Presentations of Finnish-Swedish bioeconomy seminar 25th Oct, 2021 available

The Finnish-Swedish bioeconomy seminar organized on Mon 25th Oct online. The event was an inspiring gathering of both industry, research and funding organizations. Four parallel sessions on wood materials, biorefinery, textiles and packaging gave the opportunity to have a deep dive to these topics.


The topics with bold blue color can be shared or downloaded and the black topics are without public presentations.

Circular bioeconomy, an important part of sustainable development in

Ilmari Absetz, Ecosystem lead, Business Finland

Circular bioeconomy, an important part of sustainable development in Sweden

Anders Holmgren, Vinnova

Canadian view of Nordic development

Orlando Rojas, Dr. and Canada Excellence Research Chair in Forest Bioproducts and Scientific Director of the UBC BioProducts Institute, Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC)

The IKEA People & Planet Positive strategy – how we make it happen

Christina Niemelä Ström, Sustainability Manager, IKEA Supply

Parallel Sessions

1. Wood materials and Construction – Led by Tomas Alsmarker, Head of Innovation & Research, Swedish Wood

Wood is a building material that holds great potential for new buildings as well as for renovation and extension of existing buildings. The material is light, strong and eco-friendly. Listen to groundbreaking Nordic research projects that will change the cityscape.

Presentations from research projects on wood materials and construction:


Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, Senior Advisor and Adjunct Professor VTT and Dr. Andreas Nikolaus Kleinschmit von Lengefeld, Founder and CEO, HOMO SILVESTRIS EUROPAE

InFutUReWood –  Innovative Design for the Future – Use andReuse of Wood (Building) Components

Karin Sandberg, Researcher and Project leader, RISE

DynaTTB, Dynamic Response of Tall Timber Buildings under Service Load

Kjell Arne Malo, Professor, NTNU

Sawmill 4.0

Johan Oja, Technical Manager and Associate Professor, Norra Timber

2. Biorefinery – Chemicals and fuels – Led by Emilia Moisio, Director New Fibre Businesses, UPM-Kymmene Oyj

The bio-based industry can provide great help in facing today´s climate challenges and promote more sustainable consumption. Just as today’s oil refineries utilise the various fractions of crude oil, the biorefineries can play an important role in processing all the constituents of the biomass: cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin, extractives and proteins. Hear the latest progress in biorefining and the relevant regulation and listen to several projects that take bio-based solutions to global markets through new cross-border collaboration.

The introduction and future views to the biorefining

Emilia Moisio, Director New Fibre Businesses, UPM-Kymmene Oyj

Fit for 55 and the development of biochemicals and biofuels

Marko Janhunen, Director, Public Affairs,UPM-Kymmene

Presentations from research projects:


Rauni Seppänen, R&D Specialist and Project Manager, Holmen, Marc Borrega, Senior Scientist, VTT and Peter Skagerlind, PhD/Founder, pSk earth adaption


Henrik Rådberg, Development Engineer, Preem

BtoMi – Low value biomass to high quality manufacturing industry

Thomas Bräck, Business Development Director, Meva Energy

3. Textiles –  Led by Maria Ström, Innovation Manager, Wargön Innovation

The global need for textile fibers has grown rapidly and constitutes a societal challenge. Textiles based on cellulose holds great potential for both technical textiles and fashion. The demand for green and circular textile fibers is growing. Listen to world leading innovations from the Nordic countries on upscaling of bio-based solutions and recycling of textile fibers.


Cecilia Tall, Secretary-General, TEKO

Introduction – Key Enabling Technologies for a Sustainable Future

Marja-Liisa Niinikoski, CEO, Finnish Textile & Fashion

Presentations form research projects:


Pirjo Heikkilä, Senior Scientist and Project Manager, VTT and Henric Nedéus, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Business Development, Cellcomb

100 % bio-based and biodegradable airlaid nonwoven 

Maria Wennman, R&D Director, Organoclick

Panel discussion: Textile innovation in the Nordic

Heli Kuorikoski, CEO at MI Demo Ltd, Metsä Spring,
Tahani Kaldéus, Head of R&D and Innovation, Renewcell
Åsa Östlund, Head of R&D, TreeToTextile

New textile project – BioInnovation

Hanna de la Motte, VP of the Business and Innovation Area Material Transition, RISE

4. Packaging – Led by Ali Harlin, Research professor, VTT

Global trade of packaging is increasing and there is an increasing demand for efficient, sustainable and smart packaging solutions. Fiber-based packaging is developed for more and more applications to replace fossil-based plastics. Listen to the overview of the packaging development and the brand owners’ views to the future of bio-based packaging taking into account the changing regulatory landscape. Hear also the offering of two innovative SME companies.

Overview to the packaging development and future foresight including impact of regulations 

Ali Harlin, VTT

Nestle views to the future of bio-based packaging

Alexey Vishtal, Packaging expert and Team leader, Nestle

Huhtamäki views to the future of bio-based packaging

Tanja Virtanen-Leppä, Head of Sustainability Center of Excellence, Huhtamäki

SME companies having interesting offering of bio-based solutions: Case Woodly and Case Paboco

Tommi Vuorinen, CTO, Woodly

Gittan Schiöld, Interim CEO, Paboco