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See you on 18th–19th May 2021!

The Sustainability Science Days 2021 conference will be organized on 18th–19th May 2021, and the event will be held despite the global situation at the time. We are working hard to make the conference happen physically in Helsinki and Espoo, but are also prepared to move the conference online should the circumstances necessitate taking such precautions. But rest assured: the event will be held one way or another. We will update this website with the Sustainability Science Days 2021 programme, speakers and practicalities as they become clear – stay tuned!

The Sustainability Science Days is a continuum to our events in 2018 and 2019. The 2020 event was postponed by a year to 18th–19th May, 2021 due to the COVID-19 situation. In previous years, the conference has dived into the themes of disruption, climate action and sustainable consumption. The events have been a success, with 500+ visitors both times including high-ranking researchers and policymakers.

The two-day conference is organized jointly by Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and Aalto Sustainability Hub (ASH). The next Sustainability Science Days are held through Tue 18th – Wed 19th May 2021 and the conference will concentrate on radical changes that are indispensable for creative solutions to the present sustainability crisis.

Current information about the coronavirus situation: Aalto University website and University of Helsinki website.

University of Helsinki is one of the top 1% research universities in the world, with the mission to produce research-based knowledge for the benefit of the whole world. A community of 40,000 students and employees creates solutions that will shape the future of our planet and all of humanity. Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) is a new cross-faculty research unit in sustainability science within the University of Helsinki. The mission of the institute is to contribute to sustainability transformations of societies by means of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and education.

Aalto University is a multidisciplinary community of bold thinkers, where science and art meet technology and business. Aalto University is committed to identifying and solving grand societal challenges and building an innovative future. Aalto University has six schools with 12,000 students. Aalto Sustainability Hub was founded in 2018 to increase interdisciplinary collaboration and to promote sustainability in teaching, campus development and other operations at Aalto University, with a mission to create a world-class research and learning environment focused on sustainability and circular economy.

Link to website.

Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Steady progress has been made in the manufacturing industry. To achieve inclusive and sustainable industrialization, competitive economic forces need to be unleashed to generate employment and income, facilitate international trade and enable the efficient use of resources.

Investment in infrastructure and innovation are crucial drivers of economic growth and development. With over half the world population now living in cities, mass transport and renewable energy are becoming ever more important, as are the growth of new industries and information and communication technologies.

Technological progress is also key to finding lasting solutions to both economic and environmental challenges, such as providing new jobs and promoting energy efficiency. Promoting sustainable industries, and investing in scientific research and innovation, are all important ways to facilitate sustainable development.

More than 4 billion people still do not have access to the Internet, and 90 percent are from the developing world. Bridging this digital divide is crucial to ensure equal access to information and knowledge, as well as foster innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Source: UNDP

Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

More than half of us live in cities. By 2050, two-thirds of all humanity—6.5 billion people—will be urban. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

The rapid growth of cities—a result of rising populations and increasing migration—has led to a boom in mega-cities, especially in the developing world, and slums are becoming a more significant feature of urban life.

Making cities sustainable means creating career and business opportunities, safe and affordable housing, and building resilient societies and economies. It involves investment in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in participatory and inclusive ways.

Source: UNDP

Sustainability Science Days takes place in several venues at the City Centre Campus of University of Helsinki and Aalto University in Espoo. This listing is highly preliminary – the exact venues will be specified here later. 

Language Cen­ter, Uni­versity of Helsinki

Fabianinkatu 26, Helsinki, Finland

Wheelchair access through the inner courtyard of Fabianinkatu 26

Porthania, University of Helsinki

Yliopistonkatu 3, Helsinki, Finland

Think Corner, Uni­versity of Helsinki

Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki, Finland

Wheelchair access through Fabianinkatu entrance

Väre, Aalto Uni­versity

Otaniementie 14, Espoo, Finland

Har­ald Her­lin Learn­ing Centre, Aalto Uni­versity

Otaniementie 9, Espoo, Finland