Barcelona, 13 November 2018
Visions, approaches and experiences
in the forest circular bioeconomy
13 November
9:30 - 10:00
Registration & Welcome coffee
10:00 - 11:20
Opening session

Chair: Antoni Trasobares. Director, CTFC.

“la Caixa” Banking Foundation: Sonia Garcinuño. Scientific Dissemination and CosmoCaixa Area.

Forested regions initiative: Risto Poutiainen. Region Mayor, Regional Council of North Karelia.

Committee of the Regions (CoR): Ossi Martikainen. Rapporteur on Forest Strategy and Commission for Natural Resources (NAT) president.

ERIAFF: Fabio Boscaleri. Policy Advisor, Tuscany Region Brussels liaison office.

  • Keynote: Waldemar Kütt. Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation F1 Bioeconomy Strategy, European Commission. The updated EU Bioeconomy Strategy: better connection environment, society and economy.
  • Keynote: Felipe Ortega. Deputy Advisor, Agribusiness and Rural Development, European Investment Bank (EIB). Investment opportunities for bioeconomy at the regional level.
  • Questions session.


11:20 - 12:45
Session 1: Success cases from business. Regional implications

Chair: Andreu Mas-Colell. Professor in the Department of Economics at Pompeu Fabra University. Former Minister of Economy and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia. Introductory speech.

  • Questions and debate.


12:45 - 14:00
Networking lunch
14:00 - 15:40  
Session 2: Building the EU Bioeconomy: Integrating environmental, socio-economic and regional aspects

Chair: Christian Patermann. Member of the Bioeconomy Council of the German Government. Former Programme Director at Research Directorate-General of the European Commission. Introductory speech.


15:40 - 16:20
Session 3: The future of a European circular bioeconomy

Chair: Lauri Hetemäki. Assistant Director, EFI

Keynote: Marc Castellnou. Chief analist, GRAF-Bombers, Government of Catalonia. Forest fires and the bioeconomy.

Keynote: Lauri Hetemäki. Concluding remarks on the future of a European circular bioeconomy.

16:20 - 16:35
Closing and next steps

Chair: Teresa Jordà. Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food, Government of Catalonia, and Chairman of Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia - CTFC.

  • Bittor Oroz. Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy, Basque Governement.
  • Donatella Spano. Regional Minister for the Environment Protection, Autonomous Region of Sardinia.
  • Teresa Jordà.