Hanna Tuomisto is an associate professor in sustainable food systems at the University of Helsinki and the leader of the Future Sustainable Food Systems -research group. Her research interests are focused on estimating the potential of novel food production technologies and dietary change to improve the sustainability of food systems. She has a strong experience in the development and use of environmental sustainability assessment methods, such as life cycle assessment and carbon footprinting. Tuomisto has been involved in researching the environmental impacts of cell-culturing based technologies for food production (e.g. cultured meat) already since 2008. Currently, Tuomisto is involved in various projects related to environmental impacts, consumer acceptance and societal impacts of novel cell-cultured foods, plant-based proteins and dietary change, but also in projects that focus on improving the sustainability of agriculture and livestock production.
Tuomisto holds an MSc degree in Agroecology from the University of Helsinki and a doctoral degree from the University of Oxford. In her doctoral degree, she compared environmental impacts of organic, conventional and integrated farming systems. After finishing her doctoral degree, she worked four years as a postdoctoral researcher at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) where she was involved in projects that developed carbon footprint and environmental footprint methods for agriculture and food sector. In 2016-2017, Tuomisto worked as postdoctoral researcher at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where her work focused on the links between environmental change, nutrition and health.
Jana is originally from Germany. She has a background in International Business acquired during her Bachelors at Maastricht University. She lived in Toulouse for six month during her semester abroad. After obtaining her degree, she collected some working experience during an Internship in Beijing and Berlin for a social Organization called GIZ. After that she worked for an NGO in Peru, learned the language and taught primary school children English. Since sustainability and social related topics are her passion, she finished her Master’s Degree in Sustainability Science and Politics at Maastricht University. Her thesis topic was a foresight analysis about cultured meat from the social science perspective. During the process of writing her thesis, she knew she wanted to do this in her near future as well and thus decided to do a PhD at the University of Helsinki looking at cultured meat in post animal bio-economy.
M.A Grant Researcher, PhD candidate, Cellular agriculture enthusiast
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS)
Niko is a PhD student at University of Helsinki in the doctoral program of Political, Societal and Regional Change. Niko's research is focusing on consumers’ and farmers’ perceptions on cellular agriculture in the future food systems.
Niko is also design professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree focused in Creative Sustainability from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and a board member of Ornamo Art and Design Finland.
Natasha Järviö is an industrial ecologist who studied at the university of Leiden and technical university of Delft. Industrial ecology is an interdisciplinary programme that focuses on closing the loops within technical sphere in the same way that they are closed in nature. It does so through taking the environment, economy, and people intoaccount. She has done courses on renewable energy, material flow analysis, agent based modelling and life cycle assessment. Her thesis she wrote about mangrove deforestation due to shrimp farming in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. She designed a method on how to include GHG emissions from land use and land-use change of mangrove forests within LCA studies and applied it to the case study of shrimp farmingin the Mekong delta. Currently she is applying for the doctoral programme in sustainable use of natural resources and is conducting research within the working group of “cultured meat in the post-animal bioeconomy”. She is currently performing aLCA on microbial protein production. She has an interest in food, land use and its related GHG emissions, LCA and the possibility to use GIS in the analysis. She has basic programming skills (Python, R) thatshe wishes to improve during her PhD.
PhD ja Docent. My expertise is in environmental ecology and I am working in KILPA2020 –project, which aims to produce comparative information of environmental effects of Finnish livestock production in relation to selected EU countries
An American transplant from a llama farm in Western Wisconsin, Rachel is a PhD student in Interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences and excited to be a part of the Future Sustainable Food Systems research group at the University of Helsinki. She completed her MSc in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia in Public Health and Urban Nutrition research group. Mazac's MSc thesis work involved developing a systems thinking framework for integrating sustainability considerations in national dietary guidelines. During her MSc, she also worked with collaborators on the Think&EatGreen@School project and with the New Westminster School District on a "nationally significant" universal school lunch program for Canada. Before her MSc, Mazac graduated from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota with a BA degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies and worked for and urban agriculture and youth empowerment nonprofit, Spark-Y: Youth Action Labs.
Yumi Kobayashi is a postdoctoral researcher in the Future Sustainable Food Systems research group. Her research focus is life cycle assessment of vertical farming. She completed her doctoral degree in environmental engineering at University of New South Wales, Sydney. The focus of her study was to integrate life cycle assessment and quantitative risk assessment to overcome shortcomings of these commonly used environmental assessment approaches. Her previous postdoctoral researches were mainly to evaluate environmental performance of water and wastewater sector.
Venla is recently graduated MSc in Agroecology from the University of Helsinki. She became familiar with life cycle assessment during her master's thesis on carbon footprints of recycled fertilizers, after which she started to work as grant funded researcher in the Future Sustainable Food Systems team. Her research is focused on carbon footprints of agricultural production and developing the LCA method concerning agricultural multi-product systems.