Center for the Materials Bioeconomy

The CERES Flagship is the joint effort of Aalto and VTT, with the aims to build a sustainable future for the bio-economy materials and applications with a solid scientific foundation. One of the CERES goals is the future success of the Finnish forest industry renewal.


The forest industry is currently going through a significant transition, needing to create new business based on novel value-added products manufactured from a wood raw material, the lignocellulose. Through its activities, CERES will directly support the realization of the Finnish national bio-economy strategy. 

Aalto and VTT together are forming a globally top-ranked science-based competence cluster CERES on lignocellulose and bio-economy materials, with proven scientific and economic impact track record, employing more than 50 professors and their research groups, 150 staff scientists and excellent infrastructure with the support of education tracks.


We believe that regardless of the very strong trend of “bytes eating atoms” the material world will remain central and resource scarcity and continuous demand for improved performance will guide future material development and applications, and eventually the products we all encounter as consumers. 


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Transformation by CERES

CERES addresses some of the most urgent global megatrends such as Resource Sufficiency, Climate Change, and Quality of Life, by turning these megatrend challenges into opportunities, and further into potential solutions that are built on scientific discoveries. The solutions encompass:

  • The usage of the new biomaterials to replace or capture plastics;
  • Overpass the textile fibre gap;
  • Development the light-weight materials for various end-uses;
  • Evaluation of the various solutions for partly bio-based electronics and many more.


CERES collaboration



CERES Flagship is rooted in the well-established Aalto-VTT collaboration in the Bioeconomy field, developed Bioeconomy infrastructure, constant technological developments, and multiple spin-offs. Flagship will operate in close collaboration with industry and other stakeholders in order to create economic and societal impacts from its scientific results.


Low-carbon bioeconomy: VTT vision for 2050

According to VTT's calculations, the value of Finnish forest and field biomass can be doubled by 2050 when it is used to manufacture high added value products. For more information regarding the future of Finnish forest industry and future bioeconomy scenarios, please, read the article (in Finnish) and see the report (in English).


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Contact information


Aalto University

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Prof. Kristiina Kruus

Prof. Orlando Rojas

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