2nd Finnish Biochar Workshop
The 2nd Finnish Biochar Workshop was successfully held in Tampere on 4 December 2017, we had participants representing the whole Finnish biochar sector: companies, researchers and local municipalities. The event was organized by Finnish Biochar Association and Forest Biochar research group of University of Helsinki and hosted by Carbofex Oy. Our other host, the Hiedanranta project of the City of Tampere (read more about this piloting platform for creating smart and sustainable City district for circular economy where biochar is an important part of the story, here) offered us a nice conference room in the Kuivaamo, a venue that can host up to 1000 participants. This time we were not yet that many, but might well be in few years:
Happy participants of the 2nd Finnish Biochar Workshop. Photo by Jure Zrim.
During two sessions and 10 presentations we got the overview of the current developments in the area of biochar sector in Finland. Some of the presentations are available below.
After the presentations we visited the brand new biochar factory of Carbofex Oy and arranged the Autumn Meeting of the Finnish Biochar Association. During the meeting we decided to elect Prof. Stephen Joseph as the Honourable Member of the Finnish Biochar Association and elected also new Board for the FBA for 2018. Later, the newly elected board also held its first meeting and decided, among other things, to start the activity of three working groups in 2018: Information WG, Event WG and Policy WG.
We will be posting about the activity of the working groups soon and all FBA members interested can join these working groups.
So far, I wish you Happy Holidays and Happy New Biochar Year 2018!
Dr Priit Tammeorg
On behalf of the organizing team
Adjunct Professor in Agroecology, AgriChar research group, University of Helsinki
President of Finnish Biochar Association
Selected presentations from the workshop:
The first Finnish Biochar Workshop
was held in Siuntio, on 18 March 2017. Here is a nice overview of it in Finnish: