Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 lineup: meet our innovative presenters

Industries such as wood-based construction and textiles made from cellulose are pushing forward innovation and introducing new products to the market.

These advancements in production methods and techniques help boost the economy, create job opportunities, and bring positive changes to the industry. Furthermore, these developments also have a ripple effect on other sectors, making it a win-win situation for everyone involved.

At this year’s Bioeconomy Innovation Day, we bring you three current topics: new opportunities for forest owners, advanced and circular bio-based solutions, and initiatives for supporting innovation in forest and wood-based bioeconomy.

Check our preliminary Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 lineup (in alphabetical order) and stay tuned for more updates:

Circulignum is part of the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 lineup
CircuLignum team. Source: CircuLignum website.

CircuLignum

Want to promote the circular economy in wood processing? The diverse community of students, lecturers and academic staff at TH OWL is committed to the sustainable use of wood and wood-based materials. Through innovation, education and cooperation, CircuLignum makes a positive contribution to climate protection; the team combines expertise in industrial engineering, digitalisation and wood technology to promote the material reuse of production offcuts.

Ecobase

The Ecobase platform collaborates with landowners to generate income from carbon removal and reduce emissions. They achieve this by planting trees on underutilised land and providing carbon removal and emission offset services. The platform offers financial options to buyers and manages the entire process from project registration to implementation, ensuring a seamless and efficient operation.

High-performance biocomposites by Strong by Form

Strong by Form specialises in the production of wood-based composites. Their innovative Woodflow technology utilises trees’ natural structural optimisation strategies to create lightweight yet robust components that can potentially replace steel and concrete. This technology emphasises strength and promotes sustainability by reducing the weight and environmental footprint of the products. The design freedom offered by this technology enables the creation of interiors that promote the natural warmth of wood.

Land Life

Land Life is a technology-driven reforestation company that plants trees on a large scale. They offer businesses and organisations the opportunity to address climate change and offset carbon emissions by restoring nature. The company is dedicated to enhancing biodiversity, improving groundwater, stabilising soil, and mitigating CO2 levels, facilitated through a prediction model that provides data on carbon capture and nature impact projections. Companies can contribute to reforestation projects, offsetting or compensating for their carbon footprints and providing additional income for landowners committed to protecting newly planted trees for at least 40 years.

Micodata and MicoQR by Cesefor

Micodata is a predictive model of wild mushroom production that facilitates mushroom harvesting. The Micodata estimates mycological production in Castilla y León. The project is organised by Cesefor and the Regional Government of Castilla y León and developed with the Valonsadero Forest Research Department of the Junta de Castilla y León, which has one of its first web information services in this GIS.

MicoQR is an application that allows traceability and guarantees the legality of the purchase and sale of wild mushrooms. Its main objective is to help organisations and individuals working in the mushroom industry with mechanisms to register their mushroom purchases, identify batches and deliver notes from the collector or producer.

WOWnature website.

WOWnature by Etifor

WOWnature is an online platform highlighting innovative forest restoration and reforestation projects. It also collects private sponsorship from individuals and organisations through tree adoption mechanisms. WOWnature has supported over 40 projects globally, including collaborations with mountain forest managers and enterprises to restore forests damaged by the Vaia windstorm in October 2018 in Italy.

Learn more about Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 lineup

Excited about our Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 lineup? I’ll be pleased to know that there’s more to come! Join us on 5 June 2024 in Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia, for an intensive one-day event that will gather forest innovators and leaders from industry, government, research, and other key stakeholders in the forest bioeconomy.

Climate and Circularity Calculator from Basque Country

Environmental assessment validates a project or programme’s importance by analysing the benefits, costs, and risks of the issue on the environment. Organisations have environmental assessments to implement more sustainable business practices and follow legal requirements.

The Basque Country has introduced a simplified calculator with various environmental performance metrics to aid Spanish organisations.

What’s the Climate and Circularity Calculator?

Corporate environmental footprint result from Climate and Circularity Calculator. Source: Ihope 2024.

The Climate and Circularity Calculator is a web-based tool created by Ihobe, the Basque Government’s Public Environmental Management Company. It is available for free and helps organisations calculate:

  • life-cycle assessment of their products and services
  • carbon footprint of the organisation, products and services, and corporate environmental footprint
  • circular economy indicators

How it works?

From an organisation’s point of view, the tool can be used to calculate the corporate environmental footprint, the carbon footprint, and a selection of circular economy indicators following the “Circular Transition Indicators 3.0” methodology, which is compatible with the future ISO 59020 standard.

From a product point of view, the tool is used to perform life-cycle assessments of products and services and calculate their carbon footprints.

The Climate & Circularity Calculator, specifically designed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), is a powerful tool for diagnosing and monitoring environmental activity from a life cycle perspective; for example, it allows for eco-design simulations. This is important in the current context, where compliance with stringent legislation and the future of carbon neutrality by 2050, as established in Law 1/2024 on Energy Transition and Climate Change, are key concerns. Moreover, it can help transform good environmental activity into a competitive advantage in the market.

Learn more about the Climate and Circularity Calculator and download the manual here.

Practical information: Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 event will be held on 5 June 2024 at the TH OWL Lemgo Campus in Campusallee 12, 32657 Lemgo, Germany. Below, find information about transportation, accommodation, and the venue’s location.

Travel info

From Dusseldorf Airport to Lemgo

2h50min travel with regional trains: Dusseldorf Airport–Bielefeld Central Station–Lemgo

Tickets at Deutsche Bahn

From Hannover Airport to Lemgo

2h50min travel with regional and intercity trains: Hannover airport–Hannover Central Station–Bielefeld central station–Lemgo

Tickets at Deutsche Bahn

Accommodation

Hotels available in Lemgo

Hotels available in Detmold

How to get to the venue

TH OWL Lemgo Campus map. Source: TH OWL

The event will happen at TH OWL Lemgo Campus, building 1.

The address is Campusallee 12, 32657 Lemgo, Germany.

The event is expected to be held in Room 1204.

We will notify all participants in advance of any changes.

More

Check out our website, explore the agenda, and learn more about our speakers and innovators. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to us at bioregions [@] efi [.] int

The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 is co-organised by the European Forest Institute – Bioregions Facility, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Smart Wood Center OWL, and CO2Bau.

Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 Agenda is here!

Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 sessions present new opportunities for forest owners and advancements in circular bio-based solutions. This discussion is relevant for economies and societies as they move towards a green transition with the need for circular bioeconomy solutions.

The event will take place on 5 June 2024 in Lemgo, Germany, and our co-organisers – European Forest Institute’s Bioregions Facility, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Smart Wood Center OWL, and CO2Bau – are excited to welcome you.

Check out the agenda below (last updated on 15 May) and register for the event today.

Agenda

Preliminary agenda – 5 June 2024 (CEST)

Updated on 15 May 2024

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  • 8:15 | Registration
  • 9:00 | Welcoming words
  • Speaker: Welcoming words by the Ministry and organisers
  • 9:30 | Keynote speech: Bioeconomy Council of North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Katja Frühwald-König, TW OWL
  • 10:00 | Keynote speech: Realising the circular wood-based bioeconomy – striped unicorns, circular rainbows, and truths difficult to share
  • Speaker: Veronika Auer, Product Sustainability Communication, EGGER Group
  • 10:30 | Networking and coffee

Pitch session 1: New opportunities for forest owners

  • 11:00 | Keynote speech: New value streams and opportunities for forest owners in Europe
  • Speaker: Petra Palátová, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
  • MicoQR: Making the best of forest mushrooms by Pablo Sabin, Director, Cesefor
  • Ecosystem Value Association: Keeping nature valuable by Elias Raiser, Value-chain manager, EVA
  • Ecobase: Realising the value of carbon sequestration in European forests by Jaan Sepping, CEO and founder, Ecobase
  • WOWnature: Post-natural disturbances forest restoration through private funding, Federico Corro, Forestry Project Officer, Etifor
  • Land Life: Future Forests: Why Quality and Integrity is Critical in Reforestation Efforts”, Jessie Hurst – Chief Delivery Officer
  • 12:20 | Lunch and networking

Pitch session 2: Advanced and circular bio-based solutions 

  • 13:40 | Keynote speech: Towards a more sustainable wood construction sector
  • Speaker: Ralph Kirst, Business Development Manager, Engineered Timber, Jowat SE
  • Strong by form: High-performance bio-composites by Andrés Mitnik, CEO, Strong By Form
  • CircuLignum: From a line to a circle – changing the economy in small steps by Noemi König and Martin Tremmel, CircuLignum
  • WOODC.A.R: Wood as a sustainable lightweight construction material in the mobility sector by Thomas Krenke, Innovationszentrum-Weiz
  • Metsä Wood: New innovations in hybrid construction – towards a more sustainable future by Kalle Ikonen, Manager, Corporate Affairs – European Union
  • Nature2Bond: Bio-based sustainable adhesive system by Anuj Kumar, Senior Scientist, Luke 
  • 15:00 | Coffee break

Networking session: Initiatives for supporting innovation in forest and wood-based bioeconomy

  • 15:30 | Keynote: Investment opportunities in the forest bioeconomy sector
  • Panel discussion
  • Zentrum Holz:  Supporting innovation in forest and wood-based bioeconomy in North Rhine-Westphalia by Dr Lukas Emmerich, Wald und Holz NRW
  • Forestry Hub of Catalonia: Catalonia’s forest bioeconomy innovation support by Neus Puy, Head of Bioeconomy, Health and Governance Programme, CTFC
  • Future Forest Initiative: Germany’s first forest start-up accelerator by Christoph zu Stolberg, Head of International Relations and Forest Lab, FFI
  • Woodknowledge Wales: Enabling innovation through collaboration across the wood value chain by Christiane Lellig, Regenerative Systems Change
  • 17:00 | Networking reception
  • 18: 00 | End of the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024
  • In-person event for researchers, government officials, public and private sector representatives, or anyone interested in bioeconomy.
  • Networking space for discussions on the latest trends in the forest bioeconomy.
  • Presentations of innovation pitches with close-to-market or in-the-market solutions that provide new opportunities for forest owners and advanced and circular bio-based.

Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 coming to North Rhine-Westphalia on 5 June

The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 will be held in Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on 5 June 2024, bringing together forest innovators and leaders from industry, government, research and other key stakeholders in the forest bioeconomy.

The event happens at a crucial moment for economies and societies as they move towards a green transition with the need for circular bioeconomy solutions.

It will include forward-looking keynotes, pitches showcasing emerging innovations, a panel discussion on boosting bio-based innovations at a regional level, and opportunities for networking to foster cross-sectoral cooperation and collaboration among different stakeholders.

The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 is co-organised by the European Forest InstituteBioregions Facility, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Smart Wood Center OWL, and CO2Bau.

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Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

In collaboration with co-organised by the European Forest Institute – Bioregions Facility, the Ministry for Agriculture and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW, University of Applied Sciences and Arts (TH OWL), Smart Wood Center OWL, and CO2Bau

North Rhine-Westphalia government appoints Bioeconomy Council

The government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany, announced the establishment of the Bioeconomy Council on 12 December 2023. Comprised of an independent 15-member advisory board representing business, science and civil society, the council aims to drive forward initiatives in the field of bioeconomy within the region.

The purpose is to strengthen the region as a bioeconomy centre and analyse the opportunities – research, innovation and technology – and challenges in the expansion and development of a bio-based sustainable economy.

The Bioeconomy Council plays a crucial role in developing solutions, with its recommendations added to the NRW Bioeconomy Strategy. This guides policy initiatives and advancements in the bioeconomy, focused on reducing dependence on fossil fuels and ensuring food security and well-being for everyone.

Download the key points for a bioeconomy strategy in NRW here.

The board officially started its activities in January of 2024. If you wish to explore the complete list of members, please visit the linked article.

I.D.E.E. Information Day: demonstrations and innovations on generating heat from wood

On 27 and 28 January 2024, the 31st Annual Information Day of the Information and Demonstration Centre on Renewable Energy Network (I.D.E.E.) took place at the Centre Wood in Olsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, where participants learned about efficient heating solutions from wood in the form of pellets, logs or wood chips.

In addition, experts in the field delivered lectures on the topic; presentations showcasing different heating systems and solutions by manufacturers were followed by practical demonstrations, such as those by Wald und Holz NRW, illustrating the preparation of firewood from logs.

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The European biomass puzzle

This report looks at how biomass can help us reach our climate and environmental objectives, and how climate change might affect the EU’s biomass production in agriculture and forest sectors. It also discusses key synergies and trade-offs in the use of biomass for different policy objectives.

Content: The European biomass puzzle

Publisher: European Environment Agency

Year: 2023

European Research Priorities in the Forest Domain

This publication aims to discuss climate change and other risks, biodiversity and ecosystem services, bioeconomy, transversal topics and other relevant topics.

In the framework of the preparation of the new EU Forest Strategy, the SCAR SWG FOREST has collected feedback from its members on what they perceive as the main research priorities in the forest domain nowadays. A survey has been prepared and shared with the SCAR SWG FOREST members. The report is based on the answers from eleven members from nine countries (Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden).

Content: European Research Priorities in the Forest Domain

Publisher: SCAR Standing Committee on Agriculture Research

Year: 2021

Driving innovation: students and sustainable business models in forest-based bioeconomy

Within the bioeconomy, many new technologies and innovations have been studied and implemented, such as for wood construction, wood-based fibres for the textile industry, well-being, and non-wood forest products. But how can we guarantee the commercialisation and the knowledge transfer of these innovations into the market?

Dedicated to empowering and supporting aspiring entrepreneurs, the NOMADI Project organises workshops for students passionate about entrepreneurship and the bioeconomy. These workshops serve as transformative catalysts, fuelling innovation and paving the way for pioneering sustainable business models.

Networking event insights

Networking event: Woman and man wearing black standing. Behind a TV with a presentation open 'Start Me Up'
Kirsi Svärd and Janne Pakarinen, Business coaches at Business Joensuu.

On 24 October 2023, students from different areas of study attended the Networking Sauna Event in Joensuu, Finland. The first workshop of a series of three events was held by the European Forest Institute (EFI), Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and the Finnish Forest Centre (Metsäkeskus).

The event aimed at introducing sustainable business models in circular forest-based bioeconomy to students to spark their creativity and entrepreneurial spirit and underline the important role education plays in fostering a greener future.

The event also counted with a presentation from Business Joensuu – an organisation that provides support and expertise for the different stages and challenges of entrepreneurship – showcasing Start Me Up, a competition that awards the best ideas for the future that can grow into sustainable business activities and Hack Me Up, a competition for students to brainstorm climate-smart solutions for companies’ sustainability challenges. Applications are open until 17 November at 15:00 EET.

Attend online or in person: dive into the circular economy

Students from any field of study are invited to attend the second workshop on 22 November at 17:00 EET online or in Joensuu. The consultancy firm Ethica will present how they have been helping organisations transition to a more sustainable circular economy in a rapidly changing market environment and showcase how to create a circular business model.

Check out the agenda and register for the event here.

The NOMADI project supports companies in the forest-based sector by seeking new solutions through the digitalisation of forest services. The project also helps to create new marketing and business concepts, supporting new bioeconomy start-ups and the scaleup of innovations – particularly ideas targeted towards remote private forest owners and forest management services and tools are welcome.

NOMADI is funded by the Regional Council of North Karelia through the European Regional Development Fund as a part of the European Union’s COVID-19 activities (REACT-EU).

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Forestry and Wood Industry in Europe

Together with the Cooperation Platform Forest Wood-Paper (FHP), the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Regions and Water Management commissioned the first study on the significance of the forestry and wood industry throughout Europe. The effects of the forestry and wood industry on value creation and employment were investigated by means of collaboration at a European level. 

Download the publication in English and German.

Content: Forestry and Wood Industry in Europe (Forst- und Holzwirtschaft in Europa)

Publisher: Forst Holz Papier

Urban forests: a global perspective

Urban forestry is not a one-size-fits-all solution; each city and region, with its own unique set of challenges and opportunities, requires tailored strategies.

In recognition of the diversity and distinctiveness of urban forestry issues and their potential for mitigating environmental and socioeconomic inequality across the globe, FAO has asked experts around the world to share their views on how urban forests and trees are perceived and managed in their respective geographical areas, bringing together a broad range of regional perspectives.

The primary goal of this publication is to provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of urban forestry worldwide. By showcasing the regional perspectives, insights, experiences and case studies in urban and peri-urban forestry (UPF), we hope to inspire individuals, communities and policymakers to reimagine their relationships with urban green spaces.

Content: Urban forests: a global perspective

Publisher: FAO

Authors: Borelli, S.; Conigliaro, M.; Di Cagno, F.

Year: 2023