Program of HENVI Science Days 7-8 April 2011

Venue: Helsinki University Main Building, Small Festive Hall, 4th floor, Fabianinkatu 33, Helsinki

Day 1: Environmental research in the society

Chair: Professor Jari Niemelä, HENVI

9:00 - 9:50 Registration Morning coffee (4th floor lobby)

Opening words

Rector of the University of Helsinki
Thomas Wilhelmsson

10:10- 10:30

Sustainable development in the global politics with the reflections to local:  An example of Baltic Sea

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The President of the Republic of Finland Tarja Halonen, Co-Chair of the UNHigh-level Panel on Global Sustainability


The Science of Climate Change: The Challenges Facing Humanity

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Professor Don Wuebbles, University of Illinois, Coordinating Lead Author IPCC
5th Assessment

11.15- 12.00

Social and ecological systems interacting: historical and future transitions.

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Professor Marina Fischer-Kowalski
Klagenfurt University, Austria




Topic I: Climate Change – world’s  problem no 1? Policy Presentation: Environment Councellor
Jaakko Ojala
(Ministry of Environment)

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Comment from science
Professor Markku Kulmala,
University of Helsinki

Comment from the public sector
Finnish carbon-neutral municipalities,
Professor Jyri Seppälä,
Finnish Environment Institute

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Topic II: Baltic sea  - challenges for science and politics Science presentation:
Professor Markku Ollikainen,
Univ. of Helsinki

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Comment from NGO
Ilkka Herlin, BSAG

Comment from Policy
Executive Secretary
Anne Christine Brusendorff

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Coffee break + posters


Topic III: Sustainable society and environmental challenges: How the private sector adapts? Chairman of Cleantec business forum  
Tapani Järvinen

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Comment from science
Professor Lassi Linnanen,
Lappeenranta University of Technology
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Comment from NGO
Dr Liisa Rohweder,
WWF Finland

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17:00- 17.15

Conclusions and summing up

Professor Janne Hukkinen,
University of Helsinki


Coctails + posters
Open for all

Climate change and business in the future – seminar  (by invitation)


Day 2: Interdiciplinarity in environmental research and teaching
Chairs: Research coordinator Kaisa Korhonen‐Kurki and University lecturer Janna Pietikäinen

8:00 -10:00

Student workshop

Keynote speakers

9.45 - 10.15




Professor Jari Niemelä, Henvi Chair

10.20 -11.05

Making Environmental Research Sustainable

Professor Robert Frodeman University of North Texas

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11.05- 11.50

Environmental Learning: Insights from research into the student experience

Professor Cecilia Lundholm
Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University.

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12:50- 15:00

Parallel thematic sessions

12.50- 15:00

Interdisciplinary environmental research: best practices
Chair: Robert Frodeman, University of North Texas

The discussion will be initiated by the following researchers who all have years of
experience on environmental research in interdisciplinary teams:

  • Professor Marja Järvelä, Dept. of social sciences and philosophy, University of Jyväskylä,
  • Professor Mikael Hilden, Finnish Environment Institute,
  • University researcher Susanna Lehvävirta, HENVI and PhD student Kaisa Hauru.

They will share their experiences, impressions and best practices on interdisciplinary
environmental research.

Interdisciplinarity in environmental teaching: How to do it?
Chair: Cecilia Lundholm, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
Venue: University Main Building, lecture hall 7

The discussion will be initiated by introductions given by

  • University lecturer Kjell Andersson, The Swedish School of Social Science, UH, Environmental Sociology, Rural Sociology;
  • Universtity lecturer Olli-Pekka Penttinen, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, UH, Environmental ecology, Ecotoxicology;
  • Universtity lecturer Mikko Saikku, Dept. of World Cultures, UH, North American studies, Environmental history;

who will share their experiences, impressions and best practices on interdisciplinary environmental teaching.

15.00-15.15 Coffee


Presentations of the results of parallel thematic sessions.


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