Bioeconomy - extending the value chain in agriculture and forestry

Time: 25th of September, 2014
Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia

Conferences main focus will be on smart resource management in agriculture and forestry. We explore what is the current status and potential for extending the value chain regarding production and use of biomass in these two primary sectors and related secondary industries. Speakers deliver on future trends, obstacles, good cases to inspire networking and novel initiatives.

9.30-10.00 – Registration

10.00-10.20 – Welcoming words

  • Mait Klaassen, Rector of Estonian University of Life Sciences
  • Valvo Semilarski, Deputy Mayor of Tartu
  • Martin Kikas, Director of Tartu Regional Energy Agency
  • Berth Sundström,  Director of the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office of Estonia

10.20-11.45 – Keynote presentations

  • Why Bioeconomy? Prof Sirpa Kurppa, MTT Agrifood Research Finland, Member of the EU Bioeconomy Panel
  • Market sense of bioeconomy – Jyri Arponen, SITRA
  • Policies unlocking the business potential – Ants Noot, Chancellor of Estonian Ministry of Agriculture

11.45-12.45 – Lunch

12.45-14.25 – Bioeconomy and regional development

  • Bioeconomy – driver for rural development – Jukka Teräs, Senior Research Fellow of Nordregio
  • Closing the resource loop – Envi Grow Park, Juha Pirkkamaa, Environment and energy cluster manager of Forssa Region Development Centre
  • Wood Industry – Integral Component in Estonian Sustainable Development – Ott Otsmann, Director of Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association
  • Sustainable forest management – Priit Põllumäe, Junior research fellow of Estonian University of Life Sciences

14.25-14.50 – Coffee-brake

14.50-16.30 – Agriculture and food production

  • Agricultural production chains and opportunities – Prof Anne Luik, Professor emeritus and Senior Research Fellow of Estonian University of Life Sciences
  • Food waste: penalty or benefit? – Prof Mait Kriipsalu, Professor on water protection, Estonian University of Life Sciences
  • Polli Competence Centre for Knowledge-Based Health Goods – Aret Vooremäe, Director of Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Estonian University of Life Sciences
  • Food versus energy: competition on land resources – Prof Sirpa Kurppa, MTT Agrifood Research Finland, Member of the EU Bioeconomy Panel

16.30-17.00 – Panel discussion – „How to turn competition to co-operation in using biomass across sectors?

17.00-17.15 – Conclusions and closing

17.15-18.00 – Reception