AGENDA 4 OCTOBER: conference on Innovation in the Bioeconomy in the Basque Country

24 August 2023

4 October 2023


Ercilla street 24-1º (Bilbao)

The Basque Bioeconomy Innovation Day is an event that will offer a combination of forward-looking keynote lectures, short, high-impact presentations of concrete innovative solutions, and networking time.

Forests cover more than 54% of the surface area of the Basque Country, they are vital green infrastructures. Sustainable forest management can help to adapt forests to climate change, balancing the production of timber, non-timber products and ecosystem services.

On 4 October 2023, we invite you to attend the Bioeconomy Innovation Day 2023 to learn about the latest scientific advances and innovative solutions in bioeconomy.

This event focuses on innovative solutions for different aspects of the forest bioeconomy:

  • Sustainable and multifunctional forestry
  • Advanced bio-based materials
  • Bio-construction

During the day you will be able to connect with key players in the bioeconomy innovation ecosystem from research, forest management, industry, business, finance, government and civil society, and discover new opportunities to drive the green transition.


8:15 | Registration

9:00 | Welcome. Bittor Oroz, Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Basque Government.

9:10 | Regenerative forestry: Boosting economic growth and natural assets hand in hand. Timo Lehesvirta, nature expert, Metsä Group.

9:35 | Why invest in the European bioeconomy? Ananya Manna, Investment Manager, European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF).

10:00 | Introduction to the sessions and networking methodology. Leire Barañano, CEO of NEIKER.

10:05 | Session 1. Sustainable and multifunctional forestry.

10:30 | Challenges and opportunities for European forestry. Bart Muys, Forestry, Nature and Landscape Division, KU Leuven, Belgium.

  • Zerticarbon
  • HAZI
  • Fortra
  • Question and answer session

11:30 | Networking and coffee break

12:00 | Session 2. All-purpose Biomaterials

Macro trends that are shaping the development of Biomaterials. Michael Carus, Managing Director of nova-Institute GmbH.

  • Evolgene
  • Axalko
  • Biorefformed
  • Question and answer session

13:25 | The Basque Green Deal and the bioeconomy. Department of Economic Development, Sustainability and Environment. Speaker to be confirmed.

13:50 | Lunch and networking

15:00 | Session 3. A boost for innovation in the forest-based bioeconomy: learnings from European regions.

Presentation of the best cases of acceleration and support to the bioeconomy in European regions:

  • Irish Bioeconomy Foundation
  • Enkarterri
  • BioBoost
  • Question and answer session

16:30 | Networking. Coffee and local sweets.

17:00 | End of the Bioeconomy Innovation Day.