Forest & Photonics Workshop Attracts World's Leading Photonics and Bio Economy Experts in Finland - Keynote by NASA

JOENSUU, Finland, September 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

The second annual event for technology and business developers worldwide will take

place at the Koli National Park in Finland on October 26 to 27, 2016 

The second annual Forest & Photonics Workshop brings together leading researchers and industry experts in photonics and bio economy to discuss disruptive technologies and applications.

Merged together, innovations in photonics and bio economy result in industry-changing applications and completely new processes. Early examples include laser-powered wood-cutting, remote sensing and measurement of natural resources, and intelligently optimized lighting for growing vegetables.

The event will be kicked off with a keynote by Jack A. Kaye, Associate Director for Research at NASA, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Based on his work at the Earth Science Division, he will share his insights on global carbon cycle from the perspective of photonics. According to Mr. Kaye, understanding our planet's carbon cycle is key to tackle global warming, and will also offer highly promising business opportunities to forward-looking companies.

Forest & Photonics 2016 offers attendees a wide range of visionary presentations by business developers and industry leaders from around the world. The speaker list is available at and will be updated as the event draws closer.

Bringing together the most disrupting technologies of our time 

Photonics concentrates on producing and manipulating light in a variety of ways, and is used in applications such as virtual reality and machine vision. Bio economy seeks to utilize renewable biomass materials like wood and waste in innovative ways - such as in textiles and cosmetics.

"Photonics is a prime example of a disruptive technology that will reach its potential when combined with other fields," said Juha Purmonen, Development Manager at Joensuu Science Park, one of the event's organizers. "New applications are constantly discovered and growth projections are remarkable."

Held at Sokos Hotel Koli, located in the heart of the Koli National Park, Finland, on 26th and 27th of October 2016, the workshop event focuses on four overarching themes:

- Digitalization of bio economy: how the internet of things, big data, remote
sensing and other emerging trends are utilized in bio economy. Topics covered include
using satellite images and airborne laser scanning in assessing forest inventory.
- Intelligent supply chain: machine vision and other photonics applications changing the
way forestry machines are operated.
- Industry and process innovations: breakthroughs in mechanical and chemical processing
of wood and other biomass materials. Topics covered include use of photonics and
advanced optical measuring in timber industry.
- Virtual reality: how emerging technologies such as virtual reality goggles, augmented
reality head-up displays and eye movement tracking advance the industry.

For further information, please contact: 
Juha Purmonen , Development Manager, Joensuu Science Park 
Tel. +358-50-354-3832  

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