The organizer reserves the right to make changes to the event program.
Tuesday, 13 February 2024: From vision to action in leadership

Posters throughout the day Tue-Thu, presentations in the Wednesday afternoon.

–14.00 Registrations

14.00–14.20 Opening ceremony

  • Lahti mayor Niko Kyynäräinen
  • Assoc. Prof. Tarja Sironen, Director of Helsinki One Health, University of Helsinki

14.20–14.40 Planetary health, a new paradigm for action and systems research

  • Prof. Pim Martens, Maastricht University, System Earth Science Institute / University College Venlo

14.40–15.15 Healthy and sustainable futures: at the interface of science and practice

  • Planetary Health physician, MD, PhD Hanna Haveri, Päijät-Häme Central Hospital
  • Unit director, PhD, Doc. Riikka Paloniemi, Finnish Environment Institute

15.15–15.40 Break with coffee and snacks

15.40–17.00 Session A: Defining and demonstrating leadership of healthy and sustainable cities

  • Chair: Prof. Sirkku Juhola, University of Helsinki

Rethinking Sustainable Health: Leveraging Novel Technologies and Knowledge through Interdisciplinary Collaboration

  • Casimiro Vizzini, One Sustainable Health for All Foundation

Tailored Cities: Unlocking Well-being Potential

  • Julia Gäckle, RWTH Aachen University

Cities driving carbon-wise housing and retrofits?

  • Eliisa Kylkilahti, University of Helsinki

Healthy Cities: deploying the full potential of health as an urban planning tool

  • Ruth Gow, Healthy Cities, Bax&Company

30 min facilitated discussion

17.00–18.15 Break, location change

18.15–19.15 Discussion of leaders: Nature-positive and healthy, sustainable communities – fact or fiction? tentative title

  • Facilitator: Prof. Sirkku Juhola, University of Helsinki

19.15–21.00 City reception with cocktails and bites

Wednesday, 14 February 2024: Supporting lifestyles in the face of megatrends

Posters throughout the day Tue-Thu, presentations in the Wednesday afternoon.

8.30–9.00 Coffee and tea, registrations

9.00–9.45 Natural step towards preventing non-communicable diseases

  • Prof. Em. Tari Haahtela, University of Helsinki

9.45–11.05 Session B. The value of nature and biodiversity for human well-being and health

  • Chair: Doc. Riikka Puhakka, University of Helsinki

Land cover diversity in early-life living environments and the risk of non-communicable diseases during childhood

  • Jenni Lehtimäki, Finnish Environment Institute

Green inequality in Estonian cities – what does it mean in health perspectives

  • Hans Orru, University of Tartu

Urban patterns for OneHealth: Pathways to pandemic-proof and resilient cities

  • Emilia Rönkkö, University of Oulu

Rethinking nature to increase urban health and well-being

  • Martin Grisel, European Urban Knowledge Network (EUKN)

30 min facilitated discussion

11.05–12.15 Lunch

12.15–13.00 Healthy living environments – what do we need?

  • Adj. Prof., MD, PhD Matilda van den Bosch, Barcelona Institute for Global Health, Biocities Facility of the European Forest Institute

13.00–14.20 Session C. Transformation towards healthy and sustainable mobility

  • Chair: Assoc. Prof. Ville Uusitalo, LUT University

Improving the equality of physical activity environments through research knowledge and data-based tools

  • Liisa Vänttinen, University of Helsinki

Capturing seasonality of greenery exposure in urban travel environments throughout European cities

  • Robert Klein, University of Helsinki

Micro-mobility – an opportunity or a threat to sustainable mobility in cities?

  • Emilia Suomalainen, Finnish Environment Institute

Walking to create sustainable communities: multiple stakeholder analysis in the Step Up to Your Health project (TBC)

  • Annalisa Setti, University College Cork

30 min facilitated discussion

14.20–15.20 Coffee and snacks + Poster presentations

15.20–16.20 Session D. Transformation towards healthy lives through nature-positive consumption

  • Chair: Prof. Suvi Virtanen, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Enablers and barriers to household meat reduction in adults- A systematic literature review (TBC)

  • Stamatia-Maria (Tina) Kontonika, University of Limerick

Investigating the Impact of Dynamic Norm Messaging and Goal-Framing on Sustainable Food Choices (TBC)

  • Esa-Pekka Nykänen, Functional Foods Forum, University of Turku

Exchanging views of sustainable food consumption: a study on three family generations

  • Ilkka Pietilä, University of Helsinki

20 min facilitated discussion

16.30–17.15 World Café, workshops

17.30–19.30 Relaxing possibilities (binding preregistrations) 

  • 17.30-19.30 sauna and ice swimming (paid on site)


  • 18.15-19.15 nature walk for well-being (free)

19.30–21.30 Conference dinner (sold separately)

Thursday, 15 February 2024: Rethinking sustainable health and the way forward

Posters throughout the day Tue-Thu, presentations in the Wednesday afternoon.

8.30–9.00 Coffee and tea, registrations

9.00–9.45  Towards Social, Environmental and Economic Sustainability with Digital Health

  • Prof. Minna Isomursu, University of Oulu

9.45–11.15 Session E. Rethinking sustainable health, taking advantage of novel technologies and knowledge

  • Chair: MD, PhD Hanna Haveri, Päijät-Häme Central Hospital

Selling Planetary Health: Innovative Narratives and Health Co-Benefits to Achieve Buy-In of Planetary Health Concepts

  • Cale Lawlor, European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) / other

Health promotion with guided nature walks or guided sports activities: a controlled trial in primary care

  • Annika Kolster, University of Helsinki

Heading to a Forest or a Virtual Forest? Sustainability Questions of (Virtual) Nature Visits

  • Mari Partanen, Jamk University of Applied Sciences

Digitalization of home care and healthcare services – a combined climate and social impact assessment

  • Helinä Melkas, LUT University

Advancing planetary health through engagement and tools for societal transformation

  • Elina Drakvik, Sitra

30 min facilitated discussion

11.15–12.15 Lunch

12.15–13.00 Climate change and health: evidence and the way forward

  • Prof. Sir Andrew Haines, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

13.00–13.45 Workshop. Advancing and sustaining planetary health

  • Prof. Pim Martens, Planetary Health Alliance, European hub

13.45–14.00 Planetbic - Community art performance as a method of internalizing planetary boundaries and as a builder of a better body-earth relationship

  • Sonja Salomäki, University of Lapland

14.00 End

Social and optional program

Social program:

Conference dinner on Wednesday, February 14 at 7.30 pm. Venue: Restaurant Voitto with a beautiful view to ski jumping hills. Price: 57 €/person + VAT 24% (in total, 71 €).

The City Reception on Tuesday, February 13 at 6 pm will be arranged for all participants in our stunning Lahti City Hall. Located in the heart of Lahti's downtown, it is one of the city's most recognizable landmarks and an integral part of its urban landscape. Designed by architect Eliel Saarinen, Lahti City Hall was completed in 1912 and represents the late Art Nouveau style. The reception will offer a nice milieu for networking over bites and drinks, and for participating in a panel discussion of leaders (more info to follow).

Additional optional programme:

NB! Binding preregistrations via the registration link. Payment on site.

Sauna and ice swimming

Time: Wednesday, February 14 at 17.30 to 19.30. A 15 min walk from sauna to the dinner restaurant
Location: Restaurant and Sauna Nosturi. Address: Jalkarannantie 23, Lahti
Cost: paid on site, cost depends on the number of participants, 12-20 EUR.

Want to experience the real Finnish sauna? We have booked a 75-90℃ sauna for you that includes a possibility to try the icy waters of lake Vesijärvi. The experience is guaranteed to be relaxing!

Pre-registrations are binding. Activity is cancelled if less than twelve participants register. Limited number of participants, selected in the order of registrations.

Please bring towel and swimming clothes. You may buy drinks from the Nosturi restaurant or rent a towel (5 EUR). Own drinks are not permitted.

Participation in sauna and ice swimming only at your own responsibility. Saunas are safe for most people. However, people with uncontrolled high blood pressure and heart disease should check with their doctors before taking a sauna. In general, avoid alcohol and medications that may impair sweating and produce overheating before and after your sauna. Likewise, ice swimming increases the risk of strokes, please consult your doctor if you have heart problems or pre-existing medical conditions. Otherwise, ice swimming lifts mood and creates an endorphin rush that is worthy of trying!

Outdoor learning with Nature School Kaisla: Wellbeing effects of nature

Time: Wednesday, February 14 at 18.15 to 19.15
Location: Starting in front of Lahti Ski Museum (same place as dinner at 19.30). Address: Salpausselänkatu 8, Lahti
Cost: free of charge

You have a unique opportunity to familiarize yourself with the activities of Nature School Kaisla and experience firsthand how to teach well-being effects of nature in practice. The short trek will be organised in the kettlehole landscape of Salpausselkä ridge close to ski jumping hills. The Nature School teachers will be guiding exercises with nature as “Co-Teacher”. Since the trek starts and ends in front of Lahti Ski Museum, the same as dinner location, you may leave your clothes and belongings there for the trekking time.

Pre-registrations are binding. Activity is cancelled in case of bad weather or if less than eight participants register. Maximum number of participants is 20, in the order of registrations.

Requirements: Warm clothes and shoes that are suitable for snowy landscapes. Trekking grading “Moderate”, the path includes demandingly steep hills that are short in length. The forest will be dark at the trekking time, headlamps and torches are provided.