Join us on the 30th of May in Helsinki as we co-create solutions to bring about meaningful transformations in the Baltic Sea Region. The event will bring together researchers, innovators, investors, civil society and policy makers in the Baltic Sea Region to enable knowledge exchange and co-learning in relation to systemic innovations for a sustainable Baltic Sea.
10:00 Welcome and registration (coffee available)
Finnish Environment Institute
10:30 Overview of BONUS RETURN: The problem context in the Baltic Sea Region and BONUS RETURN’s innovative approach to eco-technologies
Karina Barquet, Project Manager, Stockholm Environment Institute
10:40 Keynote 1: Circularity in the Baltic Sea Region policy context
Akko Karlsson – Kalmar Regional Council; Deputy Member of EuroRegion Baltic (ERB); Politician Green Party (MP); South Baltic MC- Swede delegation
10:50 Keynote 2: The Role of Blue/Sustainable Finance in Circular Economy: what is it and how can we access it?
Marcus Svedberg – Senior advisor, Stockholm Sustainable Finance Centre
11:00 Keynote 3: Local demands for circular solutions in the BSR.
Eija Hagelberg – Project Director, JÄRKI project, Baltic Sea Action Group
11:10 Keynote 4: Engaging municipalities; practical examples in the BSR.
Marc Klaus – Director, Race For The Baltic
11:20 Panel discussion with keynote speakers: How can we enable circular innovations to trigger sustainable transformations in the Baltic Sea Region?
Moderator: Eva Friman, SWEDESD, Uppsala University
12:15 Presentations by the three winners in the BONUS RETURN innovation
Aquacare – Prashanth Kumar
TerraNovaEnergy – Erkan Yalcin
Ravita – Laura Rossi
12:30 Lunch and networking
13:15 Presentation: Serious Game System – Supporting systemic reflections and practice
Steven Bachelder, Professor at Department of Game Design, Uppsala University
13:30 Parallel working groups
Participants are invited to join parallel conversations to discuss specific topics related to supporting systemic innovations that promote both circularity and co-benefits within different interlinked sectors in the Baltic Sea Region.
1. Risk and reward of circularity – How policy frameworks at the regional level can be adapted to support the implementation of systemic innovations at the local level?
2. The social dimension of circular economy and how to overcome cultural challenges in the circular transition
3. How can entrepreneurship support the shift to a circular economy? What kind of investment is needed?
4. Creating a “community of practice” for circular solutions (using the Serious Game System to foster systemic reflections and insights for improving systems thinking and practice)
14:30 Reporting in plenary session
Neil Powell, Uppsala University
14:50 Closing remarks
Karina Barquet, Stockholm Environment Institute