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nova-experts (re)introduced: Dr. rer. nat. Asta Partanen

Dr. rer. nat. Asta Partanen © nova-InstitutDr. Asta Partanen is a senior expert at nova-Institute, working for more than ten years in two departments Economy & Policy as well as Technology & Markets. 

She is currently leading several projects focusing on bio-based materials and natural fibres. In this capacity, she manages EU projects on promising circular use cases of renewable materials, conducts customer research and investigates certification options. Her extensive market experience has led to excellent networks in innovative industries, enabling her to build bridges between application areas and engage innovators.

She is the content manager for the upcoming Cellulose Fibres Conference and year after year finds the best innovations in textiles, hygiene and packaging to be awarded as “Cellulose Fibre Innovation of the Year”. The next Cellulose Fibres Conference will take place in Cologne on 13-14 March 2024.

She is also contact person for the Business Directory “Renewable Carbon Companies”.

Background and expertise

Dr Partanen holds a PhD in Forestry and Wood Science, and her research focused on the market opportunities for innovative Wood Plastic Composites (WPCs) in German-speaking countries. She is a recognised expert in wood, cellulose and biocomposite markets, policy frameworks and social acceptance issues, green premiums and standardisation and certification of biomass and bio-based products. She is co-author of several leading market studies on bio-based and composite materials.

Publication date: 26/02/2024

Author: Marion Kupfer

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This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.