Keynote speakers

Professor Luis M. Bettencourt - Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and a Professor of Ecology and Evolution

Professor Luis M. Bettencourt will be presenting their keynote "Localizing Sustainable Development: How the creative transformation of cities can lead the way" on Tuesday 18th May at 9.00-11.15. See programme for details

Professor Luis M. Bettencourt is currently the Pritzker Director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago and a Professor of Ecology and Evolution and the College. The Institute is dedicated to advancing urban scholarship and science at the intersection of classical urban theory and new data opportunities playing out globally.

In his own group, Prof. Bettencourt conducts interdisciplinary research on complex adaptive systems and leads several research efforts in the areas of the science of cities. These areas deal with the identification of cities’ systemic processes and properties as well as their local histories and contexts in identifying paths for a better quality of life for all, economic growth, and sustainable development. Towards this end, he works with international networks of researchers, local governments and NGOs in developed and developing cities to empirically understand and systematize urban knowledge and to create scientifically based solutions to many urban issues.

Prof. Bettencourt has published over 100 research papers in the urban sciences, epidemiology, computational neuroscience, information theory, theoretical and statistical physics and science of science and technology. His work is well known academically in the area of complex systems, especially of urbanism and innovation. It has been influential in developing new theory and new empirical perspectives on cities and urbanization worldwide and throughout history. His research is extensively covered in the media, including pieces in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Scientific American, Smithsonian, the New Scientist, Wired, Fortune and other leading publications in over a dozen countries.

Nancy Bocken - Professor of Sustainable Business

Professor Nancy Bocken is presenting their keynote "Boosting circular economy – Sustainable business models, innovation and experimentation" on Wednesday 19th May at 9.00-11.15. See programme for details

Nancy Bocken is Professor in Sustainable Business at Maastricht University, Maastricht Sustainability Institute (MSI). She is also visiting professor The International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics (IIIEE) at Lund University, Sweden and Lappeenranta Lahti University of Technology (LUT), and Fellow at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

Prof. Bocken's research revolves around the broad field of Sustainable Business Management and Practice. Within this, she is exploring the areas of sustainable business models, business experiments for sustainability, sustainable innovation, Circular Economy, scaling up sustainable business, and closing the 'idea-action' gap in sustainability, through development, testing and application of novel tools, methods and approaches. Her recently awarded European Research Council (ERC) grant CIRCULAR X, focuses on ‘experimenting with circular service business models’. 

Interwoven with her academic work, Prof. Bocken regularly advises various organisations and sustainability start-up initiatives. She is a co-founder of HOMIE, a company operating at the forefront of the circular economy by proposing, developing and testing new circular business models with consumers by offering pay-per-use home appliances in the Netherlands.

Before going into academia, Prof. Bocken held positions in the logistics, banking and consulting sectors. Originally from the Netherlands, she has also lived and worked in France, the UK, the USA and Sweden. Prof. Bocken holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge.

Professor Marc Wolfram - Director of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development , Professor of Spatial Development and Transformation at Technische Universität Dresden

Professor Marc Wolfram is presenting their keynote "Localizing Sustainable Development: How the creative transformation of cities can lead the way" on Wednesday 19th May at 9.00-11.15. See programme for details

Marc Wolfram is the Director of the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) - a non-university science center conducting fundamental, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, and member of the Leibniz Association. He is also full professor of spatial development and transformation at Technische Universität Dresden (TUD), and the chair of the Dresden Leibniz Graduate School (DLGS).

Prof. Wolfram's own research deals with the dynamics of urban and regional change, and the strategies and approaches for steering such change towards sustainability, focusing on the role of governance, policy, planning and design, and the spatial and physical dimensions involved. He has an interdisciplinary academic background including studies and resident research at the University of Stuttgart, BarcelonaTech, ENTPE (Lyon) and Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris). He also has extensive professional experience as a consultant and senior investigator in Europe, doing collaborative research with stakeholders at all levels. Before joining IOER he worked as an associate professor at Yonsei University and Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul, pioneering research on urban transformative capacity, and advising global city networks and UN bodies.

Prof. Wolfram's research has been published widely in leading journals and books related to urban sustainability. Prof. Wolfram is also co-founder and editor-in-chief of the open access journal Urban Transformations, a board member of the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS), and co-founder of the thematic group on Urban Transitions and Transformations within the Sustainability Transitions Research Network (STRN).

Anne Toppinen, Professor, Director of HELSUS

Minna Halme, Professor, Aalto School of Business

Jari Niemelä, President of University of Helsinki, welcoming words

Ilkka Niemelä, President of Aalto University, welcoming words