ERIFORE -project organized its second open Workshop as a side event for the Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Workshop took place at Tidningshuset on 27th of March. The morning session introduced workshop participants to the capabilities and emerging concepts identified for the future European forest-based research infrastructure with the following presentations:
After a lunch break, the program continued with keynote lectures on research infrastructure development needs. Industry views were presented by Birgitta Sundblad from RISE and by Torgny Persson from the Swedish Forest Industries Federation. The presentations can be downloaded here:
The afternoon workshop session dealt with Forest based biorefining – research infrastructure co-operation arrangements. The aim of the open workshop was to collect stakeholders’ insights into three alternative plans for co-operation models. Around 60 workshop participants discussed and compared the models in respect of their scientific vision and mission, technological scope and offered services for user communities. Furthermore, in each case, it was possible to propose new partners – research infrastructure owners with specific expertise and facilities – to be included in the co-operation arrangement plans. We are happy to say that the workshop was very productive. The comments and input received from external participants will be elaborated further in ERIFORE’s internal meetings. The outcomes will be utilized as a starting point for the work in WP6 to draft business models, governance structures and financing plans for the distributed research infrastructure. You will hear the results in ERIFORE’s final workshop this autumn.
The evening continued with an “Open House” event organized by RISE Bieconomy for NWBC 2017 conference delegates. There we had a unique opportunity to take part in guided lab tours under four themes: 1) Lignin-based carbon fibre, 2) Mobile demo plant for nanocellulose manufacturing, 3) Textile cellulose spinning, and 4) Paperbase – the information resource for the cellulose-based industry. A lot of information was communicated during the tours, thank you for the excellent event!
Finally, on behalf of the whole ERIFORE consortium, we wish to thank our hosts KTH Royal Institute of Technology and RISE Bioeconomy for taking care of the practical workshop arrangements, and all the participants for attending the workshop! We hope to see you again in the final workshop in November 2017!
Photos by Josefin Illergård & Minna Malin
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654371