Partnerships for sustainable solutions was an event where HELSUS and stakeholders met. The event aimed to foster collaboration between academia, cities, companies and startups, and contribute to solving the most pressing sustainability challenges through co-creation. After the event, participants should have an idea how to bridge the latest academic knowledge with innovation - and which great examples are already taking place.
During the event, participants were invited to work together on collaborative sustainability solutions within challenges identified within the HELSUS core themes of the Urban, the Global South, the Arctic, and Sustainable consumption and production.
Welcoming words, Jari Niemelä, Director, HELSUS
Keynote speech: Mari Pantsar, Director, Carbon-neutral circular economy, Sitra
Four viewpoints about the need for sustainable solutions:
Co-creation workshop around the four HELSUS themes
Pitches from researchers, startups and student teams on sustainable innovation
Get-together with informal networking (wine and snacks)
9.00 Opening, Rector Jukka Kola, University of Helsinki
9.10 Sustainability science: its disciplinarity and interdisciplinarity, Prof. Uskali Mäki, University of Helsinki
9.50 Coffee break
10.10 Notes from the Frontlines: why Sustainability Science is more than just another discipline, Dr. Katharine N. Farrell, Humboldt University Berlin
10.50 Prospects for Interdisciplinarity in the Sustainability Sciences: Challenges and Solutions, Prof. Miles MacLeod, University of Twente
11.30 The limits of extra-academic transdisciplinarity in sustainability science,
Prof. Janne Hukkinen, University of Helsinki
12.10-13.15 Lunch (No host)
13.15 Short intro to group discussion and instructions, Henrik Thorén, Lund University/HELSUS fellow
Participants work in groups integrating the morning session themes and the HELSUS thematic issues (each group having a moderator and a reporter, who takes notes of the group work).
13.45 Group discussions (coffee between the discussions)
15.15 Reporting back and summing up, Michiru Nagatsu, University of Helsinki
16.15 Wine and snacks