Nordic Climate Festival @ Aalto in search of sustainable solutions

Press release 2011-08-29 at 8:32

The Ministry of the Environment, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Nordic Climate Festival @ Aalto inform

Aalto University hosts a climate change and sustainable development event for students at the university campus in Otaniemi, Espoo, from 30 August to 2 September. The Nordic Climate Festival @ Aalto convenes students and experts to explore new means of promoting sustainable ways of life. This is one of the main events organised during the Finnish Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers in 2011.

Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja and President of Aalto University Tuula Teeri will open the event in a seminar Shortcuts to Sustainable Nordic Communities at the Dipoli Conference Center in Otaniemi at 9.00 on 31 August. In the seminar a group of top researchers, experts and representatives of different companies will discuss ways to encourage innovations and promote the green economy in the Nordic countries. The seminar will be open to the public.

The Climate Fair, which will be held in the Aalto University Design Factory on 1 September at 12.00– 16.00, invites students to meet business people and Aalto University experts specialising in climate matters. In a panel hosted by Paleface, people will have a chance to hear about young MPs’ views about climate issues, to test ecological means of transport, and to enjoy ballet performed by top-class artists from the Finnish National Opera. The participants in the Climate Fair include Climateinfo, Globe Hope, HINKU project from the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Toyota, and Aalto Kassi, which is a community-based service. The Fair is a part of the Aalto University’s semester opening ceremonies.

Concrete solutions to the challenges of climate change from workshops

The event gathers 90 students from different Nordic universities to workshops divided into seven tracks focusing, for example, on buildings’ energy efficiency, sustainable transport , and design for sustainability. The workshops will look for concrete and feasible solutions to the challenges caused by climate change in the Nordic countries.

The closing seminar at the Dipoli Conference Center on 2 September will start at 9.00. The workshops will present the outcome of the tracks’ sessions, and Ms Virpi Mikkonen, Programme Manager at TEKES – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, will assess the results. The final results will form the basis of a road map towards sustainable Nordic communities to be published on the Nordic Climate Day on 11 November and submitted to the ministers for Nordic cooperation.

The opening and closing sessions as well as the Climate Fair are free of charge and open to the general public. The working language is English and the webcasts of the open seminars will be with Swedish subtitles.

The Aalto University’s Nordic Climate Festival @ Aalto is supported by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Education and Culture, City of Espoo, City of Helsinki, and the Nordic Investment Bank and Nordic Council of Ministers.

  • Further information, webcasts and more detailed programme: Nordic Climate Festival (, in English)

Further information about the event:

Simo Haanpää, Researcher, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies (YTK), Aalto University, tel. +358 50 512 4557,
 Ulla Heinonen, Programme Manager, tel. +358 40 550 6982,

Further information about Nordic cooperation:

Ville Andersson, First Secretary, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 40 140 8926,