Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference 2022 - Registration is open

Scandic Park Hotel


Join us at Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC) to hear the latest discoveries and innovations in bio-based materials, chemicals, and products from wood biorefineries. NWBC will be held in Helsinki, 25-27 October 2022.

Registration is now open

Registration for Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference 2022 is now open. Early bird fee applies until end of August.


See full programme in pdf

Monday 24/Oct/2022                                                                                                

11:30 - 14:30  Side event:
                       Nordic Research and Technology Infrastructure Workshop

15:00 - 17:00  Visit to Bioruukki
                       Bus transportation from Scandic Park Hotel and back,
                       Bus leaves from hotel at 14.30

16:00 - 18:00  Pitching training session, PhD Students
Wonder, Future Hub VTT, Tekniikantie 21, Espoo

Tuesday 25/Oct/2022                                                                                                

8:30 - 17:30     Registration

9:00 - 9:15       Opening of the conference
                        Dr. Antti Vasara, President & CEO of the VTT Technical Research
                        Centre of Finland                          

9:15 - 9:45      Keynote, Jori Ringman, Director General at Cepi
                       Cepi is the European association representing the paper industry
                       The Green Deal with Wood Biorefineries

9:45 - 10:45    Keynote, Nordic RTOs collaboration on testbeds and
                       technology infrastructures strengthens the impact on
                       European green transition

                       Karin Johnson, CEO at RISE Processum AB    
                       Professor of Practice, Mika Härkönen, VTT

                       Keynote, FinnCERES Flagship
                       – A Competence Centre for the Materials Bioeconomy

                       Research Professor, Tekla Tammelin, VTT

10:45 - 11:15  Coffee & poster viewing

11:15 - 12:35  Engineered lignin products (Part 1)   
details in PDF

12:35 - 13:35  Lunch

13:35 - 15:15  Low emission biorefineries and side-stream valorization (Part 1)
                       details in PDF

15:15 16:45 Coffee & poster session

16:45 – 17:45 Pitching

19:00 - 20:30  Helsinki City Reception, Helsinki City Hall

Wednesday 26/Oct/2022                                                                                                       

8:00 - 9:00    PhD Student Breakfast, Ravintola Töölönranta

8:30 - 17:00  Registration

9:00 - 9:30    Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2022 winner keynote
                     Organic superbase salts (ILs) for cellulose dissolution and biomass
                     Professor, Ilkka Kilpeläinen, University of Helsinki 

9:30 - 11:10  Circularity of wood sourced carbon and emerging policies
                     details in PDF

                     Novel cellulose modifications
                     details in PDF

11:10 - 11:40 Coffee & poster viewing

11:40 - 13:00 Structure – function – performance interrelations in materials
details in PDF

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00-14:30   Panel discussion
                      The challenges and opportunities of Lignin
                      Participants will be announced soon

14:30 - 15:50 Low emission biorefineries and side-stream valorization (Part 2)
                      details in PDF

15:50 - 16:30 Coffee & poster viewing

16:30 - 17:30 Low emission biorefineries and side-stream valorization (Part 2)
                      details in PDF

19:00 - 23:00 Conference Dinner & The Gullichsen Award, Restaurant Pörssi

Thursday 27/Oct/2022

8:00 - 16:00  Registration

9:00 - 9:30    Marcus Wallenberg Prize 2022 winner keynote
                     Novel cellulose fibers from steam-exploded birch wood as the main
                     product in a new biorefinery concept
                     Professor, Herbert Sixta, Aalto 

9:30 - 10:30 Turning research success to commercial success  
                     Juuso Konttinen, Vice President, UPM
                     Åsa Ek, Acting SVP Head of Innovation, Division Biomaterials,
                     Stora Enso
                     Niklas von Weymarn, CEO, Metsä Spring Oy
                     Kristiina Kruus, Dean in the School of Chemical Engineering in
                     Aalto University
                     Johannes Bogren, Vice President, Södra

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee & poster viewing

11:00 – 11:20 Lignin-based functional fillers - a disruptive innovation 
Invited speaker, Dr.-Ing. Tobias Wittmann, SunCoal Industries GmbH

11:20 – 12:40 Wood based textile solutions
                       details in PDF

12:40 - 13:40  Lunch

13:40 - 15:00  Engineered lignin products
                       details in PDF

15:00 - 15:30  Coffee

15:30 - 16:30 Engineered lignin products
                      details in PDF

16:30 - 16:45 Closing the conference and announcing the next NWBC

See the full program here!

Site visit to Bioruukki

Visit VTT Bioruukki Pilot Centre on Monday 24.10.2022 afternoon at 15.00-17.00. The site visit fee per person is 50,00 € (incl. VAT) and you can save your seat when registering to the conference.

We will organise transportation from hotel Scandic Park to Bioruukki and back to the hotel after the visit. Travel time is about 30 min one way.

NOTE: Limited amount of 40 seats available!

Helsinki City reception

The City of Helsinki will host a reception to NWBC attendees in Helsinki City Hall (Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13) on 25.10 at 19.00 – 20.30.

Conference dinner

The dinner will take place at Restaurant Pörssi. Pörssi, the Gray Granite House, was built between 1911 and 1912. The building is commonly kept as one of the 20th century’s most impressive works of Finnish jugend-architecture. Designed by architect Lars Sonck. Brokers left the house in the early 1990s when the stock exchange moved to electronic securities trading. 

Location: Pörssi Restaurant (Fabianinkatu 14) is 2 km from Scandic Park Helsinki, 30 min walk or 15 min by tram (Nro 4). 

Side event: Nordic Research and Technology Infrastructure Workshop

Welcome to the Nordic Research and Technology Infrastructure Workshop to identify Nordic collaboration opportunities, strengths and industry needs for Nordic bioeconomy testbeds on 24.10.2022 at 11.30-14.30.

We invite all stakeholders (Research Infrastructure owners, companies, public authorities, funding authorities, innovation organizations…) with an interest in bioeconomy Research and Technology Infrastructures (RI/TI) to participate in the Nordic Research and Technology Infrastructure Workshop.

The purpose of this workshop is to discuss about Nordic Research Infrastructure collaboration and funding opportunities, strengths and industry needs from Nordic perspectives.

Invitation and preliminary program

Register for this workshop here


We are proudly presenting our Keynote speakers Director General Jori Ringman from Cepi, Professor Ilkka Kilpeläinen, Professor Herbert Sixta, CEO Karin Johnsson, Professor of Practice Mika Härkönen.

We also have an excellent panel discussion coming up with Vice President Juuso Konttinen, Acting SVP Head of Innovation Åsa Ek, CEO Niklas von Weymarn, Dean Kristiina Kruus and Vice President Johannes Bogren.

Presenting Guest Speakers


Luckily André Noël Chaker has agreed to be our moderator for the event. Here some thoughts about what forest means to him.


As both a Canadian and a Finn, the forest has played many important roles throughout my life. As a young Summer camp counsellor, I used the forest for educating, physical development and strengthening resilience. Now, as a forest owner, the forest has brought many economic, health and even spiritual benefits to me and my family. When we take good care of our forests, they take good care of us.
André Noël Chaker


Registration is now open.
Have you submitted an abstract? Please don't use this registration link – you will receive a personal registration link from our Conference Office.

Registration fees

  • Early bird registration fee until 31.8.2022 is 890,00 € incl. VAT 24%
  • Registration fee after 31.8.2022 is 1150,00 € incl. VAT 24%
  • PhD student fee is 400,00 € incl. VAT 24%
    • 30 student (fee 400 € incl. VAT 24%) seats reserved for students who will provide a presentation, poster or take part in pitching event.
    • Students are requested to submit their abstract timely (by 30.4.) and also send a recommendation letter from their supervisor.
    • Please send the recommendation letter to
  • Site visit to VTT Bioruukki Pilot Centre 50,00 € incl. VAT 24%

Payment and cancellation

  • Payment is done by credit card or with an invoice. For invoices a separate fee of 15 € will be charged. No cash is accepted.
  • Administration fee 200 € (incl. VAT 24%) will be charged of cancellations until 23 of June 2022 after which the cancellation fee is 700 € (incl. VAT 24%). 
  • For PhD students the cancellation fee is 200 € (incl. VAT 24%) before 23rd of June, after which the cancellation fee is 400€ (incl. VAT 24%).


NWBC is a cooperation between VTT in Finland and RISE in Sweden.

The event gathers expert speakers from the chemical, energy, pulp and paper industry as well as recognized representatives from the global research community.

The local host’s contact info: 

Atte Virtanen (head of local host, VTT), Vice President 
Katariina Torvinen (VTT), Research Manager 
Merja Laamanen (VTT), Coordinator
Jessica Vepsäläinen (VTT), Assistant

To get the latest up-to-date information about the conference, keep following news on this event page.


The Conference Venue

The NWBC2022 conference will be held at the Vision 1-3 meeting rooms in Scandic Park Helsinki. A magnificently renovated hotel right next to Helsinki city centre and close to excellent transport connections, 1,4 km from the railway station and bus station, 10 min with tram. Link to map.


Hotels & Travel

The Conference hotel is Scandic Park Helsinki. The lounge-like hotel lobby, comprehensive meeting and function spaces, and all of the hotel rooms were recently completely refurbished. You can use the newest equipment at the BeAlive Health Club gym, adjacent to the hotel. 

Mannerheimintie 46, 00260 Helsinki, Finland (Link to map)
Tel: +358 300 308 407   

Accommodation allotment information:
Allotment code BTEK251022 

Time: 24.10. - 28.10.2022 
Room type: Standard 
130 € / single room / night 
140 € / double or twin room / night 
Rates always include: breakfast, wireless internet

Everyone books their own room. Please use the allotment code BTEK251022 when making a booking from, by phone +358 9 4272 2524 or email 

The rooms are available until Oct 11th, 2022 or depending on the hotel’s booking situation. Cancellation policy: No costs if cancelled until arrival day by 18.00! 

Other hotels in Helsinki: 
Crowne Plaza Helsinki - Hesperia 
Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti 
Hotel Arthur 
more hotels at  

Letter of invitation  

On request, the Meeting Organiser will provide a personal invitation to participate in the meeting. Such an invitation is only meant to help the invited participants obtaining a visa. It does not represent any commitment on the part of the organisers to provide any financial support.  


Please check the validity of your own insurance. The Meeting organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained or loss of, or damage to, property belonging to delegates or the registered accompanying persons during the Meeting. 

Extend your stay! 

If you have the possibility to extend your stay in Helsinki, please do. Helsinki is a beautiful city. Additionally, the old Hansa town Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is only a 2 hours boat trip away from Helsinki, which gives you the opportunity to do as may other Finnish tourists do each year, i.e., visit the city for day (or more). 

More information on travelling to Finland

Call for abstracts is closed

Themes this year are:

  • Low emission biorefineries and side-stream valorization
  • Engineered lignin products
  • Novel cellulose modifications
  • High performing wood-based products for industrial scale
  • Structure – function – performance interrelations in materials engineering (including modeling)
  • Wood-based textile solutions
  • Circularity of wood-sourced carbon and emerging policies
  • Assessing environmental aspects

In the review process submitted abstracts will be defined as oral presentations and posters. The review process will be finished in June and review results will be communicated to writers. Full manuscript and poster submission deadline will be September 12th. The full manuscript will be published in the Conference Proceedings.

If the presenting author is a PhD student, the person is a candidate for the Award(s) via pitching session held in the conference. If you are an eligible candidate and interested to win Award(s), you can specify it in the abstract submission portal.

Scientific committee

  • Per Tomani, RISE
  • Florian Graichen, SCION
  • Mikael Hannus, Stora Enso
  • Gustav Nyström, EMPA
  • Lauri Sikanen, LUKE
  • Kristiina Kruus, Aalto
  • Emily Cranston, UBC
  • Orlando Rojas, Aalto / UBC
  • Hanna Hörhammer, VTT
  • Peter Axegård, C-Green Technologies
  • Paul Stuart, Polytechnique Montrèal & EnVertis Inc.
  • Marcelo C.S. Muguet, Klabin

Registration is now open

Registration for Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference 2022 is now open. Early bird fee applies until end of August.