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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Learn more about the event and register here.

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

9th BioSC Spotlight: The Bioeconomy of Wood

9th BioSC Spotlight: The Bioeconomy of Wood

On 5 March 2024, from 9:30 to 16:00 CET, join the BioSC Spotlight event focused on highlighting approaches and insights into the use of wood in the bioeconomy. Hear from experts in the field,  scientists from the BioSC and external experts, as they discuss the current developments of wood-based value chains.

The agenda includes raw materials and processing, such as bio-based polymers from lignocellulosic biomass, and innovative products in construction, textile and paper production. Registration for the event is now open, grab your ticket by 19 February 2024 here.

The event is organised by the Bioeconomy Science Centre and will take place at the NGP2-Center for Next Generation Processes and Products, Forckenbeckstr. 51, Aachen, Germany.

More information here: English, Deutsch

FOREST EUROPE High-Level Talks

Forest Europe invites high-level representatives to their High-Level Policy Dialogue “Growing healthier forests: How can Sustainable Forest Management enhance resilience?”The event will take place on 9 November 2023 at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture in Berlin, and will be streamed live online.

The event will discuss how Sustainable Forest management (SFM) can serve as a backbone for resilience, stimulating cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration. It will consist of two consecutive round tables where the Director General and other participants will be able to interact directly with high-level speakers. To set the scene, leading scientists will present a science-policy synthesis and summarise the state-of-the-art research.

This dialogue will be an opportunity to bring together ministers responsible for forests, high-level policymakers, high-level representatives of environmental organisations, forest managers, forest owners, researchers, and youth, creating an opportunity to encourage synergies within the pan-European region and beyond.

The FOREST EUROPE Secretariat will prepare and widely disseminate “take-home messages” after the event in order to highlight the main outcomes of the debate and exchanges from the round tables.

Learn more and view the agenda here.

Roadmap “Circular bioeconomy for Germany”

Fraunhofer researchers present a bioeconomy roadmap for resources conservation, climate protection, and food security

Climate change, over-consumption of resources, international dependency on the supply of raw materials and an increasing  global population are major challenges for politics, industry and society. To address these ongoing crises, raw materials must undergo a similar transition to those in energy and agriculture. In addition, resilient systems must be established to ensure the security of supply in Germany. A key factor in this process is the circular bioeconomy, which is based on the circular economy and the use of renewable raw materials instead of non-renewables. Researchers at the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are highlighting the scientific and technological potential of the bioeconomy in their roadmap “Circular bioeconomy for Germany”. The roadmap includes recommended actions to be taken at a political level to help accelerate the market ramp-up of bio-based products and technologies, and to address social and ecological challenges.

Content: Roadmap “Circular bioeconomy for Germany”: A roadmap by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft for implementing the bioeconomy in Germany

Publisher: Fraunhofer

Authors: Jens Buller Robert Daschner, Lena Grimm, Michael Hofer, Bärbel Hüsing, Julia Krayer, Robert Miehe, Elke Präg, Esther Stahl, Andreas Stäbler, Anna-Katharina Stumpf, Lina Vieres, Bert Volkert and Sven Wydra

Hybrid symposium “New Wood Uses: Birch for Building with Wood and the Bioeconomy in NRW”

Climate change and ongoing forest damage pose considerable challenges to the Forestry and Wood Sector in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany.

How will the raw material base change in the future if the forest future is characterised by reforestation and the establishment of climate-stable forests? In this context, the pioneer tree species birch plays a key role in the reforestation of forest areas damaged by storms and bark beetle infestation.

To demonstrate the potential of birch originating from NRW, the Team Wood-Based Industries of the ZWH of the Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW has investigated the possible uses of the tree species birch for building with wood. In addition to preliminary investigations for its use in glue lam, a two-story demonstrator for building with birch is currently being realized.

The demonstration structure and exhibition stand will be presented at the Hybrid symposium “New Wood Uses: Birch for Building with Wood and the Bioeconomy in NRW” on 5 September 2023 at Zentrum HOLZ.

Learn more here (in German).

Featured image: Zentrum HOLZ.

Perceptions on the bioeconomy in North Rhine-Westphalia

The Bioregions Facility launched Perceptions on the bioeconomy survey in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, from December 2021 to February 2022.

The survey targeted different groups within government and industry to understand how they perceive the bioeconomy, its benefits, and its challenges.

Learn more about the Government and industry bioeconomy perceptions survey and ways to implement the survey in your region.

Content: survey report government and industry perceptions on the Bioeconomy in North Rhine-Westphalia

Author(s): Siebe Briers, Inazio Martinez de Arano, Stefanie Wieland, Martin Schwarz

Year: 2023

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Postdoctoral Position Forest and Ecosystem Resilience Group (m/f/d)

The climate needs bright minds. The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development. It is one of the world’s leading research institutions in its field and offers natural and social scientists from around the world an inspiring environment for excellent interdisciplinary research.

For the working group “Forest and Ecosystem Resilience” PIK is offering a Postdoctoral position Forest and Ecosystem Resilience Group (m/f/d) in the field of process-based modeling of German and European forests under climate change starting on 1 September 2023.

Award for the project “Building with wood” – development of a model and competence region in South Westphalia

On December 7, 2022, the REGIONALE 25 project “Building with wood” – development of a model and competence region in South Westphalia, has been awarded with the second star. The project is an important part of the efforts of South Westphalia to develop sustainable and complementary projects to anchor resource-saving construction in the region.

The project is aimed at forest owners, the wood processing industry, companies in the wood construction and carpentry trades as well as planners, private and public builders. From the headquarters of Zentrum HOLZ in Olsberg, Germany, they are to be brought together in a network to share knowledge about new technologies and innovations in timber construction and to build up expertise. And at the same time, to initiate and make visible good examples in South Westphalia. This applies to the use of wood in industrial and commercial buildings as well as in public and private buildings.

Source: Wald und Holz NRW

Photo: PK-Media Consulting