The spring 2019 Sustainability Science Days were held on Thu, May 9 – Fri, May 10, 2019. The thematic focus of the Days was on sustainable production and consumption, which is the Sustainable Development Goal # 12 (SDG) where Finland’s performance according to the SDG indicators needs to be considerably improved. During two days this challenge was be approached via scientific debate and popular discussion events. The conference is organized jointly by Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) and Aalto Sustainability Hub (ASH).

Tvättstugan – Learning for Sustainable Development

17–18 December 2018, in Kaisaniemi & Otaniemi

What?

A 2 day hands-on course in Finland for academic and administrative staff of University of Helsinki (UH) and Aalto University. KTH will share their pedagogical knowledge on how the course “LH215V Lärande för hållbar utveckling 4,5 hp”, kth.se/student/kurser/kurs/LH215V, has been implemented. With a peer-to-peer approach we will share best practices on how to integrate sustainability in your respective courses. Come and work towards sustainability in the context of your own course – all disciplines are warmly welcome!

Instructors

Target group

Academic staff and pedagogical support of respective universities. 

Number of participants

Max 30, 10–15 from both University of Helsinki & Aalto University.

Apply before 19 Nov 2018: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/92904/lomake.html

  • Short motivational letter to attend the course
  • Your course to be developed 
  • No participation fee

Time, location, programme

  • Mon-Tue, 17–18 December 2018
  • 1 day in UH Kaisaniemi, Helsinki city centre and 1 day in Aalto main campus Otaniemi, Espoo
  • Programme will be published in mid-November

Organizers

UH HELSUS and Aalto Sustainability Hub are jointly responsible for inviting KTH to Finland and arranging the course, together with UH & Aalto pedagogical support.

Contact persons

HUH ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES FORUM 

Helsinki Environmental Humanities Forum is a relaxed atmosphere event, that combines scientific presentations of environmental humanities projects (broadly interpreted), collegian discussion and networking. Its a good place to meet, talk and collect impulses. The event is open for everybody but requires RSVP. More on the HUH

FUTURE MEETINGS

Autumn 2018 Schedule will be published later

PAST MEETINGS

Forum 4.
Presentations by Vesa Matteo Piludu, University of Helsinki, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Humanities and Viktor Pál, University of Helsinki and Next Generation Coordinator of the European Environmental History Association.

Forum 3.
Presentations by Ulrike Plath, Tallinn University, TBA and Julia Tofantšuk Tallinn University, TBA.

Forum 2.
Dr. Paula Schönach, Research Coordinator for the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), will introduce the brand new institute. Together we’ll explore for various possibilities for cooperation and discuss the role of environmental humanities at HELSUS.

Forum 1.
Organizational meeting

Prof. Alberto Gomes, La Trobe University (AU) and DEEP Network:

Lessons from the margin: Indigenous Peace Ecology

Monday November 19th  2018 at 13:00–15:00
Helsus Hub Lounge (Porthania, 2nd floor)
See the presentation recording: https://connect.funet.fi/p3q0ogvwb8x8/

Download the presentation slides:

Humanity is confronted with several inter-related crises: ecological, social or humanitarian and growing violence, both direct and structural. Much evidence indicates that solutions implemented to resolve them, from development and modernisation to neoliberalism and sustainable development, have not just failed but paradoxically have exacerbated these crises.

Inspired by the life-ways and practices of Indigenous peoples, especially the Orang Asli (Aborigines) in Malaysia, this paper outlines a peace ecology that combines peacebuilding with ecological regenerative strategies. The key contention is that subscribing to an Indigenous peace ecology will foster effective solutions to the triple crisis, entailing a paradigmatic shift from an anthropocentric to an eco-centric perception of nature; from hyper-individualism to a community-focus responsibility; from a competitive outlook to one that is focused on empathy, cooperation, sharing and altruism; and from a growth-fetish to a needs-based regenerative lifestyle.

Alberto Gomes is an Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University, Australia, Affiliated Professor at Universitat Jaume 1, Spain, and Global Director of the Dialogue, Empathic Engagement and Peacebuilding (DEEP) Network (https://globaldeepnetwork.org). Well known for his scholarly work on the Orang Asli (Malaysian Aborigines), he has published numerous articles and several books. His books include Modernity and Identity: Asian Illustrations (edited volume, La Trobe University Press, 1994), Malaysia and the Original People (with R. Dentan, K. Endicott, and M. B. Hooker, Allyn and Bacon, 1997), Looking for Money (COAC and Trans Pacific Press, 2004), Modernity and Malaysia: Settling the Menraq Forest Nomads (Routledge, 2007) and Multiethnic Malaysia (edited with Lim Teck Ghee and Azly Rahman, USCI and SIRD, 2009).

Programme:

13:00 Introduction Paola Minoia, Senior Lecturer, Development Studies
13:15 Presentation Alberto Gomes
14:00 Discussants: Karen Heikkilä, Geography and Timo Kaartinen, Professor, Anthropology
14:20 Q&As

Contact: paola.minoia@helsinki.fi

Daniel C. Miller, a visiting scholar from University of Illinois:

Forests as Pathways out of Poverty and to Broader Prosperity: Empirical Insights and Conceptual Advances

Wednesday October 24th 2018 at 14.15-15.15
HELSUS Hub, Porthania, 2nd floor
See the presentation recording: https://connect.funet.fi/pelc0puqaxvz/

Download the presentation slides:

Forests provide an important resource that supports the livelihoods of an estimated 20 percent of the world’s population. Forests have been understood to make three main livelihoods contributions: subsistence support, provision of safety nets in times of need, and pathways out of poverty. International policies and investments are increasingly emphasizing the last of these roles, but can forests help rural households to escape from poverty? And can forests provide a pathway to prosperity that includes more widely-shared economic benefits and improvements in other aspects of human well-being?

This presentation describes the results of a systematic map and literature review of current evidence relating to these questions. We identify and characterize more than 250 relevant studies published since 1990. We find that the evidence base on forest-poverty linkages is growing, but available research primarily examines poverty mitigation aspects of forests rather than their potential role in poverty alleviation let alone larger conceptions of prosperity.

To increase understanding of forest-livelihoods relationships we propose a framework based on the concept of prosperity, which emphasizes wider swaths of society who may benefit from forests and a conception of human well-being that extends beyond economic and material dimensions. We argue that explicitly taking a more expansive view can enable better accounting for the diverse ways forests contribute to human welfare, broaden the constituency for forests, and inform policies to more sustainably manage forests within wider landscapes.

Daniel C. Miller is Assistant Professor of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Miller’s research and teaching focus on international environmental politics and policy, especially relating to forests. Dr. Miller previously held staff positions at the Program on Forests at the World Bank and the MacArthur Foundation. He completed his Ph.D. in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan and earned undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Political Science at the University of Illinois.

Sustainable Development Goals – (how) can performance be measured?

WHEN: Thursday 11 October 2018 at 13:00–15:30

WHERE: Think Lounge, Think Corner 2nd floor, Yliopistonkatu 4

WHAT: The realization of the 2030 Agenda's 17 goals and 169 targets is monitored by roughly 230 global indicators. The UN uses this data to compile the annual SDG Progress Report for the purposes of global follow-up. Global indicators help also individual countries in their efforts to reach the SDG’s. However, the global indicators alone do not often provide sufficient information to address countries’ national sustainable development challenges, and an additional set of national indicators is needed. This is the case also in Finland. The crucial question is the selection of appropriate and relevant national indicators to measure national performance.

WHY: Understanding about the implementation and monitoring of SDG’s is vital in achieving sustainability on global and local levels and accordingly this is an important part of a sustainability experts skills and knowledge. In the event you will learn and discuss SDGs, Finland’s performance and evaluation of SD policies with visiting experts from Bertelsmann foundation and International Institute for Environment and Development.

FOR: Researchers, doctoral students, master students, all other interested. No registration required.

PRESENTATIONS FOR DOWNLOAD:

 

PROGRAMME

13.00 Welcome by HELSUS and Aalto Sustainability Hub

  • Janna Pietikäinen, Vice dean, Educational affairs, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki and Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science
  • Meri Löyttyniemi, Senior Advisor for Sustainability, Aalto University

13.15 Introduction to SDGs and assessing the progress on SDG implementation

  • Sami Pirkkala, Counsellor, Prime Minister’s Office

13.30

Evaluation of national sustainable development policies – what is it about and why should countries bother?

  • Stefano D'Errico, International Institute for Environment and Development

Measuring sustainability on country level – what makes it challenging, how to measure spillovers, and how is Finland performing?

  • Dr. Christian Kroll, Bertelsmann Stiftung

14.45 Discussion: Measuring performance – how about SDG´s in higher education?

  • Facilitated by Sami Pirkkala

15.30 End of the seminar

Stefano D'Errico works as a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager in the International Institute for Environment and Development. His current work includes, for example, designing and operationalizing the IIED's monitoring evaluation and learning system, leading on the delivery of internal capacity building, strengthening the capacity of projects and programmes to design and implement robust and appropriate MEL plans, supporting project proposal authors in the development of appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems and leading IIED's monitoring and evaluation working group and implementation of its agreed work plan across the organization.

Dr. Christian Kroll works as Senior Expert for Sustainable Development at Bertelsmann Stiftung. Dr. Christian Kroll is the Scientific Co-Director of the SDG Index and Dashboards to measure country performance on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (annual report produced with UN Special Advisor Jeffrey Sachs). He authored numerous articles in scientific journals and policy-oriented reports, including "Sustainable Development Goals: Are the rich countries ready".

Sami Pirkkala works as a Counsellor on Sustainable Development and the 2030 Agenda at the Prime Minister’s Office. His main fields of work include national SD monitoring, follow-up and evaluation issues, EU’s sustainable development policy and the further development of national SD governance structures.

ORGANIZED IN COOPERATION:

HELSUS, University of Helsinki www.helsinki.fi/helsus 

Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science is 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 Sustainability Hub www.aalto.fi/sustainability

The Aalto Sustainability Hub aims to solve the diverse societal challenges through multidisciplinary research and to increase dialogue between different disciplines and social actors. Sustainability Hub brings together researchers from all fields of Aalto University and promotes sustainable development as part of teaching, campus development and other Aalto University activities.

Prime Minister’s Office www.vnk.fi and www.kestavakehitys.fi

UArctic Congress

The UArctic Congress 2018 will bring together key UArctic meetings and a science conference into one single gathering, including business meetings of the Council of UArctic, Rectors’ Forum, and Thematic Networks & UArctic Institutes Leadership Team.

The Congress is an integral part of Finland’s Arctic Council chairmanship program, and open to the public. The event will highlight the themes and priorities of the Finnish chairmanship, including the goals of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, supporting gender equality, and the Paris Agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

With the aim to foster contacts and enhance networking, the biennial UArctic Congress brings together institutional leaders, indigenous representatives, academics, scientists and students from around the circumpolar north and beyond. Together with partners, policy makers, and other actors, the Congress strives to take the Arctic agenda forward by creating and strengthening collaborations that produce new findings and solutions for the future of the Arctic region.

The UArctic Congress 2018 will feature Science and Meeting sections, including:

  • Sessions aligned with the four priorities of Finland’s chairmanship; i.e. environmental protection, connectivity, meteorological cooperation, and education
  • Acclaimed keynote speakers and scientific experts presenting their views and latest research
  • Formal meetings for representatives of the Council of UArctic and UArctic Rectors’ Forum
  • Side-meetings and events
  • Student events
  • An exciting cultural and social program

WHERE

University of Helsinki & University of Oulu

WHEN

From September 3rd to September 7th

ORGANIZER

UArctic

More information

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). 

WHEN?

8th June, 9.00 - 15.00

WHERE?

Think Corner (Stage), Yliopistonkatu 4, Helsinki

ORGANISERS

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

Programme

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

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

WHERE

Sida, Valhallavägen 199, Stockholm, Sweden

WHEN

14 May 2018

ORGANIZER

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

More information

The 2018 Sustainability Science Days were held on May 16-17 2018 with Sustainability Solutions - Partnerships in Science and Beyond as the theme.

Description:

Is Sustainability Science a discipline - or something else? What (other) tools do we have to tackle the complex sustainability challenges humankind is facing?

Sustainability challenges are complex by nature, and need to be addressed broadly in society. Finding solutions thus necessitates constructive partnerships within and between research, policies, businesses, and other societal actors.

The HELSUS Sustainability Science Days 2018 brings together scholars and stakeholders, who will address these questions during two days of key note speeches, and thematic workshop sessions. The scientific program of the event focuses on the disciplinary status of sustainability science and the trans- and interdisciplinarity within sustainability research. In addition to invited talks by renowned scholars, the issues will be jointly developed in workshops that are organized around the HELSUS core themes (Arctic, Consumption and Production, Global South, Urban, and Theories and methodologies). Besides the academic program, the Sustainability Science Days host a participatory event for researchers and stakeholders, which aims to introduce and develop best practices on how to partner effectively the latest academic knowledge with innovations for concrete solutions to sustainability challenges.

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

Past HELSUS Brown Bag Lunches:

Spring 2019

Janu­ary 18 2019: The ef­fect of urban plan­ning on cit­ies’ breath­ab­il­ity – urban cli­mate per­spect­ive, presenter Leena Järvi

Feb­ru­ary 1 2019: The role of law in ad­apt­ive en­vir­on­mental governance? Presenter Niko Soininen

Feb­ru­ary 15 2019: Au­thor­it­arian En­vir­on­ment­al­ism: Pro­pa­ganda or Real­ity, presenter Viktor Pál

March 1st 2019: En­vir­on­mental and Sustainability Education in Finnish schools: current situ­ation and some fu­ture pro­spects, presenter Sirpa Tani

March 15 2019: Urban ag­ri­cul­ture boom in Cuba: To­wards food sov­er­eignty, presenter Reyn­aldo Jiménez Guethón

March 29 2019: The myth of privat­ising nature, presenter Frank­lin Obeng-Odoom

April 12 2019: Sustainability and chal­lenges of in­tergen­er­a­tional eth­ics, presenter Simo Kyllönen

April 26 2019: Re-think­ing sustainable de­vel­op­ment as a global concept, presenter Charles Gore

May 17 2019: Re­flec­tions on in­di­geneity, re­si­li­ence and con­tem­por­ary co­lo­ni­al­ism, presenter Heidi Sinev­aara-Niskanen

May 24 2019: Norm­at­ive Mo­tiv­a­tion and Sustainable Be­ha­vior AND C. Tyler Des­Roches: No One Can Pre­serve Natural Cap­ital, presenter Taylor Davis

Autumn 2018

September 2 2018: Hanna Tuomisto: Sustainable food systems – the potential of future food production technologies

October 5 2018: Michiru Nagatsu, Ellen Eftestol-Wilhelmsson, Eva Heiskanen: Nudging individuals and companies into sustainable behaviour

October 19 2018: Tuuli Hirvilammi: Needs-based conceptualization of sustainable well-being

October 26 2018: Tahnee Prior: Women of the Arctic: Learning how to bridge policy, research, and lived experience

November 30 2018: Paul Wagner: Comparing Climate Change Policy Networks: A cross-national study of domestic climate politics

December 14 2018: Laura Verbrugge: Facts, beliefs and definitions: About representations of invasive alien species in science and policy

Spring 2018
March 16 2018: About Arc­tic Dreams and Real­it­ies, presenter Reetta Toivanen
April 20 2018: The New Dynamics of De­for­est­a­tion in Brazil, presenter Markus Kröger
May 25 2018: Co­oper­at­ives and Sus­tain­ab­il­ity - A Legal Per­spect­ive, presenter Ville Pönkä