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Experts from across the globe will be assembled in Helsinki on Thursday for the 2017 Bioeconomy Investment Summit.

The event gathers together over 500 policymakers, investors, scientists, journalists and industry from 40 countries to share their views on how we can bring together the economy and the environment.

New advances in technology mean that everything that can be made out of oil can be made from renewable, biological resources. There are huge environmental and business opportunities for a wide range of industries: construction, chemicals, textiles, energy, plastics. The bioeconomy gives us a unique opportunity for building a sustainable future.

Marc Palahí, Director of the European Forest Institute said: “The summit discusses the investments and policies which we need to transform emerging bioeconomy technologies and businesses into the mainstream future economic reality. We are looking forward to hearing innovative contributions from our speakers tackling different angles of the challenge.”

Speakers include Alexander Stubb, Vice President of the European Investment Bank, Marcus Wallenberg, Chair of Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB), Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of carbon recycling company, LanzaTech, Mathieu Flamini, former footballer and partner and co-founder of GFBiochemicals, and Joanna Dupont-Inglis, chair of the EU Bioeconomy Panel.

The event will also feature a walking exhibition showing how everyday objects can have bio-based ingredients. On show will be bio-based products from more than a dozen companies.

The event will be streamed live:

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The 2017 Bioeconomy Investment Summit is organised by the European Forest Institute, City of Joensuu, Regional Council of North Karelia, Natural Resources Institute Finland and the European Commission.

The European Forest Institute is an independent, science-based international organisation that provides the best forest science knowledge and information for better informed policy making. EFI provides support for decision-takers, policy makers and institutions, bringing together cross-boundary scientific knowledge and expertise to strengthen science-policy dialogue.