In addition to presentations on successful research projects, the conference will focus on the significance of research and innovation to business operations as well as the special characteristics of the forest sector in Southeast Europe. The event is also a great venue for networking with key decision-makers and actors in the sector.
Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potočnik has promised to deliver the keynote address. The rest of the programme is still being finalised. The event is part of the programme of the Slovenian EU Presidency.
European Technology Platforms are a new form of cooperation designed to coordinate research and financing. The Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform brings together key actors in the sector with the aim of spurring joint research efforts in Europe. It provides industry with the possibility to focus and coordinate resources for research in a way that supports companies’ business objectives and creates a good foundation for improving competitiveness through R&D.
The Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform has defined a vision for 2030 according to which the European forest-based sector is a competitive, knowledge-based industry that is customer-driven, enjoys global technological leadership and plays a key role in promoting sustainable development. Europe has shifted significantly to utilizing sustainable raw materials by ensuring the multiple use of forests. The European Forest-Based Sector Technology Platform’s Strategic Research Agenda maps out areas in which research and development need to focus in future in order to achieve the vision.