Programme

9th Karelia Symposium: Wood on my mind

Place: Snellmania SN200, Yliopistonranta 1, Kuopio on April 9, 2024

07:00 Free bus transportation leaves at Borealis parking place, Joensuu campus. 

Programme

08:30 – 09:00 Refreshments

Session 1, Chair Heli Peltola

09:00 – 09:10 Kari Lehtinen, Dean (University of Eastern Finland) Opening of the Symposium

09:10 – 09:30 Sari Essayah, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Wood construction program in Finland, video presentation

09:30 – 10:15 Sandra Lupien (MassTimber@MSU, Michigan State University) Mass timber momentum in the U.S.A.: demand, supply, policy, and engagement

10:15 – 10:50 Henrik Heräjärvi (University of Eastern Finland) Wood products for the future: raw material supply vs. industrial demands?

Coffee break

Session 2, Chair Laura Tomppo

11:10 – 11:45 Matti Mikkola (Federation of the Finnish Woodworking Industries) Wood products industry in Finland; past, present and the future

11:45 – 12:20 Sami Uuksulainen (UPM Plywood, Product Management and Development) New plywood products to strengthen sustainable use of wood

Lunch

Session 3, Chair Janne Jänis

13:20 – 13:55 Cleo Orfanidou (European Forest Institute) How and how much wood do we use in Europe?

13:55 – 14:30 Timo Pakarinen (Karelia University of Applied Sciences) Wood construction education promoting use of wood

14:30 – 15:30 Panel discussion, moderation by Nataša Lovric

15:30 – 16:00 Students on stage: Topical PhD and MSc projects, and posters and poster award

Funding decisions and symposium closing

16:00 – 16:15 The grant receivers of 2024, Teollisuusneuvos Heikki Väänänen’s Fund, Dean Kari Lehtinen

16:15 Ossi Turunen (University of Eastern Finland) Closing remarks

16:20 Refreshments & networking  

17:00 Symposium ends, bus transport from front of Snellmania to Joensuu