The Finnish Presidency Event:
European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy

September 30th–October 1st , 2019
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki

30.9.2019 the Finnish Presidency Event – Joint Conference

1.10.2019 Circular Economy 2019 Conference

Sustainable Transition to a Low Carbon, Climate-Resilient Circular Economy: Creating the Knowledge Base

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1.10.2019 MANUFUTURE 2019 Conference

Sustainable Smart Manufacturing

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1.10.2019 Sustainable Innovation 2019 Conference

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1.10.2019 Joint Closing of the Conference

Photo by Katri Pyynönen, Copyright: Finlandia-talo

European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy

Time: 30.09.-1.10.2019
Place: Helsinki, Finland, Finlandia Hall (Mannerheimintie 13e, 00100 Helsinki)

The aim of the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy event is to promote a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy. This flagship event will be held 30 September–1 October in Helsinki in connection with Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event will consist of three parallel conferences:

  • CE 2019 Conference – Sustainable transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient circular economy: creating the knowledge base
  • Manufuture 2019 Conference – Sustainable and Smart Manufacturing
  • SI 2019 Conference – Sustainable innovation

The event is relevant to all who wish to contribute to enhancing the uptake of circular economy practices and the systematic transition towards a sustainable circular society and industry. The event will generate new knowledge and active dialogue while providing excellent networking opportunities for various stakeholders, including natural scientists, social scientists, technology scientists, R&D&I experts, industry and business representatives, investors, and public authorities, agencies and organisations.

The Event programme will focus on scientific and practical knowledge on the transition towards more sustainable circular economy. The sessions will cover topics such as systemic change, trade-offs and synergies, low-carbon circular economy in cities, different aspects of competitive, sustainable and resilient manufacturing and the role of digitalization in the circular economy.

The application period for the poster call is already open; please see the attendee info for more information and submit your application. Moreover, the attendee info contains information about the exhibition stands, and its application period will also be opened in April.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 847396.

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The conference is proud to present as speakers some of the world’s top policy makers, researchers and business leaders.

Executive Director of the European Environment Agency

Hans Bruyninckx

Vice-Chair of INRA for International Affairs

Jean-François Soussana


Director, Prosperity, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Peter Dröll


30.9.2019 – Joint Conference

Main Seminar Hall

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13:00 – 14:00


14:00 – 15:30

Opening session
Moderator Tomi Korhonen, Business Finland

Welcome Addresses:

  • Jari Partanen, State Secretary to the Minister of Economic Affairs, Finland
  • Antti Peltomäki, Head of Representation of the European Commission in Finland and previous Deputy-Director General of DG GROW
  • Julien Guerrier, Director, Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), European Commission

Key Notes:

  • Jocelyn Blériot, Executive Officer, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Dirk Jan van den Berg, Chairman of the EIT Governing Board: Empowering Europe’s Research and Innovation to Support Transition to Low-carbon, Climate-resilient Circular Economy
  • Maurizio Gattiglio, Executive Vice-President, Prima Industrie S.p.A., Vice Chairman of MANUFUTURE ETP: Circular Economy Business Models for the Manufacturing Industry

15:30 – 16:15

Coffee and networking

Poster sessions and exhibition stands are active.

16:15- 17:45

The Way to Sustainable and Climate-Resilient Circular Economy
Moderator Tomi Korhonen, Business Finland

Focusing on what sustainable systemic transition requires and benefits from cross-sectoral and multiactor collaboration.

  • Climate smart circular farming practices supporting sustainable transition
  • Electric mobility – how services support the Circular Economy
  • Potential of Artificial Intelligence for a Circular Economy


  • Hanna Mattila, Specialist, Carbon-Neutral Circular Economy, Sitra
  • Jean-François Soussana, Vice President for International Policy, INRA
  • Karen Hanghøj, EIT RawMaterials
  • Andy Zynga, EIT Food
  • Dr. Peter Dröll, Director, Prosperity, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Willem Jonker, EIT Digital

Key questions of the session:

  • What kind of CE is sustainable and even regenerative?
  • How a true dematerialization can be achieved?
  • How completely new value chains will be realized to achieve a sustainable systemic change?

17:45 – 20:00

Buffet dinner

Buffet dinner is served. Poster sessions and exhibition stands are also active. Possibility to visit the Treasures of the Baltic Sea Photo Exhibition at the Veranda Gallery.

1.10.2019 – Parallel Conferences

  • CE 2019 Conference
  • Manufuture 2019 Conference
  • Sustainable Innovation 2019 Conference

9:00 – 10:30

Systemic change to circular economy at different sectors and operational levels, Chair: Per Mickwitz, chair of EEA Scientic Committee 

  • Hans Bruyninckx, executive director, European Environment Agency (EEA): Knowledge, skills and governance approaches for systemic transitions  
  • Massimiano Tellini, Intesa Sanpaolo: Sustainable financing supporting the transition to the Circular Economy  
  • Leena Aarikka-Stenroos, professor and CICAT2025 research consortium leader, Tampere University TAU: Circular economy catalysts accelerating the systemic change

Arnoldas Milukas (Head of Unit, Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises (EASME), European Commission) will join the panel discussion.

10:30 – 11:15

Coffee and networking

Poster sessions, exhibition stands are active and hands-on elementary school workshop.

11:15 – 12:45

Trade-offs and synergies between circular economy and other environmental goals. Chair: Hans Bruyninckx, executive director, European Environment Agency (EEA)

  • Sari Kauppi, Finnish Environment Institute and Margareta Wahlström, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: What kind of barriers can hazardous substances cause for the circular economy and, case demolition and recycling of construction materials
  • Tomasz Okruszko, Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW): Closing the loops on nutrient losses – Bonus Return
  • Enni Ruokamo, Finnish Environment Institute: Circular economy supporting climate change mitigation.
  • Leen Gorissen, Studio Transitio: Biodiversity in a circular economy – How can they benefit each other?

Pavel Misiga (Head of Unit, DG RTD, European Commission) will join the panel discussion.

12:45 – 14:00

Coffee and networking

Poster sessions, exhibition stands are active and hands-on elementary school workshop.

14:00 – 15:30

Low-carbon circular economy in cities, Chair: Tanja Suni, Ministry of the Environment 

  • Ester van der Voet, Leiden University: Urban metabolism – how and why cities leak 
  • Erkki Verkasalo, Natural Resources Institute Finland: Sustainable wood construction chains and cascading approach in the circular economy
  • Johannes Kisser, Alchemia-Nova GmBH (Austria): Circular buildings – demonstrating technical and biological cycles 

9:00 – 10:45

Opening Plenary: From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe

Chair and Moderator: Jarmo Heinonen, Senior Director, Business Finland

Opening Welcome Address: Teija Lahti-Nuuttila, Executive Director, Business Finland

Arto Metsänen, CEO & President, Glaston Oyj, Finland: Through Vision, Innovation and Cooperation to Breakthrough Transformation
• Prof., Dr. Peter Post, Vice President, Corporate Technology Advisor, Festo AG & Co. KG, Germany: The Future of Intelligent Industrial Manufacturing: Autonomy, Interoperability, Sustainability
• Dr. Peter Dröll, Director, Prosperity, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission: Manufacturing in Horizon Europe


• Prof. Heinrich Flegel, Chairman of MANUFUTURE ETP: MANUFUTURE 2030 Vision and Action Plan
Joaquim Menezes, Chairman of EFFRA, President of ISTMA Europe: The Impact of Research Partnerships
Klaus Beetz, CEO, EIT Manufacturing: Bridging the Innovation Gap, Celebrating 15 Years of MANUFUTURE ETP,
José Caldeira, MANUFUTURE ISG Chair

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee and networking

Poster sessions and exhibition stands are active.

11:15 – 12:45

Artificial Intelligence – Research and Innovation Needs for the Industry

Chair and Moderator: Pekka Ala-Pietilä, Chairman of the EU’s High-Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence (AI HLEG), Chairman of the Board of Huhtamäki and Sanoma, Member of the Supevisory Board of SAP

Speakers and Panelists

  • Prof. Daniel Brissaud, Grenoble INP, France: AI for Manufacturing
  • Dr. Michael May, Head, Technology Field Analytics & Monitoring, Siemens AG, Germany: AI in the Industrial Ecosystem
  • Dr. Riikka Virkkunen, Member of EFRRA Board, Research Manager, Digitalizing Industry, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland: AI in Agile and Cognitive Manufacturing Industry
  • François Monnet, Executive Vice President, Executive VP, Corporate R&I Public & External Affairs, Solvay. Vice President, Board of SPIRE: Needs for Hybrid AI in Process Industries: Roots, Hopes, Constraints
  • Dr. Ruth Kerrigan, Director, R&D, Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES), Ireland: How AI and Emerging Digital Technologies will Influence the Future of the Energy Management Sector in the Built Environment

Moderated Panel Discussion
Conclusions, incl. European Commission’s concluding observations by Dr. Peter Dröll

Session rapporteur: Željko Pazin, Executive Director, European Factories of the Future Research Association -EFFRA

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Artificial Intelligence – Research and Innovation Needs for the Industry
Invited presentations and a moderated panel discuss the role and impact of Artificial Intelligence in Manufacturing covering different industries and applications.

Manufacturing Europe: Towards an EU-Innovation and Education Systems for Manufacturing and the Society

Chair: Gintaras Vilda, Vice Minister, Innovation and Industry 4.0, Ministry of the Economy and Innovation, Lithuania

Speakers and Panelists

  • Keynote: Prof. George Chryssolouris, EIT Manufacturing: Knowledge Delivery Mechanisms – The Teaching Factory Paradigm
  • Ennio Chiatante, Head of Digital Transformation Projects, Comau, Italy: Future Skills Emerging from Manufacturing Digitalization
  • Katerina Sereti, EIT Head of Section Stakeholder relations, EIT: Experiences from the Implementation of EIT RIS across Europe
  • Prof. Minna Lanz, MANUFUTURE NRTP Chair, Tampere University: Versatile Skills Development Methods for the Needs of Digitized Manufacturing Industry
  • Luis Carneiro, INESC TEC: Citizens as Active Members of the new Manufacturing Paradigms

Moderated Discussion & Conclusions

Session rapporteur: Prof. Esko Niemi, Aalto University

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Manufacturing Europe: Towards an EU-Innovation and Education Systems for Manufacturing and the Society
Invited presentations and a moderated panel focus on development of a European Innovation and Education system for Manufacturing, capable of generating wealth and jobs and reaching and mobilize European citizens, discussing the main challenges and opportunities in education and training, particularly in the area of digitalization, and ways to tackle them, addressing the different types and levels.

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch and networking

Poster sessions and exhibition stands are active.

14:00 – 15:30

Circular Manufacturing and Sustainability

Chair: Ane Irazustabarrena, Programme Director, Business Development, Industry & Transport Division, TECNALIA, Spain

Speakers and Panelists

  • Keynote: Prof. Tullio Tolio, Politecnico de Milano, Italy: De- and Remanufacturing for Manufacturer-centric Circular Economy
  • Gwenole Cozigou, Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW, European Commission: EU Policies for Circular Manufacturing and Raw Materials
  • Jari Luoma-aho, Valtra Inc., Finland: Remanufacturing in Global Tractor Business
  • Giacomo Bonaiti, Vice President, Rivierasca S.p.A, Italy: Circularity for composite, the FiberEUse project 
  • Teresa Sessa, R&D Manager, Relight SRL, Italy: Recovery of Key-metals from Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment

Moderated Discussion & Conclusions

Session rapporteur: Dr. Eeva Järvenpää, Tampere University

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Circular Manufacturing and Sustainability
Invited presentations and a moderated panel discuss the central role of Manufacturing in Circular Economy and Sustainability. The upstream (raw materials, process industry) and downstream (consumers, market) links are discussed, together with what can be done in Manufacturing activities.

Emerging and Disruptive Technologies in Manufacturing

Chair and Moderator: Dr. Patricia Wolny, Project Manager, Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA), Production, Services and Work, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany

Speakers and Panelists

  • Osh Agabi, Founder & CEO, Koniku Inc., USA: Next Generation Manufacturing for Synthetic Biology: Why Experience is still Critical
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Sauer, Fraunhofer IPA, Germany: Inspiration, Integration, Interaction – the Convergence of Technical, Digital and Biological Systems
  • Dr. Anna Davidsson, Research and Advanced Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Volvo Car Corp., Sweden: Managing Perceived Production Complexity
  • Bie Van de Vloet, Director, Campus Strategy, Janssen Pharmaceutica, Belgium: Personalised Medicine at Affordable Cost – A Manufacturing Challenge
  • Dr. Harri Kulmala, CEO, DIMECC Oy, Finland: Beta Testing Paves the Way to Disruptive Customer-Driven Innovation in Manufacturing Industry
  • Dr. Max Lemke, Head of Unit, Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry, DG Connect, European Commission: Importance of Ecosystems

Moderated Discussion & Conclusions

  • Session rapporteur: Dr. João Reis, Research Associate, University of Porto, Portugal
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Research & Innovation Ecosystem
Discussion of the impact that emerging and disruptive technologies will have in manufacturing and how a better connection with knowledge-driven research activities could speed up innovations.

9:00 – 9:15

Welcome and Opening

Moderators: Marja-Liisa Meurice, EIT Food; Olli Salmi, EIT Raw Materials; Marko Turpeinen, EIT Digital

Speakers: Willem Jonker, CEO, EIT Digital; Andy Zynga, CEO, EIT Food

9:15 – 10:45

Innovation for Circular Cities

The modern city is a kaleidoscope: constantly changing, amazingly diverse and sometimes disturbingly chaotic. It is also where most of human consumption happens, and where most of our greenhouse gas emissions are generated. Can we design our cities in a way that brings the best quality of life to the citizens while avoiding negative socio-environmental impacts both locally and globally? What if we made food out of thin air, near your home, ecologically? Or if we could have our goods served at our front door by autonomous low emission vehicles? What if new houses, roads and bridges emerged without noise, dust or other nuisances?

By joining this session, you will get the best answers to exactly these questions. We’ll bring you the latest innovations that are just around the corner to be implemented in our cities, by leading experts and entrepreneurs.

Moderator: Olli Salmi, EIT RawMaterials


  • Arnold Tukker (Leiden University): Physical Accounts of Raw Materials in Cities
  • Pasi Vainikka (Solar Foods): Food Out of Thin Air
  • Heikki Hintikka (Foller) and Anu Seisto (VTT): Minimizing Food Waste The Smart Way
  • Marke Kallio (Metso Minerals): Future of Urban Construction: Silent, Clean and Circular
  • Simo Säynevirta (ABB): Digital Twins and Circular Economy
  • Jean-Philippe Bellaiche (EIT Digital): Last Mile Autonomous Delivery
  • Anders Wijkman (EIT Climate-KIC): Transformation to net-zero requires a Systemic Approach

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee and networking

Poster sessions and exhibition stands are active.

11:15 – 12:45

Innovators of the Future

One of the guiding principles of EIT is that “there is no innovation without education”. This session showcases the integration of innovation and education at EIT activities. The session focuses on two main areas where EIT is making a difference: (1) Impact on University Education Renewal and (2) Impact on Wider Society Learning.

We will discuss how EIT integrates innovation and entrepreneurship in its education programmes through presenting some of highlights of our education programmes and student experiences. We will also illustrate examples of how EIT reaches out to the society at large: especially with special programmes towards high school students and learning to innovate through gamification.

Moderator: Marko Turpeinen, EIT Digital


  • Timo Nyberg (EIT Digital): EIT Digital Summer Schools, linking students to industry
  • Armida Torreggiani (RM@Schools): Raw MatTERS Ambassadors at Schools
  • Mikael Fogelholm (University of Helsinki) and Tomi Erho (VTT): EIT Food Innovation Launch – Games of Foods
  • Vincent Kuo (VXT Research) and Martyna Szydlowska (Fractuscan): ”From EIT student to entrepreneur”- fireside chat with entrepreneurial EIT student alumni

12:45 – 13:45

Lunch and networking

Poster sessions and exhibition stands are active.

13:45 – 15:15

Agile and sustainable innovation –  Scaling Up!

Building on technological and digital capabilities like AI, focusing on Consumer Trust and Traceability and looking for opportunities in several business sectors are the common factors for these highly interesting Start-ups who will tell their story. What happens when these agile and innovative start-ups need to scale-up? What role large companies and  EIT has been playing? What compromises are necessary for sustainable future?

Join us in this future oriented session to discover transversal, agile, sustainable and innovative Start-ups with High-tech demonstrations of robotics and IoT.

Experience a lively Start-up panel – “Me and EIT” – sharing experiences and impact of being part of EIT Community

Moderator: Marja-Liisa Meurice, EIT Food

Featuring :

EIT Digital

  • Jussi Suomela, Partner, GIM Robotics, Sensible 4 – GIM Robotics, Sensible 4 are experts in all subsystems related to mobile robotics, including positioning, mapping, navigation, environment perception, mechatronics design and artificial intelligence. They have decades of experience in integrating autonomous functions to existing machines.

EIT Food

  • Ykä Marjanen, Co-Founder and Business Development Manager, Grain Sense – GrainSense develops the first truly hand-held device for grain quality measurement. For the first time, farmers, seed producers and plant breeders will be able to rapidly measure the key parameters of their crops in the field and make decisions that can improve profitability. We are bringing a major improvement to food production and logistics. Our hand-held device measures the protein, moisture, oil, and carbohydrate content of cereal grains and other crops.
  • Jörgen Holm, CEO, Glucanova – Glucanova AB: Highfiber ingredients with uncompromised mouthfeel and taste. Glucanova is a research-based company driven by innovation and curiosity. Their vision is to address global health and sustainability concerns with documented healthy liquid oat fiber products.
  • Linda Grieder, Founder & CEO, Rethink-Resource, Switzerland – Rethink-Resource: Turning Waste into Opportunities. RethinkResource creates an online marketplace where producing and processing companies can trade their side and waste streams. This combination of a marketplace and community is a platform solution that allows active users to emerge as industry leaders with respect to resource stewardship.

EIT Raw Materials

  • Matti Järveläinen, CEO, ColloidTek – ColloidTek, Every liquid has a fingerprint. Collo is an innovative solution that changes the way the industry operates with liquids. It is about liquids fingerprinting through suspension analysis.

15:15 – 15:20

Wrap-up and Closing

Moderators: Marja-Liisa Maurice, EIT Food; Olli Salmi, EIT Raw Materials; Marko Turpeinen, EIT Digital

15:30 – 16:30

Joint Finnish EU Presidency Event Closing

Chair and Moderator: Tomi Korhonen, Business Finland

Closing the Conferences and the Event with a joint synthesis, bringing up also messages from previous relevant events and building up a way forward by delivering key messages for different actors for building up a path to sustainable and resilient circular economy-based society and industry.

  • Paula Havaste, Heureka and NN/Participated pupil: Outcomes from Childrens’ Workshop
  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission, Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness: The Role of Science, Manufacturing and Innovation in Boosting Jobs, Growth and Competitiveness – A Sustainable Way for the EU
  • Terhi Lehtonen, State Secretary to the Minister of the Environment, Finland: Priorities of the Finnish EU Presidency 2019
  • Closing of the Finnish EU Presidency Event

The programme is not final, and the organisers reserve the right to make any changes to it.