Scientific program

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

Due to the current circumstances with Covid-19 the Open Bioeconomy Week 2021 program will held online. The conference online sessions will be held on Eastern European Summer Time | Time zone in Helsinki (GMT+3).


Scientific Day 1

10:00-10:10 Opening speech by Krista Taipale, Regional Counsil of Häme

10:10-10:25 Keynote: Evo: The World’s First Science National Park, John Loehr, Lammi Biological Station

10:25-10:50 Keynote: Pathways towards a carbon neutral society, Anne Tolvanen, Luke, Finland

10:50-15:50 Abstract presentations among the topics of:

Data Collection and Utilization in Bioeconomy

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: Conservation, 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

15:50-16:20 Keynote: Bioeconomy and European Green Deal, Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of the European Parliament

16:20-16:30 End of the first day and final words


Scientific Day 2 

09:00-12:00 Seminar: Solutions preventing hygiene and other contamination risks caused by runoff waters

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00-13:25 Keynote: Contribution of nature-based solutions to circular economy in cities, GünterLangergraber, BOKU University, Vienna, Austria

13:30-14:30 Abstract presentations continue:

Theme: Data Collection and Utilization in Bioeconomy

14:30-14:45 Coffee break

14:45-15:10 Keynote: Mika Tuomola, Honkajoki oy

15:10-16:30 Abstract presentations continue:

Theme: Data Collection and Utilization in Bioeconomy

16:30-16:40 End of second Scientific Day and final words


Virtual tours & networking 

12:00-13:30 Virtual excursions:

• Hamk’s Smart Organic Farm in Mustiala

Luke’s FoodPilot test facility in Jokioinen

13:30-15:00 Conversation and Q&A with virtual tour hosts

15:00 End of the final Open Bioeconomy Week 2021


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