GreenHub involves a number of different projects that connect business, education and research in a diverse way. Learn more below and take a look at the projects’ web pages!


The ambition of the BIObec project is to develop a holistic framework for multi-level Biobased Education Centres that can meet the current and emerging needs and demands created by the bioeconomy. The project will design six pilot centres with a wide geographical coverage; these will address a range of topics on various value chains; these will be geared at academia, primary producers and businesses ranging from SMEs to multinationals. Ultimately, the BIObec project centres will be placed throughout Europe, boosting the relevant education capacity accordingly and encouraging life-long learning. 

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This project aims to improve the offerings of the universities in continuous learning in the growing bioeconomy sector and to develop working life orientation of the education, both pedagogically and in terms of substance.

The main objectives are:

  • to develop training in Bioeconomy specialization studies and other forms of continuous learning for the needs of the region’s working life;
  • creation and facilitation of a development network in bioeconomy (Bioneer) and linking of this network with existing clusters and education and training;
  • increasing the internationalization of education and business cooperation through piloting of educations for export in the bioeconomy and continuous learning.

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Bioregions Facility

The Bioregions Facility promotes transregional cooperation for a sustainable and integrative forest-based circular bioeconomy.

The Bioregions Facility supports innovation, networking, and policy learning related to the development of a sustainable forest bioeconomy. It develops joint strategies and actions, promotes and catalyses bioeconomy business and innovation, and hosts capacity building activities and knowledge exchanges around four key themes: Innovation, Institutions, Infrastructures and Investments.

Bioregions members are at the heart of the Facility. They are forward-thinking regions across Europe who work together to unlock regional potential through international exchange on forest circular bioeconomy issues. The three founding members are the Basque Country (Spain), North Karelia (Finland) and North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany) who inaugurated the Bioregions Facility in 2020.

The European Forest Institute holds the Secretariat for the Bioregions Facility, contributing its robust networks and experience to scale up regional action, and engaging with an expanding network of European institutions and organisations to promote a sustainable, forest-based bioeconomy.

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The BIOSCOPE project aims at increasing the regional economy of North Karelia in Eastern Finland by value co-creation among companies, researchers and international students. In the new value co-creation model companies, researchers and students participate actively in value co-creation so that each actor will gain value-added in their own specific areas (e.g., a new business opportunity, more effective research, students’ knowledge and mobility).

As a result of the project, a new innovation model – stable, evolving and networked –  will be created as the engine of North Karelia’s forest bioeconomy growth.

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Smart East

North Karelia is the easternmost region of continental Europe. It has always been a place where east and west meet. In our region, 89% of the total land area is covered by forests. Our traditional strong fields of business include the forest, metal, extractive and food industries.

The core of North Karelia’s smart specialisation are New solutions for the forest bioeconomy and Technologies and materials as enablers of growth. These choices are described in detail in our Smart Specialisation Strategy, which is included in our Regional Strategic Programme.

On a practical level, North Karelia’s strong areas of expertise are developed by several different actors. Educational organisations, research institutes, companies and business development companies are involved in numerous networks and projects that make North Karelian know-how known both domestically and internationally.

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Unite Flagship

UNITE is a competence center where high-quality research with societal impact is pursued. It is also one of the Academy of Finland Finnish Flagship Programmes. The name UNITE stands for “Forest-Human-Machine Interplay” and our motto is “Building Resilience, Redefining Value Networks and Enabling Meaningful Experiences”. 

Our mission is to make Finland the world leader in applying forest-based bio-economy know-how, geospatial technologies, and gamification.

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Wood Joensuu

Wood Joensuu presents wood construction and wood material related events, research and projects in the Joensuu area.

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