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4th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference – Helsinki, Finland, October 23-25, 2012

NWBC 2012


The organisers of the NWBC 2012 event wish to warmly thank all the session chairs, speakers, poster presenters and other participants for attending this event.

Please download the 432-page Conference proceedings book.

The 5th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC 2014) will be held in Stockholm, March 25-27, 2014.


The international event, Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC), is the leading meeting forum for wood biorefinery professionals. The next event will be held in Helsinki in October, 2012. This conference is jointly organised by VTT and Innventia. The conference language will be English.

The conference programme will consist of keynote lectures, invited and submitted papers, as well as poster presentations. In line with the previous NWBC conferences, the presentations will give a comprehensive overview of the recent progress in wood biorefining research and commercialisation.

The programme will cover the following main topics:

  • Industrial wood biorefining projects, including pulp mill modifications

  • Emerging new wood biorefineries and biorefinery products

  • Key research programmes and projects

  • Socio-economic aspects of wood biorefining

  • Policy issues relevant to biorefining

  • Market aspects

Helsinki is the most liveable city in the world

The British magazine Monocle’s “The Liveable Cities Index 2011” listed Helsinki as the most liveable city in the world. The ranking emphasised, among others, the city’s round-the-clock functionality, its combination of old and new architecture and the role of nature in the urban space.

Helsinki is the World Design Capital for 2012

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design has designated Helsinki as the World Design Capital for 2012. In addition, New York Times has ranked Helsinki second (after Panama) in their recent travel article "The 45 Places to Go in 2012". 

Related event

The NWBC 2012 organisers also wish to mention another biorefinery-related event that was held in Finland in August 2012, EWLP 2012. This event was of more fundamental nature than the NWBC 2012 conference.