Monday 8.11.2021 

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

Registration and coffee 

Session 1: Crossing boundaries to reach solutions 

Prof. Ilona Otto, Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz, Austria: Systems thinking and cascading climate risks 


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 (FoodStep)  

Secretary General Liisa Rohweder, WWF-Finland: NGOs acting to improve human health and health of the planet 


Get-together/City Reception 

Tuesday 9.11.2021   

Session 2: How  the environment affects health 

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


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


Break (coffee and refreshments) 

Session 3: Climate change and human health   

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


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

Project manager Anna Huttunen, City of Lahti: CitiCAP application (Personal carbon trade)  


Lunch break  

Session 4: Healthy and sustainable urban areas for humans 

Chaired by Prof. Ian MacGregor-Fors, University of Helsinki

Prof. Dagmar Haase, Humboldt University (online): 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, LUKE: Urban greening interventions and land use as tools to enhance immune modulation of urban dwellers 

Program Director Saara Vauramo, City of Lahti: Lahti Green City 2021


Revealing LahtiPlan 2022-2023  - Master Plan for the City

16:00 – 16:30 Break (coffee and refreshments) 

Public Panel event (in Finnish): 16:30 – 18:30   

Ympäristö ja terveys 

Wednesday 9.11.2021   

Session 5:  Lessons learned from Covid19 pandemic   

Prof. 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


Break (coffee and refreshments) 

Session 6: Clean waters and human health 

Chaired by Prof. 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    

Prof. Alf Norkko, University of Helsinki: 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): ATeNAS Project, To Ally Technology, Nature and Society for Integrated urban water management   


Lunch break 

Session 7: Sustainable and healthy food systems 

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

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


Associate Professor of Molecular Nutrition, PI of Leg4Life consortium Anne-Maria Pajari, Department of Food and Nutrition, University of Helsinki: Leg4Life project

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 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

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.