Teachers' Climate Change Forum

University of Helsinki Science Education (a part of LUMA Centre Finland) and Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR) are organizing international Teachers' Climate Change Forum 2024 (TCCF) continuous professional development program for teachers in all levels of education.
International Teachers’ Climate Change Forum

TCCF deals with climate science, climate education and the connection between these two domains. The forum has been organized since 2017. In 2019, it was arranged in the Hyytiälä Forest Station, and in the years 2020-2022 online.

Teachers’ Climate Change Forum is held on 2.-3. September 2024 as a hybrid event.

Morning sessions are on site in Hyytiälä Forest Station, where there is hands on work with teachers. and can be attended remotely. Afternoon sessions are hybrid, so everyone can attend also online. There is a possibility to create hubs outside Finland where local teachers can attend the forum together, meet each other and discuss on afternoon workshop topics. You can also choose to attend only the virtual event in the mornings.

Before the conference, we recommend that you orientate to the topic with our online materials (linked below).

2023 Program

This is the program from the 2023 event to provide insights about the Forum. 2024 program will be updated closer to the event.

Monday October 2nd

8.45-9.15: Opening words

Professor Maija Aksela, University of Helsinki

9.15-10.00 Keynote: Lessons learned from project CCC-CATAPULT: European young people’s climate attitudes and ideas for effective climate change education

Dr. Essi Aarnio-Linnanvuori, University of Tampere

10.00-10.30 Group discussion on site and remotely

Professor Maija Aksela, University of Helsinki

10.30-10.40: Presentation of  CLIMAte change teachers’ acaDEMY

Dr. Nikos Kalivitis, CLIMADEMY project manager

10.40-10.45:Carbon tree and how it can be used in education.

Project coordinator Reetta Matilainen University of Helsinki.

10.45-11.00 Summary

Professor Maija Aksela, University of Helsinki

*End of online session*

12.00-13.30 Parallel workshops in Hyytiälä:

Workshop 1: Pinja Tolvanen: Teaching methods in sustainability and climate education 

Workshop 2: Emmi Vuorio: Systems thinking tools for climate change education

Workshop 3: Workshop by Finnish CLIMADEMY high school teachers:

  • Kirsi Haapamäki & Aki Saariaho: Building Concrete Utopias in High Schools
  • Merja Kuisma: Climate Warriors
  • Aulikki Laine: Outdoor learning

14.00-15.30  SMEAR II – research station visit.

Senior University Lecturer Taina Ruuskanen and University Researcher Juho Aalto, University of Helsinki

15.30-16.55 three parallel workshops in Hyytiälä

Workshop 4: Essi Aarnio-Linnanvuori: Towards worldview considerate climate change education

Workshop 5: Workshop by German CLIMADEMY teachers

Workshop 6: Anette Mansikka-aho: Getting familiar with the environmental emotions

16.55-17.00 Summary

Senior University Lecturer Taina Ruuskanen, University of Helsinki

Tuesday October 3rd

9-9.45 Keynote lecture 2: Arctic climate change and young people: reality, perceptions and an escape game"

University Researchers Maija Heikkilä and Kaarina Weckström, University of Helsinki

9.45-10.15 Group discussion on site and remotely

Senior University Lecturer Taina Ruuskanen, University of Helsinki

10.15-11.00 Keynote lecture 3: How to build environmental hope in the midst of the crisis? Supporting young people's environmental emotions 

Doctoral researcher CCC-CATAPULT, Anette Mansikka-aho, University of Tampere, member of the board of Tunne ry

12-12.30: Keynote lecture 4: Build a global earth observatory

Academian, Leader of Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research Markku Kulmala, University of Helsinki

12.30-12.45: Group discussion on site and remotely

Professor Maija Aksela, University of Helsinki

12.45-13.30 Concluding remarks and TCCF2024

Professor Maija Aksela and Senior University Lecturer Taina Ruuskanen, University of Helsinki

It is also possible to participate in the keynote lectures online, at all times UTC+3

Climate.now -MOOC

Before the Teachers' Climate Change -Forum we recommend you to orientate towards climate change education with Climate.now -MOOC. It is a course on the basics of climate system, its change and effects of the change, how to mitigate and adapt to changing climate. In addition to providing the basic knowledge, another equally important goal is to reinforce the student’s understanding of climate change as a deep human and societal challenge and to give everyone the means to participate in resolving it.

Steering group