– Bioeconomy in a changing Nordic reality

International conference on bioeconomy and the outcome of the NordBio projects, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference CentreReykjavik, 5-6 October 2016.

The purpose of the conference is to offer an informative and inspiring dialogue, present the outcomes of the NordBio projects, discuss challenges and opportunities ahead and to sow new seeds for the future.


Stefán Gíslason, senior environmental expert and director Environice
Þóra Arnórsdóttir, journalist and news editor at the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service

Tuesday, 4 October

17:30 – 18:30     Welcome reception, Reykjavik City Hall – hosted by the Mayor

Wednesday, 5 October, 09:00 – 16:30

Welcome and opening of the conference:

  • Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, Minister of fisheries, agriculture and regional affairs in Iceland
  • Dagfinn Høybråten, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Bioeconomy video. Premiere

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Dr. Christine Lang, Chairwoman in German Bioeconomy Council and CEO ORGANOBALANCE GmbH
    Bioeconomy and the future of biological resources

10:15 – 10:45    Coffee break

  • Dr. Ari Kristinn Jónsson, president Reykjavik University
    – Education and innovation for sustainable bioeconomy
  • Dr. Lene Lange Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
    – How to unlock the full potentials of the biomass

12:00 – 13:00     Lunch

Four interactive sessions on different aspects of the bioeconomy

13:00 – 14:30     Session A (Silfurberg B) – Minding future disasters – more info

13:00 – 14:30     Session B (Ríma B) – Minding our business more info

14:30 – 15:15    Coffee break

15:00 – 16:30     Session C (Silfurberg B) – Minding future educationmore info

15:00 – 16:30     Session D (Ríma B) – Minding future divestmentmore info


19:00                       Dinner, Iðnó, Vonarstræti 3, 101 Reykjavík


Thursday, 6 October, 09:00 – 12:30

  • Dr. Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir, Professor of Environment and Natural Resources,
    University of Iceland
    – Nordic natural capital: the foundation for blue and green growth 
  • Dr. Bryan Alexander, Educator, futurist, speaker and writer
    “How education can help us build sustainable societies”?
  • Dr. Hörður Kristinsson, chairman of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel
    – Role and plans of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel

10:30 – 11:00    Coffee break

  • Bioeconomy projects under Denmark, Finland and Norway chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers.
    – Short presentations:
    Liisa Saarenmaa, Ministry for Agriculture and Forestry, Finland
    Ásmundur Guðjónsson, Director for  Nordic Atlantic Cooperation – NORA
  • Voices of a new generation
    Ásdís Ólafsdóttir, Communications Officer at EFTA Surveillance Authority, M.A. International Relations
    Haraldur Hugosson, Project Manager at Icelandic Startups, B.A. Economics, M.Sc. Organisational Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Summary and closing of the conference.

12:30 – 14:00  Special taste of innovation

About 50 innovation projects will be displayed and new products showcased. The projects were carried out with local producers in the west Nordic region focusing on innovation and increased sustainability of food production, utilizing better bioresources and creating new value from side streams of food processing. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet local producers and taste products including beer mustard with arctic thyme & bilberry, crispbread containing Icelandic moss and whey, meadowsweet syrup and nettle tea.