Side Events

A number of side events to the European Days for Sustainable Circular Economy, which is on 30.9.-1.10.2019, will be organised around the main event, and below you can find a description of these; more side events will be added on a regular basis.

Please note that each side event has its own registration.

SITE-VISIT: Visit to Qvidja pilot farm 2nd of October 2019

Circular economy (recycled fertilizers), novel bioenergy, research fields for carbon sequestration – Qvidja Farm ( is full of sustainability in practice, research actions and climate positive work. Giving nature space and increasing biodiversity is the goal and means in this farm. Qvidja is the oldest manor in Finland, 850 ha (2100 ac) of field and forest. The day includes walk-and-talk around the pilot farm action spots, where the Carbon Action platform researchers and farmers will present their work. Please follow the weather forecast and dress accordingly.

The visit is hosted by one of the owners of the manor, key environmental figure Saara Kankaanrinta. Kankaanrinta is the Chair of the Carbon Action Platform and the BSAG Foundation, and member of the steering group of Circular economy of Finland. Kankaanrinta is the co-Founder of BSAG, Soilfood Ltd and Qvidja Power Ltd.

In addition, key note speaker from the EDSCE19 Circular Economy Conference, Dr. Leen Gorissen will join the visit and give a presentation on her upcoming book Natural intelligence – Building the Future on Millions of Years of Innovation and Technology. Gorissen is an Innovation Biologist, International Keynote Speaker, Sustainability Transitions Expert and Founder of Studio Transitio & Writer.

Initial programme:

– 9.00: Bus trip to the farm (bus leaves: in front of Kiasma museum, Mannerheiminaukio 2)

– 11.00: Welcome to the farm

– 11.30: Local food lunch and presentations, coffee

– 12-14: Walk and talk around the pilot farm action spots

– 14.00: Bus to Helsinki

– 16.00: Return to Kiasma

The broad spectrum of activities at the Farm allow for the creation of a unique experience.

During the day you will hear more about actors of circular economy and regenerativity, all founded by the owners of Qvidja Farm.

Please register by 20th of September 2019. The visit can accommodate up to 50 participants. Please note that due to restricted capacity, guests from the EU Member States will be given priority.

Registration period has ended.

Baltic Sea Action Group (Foundation for a Living Baltic Sea, BSAG)

BSAG works to restore the ecological balance of the Baltic Sea. The foundation’s focus is on advancing sustainable agricultural practices and nutrient cycling, mitigating climate change, and protecting biodiversity. BSAG brings together politicians, scientists, businesses and other relevant parties to work in collaboration for the environment.

BSAG’s Carbon Action -project fights climate change by developing and exploring ways to accelerate soil carbon sequestration and to verify the results scientifically. 100 Finnish farmers are testing different carbon farming methods in practice, while researchers study the movement and sequestration of carbon in the test fields. Carbon Action has also provoked interest in major Finnish companies representing the food chain. The goal is to integrate carbon sequestration and storage into legislation both on the national and EU level.

Sequestering carbon from the atmosphere and storing it into the soil not only mitigates climate change, but also improves soil health and increases biodiversity and ecosystem resilience. It also helps the Baltic Sea, as healthy soil retains water and nutrients more efficiently and thus prevents eutrophication.


Circular economy in agriculture – how to advance nutrient circulation, soil quality and healthy environment 30.9.2019

Focus on the HELCOM Regional Nutrient Recycling Strategy and EU level policies

Across Europe, we find regions with imbalance in the production and consumption of nutrients in agriculture due to segregation of animal and crop production.
Food production will always carry an environmental impact, but it is evident that more sustainable nutrient use is an absolute cornerstone of economic and ecological food production in the long run.
Efficient management and recycling of nutrients in the food system would reduce the risk of excess nutrients leaching out to the watercourses. It would benefit both the climate and our waters, while also decreasing our dependence on imported mineral fertilizers.
European Union has enabled the development of a market for recycled fertilizers through a new regulation on fertilizer products which harmonizes the playing field for mineral and organic fertilizers. The regulation will not, however, solve all issues or create a market on its own.
How can we build demand for the products and ensure that they meet the needs of the farmers? How do we make sure that the relevant other policies support this shift?
Can a joint strategy by all Baltic Sea riparian countries help take us to the right path?
In the upcoming policy panel we will explore where the problems lie, how we can solve them and what we potential gains there are.
The invited eminent speakers and panelists will provide insight from policy, business and research perspectives and the audience will have a possibility to address them with questions.

Event venue and time:
Finlandia-hall, Aurora seminar room.
Monday, 30 September 11:30-13:45


11:30 Opening and introduction of the macro-regional Interreg platform project on nutrient recycling in agriculture “SuMaNu” (Minna Sarvi, Research Scientist, Luke)
11:40 HELCOM Nutrient Recycling Strategy: vision and focus areas (Saara Bäck, Environment Counsellor, Ministry of the Environment of Finland, Chairperson of HELCOM)
11:55 Policy questions in advancing sustainable nutrient recycling in agriculture (Sari Luostarinen, Research Scientist, Luke)
12:10 Panel discussion

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP
Saara Bäck, Ministry of the Environment of Finland, HELCOM Chairperson
Jean-Franҫois Soussana, Vice-Chair for international affairs, INRA
Juha Nousiainen, Senior Vice President, Carbon Neutral Milk Chain, Valio
Sari Luostarinen, Research Scientist, Luke

13:10 Closing words by Laura Höijer, BSAG
13:15- 13:45 Lunch and mingling

Moderator: Erik Sindhöj, Researcher, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden


Panelist Introductions

Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of European Parliament

Sirpa Pietikäinen is a former Finnish minister of the environment, currently on her fourth term as a MEP. Throughout her political career, she has maintained a strong grip on the environmental issues in the European Parliament and being an experienced MEP, she has been instrumental in advancing circular economy policies and including agriculture and nutrients in the package. The role of food production and the soil is clear to Pietikäinen who’s the co-chair of the European Parliament’s cross-party group on Sustainable Food Systems. In the new parliament, she continues as a member in the committees of Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON), Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) and Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI).

Saara Bäck, Head of Unit, Ministry of the Environment of Finland, chairperson HELCOM

Ms. Saara Bäck is Environment Counsellor and the Head of Water and Marine Protection Unit in the Ministry of the Environment of Finland. She is the Chair of the Helsinki Commission during the Finnish Chairmanship of HELCOM in 2018 – 2020. Ms. Bäck has a Ph.D. in Marine Botany. She worked several years as a researcher in the Finnish Environment Institute where she was the Head of the Baltic Sea research division prior to starting her work in the Ministry.

Sari Luostarinen, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Sari Luostarinen has worked with solutions for enhanced nutrient and carbon recycling in the food chain for 20 years. Her handiwork is seen in the Finnish regulation and guidelines for managing manure and other organic biomasses and current plans for becoming the model country for nutrient recycling. Her background is in environmental science and technology with special focus on technology chains including biogas production.

Jean-Franҫois Soussana, Vice President for International Policy, INRA

Dr. Jean-Francois Soussana is Vice-Chair of INRA for international affairs. He is a member of the Working Group II of IPCC and was the lead author of the recent IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land. Among many honored memberships, he is a member of the Scientific and Technical Committee of the initiative “4 per 1000 Soils for Food Security and Climate”. He was recently selected as a board member of the ’Soil Health and Food’ mission for Horizon Europe programme (2021-2027). He is part of the international team of the Finnish Carbon Action stn MULTA project.

Juha Nousiainen, Senior Vice President, Carbon Neutral Milk Chain, Valio Ltd

Juha Nousiainen is responsible for the development of a carbon neutral dairy chain in Valio Ltd, the largest dairy company in Finland. Valio aims at improving the carbon footprint of their dairy production and, for instance, develops and applies methods for carbon sequestration into soil and advanced manure management via processing dairy cattle manure into renewable energy and more concentrated fertilizer products. Mr. Nousiainen has a 35-year background in dairy business, especially primary milk production based on grassland, with a special emphasis on the systemic modelling and development of a sustainable integrated milk chain. Mr. Nousiainen believes in the strength of systematic cooperation between dairy and other animal businesses, research and other stakeholders to make the most of animal manure in a sustainable way.

Register here. Registration deadline Friday 20th September.

The event is organized by Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG) as part of the Interreg-funded platform SuMaNu – Sustainable Manure and Nutrient Management for reduction of nutrient loss in the Baltic Sea Region. SuMaNu is a platform project which aims to analyse and synthesize approaches to sustainable manure and nutrient management based on four international projects. These are Interreg Baltic Sea Region projects Baltic Slurry Acidification and Manure Standards, Interreg Central Baltic project GreenAgri and BONUS Programme project BONUS PROMISE.

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EIT empowers innovators through its unique ecosystem that brings together business, education and research to find solutions to pressing global challenges. It covers the entire pipeline of innovation activities to help the transition from student to entrepreneur, from idea to product and from lab to customer. The EIT’s Innovation Communities work in areas that make the difference to this planet, the EU and its citizens: from climate, digitisation, renewable energies to health, raw materials and food with manufacturing and mobility in the making. Already today the EIT delivers on the UN Sustainable Development Goals in a very tangible way.

Welcome to the EIT Festival to discover EIT Innovation Communities in Finland!

Through the showcases and success stories from three sectors (EIT Digital, EIT Food and EIT RawMaterials), the festival aims to highlight how the EIT delivers innovation and impacts with its “Knowledge Triangle Integration” (Education, Research, Industry).

You will have the opportunity to learn on how you or your organization can benefit from EIT’s various support programs and to network with the EIT Community partners for future collaboration.

In partnership with Aalto University, the EIT Festival day will also put the spotlight on the renewed vibrant Aalto Campus in Otaniemi where the main event will take place. Various partners and collaborators of the EIT Community in Finland will hold stands and exhibition at the Science & Innovation Exhibition space.

Read more about the event and register here.

Treasures of the Baltic Sea Photo Exhibition

Marine nature forms part of the Finnish national landscape. How does this landscape look like below the surface? The poor state of the Baltic Sea is brought up frequently. However, along the Finnish coast, there are still amazingly beautiful places worth protecting and conserving. The under-water photographs illustrate the diversity of our Baltic Sea nature.

The Finnish Inventory Programme for the Underwater Marine Environment (VELMU) maps the underwater nature along the entire Finnish coast. Many of the photos in the exhibition have been taken during the inventory field work. The results are also available in an open map service. In 2017, a book (Meren aarteet, currently available only in Finnish) was published. It was awarded the WWF Finland’s ‘Nature Book of the Year’ prize the same year.

Event venue and time:

Finlandia Hall, Galleria Veranda.

The exhibition is open during Café Veranda’s opening hours Mon-Fri 9.00-19.00


On Monday, 30 September 18:00-19:00, Prof. Markku Viitasalo, Finnish Environment Institute, Co-ordinator of the VELMU Programme, will give a brief overview of the photo exhibition topic and VELMU.

Free entrance. No registration required.

The Finnish Inventory Programme for the Underwater Marine Environment (VELMU)

VELMU collects data on the occurrence of underwater marine biotopes, species and communities in Finland’s marine waters. The programme contributes to the Baltic marine protection and to the sustainable use of the sea and its natural resources. VELMU is implemented through a broad co-operation by various institutions and sector administrations under the steering by the Ministry of the Environment.

More information:

Opportunities for SMEs in Horizon 2020

Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Team Finland house (Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki)

VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations.

The day after the Manufuture 2019 Conference – Sustainable Smart Manufacturing VTT, Tampere University and FundingBox organise a side event at Business Finland premises in Helsinki.

Several European initiatives offer technological and financial support to manufacturing SMEs and mid-caps to experiment with ICT and other enabling technologies. Hundreds of experiments have been realised and new open calls are to come. Innovative technology suppliers also participate in these experiments, where they can mature their existing technologies and ultimately open new markets and services.

If you are representing a smaller company in manufacturing or an actor working closely with SMEs, come and join us to see and discuss what opportunities there are for you.



  • ICT Innovations for Manufacturing SMEs (I4MS): general overview, Merete Norby, Manufacturing Academy of Denmark
  • Agile production and robotics: network of robotics hubs (DIH2 and L4MS) Ali Muhammad, VTT
  • Additively Manufacturable (AMable), Ulrich Thombansen, Fraunhofer ILT
  • Digital Technologies, Advanced Robotics and increased Cyber security for Agile Production (TRINITY), Minna Lanz, Tampere University
  • Boost innovation for SMEs in search of leading-edge digital solutions for customized and low-energy computing (Tetramax), Jari Nurmi, Tampere University

10:20-10:40 break (coffee)


  • C-voucher: circular economy-Merete Norby, Manufacturing Academy of Denmark
  • 3D printing technology (INTEGRADDE), Fernando Sánchez, AIMEN, Spain
  • Robotics for inspection and maintenance (RIMA) and European SMEs, Robotics Applications (ESMERA), Sotiris Makris, LMS, Greece
  • Advanced Manufacturing Support Centre, ADMA, Minna Kansola, VTT

12:00-12:15 Discussion

12:15 End of the day

Read more about the event and register here.

Smart EUREKA Cluster on Advanced Manufacturing

Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Team Finland house (Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki)

Why participate in this side event?

Manufacturing is a vital sector in Europe, fundamental to European development towards a competitive sustainable globalization. Most political agendas address Advanced Manufacturing as a key enabler that will lead European society towards a higher industrial competitiveness, sustainable growth and job creation.

SMART EUREKA Cluster is an industry driven programme on Advanced Manufacturing, which promotes collaborative, international & close-to-market R&D&I projects in an open community of industrial organisations: large industries, SMEs, associations; RTOs and academia.

As an EUREKA Cluster, SMART is grounded in Europe and open to worldwide participants from the Eureka Network. More information in our SMART website (

In short, this SMART Cluster event will enable you to:

  • Know the SMART Cluster, the SMART community, the 3rd Call for Projects to be launched in September 2019 and the procedure to engage in it.
  • Present your project idea(s) and/or learn about other project ideas in pitch session.
  • Meet Public Authorities (Business Finland) to discuss your idea(s) and learn more about the specific funding rules in Finland well in advance.
  • Discuss and work on your project ideas in workgroup sessions.
  • See how the SMART Office can support you during the full project lifetime

If you are a player active in manufacturing and would like to internationalize your R&D, come and join us to discuss your ideas, make networking and know how to take advantage of Business Finland’s support.



  • SMART EUREKA Cluster on Advanced Manufacturing introduction.
  • Keynote presentations:
    • FASTEMS Company: “Enabling economically feasible manufacturing of lot size one” – Harri Nieminen – Director, Innovation, Development & Research
    • VTT: “Tailored performance through additive manufacturing” – Tarja Laitinen – Vice President, Lifecycle solutions
  • Presentation of the SMART 3rd Call for Projects (deadline 23rd March 2020).

10:20-10:40 Coffee break


  • Finland’s participation in EUREKA and Smart EUREKA Cluster activities, Tom Warras, Business Finland
  • Pitching & brokerage session with Finnish companies for presenting possible SMART project proposals.

12:00-12:15 Discussion

12:15 End of the day

Register here. Registration deadline Thursday 26th September.