1st International Cellular Agriculture conference

December 9, 2022

Press release from VTT

Harnessing biotechnology for food production – from cellular solutions to precision fermentation

Biotechnology offers substantial opportunities for solving the sustainability challenges of global and regional food systems. Cellular agriculture is novel and rapidly developing discipline, with Finland being a strong player in the field, with several start-ups and remarkable research activities.

This on-site event gathers top experts and actors in the field of cellular agriculture for food production to share the latest research results, news from the industry and to network for new partnerships and ideation. The aim is also to share information to decision-makers and stakeholders especially in EU.

The 1st International Cellular Agriculture conference covers all fields of cellular agriculture: microbial single cell protein, cultivated meat and plant cell cultures, precision fermentation to produce proteins, lipids and other food ingredients, and related fields covering sustainability and regulatory aspects too. As often the events in this field are focusing on only one sub-topic of cellular agriculture, in this event we bring all the sub-categories to joint discussion to generate new ideas and partnerships and to facilitate R&D&I.

In addition, you will have an exceptional site visit opportunity to Solar Foods Factory01 where food ingredients are produced from CO2.

The event is organized together with EIT Food’s Food Accelerator Network to boost the business creation and value chain development. The event is also supported by the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and Business Finland.

Organiser: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd
Organizing committee: Emilia Nordlund, Anneli Ritala, Mirva Lampinen, Dorothee Barth

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Highlights of the programme

Day 1, June 14th, concentrates on business development and policy viewpoints, delivered by industry representatives and decision makers. The morning holds the unique opportunity to visit the new Solar Foods Factory 01 as well as networking with the latest start-ups, actors and stakeholders in the field.

Day 2, June 15th, gives an overview of research and development in the field of cellular agriculture, with four thematic sessions: precision fermentation, microbial biomass, cultivated meat and plant cells, as well as sustainability and safety aspects.

Call for Abstracts opening soon!

Topics for the abstract submission:

  • Precision fermentation (proteins, lipids etc.)
  • Microbial and algae biomass (SCP, mycoprotein, etc.)
  • Cultivated meat
  • Plant cell cultures
  • Sustainability aspects (environmental, economic, social aspects, etc.)
  • Safety and regulatory issues

Scientific Committee consists of Nordic research partners active in the field:

  • Claus Heiner Bang-Berthelsen, DTU, Denmark
  • Eva Falch, NTNU, Norway
  • Jette Feveile Young, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Ólafur H. Friðjónsson, Matis, Iceland
  • Eva Nordberg Karlsson, University of Lund, Sweden
  • Emilia Nordlund, VTT, Finland
  • Anneli Ritala, VTT, Finland
  • Sissel Rønning, Nofima, Norway
  • Hanna Tuomisto, University of Helsinki, Finland


Registration for the event will open shortly.


The 1st International Cellular Agriculture conference is held at the Explore meeting rooms on the 2nd floor in the hotel Scandic Park Helsinki. A magnificently renovated hotel close to the Helsinki city centre and with excellent connections by public transport, 1,4 km from the main railway and bus station, 10 min by tram. Link to map.

The conference dinner will be held conveniently in the hotel premises in the evening of 14th June, 2023.

Hotels & Travel

The Conference hotel is Scandic Park Helsinki. The lounge-like hotel lobby, comprehensive meeting and function spaces, and all of the hotel rooms were recently completely refurbished. You can use the newest equipment at the BeAlive Health Club gym, adjacent to the hotel.

Mannerheimintie 46, 00260 Helsinki, Finland (Link to map)
Tel: +358 300 308 407
E-mail: [email protected]

Other hotels in Helsinki:
Crowne Plaza Helsinki – Hesperia 
Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti 
Hotel Arthur
more hotels at Booking.com 

Letter of invitation

On request, the Meeting Organiser will provide a personal invitation to participate in the meeting. Such an invitation is only meant to help the invited participants obtaining a visa. It does not represent any commitment on the part of the Organisers to provide any financial support.


Please check the validity of your own insurance. The Meeting Organisers cannot accept liability for personal injuries sustained or loss of, or damage to, property belonging to delegates or the registered accompanying persons during the Meeting.

Extend your stay!

If you have the possibility to extend your stay in Helsinki, take the opportunity to discover this beautiful city. Additionally, the old Hansa town Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, is only a 2 hours boat trip away from the Helsinki harbor, which gives you the opportunity to do as may other Finnish tourists do each year, i.e., visit the city for a day (or more).

More information on travelling to Finland

Emilia Nordlund
Research Manager
[email protected]

Originally published on 8 December.

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