Past and Future Challenges in the Baltic Sea

HENVI Science Days 2014 will take place on May 13-14th in the premises of the University of Helsinki and at Helsinki City Hall. The Science Days are free of charge and open to anyone interested in the subject. The Science Days are held in close collaboration with HENVI research program Multidom: multidisciplinary assessment of the role of DOM in the environmental status of the Baltic Sea, as well as The Baltic Sea Challenge through which the cities of Helsinki and Turku aim to improve the state of the Baltic Sea.

The Science Days aim to present current interesting topics about the old and new challenges of the Baltic Sea, enhance the science- policy interface and support dialogue between science and the society. The event will gather together researchers, students, municipal authorities, politicians and representatives of the business sector. The event consists of two days, first of which is in English and is held at the Main building of the University of Helsinki. The second day is in Finnish and it is held at the City Hall of Helsinki in cooperation with The Baltic Sea Challenge. The Baltic Sea Challenge is a common commitment of the cities of Helsinki and Turku through which they aim to improve the state of the local waters as well as of the entire Baltic Sea. By their own commitment the cities want to show initiative and reduce their own loading to waters and encourage other actors to join the Baltic Sea Challenge network .

Throughout the week there will be thematic program at Helsinki University Think Corner.

As a part of the Helsinki Photography Biennale 2014 “Ecological Fallacy”, artwork by Tuula Närhinen: "Baltic Sea Plastique" can be seen in the lobby of Kaisa Library 27.3- 14.5. Tuula Närhinen has worked in ART-HENVI project with Multidom-research program in 2012.

A Policy Brief (in English) summarising the main message of the Science Days can be downloaded here!
Policy Brief- raportti saatavissa myös suomeksi täältä!


The abstract book of the event can be downloaded here!


Day 1, Tuesday May 13th


The aim of the day is to look at the past and the future challenges of the Baltic Sea and to exchange insights, ideas and expertise. The morning session focuses on challenges such as microlitter and dissolved organic matter. The afternoon session consists of two discussion themes, one giving a historical point of view to the topic and the other discussing the economy of Baltic Sea protection.

Keynote speakers are Kerstin Magnusson (Swedish Environmental Research Institute), Christoph Humborg (Stockholm University), Mari Walls (SYKE), Richard Tucker (University of Michigan) Tomas Zylicz (University of Warsaw) and Harri Kuosa (SYKE). A large number of commentators from the private sector, research and civil society will attend too.

See the whole program here.

Day 2, Wednesday May 14th


The program of the second day is in Finnish. The morning session is held at the City Hall of Helsinki and it is organised with The Baltic Sea Challenge (Itämerihaaste). The day focuses on the theme of drainage basins. It aims to give a multifaceted view of how human actions on drainage basins affect rivers and thus the seas as well.

In the afternoon there is a workshop on a drainage basin modelling. The SWAT (Soil and Water Assessment Tool) is widely used to investigate and predict river systems, and in this workshop we will get familiar with the use of the tool in the ArcGIS environment.

See the whole program here.


Registration to Science Days 2014 is closed


Call for posters is closed

A poster session with wine and snack will be arranged after the oral presentations on 13th May. Posters on multi-and interdisiplinary research concerning Baltic Sea, marine ecology, policy or economics, archeology or any other related field are welcome! We encourge young scientists, PhD students and also master's students to submit an abstract on their recent projects or thesis work. Please submit your abstract (max 400 words) via e-form. Give name of the authors, their organsations and email addresses. The deadline for abstract submission is 17th April. The decisions of the acceptance of the posters will be given by 25th April, and all the accepted poster abstracts will be printed in the Abstract Book of the event.


For students

NB. Baltic Sea courses in connection to the Science Days will be arranged for students.


HENVI Science Days organizing committee

Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki, Research coordinator, HENVI
Janna Pietikäinen, University lecturer in environmental teaching, HENVI
Aino Helle , Seminar Secretary, HENVI
with HENVI Multidom program and HENVI Chair Jari Niemelä



HENVI Science Days are a part of the Forum for Environmental Information (FEI) that gathers together events aiming to enhance the use of scientific knowledge in decision-making. The Second day of the event is organised in close collaboration with The Baltic Sea Challenge. HENVI Science Days 2014 are financially supported by Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation.