Berth Sundström
Moderator of the keynote session

The Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Estonia, director




Tea Nõmmann

Stockholm Environment Institute, director




Jyri Arponen
Topic: Market sense of bioeconomy

Mr. Jyri Arponen has twenty years of experience in business development, marketing and financing. He joined the Finnish Innovation Fund, Sitra, four years ago as a Business Director in the Landmarks Program to create new business models with SMEs. He currently runs the Sitra team that builds an innovative platform for Finnish companies to accelerate industrial symbiosis and a circular economy.

In his presentation he discusses about bio-economy as part of circular economy opening new sources of revenue and added value for Industries and environment

Mait Kriipsalu
Topic: Food waste: penalty or benefit?

Mait Kriipsalu is a professor on water protection at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. He has been covering the topics on water protection and waste managment for 20 years.

Minimizing the amount of food waste has become on of the major subjects in the European Union waste managment system. Prof Kriipsalu discusses, why is it so and what can we do.


Sirpa Kurppa
Topics: Why bioeconomy?
Food versus energy: competition on land resources

Professor Sirpa Kurppa is a specialist in the ecology of food production systems, including environmental impact (LCA) assessment in plant production and animal husbandry, the food production chain and consumer habits. She has wide-ranging international science experience accumulated over more than 30 years and has provided expert input into EU rural foresight studies and into the work of the Committee for the Future of the Finnish Parliament, the Finnish National Food Strategy and the Strategy for Sustainable Consumption and Production.

Anne Luik
Topic: Agricultural production chains and opportunities

Anne Luik is senior research fellow and professor emeritus at the Department of Plant Protection at the Estonian University of Life Sciences.



Ants Noot
Topic: Policies unlocking the business potential

Ants Noot is a chancellor of the Estonian Ministry of Agriculture. 



Ott Otsmann
Topic: Wood Industry – Integral Component in Estonian Sustainable Development

Managing director of the Estonian Forest and Wood Industries Association




Juha Pirkkamaa
Topic: Closing the resource loop

Juha Pirkkamaal has experience in international, national and regional environmental, food and rural project management, and experience in marketing and commercialisation of research results. He has worked last 20 years in business development together with the companies of bio-economy, food and environmental technology as well as with research, education and municipalities.


Priit Põllumäe
Topic: Sustainable forest management

Priit Põllumäe is a PhD student and junior research fellow of the Estonian University of Life Sciences. His main research direction is private forestry.



Jukka Teräs
Topic: Bioeconomy – driver for rural development

Jukka Teräs specialises in regional development, innovation environments, innovation promotion, technology transfer, issues related to non-metropolitan regions.

The presentation discusses the Nordic bioeconomy from the viewpoint of rural development. An important issue related to  bioeconomy is the economic impact and potential of the bioeconomy initiatives in rural regions. Bioeconomy, with e.g. distributed production models at the local level, is expected to act as a strong driver for rural development.

Aret Vooremäe
Topic: Polli Competence Centre for Knowledge-Based Health Goods

Aret Vooremäe is the director of Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. He has tought selective breeding and studied agricultural engineering and the factors affecting spring-wheat. Leads the creation of Polli Competence Centre for Knowledge-Based Health Goods.