Dr. Kristine Belesova is an environmental epidemiologist with expertise in climate change and planetary health. Her research interests concern the impacts of global environmental changes on child health and nutrition, monitoring of systems sustaining planetary health, development, and evaluation of transformative solutions for health and sustainability. Kristine currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Centre on Climate Change and Planetary Health and Assistant Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).

I am a Lecturer in Geospatial Health at the School of Public Health at Imperial College London.

My research focuses on two themes: 1) geographical variations in population health, with particular focus on urban systems; and 2) environmental and health inequalities.

The priority of both research themes is to address the future challenges of environmental change and how adaptation and mitigation strategies can help to create fair and healthy places.

Both themes are supported by the development of advanced geospatial methods to harvest and improve emerging information sources and explore spatial patterns of disease.

Dr. Tari Haahtela is professor emeritus of clinical allergology at the University of Helsinki. He is the former Head of Skin and Allergy Hospital, Helsinki University Hospital. He has chaired the Finnish Asthma Programme in 1994-2004 and the Allergy Programme in 2008-2018. His group has studied the environmental and lifestyle determinants of allergy and asthma In the Finnish and Russian Karelia. The results led to the biodiversity hypothesis of allergy and health in general.

Dr Halonen is currently a research programme director at Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL), coordinating the programme Safe and health-promoting environment as well as work on climate change and health and wellbeing. She has earlier work experience as a researcher/environmental and occupational epidemiologist from Harvard School of Public Health (on the effects of outdoor temperature on health), Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (on various topics, incl. home neighbourhood characteristics and health), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (on health effects of traffic-related air pollution and noise) and Stockholm University’s Stress Research Institute (on work stress as well as home and workplace neighbourhoods and health).

Minna Kaljonen is a research professor at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). 
Her research focuses on environmental governance and sustainability transitions. She is currently leading a transdisciplinary research project (www.justfood.fi) on just food system transition. She is devoted to developing experimental and action research methods in finding just solutions to sustainability problems.

Seppo Koskinen is a research professor at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, directing the Research Programme Challenges and solutions to population health and welfare. He is the principal investigator of several large research projects on public health, functioning, and well-being of the population and its subgroups.

Jaana Laisi is a general practitioner, MD, and environmental and sustainability scientist. She leads the HUMUS - Healthcare for a Sustainable future project at the Ecosystems and Environment research program at the University of Helsinki.


Ian was recently appointed Professor of Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystems at the University of Helsinki. His research mainly focuses on untangling the response of wildlife communities to anthropogenic ecological disturbances with an important focus on birds. Most recently, he started to develop bio-physical information on the city-wide scale, which together with a team of colleagues, is seeking to transform into systemic urban management and planning tools with a strong social component.

I work as an expert in sustainable food systems and sustainable land use in the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. I am responsible for the implementation of the Climate Food Program.

Ilona M. Otto holds the Professorship in Societal Impacts of Climate Change at the Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change, University of Graz. She leads a research group focusing on Social Complexity and System Transformation. The group’s ambition is to use complex scientific theory and novel research methods to analyze social dynamic processes and interventions that are likely to spark rapid social changes necessary to radically transform the interactions of human societies with nature and ecosystem services in the next 30 years.

I am currently a professor of public health at the University of Helsinki and a part-time research professor at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.
During my career, I have worked in several fields of public health research. My current focus is on environmental health, especially microbes in the farms and in moisture-damaged homes, and their effects on respiratory health. I am running a project on climate change, indoor air, health, and cost-effective ways to improve the indoor environment.

Sirpa Pietikäinen is a Finnish member of the European People's Party (EPP) in the European Parliament since 2008. She is a former Finnish Minister of Environment (1991-1995). Her career at the Finnish parliament is extensive, ranging from the year 1983 to 2003. At the European Parliament, Ms. Pietikäinen is a member of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee and the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee as well as a substitute member of the Environment, Public Health, and Food Safety Committee. A graduate from the Helsinki School of Economics, Ms. Pietikäinen holds MSc in Business and teaches university courses on negotiations theory and practices. She is active in several organizations, her positions of trust including Chairmanship of Mieli, Mental Health of Finland.

I am a pulmonologist at the HUS hospital in Porvoo. I work with all kinds of lung patients, including asthma, allergy, and lung cancer as well as Covid-19 patients. During the first wave of the pandemic, I worked in the pulmonary ward in Meilahti, where many of the first Covid-19 patients were treated.

My doctoral dissertation was related to smoking, and my later research has focused on asthma, allergies, and recovery from Covid-19, among others topics.

Climate change and biodiversity play a central role in our health, including lung health,

Liisa Rohweder has over 30 years of experience in advancing sustainable development. She is an economist with a Ph.D. in sustainable development. Rohweder acts as a social influencer and speaker in Finland and internationally.

I am an adjunct professor of environmental ecology from southeastern Finland. My field of work varies from biodiversity to pollen, allergies, and human health, but plants and butterflies are of personal interest to me!

I am a professor in urban ecosystem studies. My main research focuses on the various ecosystems services that urban greenspaces provide, such as pollution removal, stormwater retention, biodiversity, and climate change mitigation.

I am an assistant professor of emerging infectious diseases at the Helsinki One Health network. I study zoonotic diseases and the reasons for new infectious diseases' emergence.

Bodo Steiner is Professor of Food Economics & Business Management, Head of the research group Management & Organizations For Sustainable Food Systems, and Deputy Director at the Department of Economics and Management, University of Helsinki. He is affiliated with the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS), the Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies (URBARIA), the Helsinki Inequality Initiative (INEQ), the InterTran Research Group for Sustainable Law and Business at the University of Helsinki (INTERTRAN), the Sustainable Change Research Network (SUCH) the Finnish Organic Research Institute and the Task Force of the Finnish National Food Research Strategy. He serves as an advisory board member for the Institute for the Economy for the Common Good, and as a member of the Environmental Footprint Technical Advisory Board of the European Commission.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Reading and has previously held faculty and visiting appointments at the University of California Berkeley, University of Alberta, University College Cork, University of Southern Denmark, University of Kiel, and Beijing Normal University.

His recent research and teaching interests focus on mixed methods to address organizational sustainability, in particular social capital, social sustainability in food systems and value chains, and circular economy strategies. His work has been published by MIT Press, The Economist, and journals including Ecological Economics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Regional Studies, European Journal of Political Economy, Food Policy, Economic Record, European Journal of Marketing, and the Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics.

Markus Terho is a corporate responsibility veteran, with over two decades in the industry. He has held several notable positions, among them, he has served as the global sustainability chief at Nokia. In his current role, at the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra, he leads the Sustainable Everyday Life program, which promotes the change towards a more sustainable life in two ways: by inspiring individuals to make sustainable choices in their everyday life and by helping companies develop competitive sustainable products and services.

Liisa Tyrväinen works as a Research Professor at the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) and has long experience in interdisciplinary research work regarding amenity benefits of forests and other types of natural areas. Her work has a strong focus on outdoor recreation, nature-based tourism as well as measuring the health and social benefits of forests and other natural areas. She has studied the health and well-being benefits of forests for over 15 years in several national and international collaboration projects. She has published around 100 peer-reviewed publications, in all over 260 scientific publications (Google Scholar h-index: 40 (i10-index 83) and nr of citations is 10350. Her research team currently investigates, for example, the potentials of virtual nature environments in promoting health and well-being for different users, how management affects the restorative qualities of forests. Tyrväinen is a member of editorial boards of Urban Forestry and Urban Greening and International Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism journals and acts as a Deputy Chair of IUFRO, Division 6. Social aspects of Forests and Forestry. She is also a member of the board of directors at Metsähallitus leading management and utilization of state-owned lands in Finland as well as WWF Finland's board of governors.

Saara Vauramo is the Programme Director at the Lahti - European Green Capital 2021 and holds a Ph.D. in environmental sciences. Vauramo has dedicated her career to sustainable urban development utilizing research, the latest digital technologies, strategic thinking, and transdisciplinary cooperation between business, political decision-makers, and citizens.

Kati Vierikko is a docent in urban ecology and works as a senior researcher at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE). She is an experienced biologist and environmental scientist studying social-ecological-technological urban systems (SETS). Her research has focused on ecosystem services, nature-based solutions, and biocultural diversity of urban green infrastructure.

Mat is an environmental psychologist interested in how built and natural environments affect people's mental health and well-being.