Koli Forum 2023

11-12 October 2023, Koli National Park, Finland

Europe’s cities, regions, industries and natural resources are facing significant changes. Preparations for the future, routed in a systemic circular bioeconomy, should start now. This calls for a holistic system of sustainable change, which includes long-sighted and sustainable land use for today’s future, sustainable choices of discerning citizens, with business and research mainstreaming innovation and rethinking of services with society at its center. In this transition towards a systemic circular bioeconomy, forests and society play a major role.


Day 1: Wednesday 11 October

13 Coffee / tea

13:30 Opening session, confirmed speakers

Camilla Sandström, UMU/UNESCO: Key considerations for achieving a green and inclusive societal transformation

Marianela Pepe: What do young people expect for future worklife and society?

15.30  Coffee/tea 

16.15  Session 1: Sustainable land use for today’s future

This session is organised in collaboration with the Finnish Forest Bioeconomy Science Panel

17:30  Time to network and enjoy Koli

 19   Dinner

Day 2: Thursday 12 October

9-10.15   Session 2: Mainstreaming innovation, confirmed speakers

Harri Palviainen, Järvenpää: From strategy to buy-in at city/community level. How do you drive the change?

Clara Martinez, ECBF: Financing tomorrow’s solutions

Erik Bengtson, Södra Ädla: Add-on business opportunities while growing forests. Solutions for small-owners and users

10.15-11.30 Session 3: Sustainable choice, confirmed speakers

Marion Hammerl, Lake Constance Foundation: More information on sustainable choices. New developments in certification and ecolabelling.

Amandeep Dhir, University of Agder, Norway: How social media influences consumption.

11.30             Walk to Koli Hill / networking

12.30             Lunch

13.30-15  Session 4: Koli Theses, in small groups

15-16.15    Conclusions and take-home messages

16:30             Bus leaving

18                   Train to Helsinki


Venue and practicalities

Our main venue is the auditorium located in the Ukko Heritage Centre a few meters away from the Break Sokos Hotel Koli.

Travel to and from Koli

Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements. We will arrange a shuttle bus to and from Koli, schedules to be confirmed later on.

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More info about Koli National Park