EU Green Week Opening Event in Lahti European Green Capital 2021

EU Green Week 2021
Opening Event 31 May

 

EU GREEN WEEK HIGH-LEVEL OPENING EVENT
Citizen Science for Zero Pollution

Virtually from Lahti on 31 May 2021 (12:00 – 16:00 CET)

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.

Registration will open soon!

PLENARY SESSION 1

Host and Moderator Peter Nyman

12:00 Welcoming words, Mayor of Lahti Pekka Timonen
12:05 Keynote: Towards zero-pollution Europe, Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius
12:20 Keynote: Building carbon-neutral Finland 2035 with cities and towns,
Minister of Environment and Climate, Ms Krista Mikkonen
12:40 Keynote: How to empower societies in these changing times through citizen science,
Chair of the European Citizen Science Association, Dr Susanne Hecker
13:00 Q&A: EU commissioner, Minister and Dr Hecker, host in the studio

13:10 – 13:30 Break: Classical music concert by Sinfonia Lahti String Quartet

Parallel Sessions

13:30 – 14:45
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

Plenary Session 2

15:00 – 15:45 Joint Closing session – Campfire with youth group: what did we learn?

Parallel sessions

Session 1: Air quality measured by European citizens/cities

  • Moderator: Maija Leino, Finnish Air pollution prevention society
13:30 – 13:50 Keynote: Current status of European Air quality
François Wakenhut, Head of the Clean Air Unit
in the Directorate-General for the environment of the Eu Commission
13:50 – 14:05 Case study of Vaisala and Lahti
Hannamari Jaakkola & Saara Vauramo
14:05 – 14:15 Case study from Lappeenranta
Environmental protection manager Sara Piutunen
14:15 – 14:25 Case study from St. Petersburg
14:25 – 14:45 Q&A (live)

 

Session 2: How to improve the conditions of European soils?

  • Moderator: Heikki Setälä, University of Helsinki
13:30 – 13:50 Keynote: What should we understand from the toxicology and condition of European soils?
Professor Cornelis A.M. (Kees) van Gestel, the Department of Ecological Science,Faculty of Science of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
13:50 – 14:05 Case study: Case study from Lisbon, EU Green Capital 2020
14:05 – 14:20 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 – 14:45 Panel discussion (live) Niko Kavenius (Reaktor)

 

Session 3: Stormwater Management in Water Sensitive Cities

  • Moderator: Annina Takala, President of Water Association Finland
13:30 Opening and official welcome from EWA
Annina Takala
13:35 – 14.00 Keynote: Current and future challenges of stormwater management
Prof. Patrick Willems; KU Leuven
14:03 – 14:13 Case study 1: Improving stormwater quality – Innovative solutions from Lahti and Finland
Juhani Järveläinen, City of Lahti
14:16 – 14:30 Case study 2: Integrated Water Management in Berlin
Gerhard Mauer, Berliner Wasserbetriebe
14:30 – 14:35 A presentation about Water Management in Grenoble
14:35 – 14:45 Comments to the public “padlet” and closing remarks

 

Plenary session speakers

Pekka Timonen | Mayor of Lahti 
Welcoming words
Virginijus Sinkevičius | European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
Keynote: Towards zero-pollution Europe
Krista Mikkonen | Minister of Environment and Climate
Keynote: Building carbon-neutral Finland 2035 with cities and towns
Susanne Hecker | Chair of the European Citizen Science Association
Keynote: How to empower societies in these changing times through citizen science
Peter Nyman
Host and moderator

Keynote Speakers

François Wakenhut | Head of the Clean Air Unit in the Directorate-General for the environment of the European Commission
Current status of European Air quality. Session 1
Cornelis A.M. (Kees) van Gestel | Professor, the Department of Ecological Science, Faculty of Science of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam
What should we understand from the toxicology and condition of European soils? Session 2
Patrick Willems | Professor, KU Leuven
Current and future challenges of storm water management. Session 3