BSR Stars S3 – Smart specialisation through cross-sectoral Bio-, Circular- and Digital ecosystems


Tampere bio- and circular economy matchmaking event was organised 7 April 2017 – Presentations and groupwork results available

The event gathered around 100 bio- and circular researchers, companies and public sector representatives from Finland to facilitate new cooperation. The matchmaking event was based on concrete challenges that were selected through open call. The marketplace of the event included representation of  Eco3 circular economy industrial park, Hiedanranta urban district, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Tampere University of Technology, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Turku Smart Chemistry Park, BSR Stars S3 and SCREEN projects.


The results of the thematic groupworks are available below (in Finnish).

  1. Solutions for textile circulation and related business opportunities
  2. Remanufacturing and new business models
  3. Nutrient cycling and logistics
  4. Wooden buildings and related sustainable solutions
  5. Facilitating value added of biomass
  6. Digitalisation in enhancing circular economy

Presentations of the matchmaking event (in Finnish):

National Roadmap to Circular Economy: implementation, Mr Kari Herlevi, Project Director, Sitra
BSR Stars S3 project, Ms Johanna Leino, Development Director, the Baltic Institute of Finland
Business view, Mr Tero Joronen, Plant Solutions Manager, Valmet/TUT Industry Professor
Research view, Ms Marika Kokko, Associated Professor (tenure track), Tampere University of Technology

The matchmaking event was organized in cooperation by the Baltic Institute of Finland, Council of Tampere Region and Tampere University of Technology as part of the BSR Stars S3 project. Programme

Workshop: Sharing Test and Demonstration Infrastructures, Tampere, 6 April 2017

The workshop brought together policymakers, practitioners of testbeds and business representatives and discussed opportunities for sharing transnationally the testbed infrastructures for SMEs from different countries. There is strong evidence on the correlation between the competitiveness of technology-based SMEs and their access to testbeds. Countries and regions in the Baltic Sea Region have complementary testbed excellence – and thus by networking these excellence areas there is opportunity for offering SMEs specialised testbed services that in the best way suit their innovation needs. Workshop programme.


Article: “Bio- and circular economy to boost sustainable economic growth of the Baltic Sea region”

Article was published in Centrum Balticum blog in Finnish and can be found here in English.


Smart specialization accelerator workshop on bio-and circular economy challenges in Vilnius, 28-29 March 2017

The workshop is targeted at the regional partners (Tampere, Skåne, Sor-Trondelag and Vilnius) of the BSR Stars S3 project. Aim of the workshop is to compare and exchange experiences on smart specialization (S3) approaches in different regions. The workshop will also demonstrate the methods to elaborate solutions to regional bio- and circular economy challenges. Concrete bio/circular challenges will be used as a case in the workshop. The challenges could be related to utilization of certain side products from industry, finding a missing piece to a value chain, development of industrial symbiosis etc. As a result the regional representatives will get better understanding on their cases and ideas for solving the cases. Programme of the event


Workshop: innovation ecosystem indicators and innovation process management tool in Malmö, 6 March 2017

The aim of the workshop is to discuss and exchange experiences on new ecosystem based approaches to regional innovation management between the BSR regions. The workshop will discuss relevant indicators that would efficiently help identifying and analysing the innovation processes in the region. This workshop will support Tampere region in its plans to elaborate a demo of an online tool that will be piloted in the BSR Stars S3 project, and later disseminated to other involved partner regions. The tool will e.g. help identify actors within a certain field of economy (the pilot will focus on bio- and circular economy), as well as analyse and make conclusions on interaction between the actors. Regions of Tampere, Skåne, Sor-Trondelag and Vilnius will participate in the workshop.


Bio- and circular workshop was organised at the Annual Forum of EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region in Stockholm, 8 Nov. 2016

BSR Stars S3 project organised a workshop “Fostering innovation and growth in the bioeconomy through smart specialization” at the 7th Strategy Forum of the EUSBSR in Stockholm on 8-9 November 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Forum was a major networking event with a thematic focus on the future and vision of the Baltic Sea region for 2030. Over 1000 participants from Baltic Sea Region countries have registered to the Forum.

The bioeconomy workshop included a panel discussion on successful approaches in implementing bio- and circular economy efforts represented by cases from Finland, Sweden and Denmark: Paper Province (Sweden), Kalundborg Industial Symbiosis (Denmark) and Tampere Eco-Industrial Park Industrial Symbiosis (Finland). The workshop addressed opportunities for cooperation aimed at sharing knowledge and infrastructures for bio- and circular economy business and innovation support.


  1. The Baltic Institute of Finland (Lead Partner)
  2. Council of Tampere Region (FI)
  3. Nordic Council of Ministers (DK)
  4. Baltic Development Forum (DK)
  5. Business Link Greater Copenhagen (DK)
  6. Nordregio (SE)
  7. The Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (SE)
  8. Region Skåne (SE)
  9. MITA – Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (LT)
  10. Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (LT)
  11. Lithuanian Innovation Centre (LT)
  12. Sor-Trondelag County Authority (NO)
Contact person at the Baltic Institute of Finland

Development Director Johanna Leino
Email: johanna.leino(at)
Mobile: +358 50 436 3233