MINDING THE FUTURE
– Bioeconomy in a changing Nordic reality

International conference on bioeconomy and the outcome of the NordBio projects, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference CentreReykjavik, 5-6 October 2016.

The purpose of the conference is to offer an informative and inspiring dialogue, present the outcomes of the NordBio projects, discuss challenges and opportunities ahead and to sow new seeds for the future.

Moderators:

Stefán Gíslason, senior environmental expert and director Environice
Þóra Arnórsdóttir, journalist and news editor at the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service


Tuesday, 4 October

17:30 – 18:30     Welcome reception, Reykjavik City Hall – hosted by the Mayor


Wednesday, 5 October, 09:00 – 16:30

Welcome and opening of the conference:

  • Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister of fisheries, agriculture and regional affairs in Iceland
  • Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Bioeconomy video. Premiere

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Christine Lang, Chairwoman in German Bioeconomy Council and CEO ORGANOBALANCE GmbH
    Bioeconomy and the future of biological resources

10:15 – 10:45    Coffee break

  • Dr. Ari Kristinn Jónsson, president Reykjavik University
    – Education and innovation for sustainable bioeconomy
  • Dr. Lene Lange Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
    – How to unlock the full potentials of the biomass

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

Four interactive sessions on different aspects of the bioeconomy

13:00 – 14:30     Session A (Silfurberg B) – Minding future disasters – more info

13:00 – 14:30     Session B (Ríma B) – Minding our business more info

14:30 – 15:15    Coffee break

15:00 – 16:30     Session C (Silfurberg B) – Minding future educationmore info

15:00 – 16:30     Session D (Ríma B) – Minding future divestmentmore info

 

19:00                       Dinner, Iðnó, Vonarstræti 3, 101 Reykjavík

 

Thursday, 6 October, 09:00 – 12:30

  • Dr. Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir, Professor of Environment and Natural Resources,
    University of Iceland
    – Nordic natural capital: the foundation for blue and green growth 
  • Dr. Bryan Alexander, Educator, futurist, speaker and writer
    “How education can help us build sustainable societies”? 
  • Dr. Hörður Kristinsson, chairman of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel
    – Role and plans of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel

10:30 – 11:00    Coffee break

  • Bioeconomy projects under Denmark, Finland and Norway chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
    – Short presentations:
    Liisa Saarenmaa, Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
    Ásmundur Guðjónsson, Director for  Nordic Atlantic Cooperation – NORA
  • Voices of a new generation
    Ásdís Ólafsdóttir, Communications Officer at EFTA Surveillance Authority, M.A. International Relations
    Haraldur Hugosson, Project Manager at Icelandic Startups, B.A. Economics, M.Sc. Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Summary and closing of the conference.

12:30 – 14:00  Special taste of innovation

About 50 innovation projects will be displayed and new products showcased. The projects were carried out with local producers in the west Nordic region focusing on innovation and increased sustainability of food production, utilizing better bioresources and creating new value from side streams of food processing. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet local producers and taste products including beer mustard with arctic thyme & bilberry, crispbread containing Icelandic moss and whey, meadowsweet syrup and nettle tea.


Boat tour with Opal – INCLUDED IN CONFERENCE FEE!

Northsailing was founded in 1995 as a whale watching tour operator. The company has since worked hard to provide quality marine wildlife tours and sailing adventures while keeping in harmony with nature and the environment. One of its schooners, Opal, has been retrofitted with groundbreaking technology: a regenerative hydrid-electric propulsion system which allows the sailing experience to be done with 100% renewable energy nearly eliminating the need for fossil fuels. It utilises sails to harness the wind energy, electricity on shore from renewable resources to charge four 60 kW batteries and finally, biofuel is available as a backup fuel. The system drastically improves the economy and the environmental impact of the boat and harmonizes with Europe‘s Bioeconomy Strategy which aims to ensure that fossil fuels are replaced with sustainable natural alternatives.

Price: Incl. in the conference fee
Departure:
04.10. Trip around the islands outside Reykjavik at 16:00 (duration 1 hour)
06.10. Whale watching trip at 16:00 (3 – 3 1/2 hours)

NOTE! The tour musts be booked in advance!
For bookings please contact helga@cpreykjavik.is