Nordic seminar on insects for food, feed and circular economy AND final event of Entolab project

Dec. 4 - 5, 2018 in Seinäjoki, Finland


Insect farming is considered as an opportunity to develop bioeconomy business ideas and to producte protein for food and feed. There are millions of insect species in the world and at least some 2000 insect species are suitable for human consumption. However, in Europe, the main focus has been on about ten to twenty species, such as house cricket, mealworm or black soldier fly.

Business ideas can be related to the rearing and use of insects as food, feed or related businesses as well as to circular economy. Because insect rearing is a novel business in Europe, there is a need to develop, share and disseminate state of the art information related to insect rearing. Information is needed, among other things, on nutrition and rearing techniques of insects, ensuring food safety and health if insects, and how consumers and food sector operators view edible insects. Challenges and opportunities related to automation of insect rearing as well as regulations concerning edible insects as novel food also need to be addressed.

The Nordic countries are well advanced in insect business. ENTOLAB project ad NJF are organizing a nordic seminar on Nordic seminar on insects for food, feed and circular economy. The purpose of this seminar is to share information and discuss about possibilities and prospects of insect rearing in the Nordic countries.

Target group

The target group of the seminar includes experts of insect farming, researchers, and other people engaged or interested in the use of insects as food or feed,  or in circular economy.

Call for papers and posters

The organizing committee invites proposals for oral presentations and posters. Submissions addressing any aspect of insect rearing or their use as food, feed, or in circular economy are welcomed. Contributions can represent any relevant discipline, insect-related business or case study.

Please submit a short abstract highlighting the research question, materials and methods, the main result and a conclusion of your contribution via the on-line form (click here to open the form)

The deadline for submissions is the 21st of November 2018. Authors will be notified about the acceptance of their paper shortly after the submission, and at the latest by the 22nd of November 2017. The programme will be update to the seminar website frequently.

About the project 

ENTOLAB aims at developing and boosting business based on insect rearing in South Ostrobothnia in collaboration with local businesses. The project has received support from the Rural development programme for the mainland Finland 2014-2020.




Invited speakers

Dr. Afton Halloran, External consultant to the Nordic Food  Policy Lab of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Denmark, will talk about the sustainability of insect rearing and insect-based food the Nordic perspective (on-line).

Filip Wouters, VIVES university college, Belgium, will talk about insect rearing automation and challenges and solutions regarding the nutrition of insects.

Lauri Jyllilä, Finsect ltd, Finland, will talk about insect rearing as a business in Finland − opportunities and challenges from a company’s point of view.

Nouchka De Craene, Millibeter, Belgium, will talk about insect rearing and markets for insects from the perspective of a Belgian insect company.

Speakers for the Entolab Finnish session in the morning of December 4th are available here.

More speakers will be announced shortly.

See also 'Program' for further details.


Preliminary programme

4 December 2018, SeAMK Kampustalo, Kalevankatu 35, Seinäjoki (map)

9:15-13:00: An ENTOLAB special session will be held in the morning of December 4th. This session will be mostly in Finnish and it is open to all interested persons free of change. The programme for the ENTOLAB morning session is available here.

14:00 Insect rearing as business in Finland − opportunities and problems from a company’s point of view, Lauri Jyllilä, Finsect Oy, Finland

14:30 On-line presentation: Sustainability of insect rearing and insect-based food the Nordic perspective, Afton Halloran, External Consultant, the Nordic Food Policy Lab of the Nordic Council of Ministers, Denmark

15:15 Short communications

“Future is in insects” - Towards insect bioeconomy in Finland, Susanne Heiska Heiska, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

Luke InsectLab for the insect economy, Miika Tapio, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

15:45 Coffee break

16:00 Insect rearing and markets for insects: perspective of a Belgian company, Nouchka De Craene, Millibeter, Belgium

16:45 Closure of day 1 

19:30 Dinner at Kyrö Distillery (included in the NJF seminar fee)


Wednesday 5th of December 2018, Frami B, Kampusranta 9B, Seinäjoki (map)

9:00 Rearing automation and nutritional requirements for insects, Filip Wouters, Vives university, Belgium

9:45 R&D efforts on optimizing key parameters in industrial insect production with special emphasis on Hermetia illucens and Tenebrio molitor. Anton Gligorescu, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark

10:05 The value-chain of valorizing food by-products by black soldier fly (Hermetia illucens) in Saarijärvi, Finland. Tuure Parviainen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd

10:25 Coffee break

10.55 Black soldier fly meal in feed for Atlantic salmon - nutritional qualities and safety considerations. Erik-Jan Lock, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

11.15 Safe and Sustainable feed for Tenebrio molitor from domestic side streams of Bioeconomy. Pertti Marnila, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

11:35 Insect lunch, three course meal, in Restaurant Prikka (Lunch is included in the NJF-seminar fee)

13:00 Integrating edible insects into food, by investigating insect components as ingredients while also looking at how to develop food products with main emphasis on application in meals. Simon Hvid, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark

13:20 The impact of the insect regulatory system on the insect marketing system, Anu Lähteenmäki-Uutela, Turku School of Economics, Finland

13:40 Forming an insect industry against background of regulatory and technological uncertainty, Ivar Pettersen, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway

14:00 Economic prospects of insect rearing in Finland and related research needs – interactive NKJ – NordicNEAH workshop, Jarkko Niemi, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke)

14:30 Final discussion and closing remarks

End of seminar


Practical info


The seminar will be held at meeting and congress center Frami  in Seinäjoki, Finland. The town is known for its strong food industry and for Lakeuden Risti Church and other buildings designed by famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Further information.

How to get there

International: Seinäjoki can be reached by air via

  • Vaasa international airport (VAA) is located one-hour drive from Seinäjoki. A shuttle service will be available from/to Vaasa airport (a fee applies; to book a transportation, please contact the organizers by email after you have registered to the seminar).
  • Helsinki international airport (HEL) from where a train connection to Seinäjoki is available approximately once every hour (journey duration 2.5 to 3 hours).  

Domestic connections:

  • Good train connections from Helsinki, Turku, Oulu and several other towns in Finland to Seinäjoki are available.
  • Bus and train travel planner 
  • The venue is located about 1 km from Seinäjoki railway and bus station.

How to get there

Participation fee is 195 €.

The participation fee includes lunches, conference dinner, refreshments or coffee during the breaks and the seminar material.

Note to persons and organizations located in South Ostrobothnia: Etelä-Pohjanmaan alueella sijaitsevat maatilat, yritykset ja toimijat voivat osallistua seminaarin päiväohjelmaan veloituksetta. Ilmoittautumiset suoraan Jarkko Niemelle (


Accommodation is not included in the seminar fee. The participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation as well as paying the price for room and breakfast to the hotel. The following hotels are located within 15 minutes walk from the venue:

  • Hotel Alma
  • Omena Hotel Seinäjoki (self-service hotel)
  • Original Sokos Hotel Lakeus
  • Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
  • Scandic Seinäjoki

Other information

ENTOLAB aims at developing and boosting business based on insect rearing in South Ostrobothnia in collaboration with local businesses. The project has received support from the Rural development programme for the mainland Finland 2014-2020.

Important dates

  • Submission of abstracts: 21 November 2018
  • Notification of acceptance: by 21 November 2018
  • Registration deadline: 22 December 2018
  • Seminar: 4-5 December 2018