Program 2015


Towards Circular Economy – Designing a Sustainable Food Cycle

21st April 2015, Helsinki, Minerva-Tori (Siltavuorenpenger 5A, ooo14, Helsinki)

8.30-9.00 Coffee and registration

9.00-9.10 Opening words, Dr. Jaana Husu-Kallio, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland

PART 1: What are the targets and mechanisms of circular economy?

9.10-9.30 Introduction to Circular economy, Prof. Per Mickwitz, Finnish Environment Institute

9.30-10.10 Environmental policies and circular economy. Economic implications and interactions with behavioural and technological aspects, Keynote, Dr. Francesco Nicolli, University of Ferrara / CERIS

10.10-10.30 Coffee break

10.30-11.10 Transition to circular economy and sustainable resource use, Keynote, Dr. Eva Heiskanen, Consumer Society Research Centre, University of Helsinki

11.10-11.40 Discussion in round tables (practice)

  1. How does the society benefit from circular economy?
  2. What obstacles are likely to arise in transition to circular economy?
  3. What changes are likely to follow in the society (economy, welfare) and environment?
  4. Which of the above changes can be regarded as new possibilities and which as challenges? Which economic sectors and groups of beneficiaries will benefit from the transition and which might suffer?

11.40-12.00 Conclusions

12.00-13.00 Lunch

PART 2: Designing a closed food cycle

13.00-13.30 A socio-cultural perspective on food consumption: potentials and pitfalls of the transition towards a more sustainable food system, Keynote, Dr. Hanna Schösler, University of Bayreuth

13.35-14.05 Sustainable food surplus and food waste management, and the circular economy, Keynote, Effie Papargyropoulou, University of Leeds, UK / University of Technology, Malaysia

Coffee available during the following session

14.05-14.15 Setting targets and introducing discussion questions

14.15-15.00 Round tables creating answers to posed questions and finding ways towards closed food cycles

Topics for the round tables:

  1. Sustainable food consumption (social, cultural impact) in circular economy (Moderator: Dr. Hanna Schösler, University of Bayreuth)
  2. Food surplus management in circular economy (Moderator: Effie Papargyropoulou, University of Leeds / University of Technology Malaysia)
  3. Sustainable resource and waste management in circular economy (Moderator: Dr. Laura Saikku, SYKE)
  4. Future and business opportunities in circular economy (Moderator: Janne Peljo, SITRA)
  5. Circulation and re-use of nutrients in food production chain (Moderator: Hannu Mikkola, UH)
  6. Global aspect in circular food economy (Moderator: Prof. Juha Helenius, UH)
  7. Localized food systems (Moderator: Traci Birge, UH)
  8. Material flow analysis and its application for food/ policies to promote sustainable food consumption (Moderator: Prof. Eva Heiskanen, UH)
  9. EU policy frameworks for circular economy and waste management models (Moderator: Dr. Francesco Nicolli, University of Ferrara)

15.00-16.00 Moderated discussion and presenting results from the session

16.00-16.30 Summing up by Prof. Johanna Mäkelä, UH

16.30 – Wine and snacks get-together

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