Sustainability Science Days conference 6-7 May 2020 has been POSTPONED to 18-19 May 2021 due to the COVID-19 situation. 

More information about the corona situation: Aalto University website and University of Helsinki website.

Tuesday, May 5th

Aalto University (Otaniemi, Espoo)

14.00 –16.00



Doctoral students' mentoring by invitation. Registration has ended.

Wednesday, May 6th

University of Helsinki (Kaisaniemi, Helsinki)

8.30 – 9.00


Coffee and registration

Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4)

9.00 – 11.15


Conference opening 

Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4)

President Jari Niemelä (University of Helsinki)

Keynote presentations and panel discussion 

Professor Luis M. Bettencourt (University of Chicago)

Professor Minna Halme (Aalto University)                                                     


Alpo Tani, Strategic Urban Planner (City of Helsinki)

Ville Taajamaa, Development Manager, Smart City & Circular Economy (City of Espoo)

Panel discussion moderated by Professor Christopher Raymond (University of Helsinki)

11.15 – 12.30

Lunch (self provided)

12.30 – 14.00



Parallel sessions #1, #5 and #9 

Language centre (Fabianinkatu 26) and Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3) 

Session 1: Ex­tract­iv­ism and al­tern­at­ives 

Session 5: Eco­w­el­fare state 

Session 9: Indigenous peoples and the chal­lenges of sustainability

14.00 – 14.30

Coffee break

14.30 – 16.00



Parallel sessions #2, #7A and #10 

Language centre (Fabianinkatu 26) and Porthania (Yliopistonkatu 3) 

Session 2: Build­ing up car­bon-neut­ral cities with wood? 

Session 7A: In­nov­at­ive tools for re­con­fig­ur­a­tion 

Session 10: So­cial as­pects of the en­ergy trans­ition

16.30 – 17.30


Reception of the Mayor of Helsinki

Vanha Raatihuone, Empiresali (Aleksanterinkatu 20)

18.30 – 19.45

Natura UrbanaScreening of documentary film

Cinema Orion (Eerikinkatu 15)

Thursday, May 7th

Aalto University (Otaniemi, Espoo)

8.45 – 9.15 

Coffee and registration

Väre, main hall (Otaniementie 14)

9.15 – 10.45

Parallel sessions #3, #7B and #11 

Väre (Otaniementie 14)

Session 3: Why metals matter in sustainability?

Session 7B: Re­con­fig­ur­at­ive dis­courses for trans­itions

Session 11: Cli­mate fin­ance

10.45 – 12.15

Lunch (self provided)

12.15 – 14.15



Welcoming words

Learning centre (Otaniementie 9)

President Ilkka Niemelä (Aalto University)

Keynote presentations, panel discussion 

Professor Nancy Bocken (Maastricht University)

Professor Anne Toppinen (University of Helsinki)

President Jyrki Katainen (Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA)     


Research professor Eeva Furman, chair of the Expert Panel for Sustainable Development    

Moderator: Vice-president Ossi Naukkarinen (Aalto University)     

14.15 – 14.45

Coffee break

14.45 – 16.15

Parallel sessions #4, #8 and #12 

Väre (Otaniementie 14)

Session 4: Sustainable bio-based plastics in­nov­a­tion eco­sys­tems through dis­rupt­ive busi­ness and reg­u­la­tion 

Session 8: From the Culture of Waste to Cir­cu­lar Eco­nomy: Past, Present and Fu­ture Chal­lenges 

Session 12: Par­ti­cip­at­ory ex­treme en­vir­on­ments

16.30 – 17.15

Väre Main Lobby

Visit to Väre exhibition

Mingling, closing of the conference

Wednesday, 6th May at 9.00 – 11.15, Think Corner (Yliopistonkatu 4)

Opening by Jari Niemelä, President of University of Helsinki, Professor of Urban Ecology

Keynote by Professor of Sustainability Management Minna Halme, Director of Aalto University Sustainability Hub,

Keynote by Professor of Ecology and Evolution and Associate Faculty in Sociology Luis M. Bettencourt, University of Chicago,

Strategic Urban Planner Alpo Tani, City of Helsinki

Project Manager Ville Taajamaa, City of Espoo

Panel with the presenters, moderated by Professor of Sustainability Transformations and Ecosystem Services Christopher Raymond, University of Helsinki

Thursday 7th May at 12.15 – 14.15, Learning centre (Otaniementie 9)

Opening by Aalto University President Ilkka Niemelä

Keynote by Professor of Forest Sciences Anne Toppinen, Director of HELSUS

Keynote by Professor in Sustainable Business Nancy Bocken, Maastricht University, Lund University and LUT, Finland

Keynote by President Jyrki Katainen, Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA

Commentary by Eeva Furman, chair of the Expert Panel for Sustainable Development



Wednesday, 6th May at 11.15 – 12.30

Session conveners

Associate professor Markus Kröger, Doctoral Student Sophia Hagolani-Albov, Postdoctoral Researcher Ossi Ollinaho, Assistant Professor Annukka Santasalo-Aarnio

Speakers and their presentation titles

Circular textile economy: social and environmental synergies or tradeoffs? Anna Härri, Riina Antikainen, Helena Dahlbo, and Jarkko Levänen

Reusing mine tailings as cemented paste backfill material (CPB), Soili Solismaa and Tommi Kauppila

Saving the Environment by Being Green with Fintech: exploring the contradictions between environmentalism and reality in the case of Ant Forest, Zeng

Why is agroforestry not expanding but industrial monocultures are expanding in Brazil?, Markus Kröger (University of Helsinki) and Ossi Ollinaho (University of Helsinki)

Exploring Kiertovalu, Tommi Sappinen

Critical factors for enhancing the circular economy in waste management, Hanna Salmenperä

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Wednesday 6th May at 14.30 – 16.00

Session conveners 

Dr. Alam Ashraful (Aalto University), Dr. Heini Vihemäki (University of Helsinki)

Speakers and their presentation titles

Beliefs, attitudes and personal responsibility. The perceptions of civil servants across Finland, Florencia Franzini (University of Helsinki)

Sustainability criteria in land use planning and urban building – Useless metrics or helpful tools? Katja Lähtinen (Natural Resources Institute Finland)

Towards sustainable construction sector via socially inclusive consumer-driven business models, Eliisa Kylkilahti (University of Helsinki)

What about wood? -“Non-wood” construction Experts’ perceptions on environmental regulation, business environment and potential trends toward 2030 in multistory housing development, Elias Hurmekoski (University of Helsinki)

Reuse and recycling of wood from buildings, Nasiri Bahareh (Aalto University)

What is the matter with plasterboard? Design research project for the transition towards circular economies, Delphine Rumo (Aalto University)

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Thursday 7th May at 9.15 – 10.45

Session convener 

Professor Ari Jokilaakso (Aalto University)

Speakers and their presentation titles

Opening: Sustainable metals – an oxymoron? Ari Jokilaakso (Aalto University)

Separating mineral valuables in a greener way, Ted Nuorivaara (Aalto University)

Investigating metals in circulation, Anna Dańczak (Aalto University)

Finland-based circular ecosystem of battery metals (BATCircle), Antti Porvali (Aalto University)

How does Finnish origin copper production technology compare to global competition in sustainability? Christina Alexander (Outotec)

Sustainability and circular economy in stainless steelmaking, Juha Erkkilä (Outokumpu Oyj)

No metals without water, Alina Lehtonen (University of Lapland)

How to assess environmental-economic impact of modern gold processing? Susanna Horn (Outotec)

Commentator observations and discussion, Nani Pajunen (Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA)

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Thursday 7th May at 14.45 – 16.15

Session conveners

Associate Professor Rosa Ballardini (University of Lapland), Professor Jan Holmström (Aalto University)

Presentation titles and speakers

Transition to bioplastics: technological, economic and regulatory challenges and emerging transitional pathways, Jaakko Siltaloppi (Aalto University)

Sustainability in competition law: alternatives to a consumer welfare standard? Juha Vesala (University of Lapland)

Brand-driven Transition to Bio-based Plastics Supply Chain, Alireza Jaribion (Aalto University)

Use of the VTT Proper Tune materials modelling concept for the fast development of sustainable bio-based plastic composites, Stefania Fortino (VTT Techical Research Centre Finland)

Co-creation segment, Wiman Henri (VTT Techical Research Centre Finland)

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Wednesday, 6th May at 11.15 – 12.30

Session convener

Professor Mikko Jalas (Aalto University) and University Lecturer Pasi Heikkurinen (University of Helsinki)

Speakers and their presentation titles

The Virtuous Circle of Sustainable Welfare as a Transformative Policy Idea, Tuuli Hirvilammi

Knowledge production and eco-social rationalities: the Finnish social security reform as a case, Paula Saikkonen

Ecowelfare States on Trajectory to Anthropolitics? Toni Ruuska et al. 

We are the eco-welfare state: tax entrepreneurialism as a route to degrowth, Carlos Lamuela Orta

Towards a global tool for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints: First reflections from the Sustainable Lifestyles Accelerator in Finland, Sanna Sihto-Nissilä et al.

Commentary Tere Vadén (BIOS research unit)

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Wednesday, 6th May at 14.30 – 16.00

Session conveners 

Dr. Senja Laakso (University of Helsinki), Dr. Michael Lettenmeier (Aalto University) and Prof. Mari Niva (University of Helsinki)

Speakers and their presentation titles

Innovation capabilities in water governance for accelerating sustainability transitions in water regimes: Evidence from South Asia, Chitresh Saraswat and Katherine Daniell, (Australian National University)

Organizations and flight emission compensation: an environmental strategic SWOT analysis, Veronica Ahonen (University of Helsinki)

Effects of an online footprinting tool on its’ users: helping citizens to better understand their role in sustainability transition? Jenni Happonen (University of Helsinki)

Accelerating sustainability transitions for all: Peer-to-peer fostering of environmentally sustainable food consumption with online videos, Sanna Tiilikainen (Aalto University) and Ilkka Arminen (University of Helsinki)

Communicating sustainability to consumers: Suggestion for a new Sustainability Shades approach, Linda Turunen (Aalto University) and Minna Halme (Aalto University)

Commentator observations and discussion, Anu Mänty (Finnish Innovation Fund SITRA)

Thursday 7th May at 9.15 – 10.45

Session conveners 

Dr. Senja Laakso (University of Helsinki), Dr. Michael Lettenmeier (Aalto University) and Professor Mari Niva (University of Helsinki)

Speakers and their presentation titles

The Post-Anthropocene Diet: Ontologically navigating future diets for sustainable food systems, Rachel Mazac (University of Helsinki)

The role of discourses in a transformation of social practices towards sustainability. The case of meat eating related practices, Minna Kanerva (University of Bremen)

Ontography and sustainable eco-conomic relationships, Eric Arnould (Aalto University)

Reconfigurative potential of plant-based meat and milk alternatives in the Finnish food system, Annika Lonkila, Minna Kaljonen and Anu Lähteenmäki-Uutela (Finnish Environment Institute)

Policy challenges of cellular agriculture, Jana Moritz, Maria McPartlin, Hanna Tuomisto and Toni Ryynänen (University of Helsinki)

Commentator observations and discussion, Mira Jarkko (City of Helsinki)

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Thursday 7th May at 14.45 – 16.15

Session conveners

Doctoral candidate Elizabeth Miller (Aalto University) and Postdoctoral researcher Viktor Pál (University of Helsinki)

Speakers and their presentation titles

Pivotal Role of Engineering in Transitioning from the Culture of Waste to Sustainable Circular Economy, Israel Dunmade (Mount Royal University)

Wasteful Cities –Policies on Garbage Dumps in Helsinki and Espoo, Matti O. Hannikainen (University of Helsinki)

Futures images for circular economy in Finland, Marileena Mäkelä & group (University of Jyväskylä)

Making of Cultural Change in the Context of Circular Economy and Art, Riikka Mäkikoskela and Taneli Tuovinen (Aalto University)

How is circular consumption reflected in household material footprints? Juudit Ottelin (Aalto University)

Circular economy from intellectual property perspective – towards sustainable lifespan as part of a new normal? Taina Pihlajarinne (University of Helsinki)

Circular economy and higher education institutions: how to get sustainability, Leyla-Angelica Sandoval-Hamón and Ruiz Peñalver (Autonomus University of Madrid)

Situating Nuclear Waste Management within Nuclear Awareness, Inna Sukhenko and Viktor Pál (University of Helsinki)

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Wednesday, 6th May at 11.15 – 12.30

Session conveners

Postdoctoral researcher Dorothee Cambou (University of Helsinki) and Assoc. professor Marjut Jyrkinen (University of Helsinki)

Speakers and their presentation titles

A Just transition or just transition? The impacts of wind energy projects on the rights of the Sámi reindeer herders, Dorothee Cambou (University of Helsinki)

Storytelling development in Sápmi or in the Arctic – The Arctic Railway as an example about conflicting development strategies and reversed sustainabilities, Tiina Jääskeläinen (Hanken School of Economics)

Whose sustainability and whose goals? Indigenous peoples and resource extraction in Canada, Elena Cirkovic (University of Helsinki)

Gender Inequality, Indigenous Rights and Sustainable Development: Comparing Canada, China and Chad, Paul Larson (University of Manitoba)

Who will bear the brunt of the Conservation Acts? Environmental Sustainability and the Marginal People in Indian Sundarbans, Dayabati Roy (University of Helsinki)

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Wednesday, 6th May at 14.30 – 16.00

Session conveners 

Postdoctoral researcher Salvatore Ruggiero (Aalto University) and postdoctoral researcher Eeva-Lotta Apajalahti (University of Helsinki)

Speakers and their presentation titles

Urban transportation in India: diffusion of e-rickshaw and it’s potential, Venkata Bandi (Aalto University), commentator Sini Numminen

How to talk about energy saving to energy-poor? Experiences from home advisory work of a European project Assist2gether, Venkata Bandi (Aalto University) commentator Sini Numminen

Social Innovation in Energy Transition, Kaisa Matschoss (University of Helsinki) commentator Hanna Lempinen

Letting go the “idea” of peat: Sketching an inclusive roadmap to a peat-free energy system, Hanna Lempinen (University of Lapland) commentator Cristian Pons-Seres de Brauwer

Assessing the competition-driven rationale of energy transitions: the case of renewable energy auction schemes and their socio-political acceptance in Germany and Denmark, Cristian Pons-Seres de Brauwer (Technical University of Denmark DTU) commentator Kaisa Matschoss

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Thursday 7th May at 9.15 – 10.45

Session convener

Professor Markku Kaustia (Aalto University)

Speakers and their presentation titles

The untapped investment value of smart energy buildings, Eerika Janhunen (Aalto University)

Capital flows into sustainable mutual funds, Wenjia Yu (Aalto University) 

Carbon Sequestration within Rural Entrepreneurship: Emission Compensation Aspect, Miika Marttila (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology)

A stochastic analytic hierarchy process based weighting model for sustainability measurement in an organization" by Faramarz Khosravi (Eastern Mediterranean University)

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Thursday 7th May at 14.45 – 16.15

Session conveners

Dr. Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä (Aalto University) and PhD Reseacher Niclas Sandström (University of Helsinki)

Speakers and their presentation titles

Perspectives on radical experimenting in urban planning and sustainability: Case Black Rock City / Burning Man Nevada, Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä (Aalto University) and Emma Sandström (Aalto University)

Participatory service design and community involvement in designing future-ready sustainable learning landscapes, Niclas Sandström (University of Helsinki)

The Role of the Youth in Achieving the SDGs: Young People Pathways to Build Sustainable and Liveable Cities, Elie Kallab (UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth)

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