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 on Wednesday afternoon.

12.30–14.00 Registrations, coffee and tea from 13.00

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

  • Amber De La Haye, Healthy Cities, Bax&Company

30 min facilitated discussion

17.00–18.00 Break, location change from Fellmannia to Lahti City Hall

18.00–19.15 Discussion of leaders: Addressing the climate-health-nature nexus – from cities to the EU

  • Facilitator: Prof. Sirkku Juhola, University of Helsinki

19.15–21.00 City reception with drinks and bites

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

Posters throughout the day Tue-Thu, presentations on 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 through the SDGs framework: Evidence for urban health and well-being

  • Martin Grisel and Federica Risi, 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

  • 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

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

THIS PRESENTATION IS CANCELLED: Investigating the impact of dynamic norm messaging and goal-framing on sustainable food choices

  • 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 Planetary Health Café, workshops / discussions

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 on Wednesday afternoon.

8.00–8.45 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

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: Planetary Health physician, 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, Independent Environmental Public Health Consultant / previously European Public Health Alliance (EPHA)

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 - the evidence for action

  • 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 Live music and closing speech

  • Minna-Maija Salomaa, Secretary General of Lahti University Campus

14.00 End

Social and optional program

Social Program:

The City Reception on Tuesday, February 13 from 18:00 to 21:00

The city reception 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.

The reception will start with Discussion of Leaders: Addressing the Climate-Health-Nature Nexus – from Cities to the EU from 18:00 to 19:15.

After the panel Lahti City Reception will continue with drinks and bites until 21:00.

There will be a guide walking with the participants from Fellmannia to Lahti City Hall. Specific schedule coming soon.


Conference dinner on Wednesday, February 14 at 7.30 pm.

  • Venue: Restaurant Voitto
  • Address: Salpausselänkatu 8, Lahti Voitto – Google Maps
  • Dress code: Casual. You can change clothes at the venue

Restaurant Voitto has a beautiful view to ski jumping hills. Illuminated at night, the ski jumps are an impressive sight and create a unique atmosphere for the dinner. Price: 57 €/person + VAT 24% (in total, 71 €).

A bus ride to and from the dinner will be provided to those registered for the dinner. The bus ride to the dinner does not apply to those who have chosen to participate in the outdoor learning activity.


Bus schedule, departure from hotel:

18.40 Greenstar Hotel (Vesijärvenkatu 1)

18.50 Scandic Lahti City (vapaudenkatu 24, next to main lobby)

19.00 Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone (Aleksanterinkatu 14)

19.10 Lahden Nosturi (Jalkarannantie 23)

-->Ravintola Voitto (Salpausselänkatu 8)


departure from dinner:

21.40 Ravintola Voitto (Salpausselänkatu 8)

--> Greenstar Hotel (Vesijärvenkatu 1)

--> Scandic Lahti City (vapaudenkatu 24, respan eteen)

--> Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone (Aleksanterinkatu 14)


Additional optional programme:

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

Sauna and ice swimming


  • Time: Wednesday, February 14 from 17.00 to 19.00
    • Meeting at 17 or 17:15 at the info desk in Fellmannia. Namecheck and consent form to fill to participants. Walking from Fellmannia to Nosturi (appr. 30min).
    • We ask everyone to be at the location on time, at 18:00 the latest
    • At 19.10 bus ride to the dinner at restaurant Voitto (address Salpausselänkatu 8,  Sports Center Lahti) or walking to your hotel
  • Location: Restaurant and Sauna Nosturi
  • Address: Jalkarannantie 23, Lahti Lahden Nosturi – Google Maps
  • Cost: paid on site, please pay before entering sauna, cash and card, 8 EUR per participant
  • Meeting at 17 at the front doors of Fellmannia. Namecheck and consent form to fill to participants. Walking from Fellmannia to Nosturi (appr. 30min).

Pre-registrations are binding. Limited number of participants (max 40), selected in the order of registrations. This event is full. If you have not registered but still wish to try sauna and ice swimming, you can join the open for all -saunas at the same time for 13 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!

Please bring towel and swimming clothes. You may also bring sandals if you do not wish to walk on icy and/or cold surfaces on bare feet.

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!

There will be a guide walking with the participants from Fellmannia to Nosturi.

  • Meeting at 17:00 at the info desk in Fellmannia
  • If you cannot make it then, another guide is waiting for you at the info desk at 17:15
  • The walk will take about 30 minutes

There will be a bus taking the conference dinner attendees from the sauna to Restaurant Voitto.

  • The bus stops at the sauna at 19:10 sharp.

Additionally, an assistant will guide the walking route to the restaurant.

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

Pre-registrations are binding. Maximum number of participants is 20, in the order of registrations. This event is full and some of registered are on a waitlist. We will be in contact with the people affected.

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.

Activity is cancelled in case of bad weather. Meaning if it is wet, rainy, and/or there's slush, or the temperature is under -10 degrees of Celsius. Very strong wind might also cancel the activity.

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.

There will be a guide walking with the participants from Fellmannia to Lahti Ski Museum.

  • Meeting at 17:30 at the info desk at Fellmannia
  • The walk will take about 30 minutes