Author: Virginija Kargyte

Discovering solutions for sustainable bioeconomy development in the context of climate change

Discovering solutions for sustainable bioeconomy development in the context of climate change

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme’s project “Unlocking the Potential of Bio-based Value Chains in the Baltic Sea Region” (BalticBiomass4Value) is happy to invite you to the 2nd International Scientific Conference “Sustainable Bioeconomy Development 2021: Adaptation to Climate Change”, which will be held online on 20-21 May 2021.

On the 20th of May during the morning session, participants will have the opportunity to hear the keynote speakers from Italy, the Netherlands, and Germany.

Dr. Lucia Rocchi, an Italian scientist conducting research in the fields of economics, sustainability, biodiversity, ecosystem, and circular economy, will introduce the participants to the circular economy and SDGs, their connections for a more sustainable development model. Dr. Martin C. Th. Scholten, an advisor for science diplomacy to future food and nature policies from the Netherlands, will focus on climate-resilient food production in a sustainable bioeconomy and adaptive agricultural practices based on circular resource management. Dr. Gerald Schwarz, who has 15-year background in agri-environmental and rural policy analysis, will introduce the participants to the governance and sustainability implications of agroecological transitions. The presentations will be complemented with valuable discussion on sustainable bioeconomy development.

On the 21st of May, the conference will begin with the panel discussion, which focuses on the potential scenarios of the development and market uptake of biofuels, biofertilizers, and bioplastics. Environmental, technological and economic factors will be discussed with the leading researchers and bio-based industry representatives from Lithuania, Estonia, Norway, and Sweden.

Perspectives of biofuels will be explored with Dr. Vincent Eijsink, Professor of the Faculty of Chemistry, Biotechnology and Food Science at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Ahto Oja, Member of the Board of “Balti Biometaan” that was founded with the aim to develop the production of biomethane as a motor fuel in Estonia and the Baltics. Adoption of innovative and sustainable bio-based solutions in agriculture will be discussed with Dr. Audrius Gegeckas, Head of R&D Department at Lithuanian company “Bioenergy LT” that provides innovative and sustainable high-biotech solutions improving crop productivity and maintaining soil biological activity, and Dr. Gustaf Forsberg, Senior Specialist of Swedish company “ThermoSeed Global” that offers innovative, highly efficient and environmentally friendly seed treatment technology. Meanwhile, Dr. Inga Matijošytė, Senior Researcher and Head of Applied Biocatalysis Sector at the Institute of Biotechnology of Vilnius University Life Sciences Centre, and Dr. Irena Vitkauskienė, Business Development Consultant at Lithuanian company “Plastiksė” that manufactures plastic packaging products for beverage, food, cosmetic, chemical and medical industries, will share their insights about the future of plastics.

As the transition towards more circular and bio-based economy requires new business models that change the way the enterprises conduct their business, the second part of the panel discussion will be dedicated to the discussion on good practice business models for sustainable bioeconomy development. Dr. Ants-Hannes Viira, Senior Researcher and Director of the Institute of Economics and Social Sciences at the Estonian University of Life Sciences, will present results of the recent study on such business models conducted by the BalticBiomass4Value project.

More information: https://sbd.vdu.lt

Registration: https://sbd.vdu.lt/for-participants/registrations/

From date
2021-05-20
To date
2021-05-21
International Conference and Business Networking Event: Bio-based Industries Fast Forward

International Conference and Business Networking Event: Bio-based Industries Fast Forward

On 17th September 2020, the BalticBiomass4Value project consortium kindly invites business enterprises and other bio-based economy stakeholders to attend an International Conference and Business Networking Event “Bio-based Industries Fast Forward” that will be held virtually. The main aim of this event is to present opportunities for the development of sustainable bio-based industries in the Baltic Sea Region and beyond, as well as to enable business enterprises to establish useful contacts for the initiation of green business development projects.

Plenary session

Participants of the event will have an opportunity to get acquainted with the activities of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium that represents private sector in the public-private partnership with the European Commission for investing in bio-based innovations (Nelo Emerencia, Programming Director of the Bio-Based Industries Consortium, Belgium), as well as with the trends in the European biogas sector (Susanna Pflüger, Secretary General of the European Biogas Association, Belgium). The achievements and future directions of the Policy Area “Bioeconomy” of the European Union Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will be also introduced to the participants (Torfi Jóhannesson, Senior Adviser of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Denmark).

Insights on the current state and future perspectives of the bio-tech and bioenergy industries in the Baltic Sea Region will be shared by leaders of business associations (Tomas Andrejauskas, President of the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association, and Henriette Vivestad, Managing Director of the Norwegian Bioenergy Association). Furthermore, the BalticBiomass4Value project experts will present their in-depth analyses on the biomass potential and its deployment opportunities in countries of the Baltic Sea Region (Mariusz Stolarski, Professor of the Centre for Bioeconomy and Renewable Energies at the University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Poland), as well as on the prospects of the bioenergy sector in the Baltic Sea Region during times of increased competition for biological resources and low prices of fossil fuels (Erik Trømborg, Professor of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences).

Presentations will also encompass relevant funding instruments aimed at supporting the green growth, such as the European Economic Area and Norway Grants (Konrad Konieczny, Programme Officer of the European Economic Area and Norway Grants at the Innovation Norway Warsaw Office, Poland).

Parallel sessions

To enable discussions and networking between business enterprises, the following Lithuanian – Norwegian – German B2B sessions will be held:

  • Parallel session 1: Innovative uses of various biomass resources for the production of high-value sustainable bio-based products (moderator – Inga Matijošytė, Head of the Sector of Applied Biocatalysis at Vilnius University Life Sciences Centre Institute of Biotechnology and Vice President of the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association, with guest speaker – Ilaria Re, EU Project Office Director at the Consorzio Italbiotec, the Italian leading consortium in the biotechnology sector);
  • Parallel session 2: Innovative uses of agricultural and aquatic biomass for the production of sustainable bioenergy and other bio-based products (moderator – Kęstutis Navickas, Professor of the Institute of Energy and Biotechnology Engineering at Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy, Lithuania, with guest speaker – Jessica HuddeBiogas Advisory Service at the Agency for Renewable Resources – FNR, the central coordinating agency in the area of renewable resources in Germany);
  • Parallel session 3: Innovative uses of forest biomass and municipal waste for the production of sustainable bioenergy and other bio-based products (moderator – Mindaugas Šilininkas, Director of Euromediena Ltd. and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Forest and Land Owners Association of Lithuania, with guest speaker – Gudbrand Rødsrud, Technology Director at Borregaard AS, the operator of advanced biorefinery that produces environmentally friendly biochemicals and biomaterials replacing oil-based products, Norway).

Participants of these parallel sessions will have an opportunity to exchange their experience and interests, as well as to establish useful contacts in discussed fields.

Full agenda, updates and active registration form can be found here.

From date
2020-09-17
To date
2020-09-17
International Scientific Conference “Sustainable Bioeconomy Development 2020: From Thinking Globally to Acting Locally”

International Scientific Conference “Sustainable Bioeconomy Development 2020: From Thinking Globally to Acting Locally”

We are very pleased to invite you to the International Scientific Conference “Sustainable Bioeconomy Development 2020: From Thinking Globally to Acting Locally” that will be held virtually on 25 June 2020.

The conference is organized by the Faculty of Bioeconomy Development of Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy and the Faculty of Economics and Social Development of Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies.

The conference is dedicated to interdisciplinary scientific discussions and new ideas related to the following topics:

  • Sustainability as a Key for Bioeconomy Challenges;
  • Bioeconomy for Rural Development;
  • Innovation to Investments, Markets and the Bio-Based Sector.

 

Within this conference, consortium of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region project “BalticBiomass4Value” is organising a panel discussion “Bioeconomy: Seizing the Opportunity for Rural Areas” that will be held from 9:40 AM to 11:00 AM (Lithuanian time).

Themes of the discussion:

  • Actions for developing sustainable bioeconomy in the Baltic States and other parts of the Baltic Sea Region, similarities and differences in applied approaches;
  • Business model innovation for sustainable bio-based business development and what environment is needed that they would flourish;
  • Role of rural areas in the equation of sustainable bioeconomy development, what benefits they may expect.

Panel discussion participants:

  • Dalia Miniataitė, Chief Adviser of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania (Lithuania);
  • Irina Pilvere, Rector of the Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (Latvia);
  • Argo Peepson, Adviser of the Research and Development Department at the Ministry of Rural Affairs of the Republic of Estonia (Estonia);
  • Henrik Barth, Researcher of the School of Business, Engineering and Science at Halmstad University(Sweden);
  • Sascha Hermus, Project Manager at the 3N Lower Saxony Network for Renewable Resources and Bioeconomy (Germany).

Discussion will be moderated by Virginija Kargytė, Coordinator of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region project “BalticBiomass4Value” and Vice President of the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association (Lithuania).

 

Please register by filling in online form. For oral presentations, registration is open until 31 May 2020.

Papers that fulfil the requirements can be published in the scientific journal “Management Theory and Studies for Rural Business and Infrastructure Development”.

From date
2020-06-25
To date
2020-06-25