International conference “Promoting collaboration for a sustainable and circular bioeconomy

CIRCLE final conference, held on 10 April, 2024, brought together experts with different professional backgrounds and academic disciplines from across the Baltic-Nordic region and Ukraine to share knowledge on a sustainable and circular bioeconomy and discuss different ways of promoting it. In line with the project’s focus, the conference seeked to explore collaboration among different stakeholders, and the factors facilitating and hampering the development and wider adoption of circular practices. Conference presentations addressed both the supply and demand side of circularity of bio-resources by considering the perspectives of producers and consumers, and also identifying the key policy implications.

Key topics of the conference included:

  • Circular bioeconomy resources and products,
  • Circular business models in the bioeconomy sector,
  • Philosophical and ethical aspects of the circular bioeconomy,
  • Collaboration for the circular bioeconomy: business, multi-actor and academic perspectives,
  • Policies, regulatory frameworks and institutional environment for the circular bioeconomy development.

The conference record is available here.

The conference was an official World Circular Economy Forum Side Event.

Conference programme

Moderator: Anda Adamsone-Fiskovica (Baltic Studies Centre)

Time (EET)Title of the presentationPresenter
09.30-09.40Welcome and introduction to the CIRCLE projectTalis Tisenkopfs, Baltic Studies Centre
09.40-10.00How to ensure better interaction of policy domains for the circularity of bioresources?Aivars Lapins, OECD; Ministry of Agriculture, Republic of Latvia
10.00-10.20Factors enabling and hampering circular business modelsMikelis Grivins, Baltic Studies Centre
10.20-10.40No such thing as waste in primary food sectorKadi Kenk, Estonian University of Life Sciences
10.40-11.00Cascading byproduct use in agriculture, forestry, and food companies: experience from Baltic-Nordic countriesTalis Tisenkopfs, Baltic Studies Centre
11.00-11.10STRETCH BREAK
11.10-11.30Waste and self-awareness in the AnthropoceneMintautas Gutauskas, Vilnius University
11.30-11.50Narratives of nature in the context of circular economyArtis Svece, University of Latvia
11.50-12.10The curious ambivalence of working with a boundary conceptEmils Kilis, Baltic Studies Centre
12.10-12.30Panel debate I (referees of PART I of the conference) moderated by Talis Tisenkopfs (Baltic Studies Centre)
12.30-13.30 LUNCH BREAK
13.30-13.50Estimation and bio-valorisation of food industry by-products in Northern EuropeRaimonda Soloha, University of Latvia
13.50-14.10Assessing the socio-economic benefits of insect meal as a fish meal substitute in livestock and aquacultureAlberts Auzins, Institute of Agricultural Resources and Economics
14.10-14.30Prospects of biomethane production in UkraineGeorgii Geletukha, Bioenergy Association of Ukraine (UABIO)
14.30-14.50Some thoughts about sustainable food production in terms of circular bioeconomy Reelika Rätsep, Polli Horticultural Research Centre
14.50-15.00STRETCH BREAK
15.00-15.20Status quo of the Norwegian Circular Economy: A dissemination of the Circularity Gap ReportAlexander F. Christiansen, Circular Norway
15.20-15.40Investigating cross-sectoral flows of bioresource residues in the Baltic-Nordic regionPia Piroschka Otte, Institute for Rural and Regional Research RURALIS
15.40-16.00Consumer perspective on the circular economy: Practices, motivations, and challengesRenata Bikauskaite, Vilnius University
16.00-16.20Circular economy initiatives and practices in the Baltic-Nordic region: Excerpts from the CIRCLE project’s policy briefsJostein Brobakk, Institute for Rural and Regional Research RURALIS
16.20-16.30Panel debate II (referees of PART II of the conference), moderated by Mikelis Grivins (Baltic Studies Centre)
16.40-16.45Closing remarks