Co-designing science-based solutions for safe climate and clean air: #ACCCImpact Week

7-10 December, 2021

The ACCC Impact Week on Co-designing Science-based Solutions for Safe Climate and Clean Air (07-10 December 2021) will offer an arena for dialogue between Earth System scientists and society stakeholders interested in co-creation of science-based solutions for climate change and air quality. The week will consist of a series of panel discussions and working groups.

Venue: Online only.
Registration: Please fill in the e-Form to register. Deadline for registration is 29.Nov!

Web-streaming: You can follow the daily sessions via web-stream here:


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Week Programme

Local time Helsinki time, Finland, Eastern European Time, EET
(Moscow, Russia is 1 hour ahead of Helsinki; Beijing, China is 6 hour ahead of Helsinki)

Tuesday 7. Dec

Time (EET, Helsinki)Topic
12:00Markku Kulmala, Academician, INAR University of Helsinki, FI
12:10Ambrosius, Metropolitan, Orthodox Church of Finland, FI
12:20Mayvor Wärn-Rancken, General Secretary, Finnish Ecumenical Council, FI
12:25Arto Mäenmaa, Executive Director, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation , FI
Sergej Zilitinkevich memorial seminar on Atmosphere & Earth System Sciences

Chair Svyatoslav Tyuryakov, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FI
12:30Sergej Zilitinkewich scientific career, Prof. Alexander Baklanov, World Meteorological Organization
12:45On land based climate solutions, Prof. Jaana Bäck, INAR University of Helsinki, FI
13:00On air quality solutions, Prof. Tuukka Petäjä, INAR University of Helsinki, FI
13:15Atmosphere-soils-surface waters in Moscow environment, Academician Nikolay Kasimov, Moscow State University, RU
13:30Sergey Zilitinkevich’s contribution to the shaping of people’s destinies, TEMPUS/ERASMUS+ projects, Prof. Andrey Belotserkovskiy, University of Tver, RU
13:45Use of Sergej Zilitinkevich’s turbulence theories for improved local-scale weather and climate forecasts Prof. Emeritus Bob Bornstein, San Jose State University, USA
14:00 – 14:30Coffee break
14:30 Big Data in Earth Sciences and Zilitinkevich’s Conception, Chief Scientist , Academician Alexei Gvishiani, Scientific Council, Geophysical Center of Russian Academy of Sciences, RU
14:45Sergei Zilitinkevich: Between Natural Sciences and The Humanities? Prof. Oleg Kharkhordin, European University at St. Petersburg, RU
15:00Scientific cooperation and global political constrains, Prof. Markku Kivinen, University of Helsinki, FI
15:15 – 16:001st International Sergej Zilitinkevich’s Award ceremony, chair Docent Hanna Lappalainen, Seceretary of Award Committee, INAR, University of Helsinki, FI
Jussi Kaurola, Director General, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Ari Laaksonen, Scientific Director, Finnish Meteorological Institute
Markku Kulmala, Academician, INAR, University of Helsinki
Valery Bondur, Academician, International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (tbc)
Petteri Taalas. Secretary General, World Meteorological Organization (tbc)
presentation by the 1st Sergej Zilitinkevich award laureate, Prof. Bert Holtslag, Emeritus Professor of Meteorology and former Chair of Meteorology and Air Quality Section at Wageningen University, the Netherlands
16:00End of day
16:30International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (IEAS) Meeting (Zoom)

– IEAS Russia, Academician Valery Bondur, IEAS President, , Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) and IEAS Vice-President Prof. Vladimir Tikunov, MSU, RU
– IEAS China, Academician Liu Honghai, IEAS, CN
– IEAS European center, Academician Markku Kulmala, Director, INAR, University of Helsinki, FI
– Digital Belt and Road Program (DBAR), Academician Huadong Guo, AirCAS, CN

Short Introduction of newly elected IEAS Europe Academician’s and Diplomas
– scientific presentation by Prof. Sylvain Joffre, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FI
– scientific presentation by Prof. Vito Vitale, National Research Council of Italy, Institute for Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, IT
– scientific presentation by Prof. Vladimir Katanaev, University of Geneva (CH); Far Eastern Federal University, RU

Wednesday 8. Dec

Time (EET, Helsinki) Topic
CLIMATE CHANGE & AIR QUALITY FORUM: Science based solutions, safe climate and clean air ( 4th Sofia Earth Forum)
Chair: Jari Liski, Finnish Meteorological Institute
9:00Atmosphere Climate Competence Center (ACCC) impact, Academician Markku Kulmala, INAR University of Helsinki, FI
9:15Main results of the recent IPCC AR6 with emphasis on land carbon sequestration, Prof. Annalea Lohila, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FI
9:30Pathway to for reducing net emissions in Finland, Prof. Markku Ollikainen, chair of the Finnish Climate Change Panel, FI
9:45ACCC Impact Program overview, ACCC Impact Program leaders
10:00 – 10:30Coffee Break
10:30 Green transition
On nature based solutions, verification needs (5 min per talk + 20 min moderated discussion)
moderated by Sami Paatero, Policy Advisor, INAR
Jouni Keronen, Chief Executive Officer, CLC
Tomas Otterström, KPMG Partner, Head of Sustainable Finance and Corporate Sustainability Services, KPMG

Society perspectives ( 5 min per talk + 20 min moderated discussion)
Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti, City of Lahti, European Green Capital 2021, FI
Eeva-Lotta Apajalahti, D.Sc., Research coordinator, Sustainable science perspectives, HELSUS, FI
Sarita Friman, Ministerial Adviser, PhD, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health
11:30Green transition – Opening of the “ACCC  Innovation Forum”
ACCC Innovation Forum concept, Sami Paatero, Policy Advisor, INAR,  and Markku Kulmala, Academician, University of Helsinki

Michaela Ramm-Schmidt, Managing Director, BSAG, Invited talk
12:00 – 13:15Lunch Break
13:15 – 13:45International Perspectives Invited Speakers,
Chair Anneli Pauli, Professor of Practice, Global Grand Challenges, FI
Valery Falkov, Minister, The Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation, RU (video)
Antti Kurvinen, Minister , Ministry of Education, FI (video)
Maria Cristina Russo, Director, Global Approach & International Cooperation, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
13:45 – 13:55
Parallel sessions: Co-designing Group discussions and meeting(s) (Zoom)
Opening and introductions of participants, Markku Kulmala, INAR University of Helsinki, FI (10 min)

Parallel Session I – Co-designing Group discussions (Zoom & break-out rooms)
ACCC Co-design  in groups on: 
– Land based climate solutions (forests and agriculture land)
– Air quality and (mega) cities
– Measurement techniques
– Life long-learning, civil engagement, knowledge services

Parellel Session II – Towards coherent and coordinated atmospheric observation systems (PEEX / Global Observatory) (Zoom)
– 13:55-14:10 PEEX program, GlobalSMEAR/ Observatory initiative, current approach, Hanna Lappalainen, Tuukka Petäjä, INAR University of Helsinki, FI
– 14:10-14:25 Russian Carbon Polygon in Tyumen, Pavel Smirnov, University of Tyumen, RU
– 14:25-14:40 Carbon Polygons and Carbon Farms: advanced methods for monitoring of GHGs, Alexander Rodin,
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT), RU
– 14:40-14:55 Black Sea SDG Observatory network, Nicolaos Theodossiou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, GR
– 14:55-15:10 DBAR program and big data, Yubao Qiu, Int. Res. Center of Big Data for SDGs; Beijing, China, Aerospace,
CN, Information Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, CN
– 15:10-15:45 Discussion and perspectives of other ongoing activities
16:30Summary of Parallel Sessions
Markku Kulmala, Sessions Moderators and Raporteurs
17:00End of day

Thursday 9. Dec

Time (EET, Helsinki)Topic
Arctic Science Collaborations – AASCO perspecitives

Chairs Tuukka Petäjä, Hanna Lappalainen
9:00Opening, Academician Markku Kulmala
President Tarja Halonen
Prince Albert II of Monaco (video)
President Lars Kullerud , U-Arctic
9:40EU climate policy perspectives, Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG Climate Action
10:00Russian Perspectives in Arctic Science Collaboration, Alexei Gvishiani, Academician, Chief Scientist, Scientific Council, Geophysical Center of RAS (tbc)
10:20Arctic land-atmosphere-ocean feedbacks, research gaps, current research, Prof. Timo Vihma, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FI
10:40Arctic science connecting to policy making processes, Dr. Yulia Yamineva, University of Eastern Finland, FI
11:00 – 12:15Lunch Break
Session I -“Arctic research SWOT” – key gaps of research infrastructures and data ”
Chair Alexander Mahura, INAR University of Helsinki, FI
Destination Earth – Towards Digital Twins of the Earth, Irina Sandu, Group leader, Earth System Modelling Section, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, Reading, UK
12:30EU-PolarNet 2: Identifying European Polar Research Priorities for Society, Nicole Biebow, Coordinator EU-PolarNet, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), Germany
12:45People Living in the Arctic, Roberta Glenn, PhD. student, Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub (AAOKH) – University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)
Session II -“Arctic research SWOT – key gaps & future research needs”
Chair Stephany Mazon, INAR University of Helsinki, FI
Arctic Research Networks and their value in System Science Understanding, Prof. Jeff Welker, Universities of Arctic
13:15Understanding of polar processes in the global climate system, Prof. Risto Makkonen, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FI
13:30Integrative and Comprehensive Understanding on Polar Environments, Prof. Tuukka Petäjä, INAR University of Helsinki, FI
13:45Addressing Arctic Indigenous community research priorities and knowledge gaps: the example of sea ice travel safety and the SmartICE approach in Inuit Nunangat, Trevor Bell, UArctic Academic Award winner 2021, University Research Professor, Geography Department, Memorial University of Newfoundland
14:00Living conditions and health under changing climate and environment, Prof. Arja Rautio, University of Oulu, FI
14:45 – 15:00Coffee Break
15:00 – 17:00 Remarks on the topics introduced during the AASCO 2nd event

remarks by
15:00 Prof. Lise-Lote Sörensen, Århus (AASCO chair)
15:10 Prof. Timo Vihma, FMI (AASCO chair)
15:20 Prof. Alexander Baklanov, WMO (AASCO partner)
15:30 Director, Heikki Lihavainen (AASCO partner)
15:40 SAON Secretary Jan Rene Larsen (AASCO partner)
15:50 Huadong Guo, Academician, Air-Chinese Academy of Sciences, CH (AASCO partner)
16: 00 Sergey Chalov, Prof. Moscow State University, RU (AASCO partner)
16:10 Paul Arthur Berkman, Prof. United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Harvard Law School, USA (AASCO partner)

Next steps, Hanna Lappalainen, Tuukka Petäjä, University of Helsinki
17:00End of day

Friday 10. Dec

Time (EET, Helsinki)Topic
4th Sofia Earth Forum

Chair Laura Riuttanen, INAR, University of Helsinki, FI
09:00Invited talks & discussion
Markku Kulmala, Academician, INAR, University of Helsinki. FI
Ambrosius, Metropolitan, Orthodox Church of Finland
Tapio Luoma, Archbishop, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Juhani Damski, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment
Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Education
Kimmo Tiilikainen, Director General of the Geological Survey of Finland
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
“Climate Actions by societies and civil engagement” panel discussion (in Finnish, ‘Turvallinen ilmasto’)
Saara Kankaanrinta, Chair of BSAG foundation, panel moderator, FI
Ada Segerstam, Member of the Sustainability Committee, The Guides and Scouts of Finland, FI
Taneli Saari, Ympäristöahdistuksen mieli project, Executive Director of Tunne ry – Känsla rf, FI
Anne Palm, Executive Director, Wider Security Network WISE, FI

With comments from:
Heta Heiskanen, General Secretary of the Finnish Climate Change Panel, Senior Specialist of Ministry of the Environment, FI
Sami Pirkkala, Secretary General of the Finnish General Secretariat on Sustainable Development, Prime Minister’s Office, FI
Karoliina Pilli-Sihvola, Senior Specialist, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
12:00Concluding remarks of the ACCC Impact week
12:30End of ACCC event


ACCC Impact Taks activities and projects:
PanEurasian Experiment (PEEX) Program
Arena for the Arctic Science Collaborations, (AASCO)
International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (IEAS)

In collaboration with:

Sofia Cultural Centre, Helsinki
Finnish Ecumenical Council
Universities of Arctic (UArctic)
Climate Leadership Council (CLC)


ACCC is funded by Academy of Finland

ACCC Impact Week collaborating partners:

For a full list of ACCC Stakeholder partners, please visit the Stakeholder Directory page. If you are interested in collaborating with us, please write to us: acccflagship(a) or visit our Contact page for the ACCC directory.

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