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Tuesday June 25th



Leading pioneers and business executives will provide us an overview of changes and trends in bioeconomy to unravel the opportunities, solutions and drivers in developing a sustainable bioeconomy 2.0. The Circular Bioeconomy offers many approaches to preserving the climate and the environment for future generations. 



Bioeconomy In Action – how do we develop a circular bioeconomy, supporting an overall sustainable development?

A series of top-notch presentations setting the scene for a debate on the challenges and opportunities ahead.


Registration Open

12.00 – 12.30

Lunch Buffet


  • Interdisciplinary Research To Unlock The Circular Bioeconomy 
    By Niels Halberg, Director Of The Danish Centre For Food And Agriculture
  • The Bioeconomy Concept – And Its Implications 
    By Dr. Dr. Christian Patermann, Director Ret., European Commission
  • The Untapped Potentials Of The Seas To Contribute To The Circular Bioeconomy
    By Annette Bruhn, Senior Researcher, Dep. Of Bioscience  - Marine Ecology, Aarhus University  
  • Needs And Requirements For Realising A Bioeconomy 2.0 From A Stakeholder Perspective 
    By Agnes Borg, Industrial Biotech Director, Europabio.  
  • The Dual Bottom Line In Realising The Circular Bioeconomy 
    By Jim Philp, Policy Analyst, OECD




Bioeconomy At Work – How To Operate The Economic Potentials In Using Renewable Biological Resources?

Four Pioneers Operating Bioeconomy Share Their Experiences.

  • Drivers On Bioeconomy 
    By Ejnar Schultz, Managing Director, SEGES, Danish Agriculture & Food Council 
  • Governance of big Bio Clusters – how to accelerate the green transition through a triple helix approach     
    By Steen Hintze, CEO, Energifonden Skive

  • Smart Biomaterials From Sustainable Biomass 
    By Lars Storm Petersen, Director Strategic Projects And Asset Management, Haldor Topsoe A/S    

  • Building A Startup Company On Bioeconomy 
    By Henrik Busch-Larsen, CEO, Unibio  


  16.00-18.00   Visits at Aarhus University, Foulum Pilot Plants  

  • Green Biorefinery and Hydrithermal Liquefaction (HTL)
    Morten Ambye-Jensen Ass. Prof. & Patrick Biller, Ass. Prof., Dep. of Engineering - Biorefinery 
  • Experimental Field Crop Research, Foulumgaard 
    Uffe Jørgensen, Centre Director, Centre for Circular Bioeconomy
  • Biogas Research Facilities
    Lars Ottosen, Head of section, Dep. of Engineering - Biological and Chemical Engineering
  • Feeding Experiments, Green Protein
    Søren Krogh Jensen, Senior Researcher, Dep. of Animal Science - Molecular nutrition and reproduction 
18.00 Return to Viborg
19.00 DINNER and networking at Nytorv Street Food, Viborg Snapsting

Wednesday June 26th



A crucial element in the further development of bioeconomy is the increasing demand for protein ingredients. Not only as feed for animals, but also as food. However, we need to grow or extract this protein in a way, that reduces the environmental impact of protein production.  



      Highlights on the importance of encouraging the adoption, update and coherence of Protein Strategies to exploit opportunities offered by existing and new circular bioeconomy value chains.    
08.00 Registration open




  • The Market Demand For New Protein Sources
    By Nan-Dirk Mulder, Associate Director, Rabobank International
  • Value creation in the protein ingredients market    
    By Denis Chereau, General Manager, Improve
  • Green Biorefinery As The Tool For Disruption Of North-Western European Agriculture
    By Uffe Jørgensen, Centre Director, Centre For Circular Bioeconomy, Aarhus University 



  • The development of plant proteins in the European Union   
    By Silke Boger, European Commision, DG Agriculture And Rural Development
  • The Danish Bioeconomy Panel Recommendations On Protein 
    By Asbjørn Børsting, Chairman Of The Danish National Bioeconomy Panel
  • The fututre protein challenge - how to change strategies into action?
    By Roberta Iley, Principal Change Designer, Forum for the Future
  • System-mapping of a Nordic Alternative Protein Industry 
    By Henrik Nørby Søndergaard, Innovation Lead – Climate KIC Nordic
12.00 What are the need for future education in bioeconomy? An interactive session with the ABBEE (Accellerating the transistion towards the Bio-Based Economy via Education) project coordinator Gerlinde van Vilsteren, Wageningen University
12.15 Lunch 

Technical Tours

Indicate your choice upon registration. Note – there is a limited no. of participants on each tour. 

  • Arla Foods Ingredients 
  • Greenlab Skive 
  • KMC Food Innovation Centre
  • Madsen Bioenergi
Dinner on the return-trip 
Return to Viborg/Foulum

Thursday June 27th


Insights and outlooks on the development of new protein sources – what are they and how far are we in tapping their potentials? THREE SESSIONS on NEW SOURCES OF PROTEIN elucidating relevant aspects of the new protein sources with a circular perspective on their production- and value chains to map the state of the art and identify knowledge gaps on key topics. 


Outlooks & insights - providing a forum for exchange of scientific knowledge and research to better understand how systems funtion

   08.30-9.00   Coffee  
Proteins from green biomassProteins from algaeProteins from mussels, starfish, worms and insects

Bringing protein to the market - the case of alfalfa concentrated extract 
by Valentine Claudon, Development Manager, Lucerne Research and Development (L-RD) 

Cultivation of microalgae
by Malene Fog Lihme Olsen, Senior Specialist, Danish Technological Institute 
Opportunities and challenges of producing insects at an industry scale / Lars-Henrik Heckmann,  Head of Section, PhD, Danish Technological Institute

Functional proteins from vegetable residues
by Paulus Kosters, GreenProtein Project manager, Royal Cosun

Production of macroalgae in the open ocean
by Olavur Gregersen. Managing Director, Ocean Rainforest
Status, challenges and opportunities in the production of mussels and mussel protein in Denmark
by Jens Kjerulf, Professor, National Institute for Aquatic Ressources

Green biorefinery technology development, Pilot and demo-scale facilities at Aarhus University 
by Morten Ambye-Jensen, Ass. prof. Biorefinery, Aarhus University

Extraction of protein from macroalgae
by Ingrid Undeland, Professor, Biology and Biological Engineering, Food and Nutrition Science, Chalmers
Blue Mussel cleaning and processing
by NN, Northlight Seafood
Effects of ensiling on quality parameters in grass 
by Marketta Rinne, Professor, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE)
Differences in protein fractionation from aquatic and green biomass
by Angelica Tamayo Tenorio, Food Process Engineering, Wageningen University
Processing insects for the production of protein
by Dirk Sindermann,  Head of Process Technology - Renewables, GEA Group

Status on biorefining of micro- and macroalgae
by Rósa Jónsdóttir, Research group leader, Ingredients & Product Development, Matis


Poster session

Climate KIC workshop 


Quality requirements and nutritional value of protein products for feed from biorefined green biomass
by Søren Krogh Jensen, Senior researcher, Molecular nutrition and reproductivity, Aarhus University

Microalgae in fish feed
by Mette Sørensen, Professor, Faculty of Bioscience and Aquaculture, Nord University
Can we turn decomposing seaweed into valuable worm protein for fish feed?
by Martin Holmstrup, Professor, Soil Fauna, Ecology and Ecotoxicology, Aarhus University

Improved quality of soluble proteins from green biomass 
by Trine Kastrup Dalsgaard, Ass. prof., Food Chemistry and Technology, Aarhus University


Pulsed electric fields for proteins extraction from green seaweed Ulva: yields and allergenicity assessment
by Alexander Golberg, Senior Lecturer, dep. of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University 

Mussels, starfish and insects as feed protein sources
by Jan Værum Nørgaard, Ass. prof., Animal Nutrition and Physiology, Aarhus University
14.00System analysis of green biorefinery
by Morten Birkved, Professor MSO, University of Southern Denmark, Life Cycle Engineering
Environmental impact of seaweed cultivation
by Göran Nylund, University of Gothenburg    

Production of mussels as a legal tool to reduce eutrophication 
by Karen Timmermann, Senior researcher, Applied Marine Ecology and Modelling, Aarhus University

Insects and grass - is sustainability enough to break through the novel food barrier?
by Jonas House, Lecturer, Sociology of Consumtion and Households, Wageningen University and Research


Concluding remarks and Goodbye
by Uffe Jørgensen, Centre Director, Centre For Circular Bioeconomy, Aarhus University   

As a sideevent on the 27th June we are also proud to presents the 2019 Danish final of the Biobased Innovation Student Challenge Europe, BISC-E. Listen in on the students offering their solutions for the biobased future.

Members of the jury are: Claus Felby, Head of Biotech, Novo Nordisk Fonden, Ole Hvelplund, CEO at Nature Energy and Dr. Joe Gallagher, Aberystwyth University, UK.