Recent outreach
Recent outreach

Bold Makers: Seminar on the Ecological Damage Caused by Mining 12. October 2018.

The impacts of mining on freshwater ecosystems and on local communities has been the starting point for Arja Renell’s artistic practice. A seminar, organised by Renell and Curator Taru Elfving on Friday, 12 October, from 9am to 3:30pm and open to all, will bring together policy makers and civil society actors, as well as top researchers in environmental sciences. Please note that the language of the event will be Finnish. The seminar will be organised under the title ‘Bold Makers’. Foundation’s Bold Makers events offer grantees an opportunity to arrange events open to the public at the newly refurbished Lauttasaari Manor and to bring art and research to wider audiences. Atte Korhola and Jan Weckström from ECRU give talks in the seminar.

The event is an integral part of Finland’s Arctic Council chairmanship program, highlighting 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.

Professor Atte Korhola is one of the panelists in the closing panel of the UArctic Congress on 7 September 2018 at the University of Helsinki’s Great Hall (visiting address: Aleksanterinkatu 5). Maija Heikkilä was a keynote speaker and a team mentor in the Arctic Expedition student competition. Atte Korhola and Maija Heikkilä participated in Sustainability Visions Lab project. The final outcomes from Arctic Expedition and Sustainability Visions Lab were presented at the UArctic Congress Grande Finale on 7. September.Also, see the particularly topical research issues regarding how changes in the Arctic environment relate to climate change.

The Hope for Globe events explore climate and sustainability from different angles, offer insights into the newest research and innovations,and give tools for more sustainable choices. See videos for recorded talks below:

Therapy night for Environmental Anxiety hosted by Mikko Pelttari: Maija Heikkilä with Timo Vesala, Tero Toivanen and Essi Aarnio-Linnanvuori

A battle for resources: Jan Weckström on environmental impacts of Talvivaara mine

Fresh from Campus: Marttiina Rantala on Arctic lakes as climate change canaries


  • ARCTIC T-Lab. The T-Lab is a part of the KOKIJA project where new ways to communicate research results are experimented.

T-lab brings together Arctic experts from different fields of the society to work together in order to find solutions to Arctic challenges, such as maximizing environmental and social responsibility and resilience in the rapidly changing Arctic. The results of the lab will be presented at the UArctic Conference Grande Finale Friday 7th September 2018 at 9-15. The project is funded by Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation and coordinated by Kaisa Korhonen-Kurki.

  • ECRU collaborating with the University of Tampere on an science-art project "Textile Stories about Climate Change"

How to mediate facts, risks, and uncertainties? Is there a way to put recent research findings into action in schools? Is it possible to reach new dialogues when scientific knowledge of climate change is explored through making crafts? The works displayed (28.4.-17.5.2017 in Tampere, 29.5.−4.6.2017 in Helsinki, permanent online exhibition) are results of multidisciplinary cooperation between the craft education at the University of Tampere, and palaeoclimatological research of the Environmental Change Research Unit (ECRU) at the University of Helsinki. Online exhibition