Sustainability and Academic Research - UTU Researchers Contributing to Sustainability

Time: June 4, the eve of World Environment Day at 13:15–16:30
Place: Calonia 1 & Online


The UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development aims at eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and ensuring sustainable development which takes the environment, people and the economy into account. The values and goals of Agenda 2030 are also recognisable as drivers of academic research. Wellbeing, solidarity and equality, prosperous and stable societies and a healthy environment are common ideals for the sciences and scholarship across disciplines.

On the eve of World Environment Day, researchers representing diverse fields gather together to discuss their academic work in the context of sustainable development and Agenda 2030. Faced with a multitude of challenges ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic and global environmental crisis to a variety of risks pointed out by for example the third citizens’ panel on sustainable development in Finland, the presenters and audience are invited to share their thoughts and insights on sustainability and academic research.

The event is organised by Turku Institute for Advanced Studies (TIAS), Turku Collegium for Science, Medicine and Technology (TCSMT) and the Cultural Memory and Social Change Network. Following the network's socio-cultural thematics, the event will pay special attention to the social and cultural aspects of sustainability.

>> Please register by 2 June. In case the Covid restrictions would allow meeting on campus, there may be a possibility for a restricted number of participants to attend in person. Otherwise the event will be online. Zoom-link will be sent to the registered participants.

For more information, please contact collegium researcher Karoliina Lummaa (


SESSION 1: The Three Pillars of Sustainability

Director of Development Riitta Mustonen

Session 1 The Three Pillars of Sustainability
Chair: Martin Cloonan (Director, TIAS)

Social Sustainability
13:30–13:45 Postdoctoral Researcher Daniel Acquah, TIAS
Pharma Research, Vaccine Nationalism and Sustainability in Times of Pandemic
     13:45–13:50 Respondent: Professor Johanna Niemi, Procedural law

Ecological Sustainability
14:00–14:15 Postdoctoral Researcher Aino Kalske, TCSMT
Embracing Complexity – Lessons from Ecological Species Interactions
     14:15–14:20 Respondent: Collegium Researcher Teija Alenius, TIAS

Economic Sustainability
14:30–14:45 Professor Satu Teerikangas, Turku School of Economics, Management & Organization
Sustainability in Management & Business Studies
     14:45–14:50 Respondent: Postdoctoral Researcher Sini Laari, TIAS

15:00–15:30 Break

SESSION 2: Sustainable Development, Cultural Memory and Social Change

SESSION 2 Sustainable Development, Cultural Memory and Social Change
Chair: Karoliina Lummaa (Collegium Researcher, TIAS)

15:30–15:45 University Lecturer, Adjunct Professor Katriina Siivonen, Futures Studies and Cultural Heritage Studies
Cultural Sustainability - the Fourth Pillar or a Transformative Power

15:45–16:00 Professor Markku Lehtimäki, Comparative Literature
Narrative Understanding of Biodiversity: Problems and Possibilities

16:00–16:30 Discussion