and smart solutions. She has also been a founder of a start-up company.

Fernando Spilki

Fernando Spilki holds a PhD in Molecular Biology, Full Professor at Universidade Feevale, Brazil. His main focus of research is on the contamination of waters by enteric viruses and the related consequences for human and animal health.

Anne-Christine Ritschkoff

Anne-Christine Ritschkoff obtained her PhD in Biosciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland in 1996. She has been at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, a globally networked, multi technological not-for-profit research organization, since 1987 in various research and management positions. She has close to 100 scientific and other publications. Anne-Christine Ritschkoff holds currently the position of Senior Advisor, bioeconomy and circular economy.


Tuomo Tupasela

Tuomo Tupasela, principal research scientist, has been working at Luke since 1989 (including earlier MTT). He is a “Food processing and quality” group manager in Luke. He is also responsible for Luke’s food pilot plant facilities, projects, and Luke’s sensory evaluation laboratory for food products, since 1994. His special expertise areas are milk processing, especially cheese making and food products sensory evaluation. Tupasela has been co-author in 38 scientific articles and totally more than 250 other kind of publications.

IIvari Kunttu

Dr Iivari Kunttu holds a PhD in Information Technology from the Tampere University of Technology (TUT, 2005), and a PhD in Economics (Management) from the University of Vaasa, Finland (2017). Currently he acts as Dr Iivari Kunttu holds a PhD in Information Technology from the Tampere University of Technology (TUT, 2005), and a PhD in Economics (Management) from the University of Vaasa, Finland (2017). Currently he acts as Principal Research Scientist in HAMK, concentrating on managing applied research activities in the area of smart bioeconomy.

Harri Mattila

Harri Mattila has the doctoral degree in civil engineering. He holds adjunct professorship in decentralized water services at Tampere University in Finland. He works as Principal Research Scientist at Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) in Finland. His research duties are related to cleantech solutions, blue bioeconomy and circular economy.


Jari Silander

Dr. Jari Silander is a water resource management expert from the Finnish Environment Institute. His multidisciplinary education in economics and meteorology has supported his work of coordinating development of the national monitoring programs (MONITOR2020, 2013-2020) and involvement of several Government Key Projects [the Artificial intelligence and IoT in managing water risks (ÄlyVesi, 2018-2020) and outdoor education (Ihan Pihalla, 2017-2019)]. Also he has had a major role in development of national flood risk management guidelines and services (2010-2019).

Ira Bhattarai – Secretary

Ira Bhattarai has a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration (MSc.). She is a PhD student in University of Helsinki studying the transition towards sustainability with focus on circular economy business models. Ira is currently working as a researcher in HAMK Bio Unit mainly working with bioeconomy value chains, circular economy and business models. She has been working closely with companies analyzing ways to innovate the linear business models to more sustainable and circular ones.

Jussi Huotari

Jussi Huotari holds a PhD in Environmental Sciences and works as research coordinator at Lammi Biological Station of University of Helsinki, Finland. He is an aquatic ecologist with 20 years of experience in research of aquatic biogeochemical cycles. His research includes topics such as inland water carbon and nitrogen cycling, greenhouse gas fluxes as well as utilization of ecosystem services in wastewater nutrient removal and recycling.


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