Open Bioeconomy Week reserves the right to make changes to the program.

Welcome to the 3rd Open Bioeconomy Week (OBW) organized in Hämeenlinna, Finland, 18th -19th of May 2022.

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.

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.

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Open Bioeconomy Week 2022

When: 18th – 19th of May, 2022
Where: University Centre (Building C, Auditorium C), Visamäentie 35 A, 13100 Hämeenlinna

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Wed 18th – Scientific Day 1

9:30-10:00 Registration & morning coffee

10:00-10:10 Opening speech: Marko Mälly, Manager, Regional Development, Regional Council of Häme

10:10-10:35 KEYNOTE: Green and blue infrastructure: The essential backbone of the future bioeconomy, Joanna Storie, Estonia University of Life Sciences

ABSTRACT SESSIONS: Carbon neutrality

Chair: Iivari Kunttu, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK)

10:40-11:00 Rapid harvesting of Euglena gracilis, a microalga under investigation for nutrient recycling of biogas reject water, Danielle Bansfield, Finnish Environment Institute (Syke)

11:00-11:20 Increasing Nutrient Recycling and Biogas Energy Potential Usage from Wastewater Sludges through Centralized Treatment, Marianne Honkasaari, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK Smart)

11:20-11:40 Generative adversarial networks for agricultural image generation and generative super resolution, Olli Niemitalo, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK Smart)

11:40-12:05 KEYNOTE: Building an open and scalable digital ecosystem for soil carbon verification, Kristiina Härkönen, Gofore

12:05-12:50 Lunch break

12:50-13:15 KEYNOTE: Biogenic carbon sequestration and storage in urban nature, Liisa Kulmala, Finnish Meteorological Institute

ABSTRACT SESSIONS: Agriculture and water

Chair: Kimmo Kahilainen, University of Helsinki

13:20-13:40 Novel approach to assessing the environmental risks associated with potentially low-risk plant protective agents, Lena Madden, Technological University of the Shannon

13:40-14:00 Municipal Wastewater Post-Treatment In Wetland Reduces Nutrients And Fecal Bacteria In A Cold Climate, Josefiina Ruponen, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK Bio)

14:00-14:20 Microalgae-Based Digestate Treatment for Sustainable Nutrient Source and Waste Valorisation, Hande Ermis, Technological University of the Shannon

14:20-14:30 Discussion

14:30-15:00 Coffee break & Posters

ABSTRACT SESSIONS: Blue bioeconomy and food value chains or food system

Chair: Jari Silander, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

15:00-15:20 Monitor drinking amounts of individual cows to enhance well being and genetic selection in relation to feed intake, Olli Koskela, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK Smart)

15:20-15:40 Year-round changes in fish community mercury content and bioaccumulation in a seasonally ice-covered boreal humic lake, Alexander Piro, University of Helsinki

15:40-16:00 Assessing the effects of onshore wind power development on biodiversity and mitigation strategies, Parvez Rana, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

16:00-16:10 End of the first day and final words: Annukka Pakarinen, Director of Research Unit HAMK Bio

16:15 –> 17:30 Networking Cocktails & Posters

Thu 19th – Scientific Day 2

9:30-10:00 Registration & morning coffee

10:00-10:10 Opening speech: Harri Mattila, Associate Professor, Principal Research Scientist, HAMK Bio

10:10-10:35 KEYNOTE: Carbon Action – towards regenerative agriculture, Laura Höijer, Baltic Sea Action Group – BSAG

ABSTRACT SESSIONS: Co-creation and co-innovation in bioeconomy

Chair: Harri Mattila, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK)

10:40-11:00 Biomass Atlas leading the way towards sustainable circular bioeconomy in Finland Eeva Lehtonen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

11:00-11:20 Towards Sawdust Products Ecosystem? Three Utilization Process Cases From Finland, Vesa Karvonen, LUT University

11:20-11:40 How to advance potential innovations for sustainable bioeconomy? Perspectives of a public research organization Titta Tapiola, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

11:40-12:10 KEYNOTE: Biodiversity in Bioeconomy: The Quest for Effective Influence Policy, Juha Hiedanpää, Luke, Finland

12:10-13:00 Lunch break

 Futures skills and competencies for bioeconomy – RUN-EU workshop

13:00-13:15 Introducing the RUN Bioeconomy hub, Annukka Pakarinen

13:15-13:45 KEYNOTE: Future skills in bioeconomy, Kalle Saarimaa, VP, Fortum Recycling & Waste

13:45-14:45 RUN-EU workshop

14:45-15:00 Coffee break

15:00-16:00 RUN-EU workshop

16:00 End of RUN-EU workshop and final words of Open Bioeconomy Week 2022


Need accommodation in Hämeenlinna?

Book your accommodation from the Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Hämeenlinna using the code “OBW22” (Note: code expired) by Friday 6.5.2022 from the national Sales Service +358300 870 000 or directly from Sokos Hotel Vaakuna tel. 020 1234 636, email: Rooms are subject to availability.

Please note: World Ice Hokey Championships 2022 are organised in Tampere and Helsinki during 13.-29.5.. Transportation and accommodation options in the region are in high demand. We advice you to take this into consideration while making your travel arrangements to Hämeenlinna.