NOVA News: Essays from a NOVA Course on Innovation System in Circular Bioeconomy

The Advanced Course on Innovation System in Circular Bioeconomy was organized at the University of Helsinki in August 2019. The course brought together 15 international and interdisciplinary students from 9 different countries across the world. These students represented about 10 different European universities.

The course was organized by FBBS researchers Dr. Jaana Korhonen and Dr. Liina Häyrinen together with professor Anne Toppinen, who also currently serves as the director of Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS).

Joining us in Helsinki were five professors representing five different universities from within the United States, Sweden and Finland. We were pleased to have Professor Eric Hansen from Oregon State University, Professor Emeritus Marja Toivonen, Associate Professor Cecilia Mark-Herbert from Swedish Agricultural University, Proferssor Teemu Makkonen from Karelian Institute at University of Eastern Finland and Msc Amos Taylor of the Futures Research Center in University of Turku. Additionally, there were high-level guest speakers from Finland and abroad. 

Three students wanted to share their course essays on the following topics:

  • Helenius, S. Forest and wood-based innovations for sustainable world
  • Isibika, A. Utilization of solid organic waste as protein source for animal feed production
  • Nelabhotla, A. Innovation in Bioelectrochemical Systems

Their joint essays are available in the pdf link below.