Biographical Information Climate & Death

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(Titles/speakers/description in alphabetical order by last name)

Climate Change, Air Quality and Mortality: A Planetary Health Perspective by Michael Boy (michael.boy (at), Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Applied Mathematics, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research INAR, University of Helsinki (invited speaker)

Michael Boy is Professor in Atmospheric Science and Applied Mathematics. The position is shared between University of Helsinki, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research and the Lappeenranta University of Technology, Department of Computational Engineering. He is leading the Multi-Scale Modelling group, which researches and develops atmospheric and Earth-system models, ranging from microscopic scales to large global scales. The research aims of the group include studying chemical, physical, and meteorological processes in the atmosphere from small to large spatial and temporal scales, which will provide better scientific knowledge on aerosol formation and growth, air quality, clouds, weather, and climate. Additionally, the group applies machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques in these areas.

Taboo and Stigmatized Emotions around Planetary Death (tbc) by Heidi Kosonen (heidi.s.kosonen (at), Post-doctoral Researcher, Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Music, Art and Cultural Studies, University of Jyväskylä

Heidi Kosonen is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Centre of Contemporary Culture Studies. She defended her doctoral dissertation, focused on the cinematic representations of suicide from the viewpoints of taboo and biopower, in 2020, and has ever since studied varied kinds of affective contemporary cultural phenomena. Currently, Kosonen's research revolves around the difficult emotions related to so-called planetary death.

Climate Change, Death and the Ethics of Human Life Extension by Rosa Rantanen (rosa.rantanen (at), D.Soc.Sc., Research Coordinator, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research INAR, University of Helsinki, University of Helsinki (session convener & host)

Rosa Rantanen is a Doctor of Social Sciences and a Research Coordinator at the Institute of Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) at the University of Helsinki. She is the head of the Initiative for a Safer Climate network that brings together researchers and civil society organizations as part of the Atmosphere and Climate Competence Center (ACCC) Flagship’s outreach work. She has worked in several civil society organizations and interdisciplinary projects in Finland and abroad. She has written her Doctoral Thesis about the ethics of considerable human life extension.

Eco-Emotions and Grief: Dealing with Climate-Related Loss by Taneli Saari, Executive Director, Tunne ry – Känsla rf (2nd session convener)

Taneli Saari is the Executive Director of Tunne ry, a non-profit organization offering individuals and groups support for processing their emotions and thoughts related to climate and environmental changes and the uncertainty of the future.