Seminar: Digitisation of biology for circular bio-economy applications

The event took place in Brussels at the Permanent Representation of Estonia on 31 May 2022.

The combination of digitalisation and biotechnology provides a powerful opportunity to tackle the EU’s Green Deal challenges. With biology becoming a data-driven engineering discipline aiming to design disruptive biomanufacturing solutions, the EU has the opportunity to capitalise on exponential growth in research and investment in biosustainability. The seminar highlights the strategic approaches from the European Commission and leading R&D organisations, which have the potential to transform EU’s bioengineering and bioproduction sectors.


15:00 Networking coffee

Welcome by moderator Prof. Kristjan Vassil, Vice-Rector for Research, University of Tartu

Panel discussion, moderated by Prof. Kristjan Vassil

Dr. Virginia Puzzolo, Head of Programming, Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking
Prof. Kaspar Valgepea, Assoc. Professor of Gas Fermentation Technologies, University of Tartu
Dr. Christian Simon, Senior Business developer, SINTEF
Prof. Petri-Jaan Lahtvee, Tenured Associate Professor in Food Tech and Bioengineering, Tallinn University of Technology

  • In which biotechnology sectors can digitisation provide the biggest impact in transitioning to a sustainable and circular EU bioeconomy?
  • Transforming chemical industries and conventional food production systems with next-generation biosustainable products;
  • How to motivate biotech industries to invest in and accelerate the movement towards more biosustainable and less carbon-intensive production?

17:00 Networking reception

Speakers bios


Further information
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