Monday 8.11.2021 

(Possible pre-tours /pre-sessions/pre-meetings) 

Registration, poster presentations, and coffee 

Opening the Congress


Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Krista Mikkonen: Opening words
Rector of the University of Helsinki, Jari NiemeläOpening words

Session 1: Crossing boundaries to reach solutions 

Chaired by Professor Tari Haahtela, Hospital District of Helsinki

Prof. Ilona Otto, Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz, Austria: Social tipping dynamics for a rapid decarbonization

Assistant Prof.,Deputy Director Kristine Belesova, Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health and Department of Public Health, Environments and Society, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: How can research contribute to transformational change?  


Prof. Juha Pekkanen, University of Helsinki, Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL): Sustainable and Healthy Buildings in the Changing Climate: Balancing Costs and Benefits 

Research Professor Suvi Virtanen, Finnish institute for health and welfare (THL): How to promote sustainable food systems and healthy and safe eating in young children 

Secretary-General Liisa Rohweder, WWF-Finland: Our life depends on nature


Get-together/City Reception 

Tuesday 9.11.2021   

Session 2: How  the environment affects health 

Chaired by Chief Researcher Jaana Halonen, The Finnish Institute of Health


Prof. Liisa Tyrväinen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (LUKE): The health benefits of nature  

Lecturer Daniela Fecht, Geospatial Health at the UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit, MRC Centre for Environment and Health, Imperial College London: The built environment and child health


Adj. professor Kimmo Saarinen, South Karelia Allergy and Environment Institute: Practical example of joining forces into long-term action: The Finnish allergy & asthma program 

D.Med.Sc. / BSc in Env. Sciences Jaana Laisi, University of Helsinki: Promoting sustainable well-being and health in health care (child health center experiment in Lahti)


Poster session (coffee and refreshments) 

Session 3: Climate change and human health   

Chaired by Eeva Furman, Director of the Finnish Environment Institute


Prof. Markku Kulmala, University of Helsinki: IPCC and health

Member of the European Parliament Sirpa Pietikäinen: What is being done at the EU level to achieve sustainable living


Project Director Markus Terho, Sitra: How to inspire people to live a good, sustainable life? 

Project manager Anna Huttunen, City of Lahti: the personal carbon trade application CitiCAP  


Lunch break  

Session 4: Healthy and sustainable urban areas for humans 

Chaired by Professor Ian MacGregor-Fors, University of Helsinki


Prof. Dagmar Haase, Humboldt University : Global urbanization and its impacts on ecosystems, biodiversity and recent green infrastructure planning efforts in cities  

Prof. Heikki Setälä, University of Helsinki: Air quality, urban green spaces, and health


Research Scientist Aki Sinkkonen, Finnish Natural Resources Institute (LUKE): Urban greening interventions and land use as tools to enhance immune modulation of urban dwellers 

Program Director Saara Vauramo, City of Lahti: Story of Lahti European Green Capital 2021 - from exploitation to love of nature


Poster session (coffee and refreshments) 

Extra Session: LahtiPlan


Professor Tari HaahtelaHospital District of Helsinki: Health and nature

Unveiling the LahtiPlan

Public Panel event (in Finnish): Ympäristö ja terveys 

Wednesday 10.11.2021   

Session 5:  Lessons learned from Covid19 pandemic   

Chaired by Professor Seppo Koskinen, the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare


Associate Professor Tarja Sironen, University of Helsinki: Infectious disease emergence from wildlife - factors enabling pandemics

D.Med.Sc. Jere Reijula, Helsinki University Hospital (HUS): Lessons learned from the COVID19 pandemic - Real-life experience in the clinics


Professor Davey Jones, Bangor University: New methods: Coronavirus in waste water   

Work and Organizational Psychologist, Senior Research Scientist, Project Manager Virpi Ruohomäki, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (TTL): Lessons learned from remote work and well-being during COVID-19 pandemic


Poster session (coffee and refreshments) 

Session 6: Clean waters and human health 

Chaired by Professor David Thomas, University of Helsinki 


Dr Mathew White, the European Centre for Environment and Human Health and chair of oceans, epidemiology and human health, University of Exeter Medical School : Blue spaces, health and well-being   

Prof. Alf Norkko, University of Helsinki : Health and the Baltic Sea


Chief Specialist, Associate Professor Tarja Pitkänen, Water Microbiology Laboratory,The Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), Environmental Health, HOH Helsinki One Health, University of Helsinki: Public beach water surveillance in Finland  

Senior Researcher Kati Vierikko, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE): Managing water in ecologically and socially sustainable ways in cities


Lunch break 

Session 7: Sustainable and healthy food systems 

Chaired by Research Scientist Juha-Matti Katajajuuri, Natural Resources Institute Finland


Prof. Bodo Steiner, University of Helsinki: Innovative food value chains for sustainability  

Ministerial Adviser Hanna Mattila, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry: a  Climate-friendly Food Programme 


Associate Professor of Molecular Nutrition, Anne-Maria Pajari, Department of Food and Nutrition, University of Helsinki

Research professor Minna Kaljonen, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE): Sustainable diets for all: How to tackle inequalities on our way to more sustainable and healthy food systems?


Closing the conference    


In addition to the formal program we would like to offer you some leisure activities and chances to acquaint yourself with Finland and the city of Lahti. These activities are not included in the conference fee. You can sign up for and pay for the side program activities through the conference registration form.

Monday 8.11.2021

8.30 - 11.30 a.m. Salpausselkä Geopark - a Guided walking tour

9.00 - 11.30 a.m. Waste management - an important factor as part of the circular economy

9.00 a.m.- Noon Guided sightseeing tour

Tuesday 9.11.2021

5.00 - 8.00 p.m. Salpausselkä Geopark - a Guided walking tour

7.30 - 9.30 p.m. Dinner at the Sibelius Hall, á 100€ 

Wednesday 10.11.2021

5.00 - 7.30 p.m. a Cosy visit to a Finnish home

Please see the full descriptions and prices in the downloadable pdf below.

The GoGreen Routes project would like to offer you a chance to experience the urban environment surrounding the conference venue, and take you for a guided walking tour. The tours serve a double purpose of science and enjoyment - your experiences on the walk will inform a study conducted by the GoGreen Routes project, and further our understanding of individual connectedness to urban environments.

The tours are organized at break times on all conference days, 8.11-10.11, and are completely free of charge.

Data collection methods may include environmental monitoring technology, surveys and possibly physiological monitoring. Details on methods of data collection will be confirmed closer to the conference dates. 

For more information on the GoGreen Routes project, see the link below.Read moreGoGreen Routes