SUNRISE Finland Workshop


SUNRISE Finland Stakeholder Workshop, 9 December 2019, Turku Finland

We would like to thank all of the participants in the SUNRISE FINLAND STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP in Turku, on Monday 9th December. 

The SUNRISE Workshop gathered more than 60 attendees. We would like to give special thanks to our invited speakers for coming and enlivening the sessions by excellent talks. 

The workshop finalized with a panel discussion moderated by Yagut Allahverdiyeva. Panellists were Juho Korteniemi (Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland), Kyösti Lempa (Nordforsk), Baerbel Friedrich (German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina), Frédéric Chandezon (SUN-ERGY), Eva-Mari Aro (EASAC vice-chair, University of Turku), Joanna Kargul (SUN-ERGY), Reko Leino (Academy of Finland), Jero Ahola (LUT University).

Core discussion points of the panel were: (i) the plans of funding agencies to support transition to clean energy, circular economy and for promotion of bioeconomy sectors (ii) what Finland’s strategy is in this respect (iii) how SUNRISE community can influence EU H2020 strategic calls (iv) what the most efficient way is to store and transport solar energy and (v) how to keep funding balanced between  fundamental and applied research.

Check out the event’s final programme and click to see Twitter wrap-upFor more info please see: SUNRISE action web-SUNRISE Finland Stakeholder Workshop


Here you can find the talks from the workshop, some photos can be found at the bottom of the page.

Opening session

Opening remarks – Eva-Mari Aro / Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne PDF

SESSION 1. SUNRISE solar fuels and chemicals S&T roadmap for a circular economy

Frederic Chandezon – Overview of the SUNRISE action and of the SUN-ERGY initiative  PDF

Reko Leino – Funding opportunities and upcoming research programs PDF

Arne Roth – Approach 1 – Electrochemical conversion with renewable power PDF

Joanna Kargul – Approach 2 – Direct conversion via integrated artificial photosynthetic systems PDF

Yagut Allahverdiyeva Rinne – Approach 3 – Direct conversion via biological and biohybrid systems PDF

SESSION 2. SUNRISE supporters (academy and industry)

Merja Penttilä– The SynBio PowerHouse PDF

Mika Valden – Surface Science Approach to Solar Fuel Production via Artificial Photosynthesis PDF

Jero Ahola – Power-to-X in energy transition PDF

Johan Bobacka – Research at the ÅA – Electrochemistry and electroactive materials PDF

Paulina Uronen – Algae-based aviation fuel provides a sustainable choice for airlines PDF

Tekla Tammelin – FinnCERES Academy Flagship- Competence Centre for the Materials Bioeconomy PDF

Maija Pohjakallio – Solar-based polymers – possible applications in Sulapac materials PDF

Linda Fröberg Niemi– Turku Business region: Academy – Industry relationship PDF

Juha-Pekka Pitkänen – Carbon neutral production of natural protein sources PDF

Bärbel Friedrich – The global CO2 challenge: A view from the German National Academy Leopoldina PDF

Tom Granström– St1 pathway to the future of renewable energy PDF




Registration for the conference has been closed. Thank you for your interest!

Link to the final programme is available here: The Final Programme

We are looking forward to seeing you soon at the SUNRISE Finland Stakeholder Workshop on 9th December. The workshop will be held in the Biocity Presidentti meeting room (Tykistökatu 6, Turku / Finland). 

For questions about the workshopplease contact

We are pleased to announce that the SUNRISE FINLAND STAKEHOLDER WORKSHOP will be held in December 9, 2019 in Turku (Biocity Presidentti meeting room, Tykistökatu 6), and cordially invite you to join us.

The EU SUNRISE (“Solar energy for a circular economy”) coordination and support action (CSA is preparing a large scale research initiative aiming to provide novel technologies for a sustainable production of fuels and chemicals from sunlight and abundant raw materials such as CO2, O2 and N2.

SUNRISE involves three principally different approaches: Electrochemical conversion with renewable power, Direct conversion via integrated artificial photosynthetic systems and Direct conversion via biological and biohybrid systems. Recently SUNRISE and Energy-X (another EU CSA initiative selected by EU) announced the joint cooperation as a major step towards building a carbon neutral EU.

In order to enhance national collaboration and also to include stakeholders (industry, governance, funding agencies) into the discussion concerning sustainable energy/chemicals production in Finland and in Europe, the University of Turku is organizing a national SUNRISE Finland Stakeholder Workshop on Monday, 9th of December in Turku.

To learn about the programme please see: The programme

Registration is now open! Participation is free of charge (lunch is not included), however space is limited, we encourage you to make your reservation early.

To register click HERE! Please register latest by 2nd of December 2019The details of the final programme will be announced soon.

We look forward to meeting you in December in Turku, Finland!

Yagut Allahverdiyeva-Rinne & Eva-Mari Aro



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