Northern Dimension Future Forum
December 1, 2021


Adapting to COVID-19: Social innovations & policy measures


Join the Northern Dimension Future Forum 2021 and hear experts, decision-makers and stakeholders discuss the sustainability of the COVID-19 pandemic-induced social innovations and policy measures in the fields of transport and logistics, health and social wellbeing, and culture. 


Register for the event by filling in the information in the registration form below.

Please note: Registration for the online event continues until November 30. 
Registration for the on-site event at Aalto University has closed on November 22.


Registration

The ND Future Forum will take place at Aalto University, Finland, and online on Wednesday, December 1 at 13:00-17:00 (Helsinki time, CET+1).

In the Forum, we shall hear international expert presentations and a panel that present and discuss COVID-19 pandemic-induced social innovations in the fields of transport and logistics, health and social wellbeing and cultural industries. Many of the innovations have environmental implications, as well.

The forum is a follow-up to the previous forum in 2020, as there will be a need to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic also in the future. In the Forum, we shall discuss what kind of bottom-up innovations have been developed, how viable they are, and how they have been met on the policy level.

The annual ND Future Forum enables open discussion and dissemination of the research-based solutions for future challenges with the ND area decision-makers.

The Future Forum gathers experts, decision-makers and stakeholders to exchange information on topics of relevance for the thematic Northern Dimension partnerships.

The ND Future Forum is organized by the Northern Dimension Institute.

Programme


SESSION 1


All times Helsinki time, CET+1


13:00 Welcoming words

Greetings from the EU, Russian Federation, Norway and Iceland.

13:40 Opening

Prof. Riitta Kosonen, Director
Northern Dimension Institute, Aalto University, Finland

Decarbonization of Transport & the Northern Dimension Ambitions towards Net-Zero.
Dmitry Vasilenko, Vice-Rector for International Relations
St. Petersburg State University of Economics UNECON, Russia

Why is the COVID-19 impact important for the Arctic?
Marina Kalinina, Vice-president for interregional cooperation
Northern Arctic Federal University NArFU, Arkhangelsk, Russia

14:00 Introductions by the Northern Dimension Partnerships

The flexible new normal.
Sanna Kulmala, Programme Director, Development programme for work and well-being at work (WORK2030), Finnish Institute of Occupational Health

COVID-19: Transforming the crisis to sustainable resilience.
Inese Vaivare, Director of Latvian Platform for Development Cooperation

Digital, green and on the move.
Hermanni Backer Johnsen, Seconded Expert, Finland
Northern Dimension Partnership on Transport and Logistics (NDPTL)

14:30 Keynotes

Culture creates stability and supports sustainability.
Antti Huntus, Special Advisor, Arts Promotion Center Finland

Telemedicine as a healthcare solution for remote areas.
Dr Yury Sumarokov, Head of the Department of International Cooperation, Northern State Medical University NSMU, Arkhangelsk, Russia

15:15 Break (15 min)

SESSION 2
Case Finland: From bottom-up solutions to policy measures?


15:30 Live Panel Discussion

Adaptation of the culture and event industry.
Kati Kuusisto
, Director, the Finnish Event Industry Association

New requirements for urban planning, transport and housing.
Juha Kostiainen
, Executive Vice President, Urban Development, YIT Corporation

Digitalisation of healthcare and e-services from a citizen's perspective.
Maiju Kyytsönen, Researcher, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Experiences from digital healthcare solutions.
Ossi Laukkanen
, Business Unit Director, Digital Health Services, Mehiläinen Group

Student life & studying practices during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
Milja Leinonen, Chair of the Board, Aalto University Student Union

The challenges in allocating support for businesses during the coronavirus crisis.
Otto Toivanen
, Professor, Dept. of Economics, Aalto University School of Business

16:55 Conclusion
Mr Jari Vilén, Ambassador for Barents and Northern Dimension, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (5 min)

17:00 Networking with sparkling wine at Dipoli

18:00 The event ends

The Future Forum 2021 is moderated by Mirja Kivimäki.

Speakers


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Sanna Kulmala is working in the Occupational Health Institution of Finland where she's leading the governmental development program for work and wellbeing called WORK2030.

She has strong experience in the workplace and work development, and is constantly seeking ways to improve productivity and wellbeing simultaneously with her team.

Antti Huntus works as a special advisor in the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.

Huntus was one of the experts that the Committee for the Future (Finnish Parliament) invited to evaluate the consequences of the covid-pandemic in the fields of art and culture. Huntus is a member of the intangible cultural heritage advisory group and the workgroup of cultural tourism in Finland. He is also a consultant of sustainable development for the Finnish local heritage federation.

Yury Sumarokov is the Head of the department of International cooperation at Northern State Medical University (Arkhangelsk, Russia). 

In 1999-2001 he was a Chief Physician of Regional Psychiatry Hospital #1. During 2001-2003, he organized the Medical Information and Analytics Center in Arkhangelsk, and was involved as an expert in the EU TACIS project. Since 2003 Sumarokov has worked at the NSMU. His major research interest focuses on the problem of suicides among the indigenous and non-indigenous populations of Russian North. 


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Hermanni Backer Johnsen is currently serving as a Seconded Expert at the NDPTL Secretariat.

Backer Johnsen has previously worked as a Senior Specialist in transport, energy, and environment issues at Wega, as a PhD researcher at the University of Helsinki, and as a Professional Secretary of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM). During 2004-2012 he worked with projects at the HELCOM Secretariat, including leading Plan Bothnia, a maritime spatial planning pilot, as well as other initiatives on developing ecosystem assessments, science-based policy measures and cross-sectoral maritime spatial planning in the Baltic Sea region. He has a PhD in Environmental Sciences and a LL.M in Public International Law, both from the University of Helsinki.

Inese Vaivare

Director of the Latvian National Platform for Development Cooperation LAPAS

Inese Vaivare is the Director of the Latvian National Platform for Development Cooperation LAPAS for 9 years and has worked for government institutions for 12 years. She is also elected member in the Council of Memorandum between NGOs and the Cabinet of Ministers and Council member of the global network Forus. Inese also works as a lecturer at Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences and the Academy of Culture. Her specific interests are good governance, civic participation, foreign aid and resilience.


Panellists

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Kati Kuusisto
Director, the Finnish Event Industry Association

Juha Kostiainen
Executive Vice President, Urban Development, YIT Corporation

Milja Leinonen
Chair of the Board, Aalto University Student Union

Otto Toivanen
Professor, Dept. of Economics, Aalto University School of Business


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Maiju Kyytsönen
Researcher, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare

Ossi Laukkanen
 Business Unit Director, Digital Health Services, Mehiläinen Group


Venue & Online Event


The venue of the ND Future Forum 2021 is Dipoli, the main building of Aalto University in Espoo, Finland.

The Future Forum will also be streamed live online – link provided before the event.


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The Lumituuli auditorium in Dipoli has seats for 250 people.

Explore Dipoli and its event and conference facilities through a 360° tour >

Visiting address:

Otakaari 24
02150 Espoo, Finland

COVID-19 Guidelines


Traveling to Finland for the ND Future Forum? Check the latest news and restrictions. 


Information on travel and the coronavirus pandemic by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Information on the effects of COVID-19 on activities at Aalto University.

 

FINENTRY service provides information about travelling to Finland.

Traveling from EU and Schengen countries to Finland is permitted. As for several other countries, travel restrictions are still in place.

Partners


The ND Future Forum is organized by the Northern Dimension Institute in collaboration with the Northern Dimension Partners and Partnerships.


NORTHERN DIMENSION INSTITUTE 

Lead Coordinator:
Aalto University/CEMAT 

Co-coordinators:
Northern (Arctic) Federal University (NArFU, Russia)
St Petersburg State University of Economics (UNECON, Russia)


The organization of the ND Future Forums is supported by the European Commission/DG NEAR and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.