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Monday 16th April: International Scientific Meeting for Green Roof Research
Biodiversity & Ecosystem services

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

The aim of the scientific meeting is to discuss the possibilities of transdisciplinary research on green roofs and to introduce the current international green roof research to the Finnish audience, with the focus on biodiversity and ecosystem service promotion on urban green roofs. How to combine the studies and theories of different disciplines and multifaceted perspectives to fruitful outcomes? Our goal is to find out the best solutions and practices for sustainable green roofs, which is hard to achieve without combining expertise from different fields.

The Fifth Dimension – Green Roofs in Urban Areas -research program is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 curriculum. The cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Kauniainen and Lahti together form the World Design Capital 2012. This International Scientific Meeting for Green Roof Research is one of the events arranged by the Fifth Dimension during the design year.
Read more: http://www.helsinki.fi/wdc2012

Science Days 2012Report of the International Scientific Meeting for Green Roof Research (pdf)



Chair: Research Director Laura Höijer, Ministry of the Environment


Registration and coffee


Opening words

Welcome and introduction

Director Leif Schulman
Finnish Museum of Natural History

Docent Susanna Lehvävirta
Project leader

Presentation slides (pdf)

9:15- 10:15

Green roof research at Michigan State University – Plants, carbon sequestration, energy and biodiversity

Comments by Dr. Eeva-Maria Tuhkanen, MTT Agrifood Research Finland

Professor Brad Rowe
Michigan State University, Department of Horticulture

Presentation slides by Brad Rowe (pdf)


Ecosystem services, biodiversity and aestethic delight – A research agenda for green roof vegetation

Comments by Kaisa Hauru, UH

Dr. Nigel Dunnett
Green Roof Centre, University of Sheffield

Presentation slides by Nigel Dunnett (pdf)



Chair: Sustainability Practice Leader Mari Puoskari, Logica and Member of Helsinki City Council (Greens of Finland)

12:30- 13:30

How to maximize biodiversity benefits of green roofs?

Comments and discussion

Professor Manfred Köhler
Green Roof Centre of Excellence, University of Applied Sciences Neubrandenburg



14:00- 15:00

Key factors in green roof habitat design – Substrates, light weight solutions, species groups and diversity

Comments by Manager Jouko Hannonen, Puutarhapalvelu Hannonen Oy

Professor Stephan Brenneisen
University of Applied Sciences Wädenswil

Presentation slides by Stephan Brenneisen (pdf)

15:00- 16:00

The role of green roofs in urban drainage – A review and the case of Augustenborg eco-city

Comments by Landscape Architect Jukka Jormola, SYKE

Presentation slides by Jukka Jormola (pdf)

Dr. Justyna Berndtsson
University of Lund

Presentation slides by Justyna Berndtsson (pdf)


Summing up & final discussion

Co-operating organisers, University of Helsinki:
The Fifth Dimension – Green Roofs in Urban Areas
Finnish Museum of Natural History & The Urban Ecology Research Group
in cooperation with Helsinki University Centre for Environment (HENVI)

Science Days 2012 alapalkki