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: Sofia Cultural Centre, Helsinki & online.
Registration: Please fill in the e-Form to register.

We invite: Academic communities, representatives of private and public sectors, non- governmental organizations interested in climate change and air quality and seeking for knowledge-based solutions.

Week Programme

Tuesday 7. Dec

Time (CET, Helsinki)Topic
Opening ACCC Impact Week
Aims and expectations
Academician Markku Kulmala, INAR

Metropolitan Ambrosius , Finnish Orthodox Church

General Secretary Mayvor Wärn-Rancken, Finnish Ecumenical Council

Executive Director Arto Mäenmaa, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation
12:30 – 14:00
Excellent science connecting research & stakeholder communities:
Sergej Zilitinkevich memorial seminar in Atmospheric and Earth System Sciences

Sergej Zilitinkewich scientific career, Prof. Alexander Baklanov, World Meteorological Organization, CH

On land based climate solutions, Prof. Jaana Bäck, INAR, University of Helsinki, FI

On air quality solutions, Prof. Tuukka Petäjä, INAR, University of Helsinki, FI

Atmosphere-soils-surface waters in Moscow environment, Academician Nikolay Kasimov, Moscow State University, RU

Sergej Zilitinkevich’s contribution to the shaping of people’s destinies. TEMPUS/ERASMUS+ projects, Prof. Andrey Belotserkovskiy, University of Tver, RU

Use of Sergej Zilitinkevich’s turbulence theories for improved local-scale weather and climate forecasts, Prof. Emeritus Bob Borstein, San Jose State University, USA
14:00Coffee break

Big Data in Earth Sciences Studies, Prof., Academician Alexei Gvishiani, Chief Scientist and chair of the Scientific Council, Geophysical Center of RAS, Full member of RAS, M.A.E., RU

Sergej Zilitinkevich: Between Natural Sciences and The Humanities? Prof. Oleg Kharkhordin, European University at St. Petersburg, RU

Scientific cooperation and global political constrains, Prof. Markku Kivinen, University of Helsinki, FI
Award ceremony
(Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Sciences; Finnish Geophysical Society, Finnish Association for Aerosol Research, European Meteorological Society, WMO)
Secretary General Petteri Taalas, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), CH
Director General Jussi Kaurola, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FI
Academician Valery Bondur, Russian Academy of Sciences (tbc), RU
1st Sergej Zilitinkevich Award Laureate
16:30 Joint International Eurasian Academy of Sciences (IEAS) & PEEX meeting
Collaboration frameworks of the Europe – Russia – China IEAS centers
17:00End of day

Wednesday 8. Dec

Time (CET, Helsinki) Topic
09:00 – 17:00
Climate change – Air Quality Forum: from deep understanding to practical
4th Sofia Earth Forum

CC & AQ Forum – 4th Sofia Earth Forum aims, Academician Markku Kulmala, INAR, University of Helsinki, FI

Main results of the recent IPCC AR6 with emphasis on land carbon sequestration, Prof. Annalea Lohila, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FI

Pathway to for reducing net emissions in Finland, Prof. Markku Ollikainen, Finnish Climate Change Panel, FI

ACCC Impact Program overview

ACCC Stakeholder’s Forum
Discussion in groups on green transition and end user needs for different knowledge and data services.
*What can the ACCC Flagship provide for its different stakeholders?
*What are the end-user needs for science based services, data or education?
*What are the areas we could collaborate and co-design together?

10:00Coffee Break
Green transition – moderated talks o Nature based solutions and verification needs
Jouni Keronen, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Leadership Coalition, FI
Tomas Ötterström, KPMG Partner/Head of Sustainable Finance and Corporate Sustainability Services, KPMG Global Leader/Sustainable Finance Services, FI
Societal perspectives
Pekka Timonen, Mayor of Lahti, European Green Capital 2021, FI
Eeva Lotta Apajalahti, Research Coordinator, HELSUS Institute of Sustainability Science, University of Helsinki, FI
Sarita Friman, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, FI

Green transition – opening of the “ACCC Stakeholders’ Forum”
ACCC Stakeholders’ forum concept, Sami Paatero, Executive Adviser, INAR, University of Helsinki, FI
Michaela Ramm-Schmidt, Managing Director, The Baltic Sea Action Group, FI
12:00Lunch Break

International Perspectives Invited Speakers
Russian Ministry of Education, Russia (tbc / Russian Carbon Polygon)

Mrs. Maria Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation in Research & Innovation at the European Commission

Parallel sessions and meetings(s):

1. Co-design discussions on Land based climate solutions (forests and agriculture land), Air quality and (mega) cities, Measurement techniques, Life long-learning, civil engagement, knowledge services

2. Coordinated, comprehensive observation networks – meeting (PEEX)
15:00Coffee Break available
16:30 Discussion summaries and closing remarks
17:00End of day

Thursday 9. Dec

Time (CET, Helsinki)Topic
09:00 – 17:00
ACCC Arctic Dimension
Arena for Arctic Sciences Collaboration (AASCO)
Sponsored by Prince Albert II Foundation
*Invited Speakers
President Tarja Halonen (video)
HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco (video)
President Lars Kullerud, U-Arctic
Secretary General Petteri Taalas, World Meteorological Organization

Arctic science collaboration: talks and panel discussion:
EU Arctic policy perspectives, Clara de la Torre, Deputy Director-General, European Commission, DG Climate Action

Russian Arctic policy perspectives, Russian Ministry of Education (tbc)

Arctic land-atmosphere-ocean feedbacks, research gaps, current research, Prof. Timo Vihma, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FI

Arctic science connecting to policy making processes, Dr. Yulia Yamineva, University of Eastern Finland, FI

Perspectives by by AASCO partners:
Institute for Atmospheric & Earth System Research
(INAR), Digital Belt & Road (DBAR), Aerospace
Information Research Institute at the Chinese
Academy of Sciences (AIR-CAS), Moscow State
University (MSU), Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth
Observing System (SIOS), Harvard Law School, World
Meteorological Organisation (WMO), U-Arctic.
11:00Lunch Breaks
Session I “Arctic science collaboration, key gaps & future research needs” panel discussion
Prof. Academician Alexei Gvishiani, Chief Scientist and chair of the Scientific Council, Geophysical Center of RAS, RU

Prof. Nicole Biebow, Coordinator EU Polarnet, Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), DE

New UArctic Academic Award winner (tbc in Oct)

Session II “Arctic science collaboration, key gaps & future needs” – Invited talks
Arctic Research Networks and their value in System Science Understanding, Prof. Jeff Welker, Universities of Arctic, FI

Understanding of polar processes in the global climate system Prof. Risto Makkonen, Finnish Meteorological Institute, FI

Integrative and Comprehensive Understanding on Polar Environments, Prof. Tuukka Petäjä, INAR, University of Helsinki, FI

People Living in the Arctic, Roberta Glen, PhD. student, Alaska Arctic Observatory and Knowledge Hub (AAOKH) – University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), USA
14:00Coffee Break
Working in groups – aims & instructions “Arctic research SWOT analysis for stakeholders”

WG-I: Large scale research questions, chairs Timo Vihma (FMI, FI), Lise-Lotte Sörensen (UÅ, DK)

WG-II: Research infrastructures & data, chair Tuukka Petäjä (INAR, FI)

WG-III: Research infrastructures & integrated observation systems, chairs Heikki Lihavainen (SIOS, NO) and Jan-Rene Larsen (SAON, NO)

WG-IV: Policy frameworks, chairs Alexander Baklanov (WMO)

AASCO Process
AASCO partners’ remarks:
Academician Huadong Guo, Air-Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN
Prof. Sergey Chalov, Prof. Moscow State University, RU
Director Heikki Lihavainen, Svalbard Integrated Arctic Earth Observing System SIOS, NO
Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and Harvard Law School, USA
Prof. Alexander Baklanov, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), CH

WG summaries and concluding remarks
17:00End of day

Friday 10. Dec

Time (CET, Helsinki)Topic
09:00 – 12:30
ACCC Climate Change and Air Quality Roundtable for Stakeholders
4th Sofia Earth Forum
Invited talks on climate actions & civil engagement

Father Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam , Vatican
Ambrosius, Metropolitan , Orthodox Church of Finland
Tapio Luoma, The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
Juhani Damski, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment, FI
Anita Lehikoinen, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Education, FI
Kimmo Tiilikainen, Director General of the Geological Survey of Finland, FI
10:30Coffee Break
Safe Climate – Climate Actions by societies and civil engagement” panel discussion (in Finnish)

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

Concluding 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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