Business and Science Forum Programme

Business and Science Forum „THE DEVELOPMENT OF BIOECONOMY AS A PREREQUISITE FOR LONG-TERM COMPETITIVENESS AND WELFARE CREATION“

The purpose of the forum is to discuss the challenges and opportunities of modernization of bioeconomy sectors and innovative solutions for developing a competitive bioeconomy and creating economic, social and environmental welfare and rural areas vitality.

Thursday, 26th September
Hall of Central Building, 2nd floor

8.00–9.00 Registration of Participants
(Lobby of Central Building)
9.00–9.30 Opening Ceremony
9.30–11.00 Sharing Good Practice in Applying Innovations in Biobusiness
Biobusiness companies:
– “Lietuvos uogų augintojų, perdirbėjų ir prekybininkų asociacija”. Lithuania Berry Growers, Processors and Traders Association.
– UAB “Maistinių vabzdžių ferma”. Company producing frozen, dried crickets and crickets flour.
– UAB “SoTu SoTu”. Company producing functional foods such as freeze-dried various berries, vegetables, herbs, seeds powder, and etc.
URBANFOOD. Company producing functional food products, such as a variety of fruit, vegetable and seed powder and corn sticks.
– AB “AUGA group”. Company producing a wide range of organic food products: fruits, berries, mushrooms, soups, poultry, dairy products and etc.
(Near the Hall of Central Building, 2nd floor)
Moderator: Dalia Juočiūnienė, associate professor of Research Institute for Bioeconomy, Vytautas Magnus University
11.00–11.30 Coffee Break
11.30–13.00 Discussion with Producers of Bioproducts. Degustation of Bioproducts
(Near the Hall of Central Building, 2nd floor)
Moderator: Dalia Juočiūnienė, associate professor of Research Institute for Bioeconomy, Vytautas Magnus University
13.00–14.00 Lunch
(5th floor Lobby of Central Building)
14.00–15.30 1 panel discussion: BIOECONOMY DEVELOPMENT STRATEGIES: HOW TO STRENGTHEN THE CONNECTION BETWEEN ECONOMY, SOCIETY AND THE ENVIRONMENT?

 Moderator: Virginija Kargytė, Manager of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Project “Unlocking the Potential of Bio-based Value Chains in the Baltic Sea Region” (BalticBiomass4Value)

 Themes of the panel discussion:
– The role of bioeconomy development in climate change mitigation.
– Transition from narrow specialization to industrial symbiosis strategy
– Boundaries of bioeconomy and prospects of biotechnology and genetics to satisfy increasing demands for bio-based resources and products.
– Key factors of success in shifting from non-renewable fuels and other resources based economy to bio-based economy, which would be higher value-added, more socially inclusive and environment-friendly.

Panel discussion speakers:
Dovilė Zdanavičienė – Head of the Climate Change Management Policy Group at the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania
Zigmas Medingis – Counsellor of the Division of Crop Production and Agri-Environment at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Lithuania
Kęstutis Juščius – CEO and the main stakeholder of the AUGA group, which is one of the largest groups of companies in the Baltic region managing agricultural companies and implementing socially and environmentally sustainable eco-business model
Tomas Andrejauskas – Founding Partner of SatiMed, the company researching, developing and manufacturing phytocannabinoid-based medicinal, nutritional and cosmetic products; and Vice President of the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association
Dr. Monika Kavaliauskė – CEO of CasZyme, the startup company aiming to develop new discoveries, innovative applications and top-quality research in the field of CRISPR based Molecular Tools and to support researchers and companies practicing gene-editing worldwide
Dr. Per Møller – Head of Symbiosis Center Denmark, which is a national knowledge center working to identify and facilitate industrial symbiosis projects between public and private industrial partners and, thus, to enable the use of residues from one company as a resource in another for the producion of valuable materials and energy

15.30–15.45 Coffee Break
15.45–17.00 2 panel session. HOW SOCIAL INNOVATION CAN HELP RURAL AREAS TO BECOME SMARTER?

Moderator: Vilma Atkočiūnienė, Professor of Business and Rural Development Research Institute, Vytautas Magnus University

Indicative questions for open discussion:
– How Social Business Keeps Rural Communities Vitality?
Key speaker: Jurgita Ribinskaitė-Glatzer – Director of Public Institution „Geri noraiLT“, head of the international organization “Reach for change” for the Baltic States
– How to Develop Regional Food System in the Context of Bioeconomy?
Key speaker: Dr. Talis Tisenkopfs – Baltic Studies Centre Director, Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia

Other debaters:
Giedrė Kvieskienė
 – Professor, Vytautas Magnus University
Karlheinz Knickel – Visiting Research Professor at RURALIS – Institute for Rural and Regional Research / Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway; Research Coordinator at Instituto de Ciencias Agrarias e Ambientais Mediterranicas (ICAAM) at Universidade de Évora, Portugal; Research Associate at PRAC – Policy Research & Consultancy in Bad Soden, Germany
Mindaugas Maciulevičius – Founding member and director of the AgriCoop developing short supply chains Lithuanian Farm Quality; Vice-President of European agri-cooperatives association COGECA; Member of the European Economic and Social Committee, Vice-President of Group III
Dr. Arūnas Svitojus – president of Chamber of Agriculture, Represents the interests of Lithuanian farmers at the international level, Ensures the membership of the Chamber of Agriculture in international organizations (COPA-COGECA, IDF, Council of Baltic agricultural Organisations)

The project is funded by Republic of Lithuania

The forum is co-organized by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region project “Unlocking the Potential of Biobased Value Chains in the Baltic Sea Region” (BalticBiomass4Value)