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Our mission is to help rural areas in the Baltic Sea Region to reach their full potential in bioeconomy. We hope to achieve our mission through building capacity for transnational cooperation in innovation management and smart specialization in bioeconomy. To enable transnational cooperation, we create an open transnational digital platform for innovation in bioeconomy, which will be tested and scaled up via several pilots together with local small and medium sized enterprises.

RDI2CluB unites authorities, research, development and innovation (RDI) institutes and business development bodies from five regions to a joint quest for boosting smart and sustainable bioeconomy development in the rural areas of Baltic Sea Region. The five regions of the RDI2CLuB partnership are:

  • Central Finland/Finland
  • Hedmark/Norway
  • Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship/Poland
  • Vidzeme/Latvia
  • Estonia

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5 Jan 2018

RDI2CluB adopted as Flagship of EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

In November 2017, RDI2CluB was adopted as a Flagship of Policy Area Bioeconomy by the EUSBSR National Coordinators. Flagships demonstrate the progress of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, and serve as pilot examples for desired action in the policy area. According to EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region, Bioeconomy offers an abundance of opportunities to grow primary industries and opens up new development prospects in the rural areas.

26 Jun 2017

Finland received nearly million euros for the development of a bioeconomy innovation system

The Interreg Baltic Sea Region is a cooperation programme between eleven countries. The region has abundant natural resources, but also challenges in reaching its full bioeconomy potential. Furthermore, the exchange of knowlege in the area has been sparse.

Advisory Board unites expertise from academia, policy, network & cluster specialists around #BSR. 1st meeting in Tallinn shows a potential of co-operation in smart specialisation in #bioeconomy with connected regions and projects. #EUSBSR @JAMK_fi blog: https://t.co/2LjXa6MdJ7
Greetings from the 9th Annual Forum on the EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region! - Tech to the Futureblogit.jamk.fiAs the EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR) flagship project for bioeconomy, RDI2CluB, we attended the 9th EUSBSR Annual Forum in Tallinn on June 4-5, 2018. Event involves networking opportunities, latest news on policies and funding programs as well as best practices related to the themes of....
Advisory Board of RDI2CluB gathered for the first time! The Annual Forum provided a convenient backdrop for our first RDI2CluB Advisory Board meeting held on June 5, 2018. Our Advisory Board brings together academia, policy makers and specialists of transnational cooperation and innovation ecosystems around Baltic Sea. Furthermore, the Coordinator of EUSBSR Bioeconomy, Nordic Council of Ministers, is represented along with the Baltic Sea States Sub-regional co-operation (BSSSC) network to share our results and provide contextual awareness on the bioeconomy development in the regions of Baltic Sea. BSSSC is a political network for decentralized authorities, such as regions, municipalities and cities, in the Baltic Sea Region. We see that the Advisory Board can support our mission in various ways. They can provide advice on the implementation of smart specialisation strategies and building of innovation ecosystems as well as provide quality assurance of our outputs with comments on achieved results and evaluation in terms of quality, policy relevance and applicability to end-users. Furthermore, they provide a link to networks around Baltic Sea region that can facilitate the uptake and expansion of our bioeconomy innovation network and platform. Read more from: https://blogit.jamk.fi/techtothefuture/2018/07/02/greetings-from-the-9th-annual-forum-on-the-eu-strategy-for-baltic-sea-region/ at JAMK University of Applied Sciences.
Jäneda transnational workshopflickr.comExplore this photo album by RDI2CluB on Flickr!
RDI2CluB transnational workshop in Jäneda, Estonia on June 5-7, 2018, allowed us to work together on joint action plans and start sharing ideas on the future collaboration, including innovation cooperation. Take a photo tour with us through the workshop at Flickr. Good times! :)https://www.flickr.com/photos/153448792@N05/albums/72157698125508914
With the support of @RDI2CluB and transnational learning, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship in Poland is exploring their #bioeconomy potential for smart specialization and for tackling the air quality problems. Read more from @JAMK_fi blog. #BSR #interreg https://t.co/VQ9hro0cRJ
Transitioning to bioeconomy from the smoggy shadows of fossil economy - Tech to the Futureblogit.jamk.fiEuropean Union is shifting towards bioeconomy, especially in terms of strategic approaches and technology development. Still, in many countries, such as Poland, the concept of bioeconomy is not well-known and is absent in the public discourse. Therefore, the opportunities have not been fully underst...
Exploring Bioeconomy in Poland! Visiting Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship to attend our RDI2CluB project partners’ regional stakeholder workshop on the bioeconomy potential in the region, I got a chance to visit local companies and the State Forest agency to get a glimpse into bioeconomy trends and challenges in Poland. In fact, our partners managed to fit quite an extensive excursion programme into the two days of my visit, which was indeed a great opportunity for me to better understand the realities of bioeconomy development in Poland and to explore an interesting region – in excellent company. I wish to share my experiences and give a small preview for the benchmarking visit to Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship with you via a blog (in English). Regards, Anna Aalto, Project Coordinator https://blogit.jamk.fi/techtothefuture/2018/06/08/transitioning-to-bioeconomy-from-the-smoggy-shadows-of-fossil-economy/
The action points for sustainable change towards #bioeconomy in #Nordic countries works as a inspiration source for us @RDI2CluB in our work on Joint Action Plans for developing bioeconomy regionally & in macro-regional cooperation. @baltic_sea_prog #Innovate #Accelerate #Network https://t.co/zwLUtBuf9I
Keski-Suomen liittoKeski-Suomessa tuodaan biotalousalan toimijoita tiiviimmin yhteen hollantilaisten esimerkkien ja keskisuomalaisten toiveiden mukaisesti. Lue blogistamme projektipäällikkö Suvi Bayrin ja kehittämispäällikkö Hannu Koposen yhteiskirjoitus: https://www.keskisuomi.fi/blogi/posts/151/yhdessa_enemman_-_biotalouden_edistamista_kadet_savisina
Together we are more - lessons from Biobased Delta on the value of regional cooperation and networks have been applied in our Joint Action Plan work in Central Finland. Blog from our team from Regional Council of Central Finland. ;<3 (Only in Finnish, sorry)
In connection with our transnational workshop in Poland, RDI2CluB partners will take part in the next EUSBSR Annual Forum 2019 in Gdansk!🌍🇪🇺
Final @rdi2club workshop for validation of the regional #bioeconomy profiles in progress in Latvia! @norden_lv #VidzemesRegions. https://t.co/wqKIeqHbGm
Potential of #digital #bioeconomy is explored in the Central Finland's pilot in @rdi2club. Our expert were in Copenhagen #BSR Bioeconomy Council workshop to get the latest trends. https://t.co/A4Rd5bPiBY
Reflections from @rdi2club benchmarking visit to Netherlands and stakeholder workshop on regional #bioeconomy profile call for closer cooperation of the bioeconomy triple-helix actors in Central Finland for boosting commercialization of R&D. Ps. For Finnish readers only, sorry. https://t.co/WQHJkap2zK
Come meet with @RDI2CluB team in #EUSBSR Annual Forum in Tallinn! We'll be at the networking village on June 4, presenting at 14.00 on smart rural #bioeconomy development in #BSR. See you next week! #EUSBSRafter2020 https://t.co/GUxIVavRBI
Regional Bioeconomy Profiles of @rdi2club partners are reviewed in stakeholder workshops in May. Profiles reveal #bioeconomy potential, strengths and weaknesses compared to national averages & enable benchmarking European best practice regions. #smartspecialisation #BSR #Interreg
Exiting news for Central Finland. The #bioeconomy ecosystem around Äänekoski #bioproduct mill is moving forward with lauching of a project to produce #textilefibre from wood. Staying tuned for #sustainablefashion from Finland. 👕👖🌲🌲
Welcome to the Stakeholder Workshops! Regional Bioeconomy Profiles for the RDI2CluB partners are under regional scrutiny in stakeholder workshops during May. Profiles reveal bioeconomy potential, strengths and weaknesses compared to national averages as well as enable benchmarking against European best practice regions. After regional validation, the profiles will be published in coming autumn.
Visiting our Polish team, Regional Science and Technology Center, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship and the Foundation for Education and Social Dialogue PRO CIVIS and attending the first regional workshop of RDI2CluB in Poland. We got to explore the operations of the State Forests of Poland, visited local forest industry and bioenergy companies as well as the Science Centre Leonardo da Vinci and the Biobank. A part from great bioeconomy potential, Świętokrzyskie is a region with interesting historical destinations and picturesque nature. Looking forward to the coming benchmarking visit to Świętokrzyskie in 2019!
Benchmarking quest continues. Our team of 34 RDI2CluB experts joined in as Natural Fibertastic 2018 opened with a bus tour of biobased construction and infrastructure sites in Bergen op Zoom. Dutch circular construction agenda applied to practice. @biobaseddelta #NFT2018
Benchmarking quest continues @biobaseddelta. Our team of 34 @rdi2club experts joined in as Natural Fibertastic 2018 opened with a bus tour of #biobased construction and infrastructure sites in Bergen op Zoom. Dutch circular construction agenda applied to practice. #NFT2018
Got to a good start on our benchmarking quest at Biobased Delta where Agro meets chemistry and markets. Exploring a strong triple helix that shows the strength of networks and regional co-operation. Greetings from our team at Green Chemistry Campus, Bergen op Zoom.
Following up on the Circular bioeconomy experiments and visions from Central Finland! Circwaste project together with the Regional Council of Central Finland organized a seminar to showcase circular bioeconomy research, development and innovation work from Central Finland. Event took place at JAMK University of Applied Science on April 16, 2018. Key themes from presentations included valorization of biowaste streams, development of new bio-based materials, promotion of sustainable protein sources and nutrient cycling. Here are some of the ongoing projects from the bioeconomy innovation ecosystem in Central Finland: VINSECTS – Insect economy as a part of the circular economy in Northern Central Finland. Testing bio-mass valorization with insect production to provide proof-of-concept for new business chains. SUSTAINABLE BIORESIDUAL CONCRETE – Develop and test utilization of forestry side-streams in concrete manufacturing to develop a product with low-carbon foot-print and create a related business chain and network in Northern Central Finland. BIOKAS – Testing and mapping recycled biobased materials that can be used as alternative materials for peat and plastic to be used in planting beds. BIO-CO2 –Assessing feasible utilization pathways for biobased CO2 as a raw material in Finnish biomass driven industry sectors and to identify the best business candidates for near- to medium-term deployment in Finland. CIRCULAR PROTEIN ECONOMY - Developing collaboration and RDI platform for sustainable food chains and systems in Central Finland to promote experimentations and demonstrations on new proteins and sustainable food consumption. CIRCWASTE - A seven-year LIFE IP project that promotes efficient use of material flows, waste prevention and new waste and resource management concepts. Central Finland is one of the focus regions that implements circular economy pilots.
Snow is still piling high in Central Finland at Rajakatu Campus of JAMK as RDI2CluB closes the first project period. Highlights so far include the successfull data collection for Regional Bioeconomy Profiles in Finland, Estonia, Poland, Latvia and Norway. Stay tuned for the results of the data analysis... Happy Easter for our friends around BSR!
Wood-based bio-innovation and knowledge in BLOOM JAMK is building the Bioeconomy Campus as a strong bioeconomy knowledge and innovation hub with the support of international networks and development projects. In addition to RDI2CluB, Horizon2020 project, BLOOM, launched in the end of 2017. The two projects met in Stockholm for a partner meeting in March 21-22, 2018. BLOOM is a three-year project involving 12 partners, including JAMK University of Applied Sciences. The project is coordinated by the Centre for Social Innovation in Austria. BLOOM aims to raise public awareness and understanding of the bioeconomy products and coming innovations. BLOOM activities will both instigate public dialogue and involve the society in the bioeconomy innovation via co-creation actions. BLOOM will stimulate activities and dialogue about the bioeconomy at both a regional and EU level. The purpose is also to attract young people to the field. Project partners in Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden will create five hubs (communities of practice) that will engage a range of stakeholders from civil society, innovation networks, local research centres, industry, teachers and research institutes. JAMK will work together with the Swedish Vetenskap and Allmänhet (Public & Science) and in dialogue with stakeholders, to develop a regional hub for Finland/Sweden that will have a focus on developing a knowledge hub on wood-based materials and products. From fundamental research to commercial innovations Finland and Sweden are both active in research, development and innovation on new wood-based materials and products. The possibilities range from super-strong bio-kevlar materials to super-light foams, from transparent wood-based film or windows to anti-bacterial materials and 3D-printed nano-cellulose products. Extraordinary research initiatives in Sweden are driving the change forward. In Stockholm, we visited the KHT Wallenberg Wood Science Center, which is a joint research center of KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Chalmers started in 2009. We also learned about the Treesearch initiative, which is a unique industry supported national platform in Sweden for open science on wood-based products. Wood is indeed versatile. As an example, it might not be long before we have functioning demonstrations of cars made mostly of bio-based materials! Ps. One of the highlights of the research collaboration between Finland and Sweden is Tandem Forest Values that is a bilateral forest research project that was established in 2017 as Sweden’s official centenary gift to Finland. The gift comprises of 12 postdoc positions, each worth 2 million SEK. The calls for applications are administrated by KSLA, The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. More information on the calls and application criteria can be found at the KSLA website (in English).
We heard inspirational talks about practical examples of projects communication and oriented modern conferencing concepts. Other Interreg BSR project also became familiar to us during the two days in Communication seminar in Luebeck, Germany 😊
Ajankohtaista - Aito Maaseutuaitomaaseutu.fi
Success by foresight – Future scenarios 2050 of Central Finland’s food chain at JAMK University of Applied Sciences For visions on bioeconomy roadmap of Central Finland, our RDI2CluB team was taking part in a Future scenarios workshop on Central Finland’s food chain in 2050. Floor was opened with presentations from e.g. Development Manager Heidi Valtari from University of Turku who presented the main points of national food policy recitation and Research Director Tuomas Kuhmonen from University of Turku who introduced the possible future outlooks of local food chains. In addition, Development Manager Hannu Koponen from Regional Council of Central Finland presented Central Finland’s Regional development programme from aspect of food and the Manager of rural department of ELY centre Ulla Mehto-Hämäläinen had a presentation of Central Finland’s food chain development strategy 2014-2020. Looking at the future, there were four different paths stated how the local food chain in the future could look like; short chain, green chain, fair chain and authentic chain. As the name implies, in the short food chain, the journey of the food from the producer to the consumer is short – the consumers have a direct link to producers, for example via digital market places. In a green food chain, the food is produced in an eco-friendly manner while fair chain takes a wider approach on responsible production and the social impacts of production. Finally, authentic food chain tells the story behind the food and highlights the cultural experience of food. The workshop engaged specialists, entrepreneurs and farmers to discuss the themes of digitalisation and technology, customers experiences, marketing and branding and sustainable agriculture. As a conclusion, the participants chose that the most important things to do now are to boost marketing and branding, continue building cooperation and networking of different actors of the food chain, and to capitalise on the opportunities of digitalisation, networking and storytelling. We were also able to taste future food; chili flavoured drone bees from Komppa-Seppälä farm. Drone bees are a side-product of honey production and the larvae has to be removed as a part of normal production. This drone mass could be used as a food source. It also has high nutritional value, in fact it is similar to beef in terms of protein quality and quantity. All in all, an interesting day with an enthusiastic atmosphere. As we concluded, better results are gained together! https://www.aitomaaseutu.fi/ajankohtaista Event in Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUSxE2zXtLs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RE08UXwusD4&feature=youtu.be
6th International Newsletter of Vidzeme Planning Region (2017)issuu.comIn our latest newsletter find out more about activities and initiatives Vidzeme Planning Region has been involved lately. We concentrate on: -education, more specifically life-long learning - business and innovation -cluster development -energy efficiency -transport issues (TEN-T network and transpo...
Our partner, Vidzeme Planning Region has prepared its annual International Newsletter 2017. This edition contains information about the project RDI2CluB as well as other Baltic Sea Region and European collaboration projects of Vidzeme. Find out more about activities and initiatives Vidzeme Planning Region has been involved lately: https://issuu.com/vidzemesplanosanasregions/docs/vpr_newsletter_6_2017
Today we wish Dr. Anneli Ylimartimo a very happy retirement. Thank you, Anneli, for making RDI2CluB possible - we will do our best to realise the ambitious plans. All the best from the whole RDI2CluB team! @Biotalouskampus @JAMK University of Applied Sciences
Biotaloutta Latvian malliin - Tarvaalan tarinoitablogit.jamk.fi
RDI2CluB off to a good start in Latvia! Our partners in Latvia had a Kick-off seminar for national stakeholders on January 30, 2018, at the Nordic Council of Ministers' Office in Latvia. The invited expert guests represented the key actors for bioeconomy promotion in Latvia. Representatives from several fields – R&D and innovation institutes, business support organisations, entrepreneurs, decision-makers, industry specialists - discussed the necessary measures, preconditions and challenges for the development of the bioeconomy in Latvia along with the opportunities brought on by RDI2CluB. For experiences from the seminar and glimpses to Latvian Bioeconomy excellence in Finnish, see blog report at: http://blogit.jamk.fi/tarvaalantarinoita/2018/02/15/biotaloutta-latvian-malliin/ For expert recommendations in English read more below: Experts agreed that most crucial task is to change perception of entrepreneurs, representatives of governmental, educational and R&D institutions about the importance of bioeconomy nowadays and in the future. Representatives of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia emphasised that the long-term vision for the development of the bioeconomy should increase the amount of private funding in the most significant areas of the bioeconomy, instead of relying on European Union funds. A researcher from the Latvia University of Agriculture, Aleksejs Nipers, added the importance of creating an attractive business environment for the region's entrepreneurs. Support instruments and mechanisms can be diverse, including tax relief for those who operate in the field of bioeconomy. In turn, the representatives of Ministry of Agriculture of Latvia confirmed necessity to link the mechanisms mentioned with the agricultural policy to the next planning period to ensure the development of bioeconomy. Additionally, experts recommended to develop strong long-term actions and goals in the context of the regional bioeconomy action plan to succeed. Discussing the strengths and weaknesses of an Open Virtual BSR Biobusiness Hub experts emphasized its potential as a platform that makes and collects specialized content about bioeconomy for the primary target audience - entrepreneurs, researchers, educational institutions and other industry players. Entrepreneur and the founder of the Institute of Environmental Solutions in Latvia Gundars Skudriņš highlighted the lack of comprehensive data on the resources and skills available in the region. He agrees, "For those who want to invest in bioeconomy in Latvia or to obtain information about resources available in other countries, collecting such data in a comprehensible way, as well as making it available in one platform, would be a practical information centre.” Expert suggestions will be considered during the process of developing the bioeconomy profile and joint action plan for Vidzeme region, as well Open Virtual Baltic Sea Region (BSR) Biobusiness Hub, that is piloted starting from 2019.
Greetings from Copenhagen! :) Today we had a get-together of the Flagship projects for EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region Policy Area Bioeconomy. Plans for future include tighter collaboration in dissemination of results and sharing of lessons learned. Also, the need and opportunities for staging joint events for wider impact and stakeholder involvement were discussed. Todays discussion contribute to the practical action plans of PA Bioeconomy in the coming few years. As a conclusion, PA Bioeconomy project family represents an interesting mix of Baltic Mega-trends in bioeconomy. Together we form a platform that offers insight into bioeconomy reality and future in the Baltic Sea Region.
Our partners from Poland had a local project launch event with a press conference yesterday. iTV Sejmik Kielce broadcasted live via Facebook - already nearly 700 views! Well done https://www.facebook.com/itvsejmikkielce/videos/1562589473788949/
Today we were exploring the building blocks of a digital innovation platform together with JAMK Institute of IT and Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. During spring 2018, we are mapping innovation platforms and their platform strategies. The aim is to identify interesting concepts for sharing, creating and evaluating business ideas and for accelerating innovation with digital platform tools. So far we have found that key elements for a succesful digital platform strategy include enabling connection, gravity and flow for users. On a related note, we decided that we need a vocabulary for defining our terminology in order to facilitate joint planning and dialogue within the partnership. ;) We also explored the results of a recently ended RDI project realised by e.g. JAMK's Institute of IT and Bitcomp (Associated partner of RDI2CluB) called "Rural networks 2.0". The project featured novel data-based business models of digital bioeconomy. In short, the aim was to build and test operational concepts for utilizing natural resource data systems, for example, via demonstrations of network and mobile services for forest management and the use of drones for data collection and analysis for forest owners.
In November 2017, RDI2CluB was adopted as a Flagship of Policy Area Bioeconomy by the EUSBSR National Coordinators. Flagships demonstrate the progress of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, and serve as pilot examples for desired action in the policy area. According to EU Strategy for Baltic Sea Region, Bioeconomy offers an abundance of opportunities to grow primary industries and opens up new development prospects in the rural areas.
Got to a good start on our #benchmarking quest at @biobaseddelta where Agro meets Chemistry and Markets. Exploring the strong triple helix that shows the strength of networks and co-operation. Today we continue to #NaturalFibertastic in a summerfantastic weather. @GreenChemCampus
Circular #bioeconomy event in Central Finland! Our bioeconomy innovation ecosystem buzzes with RDI initiatives on valorization of biowaste streams, development of new biobased materials and experimentations on nutrient recycling and sustainable protein sources. #circwaste 🌲🍎🦗