Virtually from Lahti on 31 May 2021 12:00 – 16:00 (CEST)
The European Green Week High-Level Opening Event dedicated to Citizen Science for Zero Pollution will take place virtually from Lahti on 31 May 2021. The event aims to shed light on the citizen-driven research and planning activities that target towards Zero-Pollution future of Europe.
Citizen Science for Zero Pollution event opens the discussion of the EU Zero Pollution Action Plan with the three themes air, water and soil. We welcome decision-makers, city officials, experts, students and researchers from European cities to join the event and share their ideas. Participation at the event is free of charge, but registration is compulsory. All times are CEST.
Host and Moderator Peter Nyman
12:00 Welcoming words, Mayor of Lahti Pekka Timonen
12:05 Keynote: Towards zero-pollution Europe, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius
12:15 Keynote: Building carbon neutral Finland 2035 with cities and towns,
Minister of Environment and Climate, Ms Krista Mikkonen
12:35 Keynote: How to empower societies for Zero Pollution ambitions through citizen science, Executive Chair of the European Citizen Science Association, Dr. Susanne Hecker
12:50 Q&A: EU commissioner Sinkevičius, Minister Mikkonen and Dr. Hecker
13:10 – 13:30 Break: Classical music concert by Sinfonia Lahti String Quartet
13:30 – 14:45 (see the full program below)
Session 1: Air quality measured by European citizens/cities
Session 2: How to improve the conditions of European soils?
Session 3: Stormwater Management in Water Sensitive Cities
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 15:45 Joint Closing session – Campfire with youth group: what did we learn?
A joint closing session with youth from City of Lahti (Mika Myllyntaus and Miika Hartman) and City of Lappeenranta, the European Green Leaf 2021 (Venla Lehikoinen and Anni Wahlman).
The closing session aims to find out what young people think about the topics discussed in the sessions. What was particularly exciting? Was there something very blurry? How young people want to participate in environmental actions, research activities and sustainable policy-making in Europe – and in their home towns and cities.
|13:30 – 13:50 Keynote: Overview of EU clean air policy in the overall framework of the European Green Deal’s zero pollution ambition|
|Head of the Clean Air Unit François Wakenhut, Directorate-General for the environment of the Eu Commission|
|13:50 – 14:05||Case study: Sensoring urban air quality|
|Executive vice president Jarkko Sairanen & Global market manager Hannamari Jaakkola, Vaisala & Programme Director Saara Vauramo, City of Lahti, European Green Capital 2021|
|14:05 – 14:15 Case study: Reducing street dust by co-operation with municipality and residents in Lappeenranta|
|Environmental protection manager, Sara Piutunen, City of Lappeenranta – European Green Leaf 2021|
|14:15 – 14:25 Case study: Air quality measurements and citizen engagement in St.Petersburg|
|Ivan Serebritsky, Deputy head of the Committee for Nature Use, Environmental Protection and Ecological Safety, St. Petersburg|
|14:25 – 14:35 Case study: Combining citizen science and official air quality data – a win-win situation|
|Dr. Hester Volten, air quality scientist at the RIVM, a member of the Citizen Science Interest Group of the EEA and of ECSA|
|14:35 – 14:45||Q&A|
|13:30 – 13:50 Keynote: What should we understand from the toxicology and condition of European soils?|
|Professor Cornelis A.M. (Kees) van Gestel, Department of Ecological Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam|
|13:50 – 14:05 Case study: Life LUNGS project|
|Project manager Inês Freire, City of Lisbon EU Green Capital 2020|
|14:05 – 14:20 Case study: E-college for regenerative farming: Free education for all farmers to focus on soil health|
|Managing Director Michaela Ramm-Schmidt, Baltic Sea Action Group|
|14:20 – 14:35 Case study: Effects of soil microbiota diversity on human health|
|Marja Roslund, University of Helsinki
|14:35 – 14:45||Panel discussion|
|13:30 Opening and official welcome from EWA|
|13:35 – 14.00 Keynote: Current and future challenges of stormwater management|
|Professor Patrick Willems, KU Leuven|
|14:03 – 14:13 Case study: Improving stormwater quality – Innovative solutions from Lahti and Finland|
|Juhani Järveläinen, City of Lahti|
|14:16 – 14:26 Case study: Integrated Water Management in Berlin|
|Gerhard Mauer, Berliner Wasserbetriebe|
|14:26 – 14:45 Comments to the public “padlet” and closing remarks|
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