Invitation to the seminar on sustainability and unveiling of the portrait of Professor Jari Niemelä on 5 November 2022

Welcome to the sustainability seminar and portrait unveiling to be held in honour of Professor Jari Niemelä's life's work on 5 November 2022 at 12.15 p.m.

The event will be held in the main building of the University of Helsinki, Aleksanterinkatu 5. The accessible entrance to the main building is from the Yliopistonkatu courtyard.  

At the sustainability seminar, Professor Jari Niemelä's life's work will be highlighted by President Tarja Halonen, Secretary General of the Finnish Commission on Sustainable Development Eeva Furman, University Lecturer Johan Kotze and Vice President Tom Böhling. 

In connection with the event, there will be a unveiling of Jari Niemelä's portrait. The portrait was painted by artist Markku Järvelin.  

Please register for the event no later than 26.10.2022.

Jari Niemelä, Professor of Urban Ecology, served as Rector of the University of Helsinki in 2018–2022 and retired in late spring. He died of a long-term illness at the age of 64 on 5 July 2022.   

The memory of Jari Niemelä can be honoured by contributing to the University of Helsinki's Sustainability Fund. A memorial donation to the Sustainability Fund can be made online or by bank transfer to the funds of the University of Helsinki Nordea: IBAN = FI15 1660 3001 0767 70, BIC = NDEAFIHH. The message is the Sustainability Fund, in memory of Jari Niemelä, the donor's name and contact information.

Contact information

Maija Roitto

Executive Assistant

tel. 02941 22210