Speakers

Michele Bozzano

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Michele Bozzano
is the coordinator of the European Forest Genetic Resources Programme (EUFORGEN), responsible for promoting the conservation and appropriate use of forest diversity as integral part of sustainable forest management, to ensure resilience of European landscapes.He has been involved in activities on conservation, use, forest landscape restoration and capacity building related to forest genetic resources for more than 10 years. He has a PhD in forest landscape restoration and an MSc in forestry.

 

Innovation in forest genetics conservation
Friday 23 September, 11:10

Johan Elvnert

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Johan Elvnert
has been Managing Director of the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform (FTP) since 2011. His role is to coordinate the European research and innovation efforts in the forest-based sector as expressed by the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. Elvnert is also a member of the European Bioeconomy Panel. Previously, Johan Elvnert has worked at the European Commission DG Research & Innovation and he has a Master of Science in Molecular Biotechnology Engineering from Uppsala University.

 

Information from FTP: priorities for the H2020
Thursday 22 September, 12:05

Christine Farcy

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Christine Farcy
is a policy advisor, leading expert, lecturer and researcher at the Université de Louvain. She has a PhD in agricultural sciences and biological engineering, and she is the representative of Belgium in European and multilateral forest-related policy processes. She has also been a member of the EFI Board since September 2015 and the vice-chair of the European Forestry Commission (FAO) since December 2013.

 

Panel discussion: Implications for forest research and education
Friday 23 September, 14:30

David Freshwater

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David Freshwater
is a professor at the University of Kentucky, with appointments in the Department of Agricultural Economics and in the Martin School of Public Administration and Public Policy. He is a long term consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and in 2009 was Head of their Rural Policy Programme.  His main research areas are rural and agricultural policy in North America and Europe. Currently, he is focusing on factors that influence economic progress in rural areas, including innovation, access to finance and workforce development. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky he was a senior economist on the Staff of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress.

 

Innovation and modernising the rural economy
Friday 23 September, 9:30

Eeva Hellström

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Eeva Hellström
is Senior Lead in strategy at The Finnish Innovation Fund (Sitra), responsible for developing a model for sustainable well-being society. She holds a Doctoral degree in environmental economics and a Master's degree in land use economics and is also a university-educated forester. She is a member of EFI Board since 2013. She was also for many years the Director of the Finnish Forest Academy for Decision-Makers.

 

 

Session on the new EFI Strategy (moderator)
Thursday 22 September, 9:25

Lauri Hetemäki

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Lauri Hetemäki
is the Assistant Director at the European Forest Institute and a part-time Professor in Forest Sector Foresight at the Faculty of Science and Forestry, University of Eastern Finland. He is responsible for EFI's policy support activities. His research interests are foresight studies, forest sector outlook studies, and forest products and bioenergy markets. He has extensive experience in coordinating forest sector outlook studies and policy support work, and is the author of over 180 scientific and popular publications.

Panel discussion: Implications for forest research and education
Friday 23 September, 14:30

François Houllier

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François Houllier is presently Inspector General at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. From July 2012 to July 2016, he was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. In 2001-2006, Dr. François Houllier was a member of the Board of the European Forest Institute, which he chaired in 2004-2006. Dr. Houllier got a PhD at the University of Lyon in 1986, after graduating from Ecole Polytechnique and ENGREF, the National College for Rural Engineering, Waters and Forests. 

Panel discussion
Thursday 22 September, 09:45

Andreas Kleinschmit von Lengefeld

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Andreas Kleinschmit von Lengefeld is the Director Innovation / Research at the French Institute of Technology FCBA. Before FCBA, he held the position of Director at the European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform and was the RTDI Manager at CEI-Bois. Since spring 2016, he is the coordinator for the Focus Group 20 “Sustainable Mobilisation of Forest Biomass” under the EIP AGRI. The European Hardwoods Innovation Alliance (EHIA) is co-coordinated by him under the umbrella of InnovaWood. He studied forestry sciences at Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich and holds a PhD from Technical University of Munich.

HARDWOODS initiative
Thursday 22 September, 12:35

Marco Lucisano

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Marco Lucisano
is Director for Papermaking and Packaging at Innventia, a Swedish research institute working with innovations based on forest raw materials. Marco has M.Sc. degrees in Chemical Engineering from both Politecnico di Milano and KTH – The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm and a Ph.D. in Pulp and Paper Chemistry and Technology from KTH. Marco has been part of the core team behind all three Innventia Global Outlooks, a series of foresight initiatives describing how trends and drivers in business and society intersect with scientific and technical developments in areas relevant for the forest-based sector.

 

Market trends and consumer preferences affecting forest-based
products innovation: a global outlook
Friday 23 September, 11:10

Gerhard Mannsberger

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Gerhard Mannsberger
has been Director General of the Forestry Department in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management since 1996. During and after having finished his studies he worked in the fields of science (forest ecology, forest protection) at the Austrian Health Department and at the Austrian Environment Department. The Forestry Department consists of five divisions. One of those is the Austrian Service for Torrent and Avalanche Control with more than 1000 employees. He has an MSc in Forestry.

Panel discussion
Thursday 22 September, 09:45

Opening session of the Scientific Seminar
Friday 23 September, 09:00

Robert Mavsar

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Robert Mavsar is the Deputy Director of the European Forest Insititute is responsible for overseeing and guiding all operations of EFI, in close cooperation with the Director. He ensures the alignment of Research and Support activities with the EFI Strategy, and oversees EFI’s overall research activities and provides oversight and strategic guidance to other networking initiatives. His expertise lies in environmental economics but has worked as well in forest inventory, forest management and forest policy.

EFI Facilitating and networking initiatives
Thursday 22 September, 11:45

Juha S. Niemelä

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Juha S. Niemelä
is the Director-General at the Natural Resources Department in Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Department has a vast scale of responsibilities; fisheries, game and hunting, water and sustainable use of natural resources as well as the forest policy in Finland.

 

 

Panel discussion
Thursday 22 September, 9:45

Marc Palahí

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Marc Palahí
is the Director of the European Forest Institute and responsible for leading the organisation towards an acknowledged Pan-European science-policy platform. Previously he led EFI’s policy support activities and during this time was instrumental in launching ThinkForest, a European high-level science forum on the future of forests. He has also worked as Head of EFI’s Mediterranean Regional Office, EFIMED. He has a PhD in forestry and economics and an MSc in forestry engineering.

Introductions to the new EFI Strategy
Thursday 22 September, 9:25 

Elena Paoletti

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Elena Paoletti
is Research Director at the National Council of Research of Italy, Vice-President of the Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology, Coordinator of the IUFRO Research Group on Air Pollution and Climate Change Impacts on Forest Ecosystems, coordinator of the IUFRO Task Force on Climate Change and Forest Health, visiting professor at the Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, and member of the EFI Scientific Advisory Board. She has authored over 200 scientific papers and books, and has (co)organized >40 scientific congresses/workshops. She coordinated COST and LIFE projects, and got the  IUFRO Forest Health Award 2010 for Achievement in Forest Health Research.

 

Panel discussion: Implications for forest research and education
Friday 23 September, 14:30

Viliam Pichler

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Viliam Pichler
is currently the dean of the Faculty of Forestry, Technical University in Zvolen, Slovakia. His reasearch, managment, and teaching efforts have focused on how to shape forestry as the  key element of bioeceonomy in line with long-term sustainability, biodiversity, and nature protection expectations under uncertainties. In doing so, he helped to establish the Centre of Excellence for Adaptive Forest Ecosystems as well as frameworks for the transfer of knowledge from forest biomass research into higher education and forestry practice in Slovakia. He was also the principal preparer of the Beech Primeval Forests of the Carpathians inscription onto the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

Panel discussion
Thursday 22 September, 9:45

Sofia Santos

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Sofia Santos
 is the General Secretary at the Portuguese Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD Portugal) since January 2016. She started her career in the research department of Merrill Lynch Bank in London, and worked at the Portuguese National Statistics Institute and at the Portuguese Pulp and Paper Industry Association. From 2004-2015 she was an entrepreneur on Sustainability and Green Economy issues, and from 2009-2014, a visiting assistant professor at the ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon. From 2013 to 2014 she was Executive Director of the Sustainability Knowledge Lab at INDEG–ISCTE, Lisbon. In 2016 she published her third book, “Introduction to the Green Economy”. She holds a PhD from Middlesex University, in the UK, on how banks can promote sustainable development and green economy.

 

Forest-based innovations: a key for Europe’s bioeconomy (moderator)
Friday 23 September, 11:10

Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza

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Giuseppe Scarascia-Mugnozza
is professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecophysiology and director of the Department of Biotechnology, Agrofood, and Forest Innovation at the University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy. He is the author of over 200 scientific papers and books; his research themes include trees and forest response to climate changes and increasing CO2 concentrations. He is coordinator of the EU Large Infrastructure POP/EUROFACE and partner of several EU research projects, national delegate and vice-chair of the ESF-COST Domain “Forests, their Products and Services”, and Chair of the Board of the European Forest Institute.

Welcoming words
Thursday 22 September, 9:00

May Anne Then

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May Anne Then
 recently graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Sciences, focusing on Disturbance Ecology. She has served as a President of the International Forestry Students’ Association (IFSA) unti August 2016.

 

Panel Discussion
Thursday 22 September, 9:45

Gus Verhaeghe

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Gus Verhaeghe
is Secretary General of InnovaWood, a European network of research organisations dealing with research, education & training and technology transfer in the wood and furniture sector. The network comprises over 50 organisations in 27 countries and has the overall aim to provide a forum for its member organisations to stimulate new innovations and developments. Before taking his current position Gus Verhaeghe was European R&D manager at AIDIMA, a private wood and furniture research institute in Spain, and was former research adviser at the European Panel Federation. Gus Verhaeghe holds a M.Sc. In Bioscience Engineering from Ghent University and a M.Sc. in European Forestry from the University of Joensuu.

 

Panel discussion: Implications for forest research and education
Friday 23 September, 14:30

Gerhard Weiss

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Gerhard Weiss
is senior researcher at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU) and the Central-East European Regional Office of EFI (EFICEEC). He is chairing the ongoing European COST Action FACESMAP on Forest Ownership Changes in Europe and is and has been involved in several European research projects dealing with innovation in forestry and rural areas. His special research interests are forest policy and innovation research – the latter being in the centre of his attention since 2001, applying an innovation system approach, and covering innovation fields such as co-operations in forestry, wood mobilisation, wood energy, recreation and environmental services, non-wood products, wood construction, social innovation as well as innovation policy.

How to foster innovation: the role of innovation policies
Friday 23 September, 12:30

Niklas Von Weymarn

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Niklas von Weymarn
started his career in 1999 by taking the the position of Research Scientist at Cultor Technology Center (Cultor is today a part of DuPont). He has since held the positions of Project Manager, Team Leader, Program Manager and Technology Manager at Aalto University, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and FIBIC Ltd. He is currently Vice President of Research at Metsä Fibre. In that role he is managing the development of new bioproducts related to Metsä Group’s Bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland. Niklas was part of the industrial core team, who set up the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) and together with the European Commission, the Bio-based Industries Public-Private Partnership. He is Board Member of BIC and the Forest-based Sector Technology Platform.

 

Äänekoski bioproduct mill
Friday 23 September, 11:10

Mike Wingfield

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Michael (Mike) Wingfield
is the President of the International Union of Forestry Research Organisations (IUFRO) and the founding Director of the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) based at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He holds a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of Minnesota and has conducted research on tree pests and pathogens, especially concerning their global movement, in many countries of the world for more than thirty years. In this regard, he has been the advisor to large numbers of doctoral students and also to many major forestry corporations globally. 

 

Panel discussion: Implications for forest research and education
Friday 23 September, 14:30

Photos: Johanna Kokkola (GS-M), Saku Ruusila (MP), Jaanis Kerkis (EH), MMM (JN), Seppo Samuli (NVW), Bruno Barata (SS), INRA (FH)