“Where are the lights?” asked Jan Vapaavuori, Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, prior to his keynote speech at the Bioeconomy Seminar held in the dimly lit cinema at Tennispalatsi on 15 October. “You are the light, minister,” remarked Peter Nyman, reporter and the presenter of the event organised by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy, MTV3 and Franck Media.
The cinema was indeed lit up, with the bioeconomy in the spotlight. Although I have worked in the forest industry for quite a while, the seminar opened my eyes on the possibilities offered by the bioeconomy as a whole — inside and outside of the forest. This is a wake-up call — we are discussing some important matters here!
At the Bioeconomy Seminar, wood and wits were chosen as the strongest Finnish assets.