Invitation to the 9th EIS and ERIFORE lunch debate in Brussels on 29th November

We are pleased to invite you to the high-level lunch debate on “Future research infrastructure for European leadership in circular forest bioeconomy” in connection with the 9th European Innovation Summit (EIS) in Brussels. The final ERIFORE workshop, hosted by Ms Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, will take place on Wednesday, 29 November, in the Members’ Salon of the European Parliament from 12:30 to 14:30. The event is organized together with Knowledge4Innovation.

One of the global challenges is to move from the fossil-based economy to sustainable bioeconomy. The forest-based sector has the opportunity to take the lead here by linking the whole value chain from the management and use of natural resources to the delivery of products and services. The forest bioeconomy has high potential in energy products, chemicals and new materials.

The event will highlight the following issues:

  • There is a need to develop new value added products from forest-based biomass enabling implementation of the European bioeconomy strategy.
  • Sustainable development and enhanced utilization of the European research and innovation infrastructures require long-term commitments and funding models.
  • ERIFORE aims for an open access distributed research infrastructure which bridges science and innovation across many technology fields throughout the whole value chain.

A detailed agenda and description will be updated on the webpage of the event. The topic will be introduced by high-level keynote speakers:

Moderator: Jussi Manninen,
Executive Vice President of Solutions for Natural Resources and Environment Business, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Humberto Delgado Rosa,
Director Natural Capital, EC, DG ENV

Dirk Carrez,
Executive Director of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC)

Mika Härkönen,
ERIFORE Coordinator, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


If you are interested in attending, please register here no later than Friday, 17 November 2017. In addition, Knowledge4Innovation is pleased to invite you to the other 9th EIS conferences.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the ERIFORE high-level lunch debate and the 9th European Innovation Summit.

Mika Härkönen, ERIFORE Coordinator

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654371