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The focus of the 8th FTP conference ‘Inspiring Horizons' will be on research and innovation in the
forest-based sector as we move towards the biobased economy. The renewed Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for 2020 will set the pace for the sector, showing how it will best adapt and address issues of prime importance to making it the ‘cornerstone’ of the new bioeconomy. The SRA is closely aligned to the priorities set by the new EU framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020, which will run from 2014-­2020.

A number of new high-­level speakers have been added to the programme for the FTP conference, confirming this as the defining event for research and innovation in the forest-­based sector for 2013. We are proud to announce that Göran Persson, (President ThinkForest & former Prime Minister of Sweden) will address the conference during the opening session. Other speakers include Luis Eduardo Ruiz, (Spanish Ministry of Finance), Josep Maria Pelegri, (Catalan Minister for Agriculture and Forestry), Wolf G Kroner (Executive Managing Director, B2Bioworld), Ignacio de Colmenares, (CEO ENCE), Bruno Schmitz, Head of Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission), Riikka Joukio, (Senior VP, Metsä Group), Marc Palahi, (Deputy Director, EFI) and Duncan Mayes, (Senior VP, StoraEnso Building & Living).

More information: Conference website




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