Welcome to the Seminar on Arctic Indigenous and Local Knowledge & Sustainability on June 8th 2018 at 9.00 – 15.00.

The aim of this seminar is to foster critical, interdisciplinary and evidence-based discussion on the importance of bridging diverse knowledge systems for Arctic sustainability. This seminar will bring together researchers, policymakers, and representatives from five Arctic indigenous communities to discuss the crucial role of Indigenous and Local Knowledge (ILK) on Arctic environmental governance.

The seminar will combine keynote speeches and panel discussions, covering topics such as the ability of Arctic indigenous peoples to manage and conserve transboundary biodiversity, evidence of effective management strategies involving Arctic indigenous peoples, as well as the contributions of Arctic indigenous peoples in reaching the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.

This seminar is funded by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, with support from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the University of Helsinki and the Helmoltz-Centre for Environmental Research (UfZ, Germany). 


8th June, 9.00 - 15.00


Think Corner (Stage), Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki


Álvaro Fernández-Llamazares & Jari Niemelä, Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki.


9.00 Opening
René Söderman, Senior Arctic Official for Finland
Henna Haapala, Ministerial Adviser at the Ministry of the Environment of Finland
Carolina Behe, Indigenous Knowledge/Science Advisor at the Inuit Circumpolar Council

9.15 Indigenous Peoples and Arctic Biodiversity
Anne Nuorgam, Vice-Chair of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, University of Lapland

9.45 Coffee Break

10.15 Welcoming words
Jari Niemelä, Director of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and newly-appointed Rector of the University of Helsinki

10.20 Multiple natures, one planet: Advancing Indigenous and Local Knowledge in the IPBES Global Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystems
Eduardo S. Brondizio, Co-Chair of the IPBES Global Assessment, Indiana University Bloomington

10.45 Meanings and Significance of Indigenous and Local Knowledge
Fikret Berkes, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Manitoba

11.15 Panel Discussion with Arctic Indigenous Peoples representatives  and researchers–
Whose knowledge counts in biodiversity conservation concepts and practice?
Facilitator: Aili Pyhälä, Council Member of the ICCA Consortium and Lecturer in Development Studies, University of Helsinki
Participants: Carolina Behe (Inuit Circumpolar Council), Liza Mack (Aleut International Association), and Svein Matthiesen (Association of World Reindeer Herders)

12.00 Lunch break

13.15 Panel Discussion with Arctic Indigenous Peoples representatives and researchers–
Inclusive conservation in the Arctic for the benefit of all
Facilitator: Lisa Rohweder, Chair of WWF’s Global Arctic Program
Participants: Gunn-Britt Retter (Saami Council) and Yury Khatanzeyskiy (Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North)

14.00 Session on Finnish Arctic research

The role of ILK in understanding reindeer herding-forestry interactions in Finnish Upper Lapland | Heli Saarikoski, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Revitalizing the connection to/with the Earth: An emerging (auto)ethnography in Sápmi | Hanna Guttorm, Sámi University of Applied Sciences & Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), University of Helsinki

Developing local environmental observations in the Arctic | Mika Aromäki and Saku Anttila, Sámi Education Institute (SKK) & Finnish Environment Institute.

14.45 Short film on Saami observations of climate change
Mika Aromäki and Erkki Feodoroff, Sámi Education Institute (SKK)

14.50 Closing remarks
Gunn-Britt Retter, Head of the Arctic and Environment Unit of the Saami Council

Logos of the organizers of the seminar

The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (HCAS) presents:
The Annual Collegium Lecture 2018 by

Dipesh Chakrabarty

Lawrence A. Kimpton Distinguished Service Professor of History, South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College at the University of Chicago

“The Difficulty of Being Modern: Thoughts on Our Time”

The Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies invites you to attend the Annual Collegium Lecture 2018, which will be given by Dipesh Chakrabarty (University of Chicago) on May 17 at 5 pm (Metsätalo, Lecture Hall 1).

Professor Chakrabarty's lecture "The Difficulty of Being Modern: Thoughts on Our Time" tracks some of the ethical difficulties of being modern at a time when collective human aspirations carry planetary implications. In the process, the lecture brings into conversation some post-human and post-colonial perspectives on modernity.

Professor Dipesh Chakrabarty became known for his research on working-class history, for the Subaltern Studies Collective in which he was a founding member, and the book Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference (2000), an important contribution to postcolonial theory and the study of modernity and globalization. His recent writings deal with the conditions of historiography and historical thought in the age of climate change.

The Collegium Lecture is the main annual event of the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies and takes place every spring. The speakers are well-known global academic figures. The lecture is free and open to the public.


Metsätalo (Unioninkatu 40), Lecture Hall 1


17 May, 2018, 5-7 pm


Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

More information: kaisa.kaakinen@helsinki.fi

Solutions Initiative Forum Integration

Together, we are joining forces to promote innovative solutions to meet the challenge of segregation! On 14 May 2018 we will gather social entrepreneurs, business representatives, investors, researchers and decision-makers to promote solutions for a more inclusive society. We will launch the Integration Solutions Report, showcasing some examples of Nordic solutions to create a more open, inclusive and sustainable society.

Get inspired to act! In a well-functioning society, integration of different groups of people is key to end poverty, ensure healthier lives, reach education for everyone, gender equality, and an inclusive labour market. Let’s turn segregation into integration and together create a more inclusive and sustainable society.
Join us at SIF Integration!

What is Solutions Initiative Forum (SIF)?

SIF is an action-oriented one-day event where entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, businesses, civil society, policy makers and academia come together to promote solutions for a challenge connected to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What is SIF Integration?

SIF Integration provides an interactive meeting arena to promote
available Nordic solutions focusing on how to reach a more integrated
and inclusive society. At SIF Integration, we will launch the Integration
Solutions Report. The report show-cases some examples of Nordic
solutions to show that an inclusive and sustainable society is possible.

What’s in it for me?

  • You learn about new innovations for a more integrated and inclusive society
  • It is an opportunity to meet integration projects that seek funding to scale up
  • You build networks with various stakeholders working with similar challenges
  • You share insights and experiences with others
  • Join forces to identify the next steps to implement solutions

Register before 4 May 2018


Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm, Sweden


14 May 2018


SDSN Northern Europe in collaboration with GU Ventures and Forum for Social Innovation Sweden

More information

The yearly Sustainability Science Days were held on May 16-17. This years theme was Sustainability Solutions - Partnerships in Science and Beyond.

Check the event webpage to learn more. The materials of the key note lectures are also available.