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 16 April) and register for the event today.

Agenda

Preliminary agenda – 5 June 2024 (CEST)

Updated on 16 April 2024

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

Pitch session 1: New opportunities for forest owners

  • 11:00 | Keynote speech: New value streams for forest owners in Europe
  • Keynote speech: New value streams for forest owners in Europe
  • MicoQR.app: Making the best of forest mushrooms, Pablo Sabin, Director of CESEFOR
  • Ecosystem Value Association: A forest climate standard for German forests, Elias Raiser, value-chain manager
  • Ecobase: Developing European Forestry Carbon Projects, Jaan Sepping, CEO/Founder of Ecobase
  • 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: Jowat adhesives
  • Strong by form: High-performance bio-composites
  • CircuLignum: An online platform supporting the circular use of wood
  • WOODC.A.R: Bringing wood into the mobility sector
  • 15:00 | Coffee break
  • 15:30 | Networking session: Initiatives for supporting innovation in forest and wood-based bioeconomy
  • Keynote: Investment opportunities in the forest bioeconomy sector
  • Panel discussion

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, Dr. Lukas Emmerich, Wald und Holz NRW
  • CTFC Forestry Hub
  • Future Forest Initiative: A platform to develop solutions for the forest, Christoph zu Stolberg, Head of International Relations & Forest Lab
  • 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

Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

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.

Organisers

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

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Call for innovators: pitch your solution at the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

Call for innovators: pitch your solution at the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024

The Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2024 will occur in Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, on 5 June. Are you interested in showcasing your innovation and connecting with key stakeholders in the region? Submit your proposal by 5 April.

We’re looking for innovative companies, start-ups, and researchers offering close-to-market or in-the-market solutions that provide new opportunities for forest owners and advanced and circular bio-based solutions.

Benefits

  • Access to key stakeholders in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Improved understanding of the bioeconomy ecosystem in the region
  • Professional networking
  • Transportation and accommodation will be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis

Check out the landing page to learn more about the event and submit your solution.

  • Deadline: 5 April 2024
  • Type: Call
  • Location: Lemgo, Germany

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

The Basque Country presents its advances in bioeconomy for a ‘greener’ future

Originally published on Euskadi (in Spanish)

  • This morning, the Basque Government and the European Forest Institute, in collaboration with the NEIKER technology centre, held the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2023 to present the latest scientific advances and innovative solutions in the circular economy.
  • The event, attended by some of the most prominent European agents in the bioeconomy, has become a networking space to share success stories and promote learning.
  • This event is part of the Basque Government’s strategy to promote the bioeconomy in the territory and in the business fabric of the Basque Country to achieve more sustainable production.

Wednesday, 4 October 2023. Vital green infrastructures cover more than 54% of the surface area of the Basque Country: forests. Sustainable forest management can help to adapt forests to climate change, balancing the production of timber, non-timber products and ecosystem services.

In a scenario in which the bioeconomy is gaining notoriety, the Basque Country is moving towards the ecological transition by promoting and developing different projects and initiatives related to the bioeconomy and forestry research.

To present their latest developments, the Basque Government and the European Forest Institute (EFI), with the collaboration of the NEIKER technology centre, a member of the Basque Research and Technology Alliance (BRTA), held the Bioeconomy Innovation Day this morning in Bilbao, Spain.

The event focused on presenting the latest scientific advances and innovative solutions for different aspects of the forest bioeconomy, such as examples of bio-construction, models for more sustainable and functional forestry or the dissemination of advanced bio-based materials. This sharing has been done through a combination of keynote speeches, short and high-impact presentations of concrete innovative solutions, and networking time.

The event was opened by Bittor Oroz, Vice-minister of Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Policy of the Basque Government. Other participants who intervened were Ananya Manna, Investment Director of the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF) and Leire Barañano, Director General of NEIKER and Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the European Forest Institute (EFI), a European benchmark in forestry research, and Inazio Martínez de Arano, Coordinator of the Bioregions Facility, among others.

During his speech at the opening of the event, Bittor Oroz, the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Basque Government wanted to highlight the importance of promoting projects that “allow us to transform the economic model of the territory towards a more sustainable production that guarantees the well-being of people and the planet. This conference has allowed us to share with our European colleagues some of the most relevant projects that are being carried out in the Basque Country and which are making the region emerge as one of the bio-economic focal points of Europe”.

A European knowledge network

Networking was one of the highlights of the day. The event was attended by some of the main European players in the bioeconomy innovation ecosystem from fields as diverse as research, forestry management, industry, business, finance, government and civil society.

In fact, during the event, some of the successful cases of acceleration and support for the bioeconomy and sustainable forest management in European regions such as Germany, Finland and Ireland were shared. In the case of the Basque Country, the example of Enkarterri was highlighted, an initiative presented by Peli Manterola, director of HAZI, which is becoming a powerful bioeconomy hub that integrates training, entrepreneurship and business activities.

Towards more sustainable production

The Basque Country has been working for years in the field of the circular economy. In fact, according to data from the Basque Government’s Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment, since 2000, the Basque economy has grown by 26%, while the consumption of materials has been reduced by 25% and the volume of urban waste in landfill has been reduced by 56%. In this time of ecological transition, the region’s economy is decoupling itself from the consumption of materials and the generation of waste through various measures and projects such as those mentioned above to promote the circular economy.

In this context, in October 2022, the Basque Government approved the Circular Economy and Bioeconomy Plan (in Spanish), an initiative aligned with the European Green Pact, which seeks to boost efficiency in the consumption of raw materials, reduce waste and optimise clean production. Among other challenges, this plan plans to increase material productivity by 30%, reduce the waste generation rate by 10% and position the Basque Country among the leaders of the circular economy in Europe.

This event is part of the Basque Government’s strategy to promote the bioeconomy in the territory and in the business fabric of the Basque Country through projects, platforms and initiatives to transform the linear production model – based on the continuous and growing extraction of raw materials – into a more sustainable production, which guarantees human well-being and the health of the planet and which allows the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN to be achieved.

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Project Manager for the Platform for Bioeconomy & Green Transformation, ecoplus

Fabian Huber is Project Manager for the Platform for Bioeconomy & Green Transformation at ecoplus, the Business Agency of Lower Austria, leading the consortium of Bioeconomy Austria. He has over six years of experience in environmental project management and holds a degree in Environmental and Bioresource Management with a focus on system dynamics from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences.

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Martin Hackel is a research associate at the laboratory of “Timber Engineering: Products and Production” of the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Lemgo, Germany. He is a trained carpenter and holds master´s degrees in Industrial Engineering for the wood processing industry as well as Production, Engineering and Management. His research focuses on development, simulation and modelling of load-bearing construction products based on wood and other lingo-cellulose based materials.

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