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.


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Department of Economics and Management 
Ruralia Institute, Mikkeli 
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) 
Future Sustainable Food Systems



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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, Ph.D. candidate, Cellular agriculture enthusiast.
Ruralia Institute 
Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science (HELSUS) 

Niko is a Ph.D. student at the University of Helsinki in the doctoral program of Political, Societal, and Regional Change. Niko's research is focusing on consumers’ and farmers’ perceptions of cellular agriculture.

Niko is also a design professional with a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree specialized in Creative Sustainability and a board member of Ornamo Art and Design Finland.





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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.



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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.  


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Laia Dalmau holds a master's degree in Environmental Agrobiology from the University of Barcelona. She joined the Future Sustainable Food Systems -Research Group as a grant-funded researcher in March 2021. Her research focuses on the environmental impacts of agricultural systems that combine agroecological farming practices,  biogas production, and cellular agriculture.

Vinod is a grant-funded researcher in the Future Sustainable Food Systems research group. His research focus is on estimating the environmental impacts of cultured meat by using consequential life cycle assessment. He has a doctoral degree in chemical engineering jointly from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and Monash University, Australia. His research involved the development of a dynamic methodology for examining the long-term consequences of resource depletion. He has spent one year as a post-doctoral researcher at the Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands.

Hello everyone, I’m Elisa Quaranta, I’m 27 yo and I’m from a small town on the coastline at the south of Rome.

I had my bachelor degree as Dietitian but during my studies I discovered to be more interested in the technological and environmental aspects of the food chain and much more passionated about plants and ecosystems. That’s the reason why I moved my studies and I had my Master degree in Food Science and Technologies (an inter university master within Università degli Studi della Tuscia and University of Rome “La Sapienza”).

My master's internship was at the University of Gent (Belgium), at the Department of Food technology, Safety and Health.

The aim of my thesis was to assess the Italian agriculture environmental sustainability level through the application of the Eco- efficiency indicator and it has been developed in collaboration with the Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA). 

Now, I started this summer internship at UH, in this amazing research group, with the aim to enhance my knowledge about the multidisciplinary of the environmental sustainability of food system and to learn new techniques (such as LCA, Agroecological symbiosis and cellular agriculture) to face future agricultural challenges.

We still have one chance to create a better future and a better world for the following human beings but we have to catch it now!


Venla holds a master’s degree in in Environmental Economics from the University of Helsinki. She joined the group to work in a project which investigates possible changes in land use, energy and raw material needs through different scenarios in which plant-based products and products from cellular agriculture replace products from livestock. She is applying to doctoral programme in Sustainable Use of Renewable Natural Resources and wishes to research economic and social aspects of prospective food production technologies, dietary change and the potential environmental impacts related to them.  

Previously she has worked on a pilot project which studied the suitability of gypsum amendment as a new means of agricultural water protection. Venla also has a bachelor's degree in Food Economics, and therefore some understanding of the whole food chain.