Polish-Finnish Innovation Forum

Energy & resource efficiency
Bioproducts & materials

Polish-Finnish Innovation Forum: “Research and Innovation: a Powerful Tool for 
Company Growth “

8 June 2016, at 9am-5pm

Scandic Marina Congress Center, Helsinki

Organised by the Embassy of Poland in Finland and VTT.

Research and Innovation are valuable tools for growing and improving your business. Polish-Finnish Innovation Forum will be an excellent platform to exchange opinions and experiences between Polish and Finnish companies and organizations. All companies especially from chemical industry, life science, energy, green technology, bio-economy, clean-tech and waste management sectors are welcome to join. 

New business opportunities in bio-economy, clean-tech and circular economy will arise from the interplay of industrial value chains. These emerging new value networks demand cross-disciplinary know-how, piloting and demonstration facilities for a fast track to market. 

VTT will present several concrete ways to add to the company growth potentials at the Polish-Finnish Innovation Forum. Evaluating a new concept or process necessitates running and iterating the process in real-life while keeping track of the techno-economical parameters. Pilot platforms act as a bridge between R&D and industrial operations; they enable quick testing and support industrial investments with knowledge-based information. Most importantly piloting lowers corporate risks and prepares products for market. VTT’s versatile state-of-the-art research infrastructure is a key asset in serving its customers. Along with modern laboratories and top-level characterization tools, VTT R&D infrastructure includes a unique selection of pilot plants serving the major steps of the development chain – all seamlessly integrated with the skilled professionals at VTT and their cooperation network.                                  


08.30       Registration
09.00       Opening remarks: H.E. Przemysław Grudziński Ambassador of the Republic of Poland
09.10       Key note speech, Ms Lenita Toivakka, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development
09.25       Key note speech, Ms Katarzyna Kacperczyk, Undersecretary of State 
09.40       Mr Antti Vasara, CEO of VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland: VTT scaling up innovations, to grow your business
10.00       Mr Mika Härkönen, The VTT pilot plants for alternative chemical conversions 
10.20       Mr Dariusz Wojtaszek, Deputy Director, Economic Promotion Department, Polish Agency for Enterprise Development                

11.15       Mr Thomas Palmgren, Director for international Affairs, Federation of Finnish Enterprises
11.45       Mr Michał Gwizda, Taxand, Polish Consulting Company: EU grants and national funds for R&D and innovations
12.15       Mr Mikko Utriainen, VTT:  Novel process measurements

12.45 – 13.45   Buffet networking Lunch 

13.45       Ms Kirsi-Marja Oksman-Caldentey, VTT:  Industrial biotechnology and fermentation technologies
14.15       Mr Cezary Błaszczyk, Director of the Department, The National Centre for Research and Development, Director’s Office, Warsaw - financing research projects for the industry 
14.45       Mr Pekka Pohjanne, VTT:  ProperScan – Life Management of Process Plants

15.45       Mr Jouni Hämäläinen, VTT: More value from conventional energy generation
16.15       Panel discussion
17.00       Closing remarks
17.30       Networking Cocktail

RSVP: anna.urban@msz.gov.pl, or hel.events@msz.gov.pl until 20 May 2016 (number of seats is limited, please indicate number of participants) 

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Jun 8th, 2016