The below program is subject to changes as more speakers are confirmed.

All times are Helsinki time GMT+2.

In addition to the official programme, we will offer leisure activities and networking events for your enjoyment. These can be found at the bottom of this page.

Day 1

Monday 8.11.2021

(Possible pre-tours /pre-sessions/pre-meetings)

Registration and coffee

Session 1: Crossing boundaries to reach solutions

Prof. Ilona Otto, Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz, Austria: Systems thinking and cascading climate risks


Prof. Juha Pekkanen, UH, THL: Sustainable and Healthy Buildings in the Changing Climate: Balancing Costs and Benefits

Research Professor Suvi Virtanen, THL: How to promote sustainable food systems and healthy and safe eating in young children (FoodStep)

Secretary General Liisa Rohweder, WWF: NGOs acting to improve human health and health of the planet


Get-together/City Reception

Day 2

Tuesday 9.11.2021  

Session 2: How  the environment affects health

Prof. Liisa Tyrväinen, LUKE: The health benefits of nature  


Adj. professor Kimmo Saarinen, South Karelia Allergy and Environment Institute Practical example of joining forces into long-term action: The Finnish allergy & asthma programme


Break (coffee and refreshments)

Session 3: Climate change and human health  


Project manager Anna Huttunen, Lahti


Lunch break 

Session 4: Healthy and sustainable urban areas for humans (Chair Ian MacGregor-Fors, UH) 

Prof. Dagmar Haase, Humboldt University (online): Global urbanization and its impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity and recent green infrastructure planning efforts in cities


Research Scientist Aki Sinkkonen, LUKE: Urban greening interventions and land use as tools to enhance immune modulation of urban dwellers


LahtiPlan 2022-2023

16:00 – 16:30 Break (coffee and refreshments)

Public Panel event (in Finnish): 16:30 – 18:30  

Ympäristö ja terveys

Dinner offered by the city of Lahti (included for speakers)

Day 3

Wednesday 9.11.2021  

Session 5: Lessons learned from Covid19 pandemic 


Prof. Davey Jones, Bangor University: New methods: Coronavirus in waste water  


Break (coffee and refreshments)

Session 6: Clean waters and human health (Chair Prof. David Thomas, UH)

Dr Mathew White, the European Centre for Environment and Human Health and chair of oceans, epidemiology and human health, University of Exeter Medical School 

Prof. Alf Norkko, UH: Baltic Sea 


Tarja Pitkänen, THL: Public beach water surveillance in Finland  


Lunch break

Session 7: Sustainable and healthy food systems

Prof. Bodo Steiner, UH: Innovative food value chains for sustainability

Ministerial Adviser Hanna Mattila, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: Climate-friendly Food Programme 


THL/LUKE/UH: Leg4Life project Associate professor, Anne-Maria Pajari, UH

Research professor Minna Kaljonen, Syke: Just Food project:  


Closing the conference