Program 2020 - virtual forum

Program 2020 - virtual forum


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The program consists of 4 sessions broadcast on 10th September 2020 between 11:45 AM and 6:40 PM (EEST). Connections open already at 11:00 AM for studio talks, video greetings and other clips. After the program at 6:40 PM, there will be an award session and some closing remarks from the studio team.

Welcome and introduction to the program
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM EEST

Greetings from the studio team in Ruka!
Greetings, interviews
Partner program
Opening words

Jukka Kantola (World BioEconomy Forum) and Mark Rushton (World BioEconomy Forum)

Session 1 – Regulators and Climate Change
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM EEST

Co-hosted by FSC

Keynote speech

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education, European Commission

Greetings from the Finnish government

Jari Leppä, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Finnish Government

Session moderated by Dr Christian Patermann
National Bioeconomy Strategy of Germany

Andrea Noske, Head of Division "Sustainable Economy; Bio-Economy", German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Climate change and the bioeconomy

Petteri Taalas, Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Global forest resources – FRA2020 

Mette Wilkie, Director of the Forestry Policy and Resources Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

A sustainable forest-based bioeconomy 

Giovanni De Santi, Director, Directorate for Sustainable Resources, European Commission's Joint Research Centre

Interval Spotlight 1

Back to our studio in Ruka

Session 2 – Global Leaders and Financial World
1:30 PM - 3:20 PM EEST

Hosted by Valmet

CEO discussion– Interview by Teresa Presas, Senior Advisor, World BioEconomy Forum

Walter Schalka, President, Suzano

Annica Bresky, President and CEO, Stora Enso

Pasi Laine, President and CEO, Valmet

Dr. Lars Börger, Vice President Renewable Polymers & Chemicals, Brand Owner Management, Neste Germany GmbH

Global economy review

Andrea Boltho, Emeritus Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford University

Sustainable financing panel – Moderated by Michael Nettersheim, European Circular Bioeconomy Fund

Felipe Ortega Schlingmann, Deputy Advisor, Agribusiness and Rural Development Division, European Investment Bank (EIB)

Joško Bobanović, Partner at Sofinnova Partners, manager of the Sofinnova Industrial Biotechnology Fund

Courtney Lowrance, Head of EMEA Sustainability & Corporate Transitions Group (SCT) Citi

David Brand, CEO New Forests Asset Management PTY Limited

Interval Spotlight 2

Back to our studio in Ruka

Session 3 – Bioproducts around us
3:30 PM - 5:10 PM EEST

Hosted by AFRY

Evolving biomaterials

Michael Carus, Founder and Managing Director, nova-Institute

Novel biorefinery in Germany

Christian Hübsch, Director, UPM Biochemicals Lignin

Biobased value chains panel – Moderated by research leader Ludo Diels, Flemish Institute for Technological Research

Niklas von Weymarn, CEO, Metsä Spring

Alois Kindler, Principal Scientist, BASF

Alex Michine, Founder and CEO, Metgen

Eddie Peace, Leader, Bioproduct Development, West Fraser

Bruno Gorrini, Principal Researcher in Bioforest, Arauco

Interval Spotlight 3

Back to our studio in Ruka

Session 4 – Looking to the Future
5:20 PM - 6:40 PM EEST

Co-Hosted by UNESCO

Future of Bioeconomy

Jim Philp, Policy Analyst, Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation, OECD

Education panel – Moderated by Professor Mark Rudnicki, Michigan Technological University

Ahmed Fahmi, Chief of the Section of Innovation and Capacity Building, UNESCO

Jyrki Kangas, Professor of Forest Bioeconomy, Head of the School of Forest Sciences, University of Eastern Finland

Carol Ibe, PhD, Post Doctoral Research Associate, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge, UK

Ricardo Abramovay, Professor in the Department of Economics, University of São Paulo, Brazil

Takanori Nagano, Associate Professor, Department of Agricultural Engineering and Socio-EconomicsKobe University

Award selection and closing remarks
6:40 PM - 7:15 PM EEST

Hosted by VTT

World BioEconomy Forum Awards in categories
Act of the Year
Act of the year

Most remarkable contribution during 2020 related to circular bio-economy and climate change. The jury will regard contributions made by organisations, groups or other entities to facilitate circular bio-economy or mitigate climate change.

Bioproduct of the Year
Bioproduct of the year

Most remarkable bio-product during 2020 related to circular bio-economy and climate change. The jury will regard novelty and innovation level of the bioproduct, which can be in commercial use or have a clear path to commercialisation.

Person of the Year
Person of the year

Most remarkable person during 2020 related to circular bio-economy and climate change. The jury will regard recognised impact of person for the circular bio-economy and climate change.

Winners will be selected by the Jury (Advisory Board of WCBEF), comprised of prominent people in the circular bioeconomy world.
Proposals for potential candidates can be sent to by 30.7.2020.

Declaration 2020
Announcing World BioEconomy Forum 2021 dates and the location

The program is subject to change.