(UPDATED 21.05.2024)

BioColours 2024 Programme


Conference venue and rooms: 

University of Helsinki Main Building
Fabianinkatu 33

  • Auditorium, 2nd floor (keynotes, sessions 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)
  • Tekla Hultin F3003, 3rd floor (sessions 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
  • Agora, 1st floor (posters and industry stands)
  • Fuksi, 1st floor (digital exhibition) 
Monday, 3 June 2024

Registration will take place at University Main Building, Fabianinkatu 33 lobby from 14:30-17:00. The registration and information desk will be in the lobby for the whole duration of the conference.


Craft Corner

Tuesday, 4 June 2024

The reception hosted by the City of Helsinki on Tuesday 4 June 2024 will have a separate registration link, which will be sent to the registered conference participants by  e-mail in May.


City Hall of Helsinki

Wednesday, 5 June 2024

Gala dinner at restaurant Sipuli

Thursday, 6 June 2024

Panel discussion at ThinkCorner from 17:00-19:00.

Colourful Highlights of Biocolours2024 conference – Panel Discussion

Please join us for a panel discussion concluding the conference.

The panelists, who are also keynote speakers of the conference, will share their highlights of the event, which brought together researchers from around the world to explore and research alternatives to the currently used, synthetically produced, oil-based colourants. The panel discussion will be moderated by Professor Riikka Räisänen, chair of the conference organizing committee.Programme

17:00 Opening, Professor Riikka Räisänen, University of Helsinki

17:10 Associate Professor Heidi Halbwirth, Technical University of Vienna

17:20 Professor Thomas Ostenfeld Larsen, Technical University of Denmark

17:30 Professor Richard Blackburn, University of Leeds

17:40 Anne de la Sayette, CRITT Horticulture, Couleurs de Plantes

17:50 Panel discussion

18:15 Q&A

18:40 Conclusions and closing words

Venue: Think Corner Stage, Yliopistonkatu 4, 00170 Helsinki

Time: Thursday June 6, @17-19

The event is free of charge.

 The panel discussion will be streamed online, and the public will have the opportunity to ask questions.


Friday, 7 June 2024

The morning of Friday June 7 is reserved for excursions in Helsinki and Espoo. You can choose only one excursion. The maximum capacity for each excursion is 20 participants. Some of the excursions are free of charge since they are within walking distance from the University and there are no entrance fees (Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, Lapuan Kankurit Show Room and Finnish Textile and Fashion). For the museum (Design Museum) the fee for entrance and guidance is 6 €, and it is within walking distance from the University. Ioncell, Aalto Bio2, Aalto ARTSOrigin by Ocean and VTT biotechnology are all located in Otaniemi, Espoo. The return ticket for the metro to Espoo is 6 €. Marimekko is located a short metro ride east from the city centre. All of the excursions begin at the University and are led by a conference organiser who will take care of paying the required transportation and entrance fees. The 6 € fee is charged at your registration.

Please have a look at the different excursion options to help you to make your decision:

Excursion destination Location Fee Departure time from the University
Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden Kaisaniemenranta 2, Kaisaniemi, Helsinki - 9:00
Marimekko Puusepänkatu 4, Herttoniemi, Helsinki 6€ 08:30
Ioncell and Aalto Bio2 Vuorimiehentie 1, Otaniemi, Espoo 6€ 12:00
Aalto ARTS Otaniementie 14, Otaniemi, Espoo 6€ 14:00
Origin by Ocean and VTT Biotechnologies Origin by Ocean Tekniikantie 2, Otaniemi, Espoo
VTT Biotechnologies Tekniikantie 21, Otaniemi, Espoo
6€ 9:00
Finnish Textile and Fashion + Lapuan Kankurit Show Room Eteläranta 10, City Centre, Helsinki & Katariinankatu 2, City Centre, Helsinki - 9:00
Design Museum Korkeavuorenkatu 23, City Centre, Helsinki 6€ 10:45


Biocolours - Sustainable Stories from Lab, Nature and Industry book launch at Aalto University VÄRE-building, Otaniementie 14, Otaniemi, Espoo at 15:00.