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Helsinki 11.6.2024

Shaping the Future of Forestry: Finnish – North American Collaborative Workshop in Helsinki

Time: 8.45 – 16.00
Venue: Team Finland House, Porkkalankatu 1, Helsinki


Further information


John Kettle
john.kettle (at)

Jukka Hassinen

jukka.hassinen (at) 

Ulla Lainio

ulla.lainio (at)

Risto Huhta-Koivisto

risto.huhta-koivisto (at)


Registration and practicalities:
Annika Lipsanen-Brito
annika.lipsanen-brito (at)

We are delighted to announce that a delegation specializing in Forest Bioeconomy and Wood Building Trade and Study from the United States and Canada will be visiting Finland in June. In connection with the visit, we are organizing a one-day Collaborative Workshop on June 11th. This event is designed to develop bilateral co-innovation activities and establish trade connections.

We are expecting a group of 50 American and Canadian guests to join the event. This is a golden opportunity to engage with international experts and innovators, and we invite you to be a part of it.

The workshop is organized by a consortium of Finland’s leading organizations: Business Finland, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), FinnCERES, Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Our goal is to unite experts, innovators, and policymakers to discuss and shape the future of forestry and related sectors.

Join us for a day of enlightening presentations and interactive workshops. This event aims to deepen trade and research collaboration and networking between Finland, United States and Canada.

Participants are invited to choose one preferred and one secondary thematic workshop group that align with their interests. Lunch and coffee will be provided to complement a day of productive discussions.

Tentative program

08:45 - 09:30: Registration and morning coffee
09:30 - 10:00: Plenary Session and Opening Presentations
10:00 - 12:00: Thematic Workshop Sessions

  • Sustainable Forestry and Biodiversity (Topics: Forestry, Forest Health & Management, Fire Mitigation, Biodiversity and Conservation)
  • Policy Development and Future Scenarios (Topics: Policy Development, Future Scenarios for the Forest Sector)
  • Biomass and Biobased Products (Topics: Biomass, New Biobased Products, Biotechnology)
  • Wood Construction a & b (two groups)

12:00 - 13:00: Lunch and Networking
13:00 - 13:30: Presentation from the Finnish Forest Bioeconomy Science Panel
13:30 - 15:30: Thematic Workshop Sessions’ Action Points
15:30 - 16:00: Wrap up / Closing Session