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Time & Location

Wednesday March 10th 2021

8:30 AM-10:00 AM PST on Zoom

About the Event

Join us for the premiere of "Fibre and Beyond", a documentary co-produced by BioProducts Institute and FinnCERES Flagship, partners in Boreal Alliance. The featured speakers will join the Q&A session after the show to answer your questions. The event will be concluded with celebrating the kick-off of the Boreal Alliance, a joint global effort to accelerate the innovations of bio-based solutions.

The one hour documentary will take you on a journey from the dense forests of Eastern Finland all the way to Vancouver, Canada, as we unveil some of the most intriguing research in the field of bio-based materials. You will hear about how the inherent properties of wood can prevent the spread of pathogens, how they can alleviate the environmental burden of the textile industry, and how sunlight can be harvested to produce chemical compounds using nanocellulose and photosynthetic algae. Then you will learn about the potential of nanoscale colloidal lignin particles and how enzymes can be mobilized to modify cellulosic materials. Finally, we will take a look at innovative ways of using biocompatible materials in medical applications such as implants and optical sensors.

The documentary is narrated by Howy Jacobs from Tampere University. Featured speakers are:

  • Professor Orlando Rojas, UBC / Aalto University
  • Tekla Tammelin, VTT
  • Professor Monika Österberg, Aalto University
  • Jussi Manninen, Executive Vice President, VTT
  • Kristiina Kruus, Dean of School of Chemical Engineering, Aalto University
  • Professor Jack Saddler, UBC
  • Professor Heather Trajano, UBC
  • Professor Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne, University of Turku
  • Professor Ali Harlin, VTT
  • Professor Eero Kontturi, Aalto University
  • Lauri Sikanen, Principal Scientist, Natural Resource Center of Finland
  • Niklas von Weymarn, CEO, Metsä Spring
  • Pia Qvintus, Business Development Director, Spinnova
  • Stefan Sandås, Vice President, Nordshield
  • Olli Kähkönen, CEO, Nordic Bioproducts Group


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