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FinnCERES Annual Seminar – Future in the Making

The FinnCERES Annual Seminar took place at the end of March, bringing together leading experts and emerging talents in the field of material science. This year, the event ran using a hybrid model, providing both online and in-person participation opportunities. NIRI’s CEO, Dr. Matthew Tipper and CCO, Dr. Ross Ward took the opportunity to travel to Finland and fully immerse themselves in discussions and cutting-edge research that was on display.

The seminar featured three distinguished keynote speakers, Professor Alexander Bismarck from the University of Vienna, Professor Aji Mathew from Stockholm University, and Dr. Annariikka Roselli from Metsä Spring. These world-renowned experts shared their latest insights and cutting-edge research, providing valuable knowledge and inspiration to everyone in attendance.

Dr. Ross Ward and Dr. Matthew Tipper

The seminar showcased innovative research from the FinnCERES community, including biocomposites, bio-based hydrogel applications, and regenerated cellulose products. The presentations were engaging and informative, providing a glimpse of the exciting possibilities that the future of material science holds.The hybrid format of the seminar allowed attendees to participate from anywhere in the world, providing access to a wider audience than a traditional in-person event.

This year’s FinnCERES Annual Seminar was a highly informative and inspiring event, providing valuable insights into the future of material science. The quality of the presentations and the hybrid format made this a truly worthwhile event to attend, and the team at NIRI look forward to future events in this format.

What is FinnCERES?

FinnCERES is a center of competence that has been jointly established by Aalto University and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The center focuses on the materials bioeconomy and aims to unravel the most intricate enigmas concerning lignocellulose disintegration and reassembly. Its primary objective is to produce new, cost-effective, biologically derived materials that can tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time, such as climate change and resource sufficiency.

The Flagship enterprise of FinnCERES works closely with industry and other stakeholders to create significant economic and societal impact. The center is dedicated to transforming scientific and technological discoveries into industrial innovations. FinnCERES achieves this by leveraging the Bioeconomy Infrastructure that Aalto and VTT share, which facilitates their work towards the common goal of creating sustainable and innovative materials.