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Cleantech Forum Europe 2017

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Who You'll Meet

Who will you meet? Drawn from more than 25 countries, at the core of the event are the following three groups:

  • Leading Entrepreneurial Companies – leading innovation companies, from across the breadth of the sustainability theme – and from across Europe and beyond – will be at the Forum, looking to connect to corporates, industrial partners, and investors.
  • Leading Industrial Multinational Corporations – regulars like Air Liquide, BP, E.ON, GE, Iberdrola, IKEA, Saint-Gobain, Solvay, and TOTAL – keen to connect to disruptive innovation – will be present, alongside some fresh faces (in 2015, those included Eneco, Michelin, and Statoil).
  • Leading Financial Investors – Aster Capital, Capricorn Venture Partners, Demeter Partners, Emerald Technology Ventures, Environmental Technologies Fund, and Idinvest Partners are examples of the pan-European financial investors we tend to see every year.

…with leading advisers, economic development agencies, government representatives, and professional service firms completing the attendee list.

Check out a sampling of who typically attends Cleantech Form Europe, and our agenda from the 2016 Forum to get a feel for the event.

What You'll Experience

This annual event offers a comprehensive, three-day program that provides exclusive opportunities to learn, network, and get deals done. First time at a Cleantech Forum? Learn more about it here.

Now in its 13th year, Cleantech Forum Europe continues to be the place to create connections, to connect the dots across multiple industrial sectors being disrupted by information, bio and clean technology innovations, and to enjoy the annual Forum Awards dinner, the gathering of the leading upstarts, investors and incumbent corporations in ever more glamorous settings!

If you are interested in sponsoring Cleantech Forum Europe 2017, please contact us at europe@cleantech.com.

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2017 Agenda

  • Early Signs of the Next 100 Years: Charting the great, smart industrial transition

    • Much of today’s industrial landscape would look familiar to a 1967 industrial executive.

      Equipment has modernized, designs and reliability have improved, but how we power, make, move and do things –on the physical face of it, at least – have not radically changed. Fossil fuels still form over 75% of the global energy mix, EVs represent less than 1% of new sales of passenger vehicles, and GE remains the general industrial behemoth of the world and only surviving company of the Dow Jones 30.

      Yet, changes are clearly underway and momentum is increasing – with potential to dramatically accelerate in the 2020s – as we continue the transition from a 20th century global industrial order to a 21st century one.

      The single biggest change our 1967 executive would be amazed by would surely be the power and ubiquity of information and communication technologies. Finland’s Nokia, albeit ultimately the victim of the power of creative destruction, was a key player in the rise of mobile telephony, within the wider rise of the Internet and all things “smart” from the 1990s onwards.

      2017 is a special year for Finland, its 100th anniversary as an independent nation. In deference to the host of our 2017 Cleantech Forum Europe, this year’s theme is Early Signs of the Next 100 Years: Charting the great, smart industrial transition.

      Through plenaries, parallel tracks, and our small and informal interactive side sessions, we will go in search of all things smart (assessing how we power, make and move things), and identify the building blocks and enablers of the next 100 years. While no serious attempt can be made to imagine the full 100 years ahead, we are all interested in how the first 1-2 decades may pan out on that transitional journey towards a total and quite radical shake-up of the 1967 industrial landscape.

      P.S. Why 1967?  It was Finland’s 50th anniversary, but it was also the year that three independently-operating, albeit jointly-owned, companies came together to form Nokia Corporation to focus on four markets: paper, electronics, rubber, and cable.

  • TUESDAY, May 16, 2017

    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

      Registration Area  

      Early Registration

      Early check-in to Cleantech Forum Europe for exhibitors and those attending tours or pre-meetings.

    • 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

      Cleantech Tour of Helsinki

      For the 9th year running, Cleantech Forum Europe is seeking to offer a pre-Forum opportunity for 20-30 people to see some of the cleantech sights of our host city/area. We are working on a program with local partners and will announce this as soon as we can. Pre-registering for the tour will be necessary (as places will be limited). This can be achieved within the registration form.

      Please direct questions to forums@cleantech.com

    • 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM

      Registration Area  

      Registration: Official Opening of the Forum

    • 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

      Welcome to Helsinki, Finland!

      In the opening session we will be provided with an introduction to Finnish cleantech, key players and the innovation ecosystem, that has had Finland place 2nd (in the last edition of the Global Cleantech Innovation Index, produced by CTG & WWF) and 5th in the Global Innovation Index.

      We will also meet and hear from the 2017 Climate Solver award winners, from across the Nordic region.

    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

       

      Opening Night Networking Reception

      All our guests are invited to attend this special networking reception.

      Co-hosted by: Fortum

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 2016

    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

      Breakfast at Hotels (or Home)

    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

      Registration Area  

      Registration & Welcome

    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

      Charting the Future: The start of the next industrial century

      On the occasion of Finland’s 100th anniversary CTG will provide a “lay of the land” presentation, providing some insights and viewpoints from our work to chart the future and connect the globe. These will be centered on key trends, people and companies to pay attention to.

       

    • 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM

      Networking Break

      After the first networking break, we will break into our two main tracks running concurrently over the next 2 days:

      • The All Things Smart Track will focus on smart mobility (the movement of people in cities), the movement of things (via the logistics and shipping industries), smart industry, smart energy and other examples of the fast-emerging “smarter” 21st century industrial landscape that we should all be paying attention to.
      • The Building Blocks and Enablers Track will showcase some of the innovations and technologies that could make for a materially different 21st century industrial order. Subjects of focus in this track will vary from biotechnology, chemistry, and materials set to forge this new order, to the finance and business model innovations. Cutting-edge technologies starting to permeate the industrial landscape will also be featured.

       

      The two tracks will be complemented by an additional side-track – the Interaction Track. This track will offer our guests the opportunity (in rooms fit for 10-30 people) to dive into more specific or niche topics, and/or to spend more time with certain speakers in Q&A/discussion format. This will allow our delegates to experience more interactive and discussion-based session time in a more intimate group setting.

    • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track

       

      Out with the old, in with the new – Smart waste management solutions

      Enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT), our world is in the midst of an industrial transformation. We have seen the rapid emergence of smart TVs, smart homes, and smart energy, and such transformation is beginning to take shape in the antiquated waste management industry. Shifting from a traditional make-use-dispose linear economy, waste management plays a key role in enabling a circular economy. Join this session to find out how the waste management industry is becoming smarter in reducing our global footprint.

       

    • 11:15 AM - 12:30 PM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track


      Blockchain: Diving into use cases in energy, industry and supply chain

      Blockchain has been a major area of interest for the energy sector in the past couple of years. With growing traction, the distributed ledger technology could power the future of energy, transportation and industry. But for all its hype, blockchain is still a nascent technology, and finding financial backing for energy use cases has not been easy. With top start-ups and industry experts, we will try to understand which use cases are most advanced, financeable and scalable – and which ones need maturing.

       

    • 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM

      Networking Lunch

      Enjoy the lunch break and come visit some of the exhibitors in our networking areas.

    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track

       

       

      Smart Entrepreneurs: A Showcase

      We will select a range of entrepreneurial companies to fit the “All Things Smart” theme of this track.

    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track

      Nano-engineering and UI Design: Electronic Device Innovations

      The world of electronic devices may gradually be discovering the physical and economic limits of Moore’s Law, but nevertheless smaller and more efficient devices are finding their way into a plethora of new applications such as industrial control systems, consumer wearables and novel displays. This means that the materials used to power and protect these devices need to be more flexible, efficient and better performing than ever before. Furthermore, modern screens and displays have evolved from just presenting text, images and video and now offer end users seamless and intuitive ways to interact and transact. During this session we will look at a sample of material, manufacturing, and user interface (UI) design innovations in the white-hot electronics industry.

    • 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM

      Transition Break

    • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track

       

      Smart Energy – The digitalization and virtualization of the power grid

      Cheaper, thinner, and lighter sensors have enabled digital connection of a broad range of power grid assets. Fortum is one utility who has piloted a virtual power plant, optimizing operations across residential and SME consumers along with generation and distribution assets. Join us to hear about lessons learned by the utility, and perspectives from smart grid market participants as we explore how virtual power plants are a critical enabler of the smarter, cleaner power grid of the future.

    • 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track

      The Entrepreneurs Enabling Industry 4.0: A Showcase

      We will select a range of entrepreneurial companies and business models to fit the “Building Block s and Enablers” theme of this track.

    • 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM

      Networking Break

    • 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

      Pending Sessions

      Descriptions coming soon…

    • 6:00 PM - 7:30PM

      Free Time

    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

      The 13th Annual Cleantech Forum Europe Reception, Dinner & Awards

      Join us for the 13th Cleantech Forum Europe Dinner & Awards. There will be drinks on arrival from 7:30pm, followed by an 8:00pm seated dinner – as well as the presentation of the 2017 European Cleantech Awards.

      There are a maximum of 300 seats available, reserved on a first come, first served basis through the Forum’s online registration system.

  • THURSDAY, May 18, 2017

    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

      Breakfast at Hotels (or Home)

    • 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

      Registration Area 

      Registration & Welcome

    • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

      The Future of Open Innovation and Cleantech Investing

      Co-hosted by: KIC-Innoenergy

    • 10:00 AM - 10:05 AM

      Transition Break

    • 10:05 AM - 11:15 AM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track

      At the Cutting Edge: The Smart Logistics Case

      In the past year, our Cutting Edge practice has built coverage on areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics, augmented reality, blockchain and more. While each of these technologies have their own ecosystems and drivers, they shared one key characteristic: major Logistics players are partnering and investing in all those areas. Indeed, the Logistics industry has shown an impressive track-record as a testbed for cutting edge innovation. With process efficiency as the key driver of success, it has been receptive to technologies other industries judge too early. To better understand this phenomenon, we will convene top start-ups and corporates bringing cutting-edge tech to warehouses, freight, delivery and more.

    • 10:05 AM - 11:15 AM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track

       

      Money can grow on trees - Combining Finland’s biomass supply with Western Europe’s chemical hub

      Forests cover 75 percent of Finland’s land area. In fact, for every Finn there is around 42,000 square meter of forest. So it is no surprise that Finland is a leader in the production of bioenergy which accounts for 20% of Finland’s primary energy consumption. This has created an interesting synergy with the Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr Area (ARRRA) chemical “mega-cluster” who collectively account for 40% of chemical production in the European Union. This synergy is generating exciting business and innovation opportunities within the circular economy field. Come and join this session to learn how Finland and Western Europe’s chemical cluster are partnering together to produce high value bio-based chemicals that end up in a wide variety of products including cosmetics, flame retardants and textiles.

    • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM

      Networking Break

    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track

       

      Smart Mobility – How cities are approaching integration of autonomous vehicles

      With the rise of autonomous vehicle technology and major auto manufacturers publicly committing to developing autonomous models, the question now associated with autonomous vehicles for personal transportation is when, not if. The city of Helsinki has joined an international effort leading the charge with regard to cities integrating vehicle autonomy, and representatives from the city will be sharing their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities afforded by autonomy. We will also hear from experts from across sectors which mobility intersects and how autonomy will impact and drive evolution in processes across urban operations.

    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track

       

      Building green: The wood alternative to cement

      With 5% to 7% of global emissions coming from cement manufacturing alone, construction is a dirty business. While more carbon-efficient cements are reaching commercialization, an alternative is gaining traction – building with timber. With engineered woods enabling higher construction, some timber-based skyscraper projects are popping up, such as the much-publicized Tratoppen in Stockholm. With the help of architects, wood engineers and builders, we will try to identify the opportunities, challenges and key players in the space.

       

    • 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

      Networking Lunch

    • 2:15 PM - 3:05 PM

      All Things Smart, All Smart Things Track

      Ocean-going innovation: Modernizing the trillion dollar shipping industry

      Disruption is happening across supply chains, and the same is true whether the transport is by land, rail, air, or sea. As we head to Helsinki, home to one of the world’s largest shipping organisations, with a rich sea-faring heritage, we will look to the future of software solutions that are modernizing the often paper-based and complicated web of international shipping. Further, as we see a triple threat of long ship-building lead times, a dramatic slow-down in global demand, and once again rising oil prices, we look at hardware solutions that aim to improve the current stock of ships to meet increasingly strict efficiency standards and costs for freight shipping.

    • 2:15 PM - 3:05 PM

      Building Blocks and Enablers Track

      Cultivating a successful bioeconomy, starting with biomass

      Finland’s extensive forestry natural resource has fostered the nation to become one of the world’s leading bioenergy producers. From forest management to power plant development, many factors contribute to the overall success of a biomass-powered energy portfolio. What lessons and best practices can other countries adopt from Finland’s success in developing a bioeconomy? Join our session to learn how Finland has leveraged its natural resources to create a sustainable energy system.

      In addition, be sure to attend our other industrial biotech session, Money can grow on trees – combining Finland’s biomass supply with Western Europe’s chemical hub – to learn more about the latest downstream innovations in bio-based chemicals.

    • 3:05 PM - 3:10 PM

      Transition Break

    • 3:10 PM - 4:00 PM

      Smart Manufacturing

      Description coming soon…

    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

      Closing Reception

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