Non-Timber Forest Products and Bioeconomy

The programme below shows the main points and a schedule

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Day 0 (27 November 2017, Monday)
18:30 – 20:00
Registration in Pilke Science centre
19:00 – 21:00 Ice-breaking session in Pilke Science Centre (Complimentary)


Day 1 (28 November 2017, Tuesday)
Basic research behind NTFP innovations
09:00 – 10:00 Registration & Coffee
10:00 – 10:05 Welcomes by the hosts
Plenary session
Chair: Rainer Peltola
10:05 – 10:45 Opening speech: Prof. Antti Asikainen, Leader of the Boreal Green Bioeconomy research programme, Natural resources institute Finland
10:45 – 11:30
Keynote speech: Prof. Margarida Tomé, University of Lisbon: Managing Portugese mediterranean forests for non- timber forest products
11:30 – 12:15 Keynote speech: Prof. Camilla Sandström, University of Umeå: What Works and What Does Not: Exploring approaches to reconcile different forest land use practices.
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch
Themes NTFPs and forestry
Chair: Tiffany Fegel
Governance of NTFPs
Chair: Marja Uusitalo
13:15 – 13:45
Mikko Kurttila
Alternative approaches to integrate bilberry yields into regional long-term forest scenario analyses
Arto Naskali
Limits to NTFP commodification: Implications for their coordinated management and governance
13:45 – 14:15
Veera Tahvanainen
Optimizing the joint production of timber and marketed mushrooms in North Karelian spruce stands
Anne Matilainen
Commerciality meets local berry picking culture – threat to the human territoriality
14:15 – 14:45
Marjut Turtiainen
Natural products in forest planning: a pilot study in privately owned forests in Northern Finland
Jussi Uusivuori
Public right of access to private land: Examples and considerations
14:45 – 15:30 Coffee break & Poster Session
Themes Controlled NTFP production
Chair: Anne Matilainen
NTFP production and markets
Chair: Petri Muje
15:30 – 16:00
Eivind Uleberg
Cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus L.) pre-breeding trials
Tiffany Fegel
Mushrooms, florals, essential oils, firewood and more! The United States' Pacific Northwest region is booming with NTFP production! Find out how a local woodland cooperative is helping landowners break through NTFP market barriers
16:00 – 16:30
Harisha Ranganahalli Puttahariyappa
Non-timber forest product species management in arid tropical forest, Southern India
Harald Vacik
Comparing the potential of Non-Wood Forest Products across case studies in Europe
16:30 – 17:00
Rainer Peltola
Securing NTFP yields in a nature – based tourism resort
Henri Vanhanen
Empirical juridical approach to production of NWFP´s – Entrepreneurs perspective on the restrictive or supportive policies in Finland
19:00 – 20:00 City reception (Complimentary)


Day 2 (29 November 2017, Wednesday)
NTFP applications
Plenary session
Chair: Tytti Sarjala
9:00 – 9:15 Opening speech
9:15 – 10:00 Keynote speech: Prof. Francis Drummond, University of Maine: Lowbush blueberry cultivation in North America: Results of 70 years of research and development.
10:00 – 10:45
Keynote speech: Prof. Heikki Kallio, University of Turku: Health effects and special features of Nordic berries and birch sap; Science to support product research and development 
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 12:00

Keynote speech: Prof. Lotte Holm, University of Copenhagen: Food in modern everyday life: meanings, practices and concerns

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch

Novel perspectives of NTFPs
Chair: Harald Vacik

NTFP products, processing and engineering
Chair: Henri Vanhanen
13:00 – 13:30
Oili Tarvainen
Diversified use of forest ecosystem services
Tuula Jyske
How to boost the use of high-value substances of trees?
13:30 – 14:00
Mari Sandell
Taste characteristics of wild edible Nordic mushrooms
Gabriele Beltrame
Glucans from basidiomyceta: How different techniques change our extracts?
14:00 – 14:30
Hely Häggman
WAX project - Natural wax of arctic berries as our treasure
Tom Lillhonga
Optimization of a designed extraction process of anthocyanins from bilberries using laboratory measurements and VIS-NIR spectroscopy
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break
Themes Molecular biology and chemistry
of NTFPs

Chair: Paul Geladi
Health and well-being related applications
of NTFPs

Chair: Mari Jaakkola
15:00 – 15:30
Bhavani Shankar
Spatial genetic structure of resin yielding tree Boswellia serrata, NTFP subjected to harvesting in the Western Ghats, India
Petra Larmo
Sea buckthorn oil has beneficial effects on mucous membranes in oral and topical applications
15:30 – 16:00
Laura Jaakola
Interaction of light and temperature conditions in accumulation of anthocyanins in bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus)
Riitta Puupponen – Pimiä
Innovative use of berry seeds in cosmetics
16:00 – 16:30
Olavi Raatikainen
Biological activities and chemical composition of slow pyrolysis liquids obtained from pine stem wood biomass
Ali Koskela
Pinosylvin and resveratrol in a cell model of age-related macular degeneration
19:00 – Conference dinner at restaurant Pohjanhovi (Separate fee)




Day 3 (30 November 2017, Thursday)
Cooperation between research and business
9:00 – 9:30  Morning coffee
Plenary session
Chair: Jaakko Nuutila
9:30 – 9:45 Opening speech
9:45 – 10:15
Keynote speech: Emil Byström, SpinChem Inc.:Product development in small companies – a straight road to success?
10:15 – 10:45
Keynote speech: Antti Kuivalainen, Ahma Engineers: Business representative´s comment speech
10:45 – 11:30 Light lunch
11:30 – 12:30 Panel discussion
12:30 – 13:00 Concluding remarks