Sustainable Innovation 2019 Conference

European Innovation Ecosystems lie in the heart of delivering world-class solutions to global societal challenges that create jobs and improve the quality of life of citizens. This session will showcase success stories and promote discussion on innovation and education projects, as well as start-ups from three different ecosystems: industrial raw materials, digital solutions and food production. While having a distinct Finnish flavour, the cases and stories emerge from European co-creation and collaboration. The session is hosted by three innovation communities, which all in their sector reinforce Europe’s innovation capacity: EIT RawMaterials, EIT Digital and EIT Food.
See also EIT Festival that will be organised on the 2nd of October: EIT Festival

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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

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