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
Ibrahim Baylan, Minister for Energy, Sweden 

12:40 Questions and answers
12:55 EU commission views on bioeconomy and circular economy strategies
  Thomas Arnold, Adviser ‘Sustainable Bioeconomy’, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

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

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

14:20   Coffee
14:50 Panel discussion: “Building the Bioeconomy: which strategies and policies are needed?”
  Moderator:  Miapetra Kumpula-Natri, MEP, European Parliament 

Panellists include:
  Esko Aho, EFI Strategic Adviser
  Florent Guhl, Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, France
  Christine Lang, German Bioeconomy Council
  Marc Palahí, European Forest Institute
  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