Interdisciplinary workshop on Circular Economy and Sustainable Food Systems 4 cr.

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HENVI organises annually an environmental special course and a workshop, which are linked to the theme of the HENVI Science Day. We invite the speakers of the Science Day to act as visiting teachers of the workshop. Henvi Science Days 2015 is organised under the topic

--> Towards circular economy – Designing a sustainable food cycle" on 21st April 2015


Course information

Course info

Environmental special course at the Helsinki University Centre for Environment - Circular Economy and Sustainable Food System

4 ECTS credits

Organiser Helsinki University Centre for Environment HENVI
Time 09 March - 20 April 2015
Place and working methods

Week 1
Mon 09 March 13:15-16
Viiki Infocenter hall 3. Course start. Compulsory to all.

Work in groups. Weeks 1-5

Group work is web based in Moodle. Meetings once a week, place can be agreed on in each group.

Week 6. Turn in group report. DL 13 April

Week 7. Workshop.
NB. 20 April at 12:15-16:00
Place: K232, Minerva; Siltavuorenpenger 5A, City Centre Campus, Helsinki


Responsible teacher
Janna Pietikäinen, university lecturer of environmenatal teaching

Visiting teachers

Dr. Francesco Nicolli, University of Ferrara / CERIS
Dr. Hanna Schösler,University of Bayreuth
Effie Papargyropoulou, University of Leeds, UK / University of Technology, Malaysia


Oodi logo Registration 1 Feb- 2 Mar 2015

In connection to registration in Weboodi, students are asked to list groups in their actual order of preference, beginning with rank #1 for the most preferred group.

We accept students to the groups using following principles:
- first come first served: time of course enrollment
- possibility to form multidisciplinary groups with students representing natural sciences and social sciences
- maximum number of students per group: 8

Aim The aim of the workshop is to help students with different backgrounds (i.e., natural sciences, humanities or social sciences) to deepen their understanding of issues dealing with environmental reseach and its role in the society and decision making. We aim at concentrating on subjects represented by those invited speakers of the HENVI Science Day who act as workshop teachers.
Group work themes Students work in three project groups. The themes of the groups are summarized below.


• environmental policy and technology in connection to circular economy and waste management
• waste policy, recycling markets, technologiacal innovations
• waste dynamics in economics and policy

VISITING TEACHER: Francesco Nicolli, University of Ferrara / CERIS

SUPERVISOR Alexandra Jurgilevich



• food sustainability from a socio-cultural perspective
• consumer behavior
• cultural dimension: personal relations to food, pleasure, mindfulness, connectedness with nature
• food trends eg. vegetarism, organic consumption, slow food

VISITING TEACHER: Hanna Schösler,University of Bayreuth

SUPERVISOR Laura Salmivaara


• food waste minimisation
• food surplus management
• sustainable waste management

VISITING TEACHER: Effie Papargyropoulou, University of Leeds, UK / University of Technology, Malaysia


Course structure and timetable

1. Starting day (compulsory to all)

Mon 09 March at 13.15-16 Viikki Infocenter hall 3

2. Group work: web-based in Moodle

Group work is done as internet based e-learning using closed group work sites in a web-based teaching platform Moodle. The course coordinator and the supervisors of groups meet all the groups regularly either face-to-face or on the group web site in order to follow the work and give comments and further help.

Link to moodleDirect link and key to the course site in Moodlehas been sent to accepted students.

3. Written work DL 13 Apr.

Each group writes a common multidisciplinary report of the current knowledge in the selected theme according to literature and recent research. The work is supervised by course supervisors.



Circular Economy of Phosphorus Flow
Moro Abdulai; Anna Kuokkanen; Barbara Plank; Eetu Virtanen;
Gen Zha

Towards sustainable diets -Decreasing meat consumption
Nelly Tarhonen, David Chikobava, Mariano Allodi and Jenna Lappalainen

The food wastage phenomena - An overview of the current situation in three countries: France, Finland Taiwan
Alex Phil, Fangzhou Li, Fanny Augis, Marjo Patama, Omar Mouhdi, Rémi Delabruyère, Tuure Parviainen

4. Preparing an oral presentation for the workshop DL 17 Apr
Submit in Moodle.


NB 5. Workshop Monday 20 Apr 12:15 - 16:00

Place: K232 Small Minerva plaza, Minerva building; Siltavuorenpenger 5A, City Centre Campus, Helsinki

Schedule of the workshop

12:15 - 12:30 Opening of the workshop
12:30 - 12:50 Presentation by Group 1
12:50 - 13:10 Comments from Francesco Nicolli
13:10 - 13:30 Presentation by Group 2
13:30 - 13:50 Comments from Hanna Schösler
13:50 - 14:10 Coffee
14:10 - 14:30  Presentation by Group 3
14:30- 14:50 Comments from Effie Papargyropoulou
ca. 15-16 panel discussion with all the visitors as panelists

NB All students have to read the reports of the other groups before the workshop.

The visiting teachers give their comments and discuss on the students' reports and questions posed by the students. They may also raise other important aspects that relate to the report.
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The course is open to all university students at intermediate or advanced level in their studies.

We aim to form multidisciplinary working groups with students from natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Accordingly we hope to get registrations from all faculties and disciplines.

Course on the web The course group work and preparing the reports for the workshop is done using the learning platform Moodle.
Student feedback

Will be collected after the course and published here.



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The previous HENVI workshops have been


Baltic Sea 2014: Past and Future Challenges in the Baltic Sea


Forest2013: Interdsciplinary approach to forests and climate change.


(c) Lindstrom 2012: Ecosystem services in urban areas


Science Days 2011 logo 2011: Why does society need environmental research


(c) Jurvetson _Flickr 2010: Man-made substances and the environment


Water2009: Water use and climate change