Building the bioeconomy: Insights from European strategies

7 June 2016, Helsinki

Chair: Göran Persson, ThinkForest President and Esko Aho, EFI Strategic Advisor

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12:00 Opening 
  Marc Palahí, Director, European Forest Institute (EFI)
Göran Persson, ThinkForest President

12:10 Role of the forest-based bioeconomy

Olli Rehn, Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland ( presentation, speech)
Therese Knapp, speaking on behalf of Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Policy Coordination and Energy, Sweden 

12:40 Questions and answers
12:55 EU views on bioeconomy strategy
  Thomas Arnold, Adviser ‘Sustainable Bioeconomy’, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission ( presentation, large file of 11 MB)
Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP, European Parliament 

13:40 Insights from the Global Bioeconomy Summit for future strategies
  Christine Lang, Chair of the German Bioeconomy Council ( presentation)

14:00 Science perspective on bioeconomy strategies
  Markku Ollikainen, Professor University of Helsinki & Chair of the Finnish Climate Change Panel ( presentation)

14:20 Coffee
14:50 Panel discussion: “Building the Bioeconomy: which strategies and policies are needed?”
  Moderator: Marc Palahí, European Forest Institute

Panellists include:
  Esko Aho, EFI Strategic Adviser
  Christine Lang, German Bioeconomy Council
  Markku Ollikainen, University of Helsinki & Finnish Climate Change Panel
  Göran Persson, ThinkForest President
  Sofia Santos, Secretary General, BCSD Portugal

15:50 Concluding statement
  Göran Persson, ThinkForest President
Esko Aho, EFI Strategic Adviser

16:00 Networking with wine and snacks (partly sponsored by FORBIO)
17:15 The event ends