SmartBio course: Towards bio-based Finland


April 20, 2021 - April 22, 2021    
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

KAB24007 (UTU)
TK00BS28-3003 (ÅAU)

course description
detailed program

Registration latest April 13th via Nettiopsu (UTU) or Peppi (ÅAU)

If you are from other organization but would ilke to register, please contact the responsible teachers.


The course deals with basic concepts of sustainability, bioeconomy and circular economy. It gives an overview of current and potential bioeconomy in Finland, starting from biomass resources and advanced conversion technologies to national and EU strategies. Lectures are given by top experts from different fields in industry and academia and the course includes a virtual excursion to the Smart Chemistry Park, which is South Western Finland’s technology innovation park largely devoted to bioeconomy and cleantech.

Academic lecturers
Eva-Mari Aro, University of Turku
Markku Kulmala, Univesity of Helsinki
Henrik Grénman, Åbo Akademi University
Yagut Allahverdiyeva, University of Turku
Chunlin Xu, Åbo Akademi University
Pauli Kallio, University of Turku
Tekla Tammelin, FinnCERES Flagship
Mikko Pohjola, University of UTU

Industry lecturers
Maija Pohjakallio, Sulapac Ltd.
Lari Vähäsalo, CH Bioforce
Antoine Mialon, MetGen
Aino-Maija Lakaniemi, Neste Oy
Blanka Toukoniitty, Neste Oy
Elina Peltomaa, Algonomy
Linda Fröberg-Niemi, Smart Chemistry Park


The students are expected to keep a learning diary throughout the course and at the end of the course each student is assigned one of the topics to plunge into and to write a final report. The in-depth essay should describe the Finnish as well as global current situation, reflect on the future and include literature search.

The course lasts three full days and requires full attendance but in case of colliding events students need to be in contact with the responsible teachers in advance. More detailed program is available in SmartBio web pages as well as in Moodle. The course is intended for advanced Master students as well as for PhD students.

Responsible teachers 
Prof. Yagut Allahverdiyeva (
Prof. Henrik Grénman (