Koli Forum 2023
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.
These topics will be discussed in the 2023 Koli Forum, 11-12 October 2023. Save the date and be on the lookout for the registration which will be opened during the summer!
Day 1: Wednesday 11th of October
12 Bus transportation to Koli leaves from Joensuu railway station
13.30 Opening session
Welcoming words and setting the goals for the Forum by Diana Tuomasjukka, EFI and Jussi Manninen, VTT.
Keynote speeches by
Camilla Sandström, UMU/UNESCO: Key considerations for achieving a green and inclusive societal transformation
Marianela Pepe, National University of Comahue, Argentina: What do young people expect for future worklife and society?
Antti Asikainen, Natural Resources Institute Finland: Forests in the bioeconomy
16.15 Session 1: Sustainable land use for today’s future
This session is organised in collaboration with the Finnish Forest Bioeconomy Science Panel, with Antti Asikainen (Natural Resources Institute Finland) as the moderator.
Tekla Tammelin, VTT / FinnCeres flagship: New products and processes for diversified product portfolio – and what is required from the feedstock?
Riikka Paloniemi, Finnish Environment Institute: Forest bioeconomy in sustainability transformations – what is expected from wider landscape?
17:30 Time to network and enjoy Koli
Day 2: Thursday 12th of October
9-10.15 Session 2: Mainstreaming innovation
Harri Palviainen, City of Järvenpää, Finland: 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
Anna Hakulinen, Valio: Valio’s role in offering sustainable products
Tero Heinonen, Finnish Environment Institute: Observations on Green Claims in Finland. Would the Proposed Directive Change them?
11.30 Walk to Koli Hill / networking
13.30-15 Session 4: Koli Theses
Discussion and interactive workshop in small groups, formulating the Koli Theses 2023 for communicating the messages of the event
15-16.15 Conclusions and take-home messages
16:30 Bus leaving to Joensuu
18 Train to Helsinki
Venue and practicalities
Travel to and from Koli
Participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements. We will arrange a free shuttle bus from Joensuu railway station to Koli and back, schedules to be confirmed later on.