Events and meeting places


ECOLABNET organises meeting places for SMEs, business intermediary organisations and RDI organisations. These events aim to support knowledge transfer and collaboration between RDI service providers and manufacturing companies. Due to Covid situation the events are organised online. The project runs from January 2019 to December 2021.

16.11.2021 | 10-15:30 EET / 9-14:30 CET | WELCOME TO OPEN ECO-INNOVATION EVENT

Do you want to create competitive advantage based on sustainability and eco-innovation in the near future? Then you need to participate in the full day meeting with ECOLABNET – a network of research, development and innovation service providers for eco-innovation.

This online meeting will offer you knowledge and connections as well as practical experience within eco-innovation management including:

• Alternative sustainable materials
• Ecological product and service design
• Ecological production methods
• Eco-certification
• Eco-branding and
• Scaling up eco-innovation

The event brings together high-level experts, support and business organisations as well as manufacturing companies. We create a meeting place for creating insights and collaboration for finding right expertise and facilities for developing ecological solutions in companies.

Participation is free of charge!

Registration is now open:

Gain your competitive advantage through eco-innovation!


10:00 EET (9:00 CET) Welcome to the meeting place for open eco-innovation

10:10 Panel discussion “Future collaboration in eco-innovation”

  • Miia Lammi, Development manager at VAMK Design Centre MUOVA, project manager of ECOLABNET, FIN
  • Lisbeth Jensen, Associate Professor, VIA University College, DK
  • Jurand Bień, Associate professor at Czestochowa University of Technology, PL
  • Hanne Biltoft, Lecturer at VIA University College, DK
  • Egidija Rainosalo, RDI manager at CENTRIA University of Applied Sciences, FIN

10:30   Examples of eco-innovation from different sectors

  1. 3D printing resins for dental devices
    Vaidas Talačka, co-founder of Ameralabs, LT
    Jolita Ostrauskaite, professor at Kaunas University of Technology, LT
  2. Bio-based 3D printed boat mould for industrial production
    Rathish Rajan, RDI specialist at Centria, FI
    Håkan Sundelin, Owner and Managing Director from MMI Company, FI
  3. Electric boat
    Nigel Claridge, project manager at Sustainable Innovation, SWE
    Gordon Strömfeldt, Independent eMobility Specialist and managing director at Strana boats, SWE

11:30    Discussion with eco-innovators

Small discussion forums with presenters of the example projects.

  1. 3D printing resigns for dental devices
  2. Bio-based 3D printed boat mould for industrial production
  3. Electric boat

12:00   Lunch

12:30   ECOLABNET for eco-innovation knowledge and connections

  • Announcement ceremony – ECOLABNET presidency 2022
  • Service packages and Digital Collaboration Tool for eco-innovation, Jurand Bień, Professor at Czestochowa University of Technology, PL

13:00    ECOLABNET at your service

Discuss directly with RDI experts and support organisations

  1. New production methods
    Mangirdas Malinauskas, professor at Vilnus University, LT
    Egidija Rainosalo, RDI manager at CENTRIA University of Applied Sciences, FIN
  2. Biobased Plastics
    Rathish Rajan, RDI specialist at CENTRIA University of Applied Sciences, FIN
    Jolita Ostrauskaite, professor at Kaunas University of Technology, LT
  3. Branding of eco-innovation
    Per Toeffner Knudsen, teacher at VIA University College, DK
    René Larsen, lecturer at VIA University College, DK
  4. Scaling up eco-innovation
    Nigel Claridge, project manager in Sustainable Innovation, SWE
    Roland Elander, Business Development manager in Sustainable Innovation, SWE
  5. Ecological product design
    Miia Lammi, Development manager, at Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Design Centre MUOVA
    , FIN
    Tommi Siljamäki, Account manager at Vaasa University of Applied Sciences, Design Centre MUOVA, FIN
    Juha Mäkelä, co-founder and designer at RePack Design
    , FIN
  6. Alternative materials for textile industry
    Inger Gerdsen and Anders Mølbæk, teachers at VIA University College
    ; DK
  7. Eco-certificates
    Jeanette Lauridsen, Owner of Be Sustainable Aps, Partner of Dichmann | Lauridsen, DK

    Lisbeth Jensen, Associate professor, at VIA University College, DK
    Anders Mattsson, business coach in Mapcon
    , FIN
  8. Eco-innovation management
    Rafał Rajczyk, Professor at Czestochowa University of Technology, PL
    Deivydas Čepas, project manager at Lithuania Business Confederation, LT

13:30    Circularity in action! – is it possible? Keynote speaker Reimer Ivang

Ph.D., Business Researcher, Reimer Ivang has 20 years’ experience in the Danish university sector, lastly holding a position as Research Director for the International Business Group. Alongside his academic career Reimer has formed several companies and has acted as advisor and consultant for some of Denmark’s biggest companies. Reimer is one of the original founders of the B-corp certified, “best for the world (2017,2018) nominated and award winning circular pioneering company Better World Fashion. Yearly Reimer holds +50 lectures, seminars and workshops for companies and public organizations, acts as board member and keynote speaker

Stepping into the future with ECOLABNET

14:15    Coffee break

14:30    Presenting digital collaboration tool & signing to DCT

15.30 End of the event

28.9.2021 | Welcome to Networking for eco-innovation

Innovation ecosystems need to take big steps in sustainable development. Intermediary organisations such as regional, national and international development agencies play an important role in the green transition. We invite you to network with colleagues in the Baltic Sea region and to learn about the ways to support small and medium sized companies in eco-innovation.

There are 2 sessions 10.00-11.30 and 14:00-15:30
Program (UTC+3)

Hosted by Miia Lammi, VAMK Design Centre MUOVA, FIN & Nigel Claridge, Sustainable Innovatio, SWE

10.00 Opening the event
10.05 Challenges in eco-innovation based on survey in Baltic Sea Region | Hanne Biltoft, VIA University College, DK
10.15 Developing collaboration in business ecosystems: cases from Baltic Sea Region

– Agency-based cooperation with businesses in the Lithuanian innovation ecosystem, PhD Lina Kisielė, Head of R&D Programs and International Cooperation Division in Agency for science innovation and technology (MITA)
– Large companies as growth engines for renewal in Finland, Dr. Ilmari Absetz, Director Ecosystems Bio & Circular Economy in Business Finland
– Cooperation on Eco-innovations in the Danish textile-industry, Frank Engelbrecht, project manager in Lifestyle and Design Cluster, Denmark
11.15 Discussion about international collaboration between different actors in ecosystems

Hosted by Deivydas Čepas, Lithuanian Business Confederation, LT & Egidija Rainosalo, Centria UAS, FIN

14.00 Opening afternoon
14.05 Ecolabnet services for SMEs in different expertise areas for example bio-based materials, 3D printing, product and service design, business development
14.15 Use stories of RDI Services describing collaboration between SMEs and RDI experts

– Bringing sustainability to dental 3D printing, Jolita Ostrauskaitė, KTU and Vaidas Talačka, Ameralabs
– Uptake of new materials in 3D printing by 3D Creative, Mangirdas Malinauskas, VU and Indrė Zabielaitė, 3D Creative
– 3D printing of moulds for composite manufacturing, Ratish Rajan, Centria and MMI Company
15.00 Ecolabnet collaboration model, Lisbeth Jensen, VIA University Collage
15.10 Digital Collaboration Tool for eco-innovation, Jurand Bień
, Profesor, Czestochowa University of Technology, PL
15.20 Discussion about improving the ways of serving SMEs in eco-innovation



When you register, you will receive a confirmation e-mail through which you will be able to add the event to your calendar.

We reserve the right to make program changes.



A week full of useful information. Come and discuss with experts!

Industries are facing green transition, which requires new solutions, know-how and collaboration. No longer, companies can postpone sustainable development.

The pressure comes from policies, funding, labour markets and end customers influencing the whole supply chain. Ecological aspects are necessary in all business activities: purchasing material and components, product development, production, logistics and marketing. Investing in ecological development creates competitiveness today and in the future.

ECOLABNET organises series of sharp events for manufacturing companies in critical aspects of ecological innovations. In 1,5 hours, you will gain new knowledge, business examples and connections with great experts.

17th May | 10 am EET – 3D print micro and macro parts

  • Optical 3D printing in VU LRC: macro- to nano-scales.  Mangirdas Malinauskas, Vilnius University, Lithuania
  • Printing experience: dental models and more. Vaidas Talačka, Labsamera Ltd, Lithuania
  • Printing large parts for composite industry. Rathish Rajan, Centria UAS, Finland

17th May | 2 pm EET – The ways to eco-brand  

  • Sustainability, communication, and consumer behavior. Rene Claus Larsen, Associate Professor at Via, Denmark
  • Branding in cooperation with experts. Senior researcher Sanna Peltonen & Account manager, senior designer, Siljamäki Tommi at VAMK Design Centre MUOVA, Finland
  • Karoliina Hovi, Hovi Creatives, Finland

18th May | 2 pm EET – Bio-based materials for industrial products

  • Bio-polymers as an alternative. Poul Erik Joergensen, Head of Programme: Product Design and Material Technology at VIA, Denmark
  • Development of eco-innovative polymeric materials. Jolita Ostrauskaite, professor at KTU, Lithuania
  • Kaija Pohako-Esko, University of Tartu, Estonia

20th May | 2 pm EET – Innovations to the markets 

  • Road to the markets, Nigel Claridge at Sustainable innovation, Sweden
  • Lithuanian Innovation Centre – Director – PhD Mantas Vilys
  • Yasmina Ganse CFO at Spowdi, Sweden

Ecolabnet reserves the right to make changes.


Advances in developing bio-based materials and 3D printing technologiesfor environmentally sustainable products | Place:  MS Teams, register to the seminar here and the link to join the platform will be delivered | Program below


Serving SMEs – Designing research, development and innovation services for eco-innovation

Online workshop by VAMK University of Applied Sciences, Design Centre MUOVA

Learn to use design tools for better knowledge about your SME customers

Strengthen your role in the eyes of industrial SMEs. At the event, you will have the opportunity to learn how to apply service design tools to improve your own RDI services and customer understanding. The length of the workshop is effective two hours and is carried out remotely in Zoom (link below). The event is free for participants.

Content of the event:
1. Training material and videos on service design in the development of RDI services
2. Guidance on the use of methods and evaluation of service ideas
3. Tools for your own use

Problem solving using innovative design methods.

Service design agilely responds to ever-changing situations, challenges and customer needs.
We have created profiles, service ideas and service paths of SMEs based on customer research and interviews. Service design tools make it easier to understand and respond to customer needs. The event includes a discussion and customer-oriented development process of your own organization. How do you serve your industrial SME customers?

At Ecolabnet, we are developing an RDI service network related to eco-innovation and the accessibility of services for SMEs in the manufacturing industry.

Workshop fees: Free

Registration open until 3.11.2020:

For more information please contact: Miia Lammi | | +358 50 408 4969