On 17 September 2020, the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association kindly invites business representatives to attend an international networking event “Bio-based Industries Fast Forward: International Conference and Business Networking Event in Kaunas, Lithuania. Physical meeting – Hall of the Central Building of Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy, Studentų Street 11, Kaunas District. Online participation via webinar.
The event is organized in the framework of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region project “Unlocking the Potential of Bio-based Value Chains in the Baltic Sea Region” (BalticBiomass4Value), which is being implemented by 17 business, science and public sector organizations from Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Germany, Sweden, Norway, and Russia.
Part 1. Plenary Session
During the plenary session, Nelo Emerencia, Programming Director of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium (Belgium), will present the activities of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium, which represents private sector in the public-private partnership with the European Commission for investing in bio-based innovations. Meanwhile, Dr. Torfi Jóhannesson, Senior Adviser of the Nordic Council of Ministers (Denmark) will share the achievements and future directions of the Policy Area “Bioeconomy” of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
The participants will also have an opportunity to get acquainted with the first results of the BalticBiomass4Value project. Dr. Mariusz Stolarski, Professor of the Centre for Bioeconomy and Renewable Energies at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn (Poland), will present the results of the analysis of biomass potential, logistics and deployment practices in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as possibilities to improve biomass value chains in the region’s bioenergy sector. Dr. Erik Trømborg, Professor of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway), will introduce prospects of the bioenergy sector in the Baltic Sea Region during times of increased competition for biological resources and low prices of fossil fuels.
Part 2. Individualized parallel Sessions
During the first session, innovative uses of biomass resources for the production of environment-friendly higher value-added bio-based products (plastic substitutes, etc.) will be presented and discussed with business companies. The participants will be introduced to relevant innovation support programs and will have an opportunity to establish useful contacts with other business companies and scientists with relevant expertise. The session will be led by Dr. Inga Matijošytė, Head of the Sector of Applied Biocatalysis at Vilnius University Life Sciences Centre Institute of Biotechnology (Lithuania).
During the second session, innovative uses of biomass resources (agricultural wastes, etc.) for the production of bioenergy will be presented and discussed with business companies. The participants will be introduced to relevant innovation support programs and will have an opportunity to establish useful contacts with other business companies and scientists with relevant expertise. The session will be led by Dr. Kęstutis Navickas, Professor of the Institute of Energy and Biotechnology Engineering at Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy (Lithuania).
The third parallel session is all about forest biomass and municipal waste for the production of sustainable bioenergy and other bio-based products, led by Mindaugas Šilininkas, Director of Euromediena Ltd., Vice Chairman of the Board of the Forest and Land Owners Association of Lithuania (Lithuania).
The programme is still ‘under construction’. More speakers and sessions will be added during the next weeks. Besides, a field trip in Lithuania and national B2B sessions in the form of online workshops are currently being prepared.
Languages of the event is English.
The Baltic Biomass for Value project is funded under the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. FNR is in charge of project communication.
FNR contact person: Jennifer Nitzschke