MAYDAY MAYDAY! Aalto Sustainability Day

Tackling complex sustainability challenges by co-creating disruptive innovations

Mayday Mayday is the Inaugural Event of Aalto Sustainability Hub, which aims to advance sustainable development through interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research, teaching and impact. The day brings to together science, technology, arts, business and many other voices. Welcome to co-create disruptive sustainability knowledge with leading experts and young challengers!

Program 18.5.2018

09.00-11.45 Key notes and panel

Confirmed speakers:

Dr. Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for Environment
2010-2014, pioneer of EU's circular economy policy.

Ilkka Herlin, Chairman of Cargotec corporation, Co-founder of Baltic Sea Action Group foundation, Soilfood And Qvidja Power.

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP and EP rapporteur for circular economy.

Peter Lund, Professor of New Energy Technologies

Minna Halme, Professor of Sustainability Management and Director of Sustainability Hub

13.00-15.00 Interdisciplinary sustainability research sessions 

Call for submissions and instructions for academic tracks can be found here. Deadline 11 Feb 2018, notification of acceptance 28 Feb 2018.

Theme 1. Sustainability-Oriented Innovation: Co-creating novel products, services and business models

Theme 2. Sustainability in materials choices and design

Theme 3. Regenerative sustainability

Theme 4. Digitalisation, sharing and sustainability

In addition throughout the day until 17.00:

Poster sessions, Doctoral students meeting practitioners, Sustainability Revolutions  - exhibition, Student showcase on global impact and Walks around A Grid, Climate entrepreneurship & ACRE Green Campus.

The event is open to all Aalto University´s internal and external stakeholders. Final programme will be communicated during spring. Registration will be opened in March 2018 - if you wish to ensure registration, click here.

Speaker biographies



Dr. Janez Potočnik

Dr. Janez Potočnik (1958) graduated from the Faculty of Economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (Ph.D. degree 1993) . He was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science by London Imperial College and by Ghent University in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and Doctor of Science in Economics and Business Administration by Findland Aalto University in 2016. After a successful career starting in 1989 in Slovenia as a researcher at the Institute of Economic Research, Director of the Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (1994). He was appointed Head of Negotiating Team for Accession of Slovenia to the EU (1998). He was also Director of Government Office for European Affairs (2000), Minister Councillor at the Office of the Prime Minister (2001) and Minister responsible for European Affairs (2002). In 2004 he joined the European Commission, first as "shadow Commissionerfor Enlargement and then as Commissioner responsible for Science and Research. In 2010 Dr Potočnik became Commissioner for Environment. His term ended on November the 1st 2014. In November 2014 he was appointed for a three-year term as a member and Co-Chair of International resource Panel hosted by United Nations Environment Programme. In the same month he was also appointed as a Chairman of The Forum for the Future of Agriculture and RISE Foundation and a Member of the European Policy Centre's Advisory Council.


Ilkka Herlin

Chairman of Cargotec corporation, Co-founder of Baltic Sea Action Group foundation, Soilfood and Qvidja Power. Read more about Qvidja Power .


Sirpa Pietikäinen

Finnish Member of the European Parliament representing European People’s Party (EPP) since 2008. Pietikäinen was Finland’s Minister of Environment in between 1991 and 1995 and a Member of the Finnish Parliament from 1983 to 2003.

At the European Parliament, Pietikäinen is a substitute Member of the Environment and Public Health Committee (ENVI) and full Member in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON), and in the Women’s Right and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM).

Sirpa Pietikäinen was a member of the high-level European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), contributing to the platform´s manifesto and final policy recommendations that were published in March 2014. She was also the European Parliament´s Rapporteur for the Report on Resource Efficiency: moving towards a circular economy, adopted in July 2015. She is a frequent key note speaker at various events on all aspects of the circular economy, with the emphasis on financing the transition (sustainable finance), on systemic chance and on product and ecodesign requirements. Sirpa has authored various articles on circular economy, both for domestic and international publications.


Peter Lund

Dr. Peter D. Lund is Professor in Advanced Energy Systems and Engineering Physics at Aalto University, Finland. He has soon 40 years of experience in energy technologies, systems, and policies, with visiting positions at Hubei University (Wuhan), Technical University of Dresden (Germany), Southeast University (Jiangsu), and Nanjing Xiaozhuang University. He led for 10 years the national programme on new energy technologies (Tekes/Nemo). Dr. Lund is active in senior roles with European Union initiatives in energy: he chaired the Advisory Group Energy of European Commission 2002-06 and the Energy Steering Panel of European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), member of Euro-CASE and European University Association’s energy platforms. He has served in advisory role for many energy programs worldwide and business, incl. IEA and EIT. He is member of the Swedish Engineering Academy in Finland. Dr. Lund is Editor for Interdisciplinary Reviews: Energy and Environment and member of several editorial boards. He has given numerous invited talks and co-published 250 peer-reviewed science papers. He has been internationally awarded, lastly with the Jinling Award in 2016. His doctoral degree is from Helsinki University of Technology (1984); he is London Business School Alumni (1989).


Minna Halme

Minna Halme is professor of Sustainability Management at Aalto University School of Business. Her research focuses on sustainability innovations and co-creating sustainable business models. She has participated in several European research projects and heads a number of national ones. She teaches Sustainability Management at Aalto’s Master programmes, in executive MBA courses in Finland and South Korea and in the CEMS MIM program. She has published in several refereed journals such as Ecological Economics, Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Business Strategy and the Environment and Journal of Cleaner Production, and authored a number of books and reports. Her work has also been featured by the The Ecologist and The Newsweek.

She is member of Advisory Board of Finland’s largest retailer SOK and has held memberships in e.g. UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability, Finnish Government Foresight2030 group, Administrative Board of WWF Finland. She is co-founder of Aalto University’s cross-disciplinary Creative Sustainability master programme and Aalto Global Impact. She has received the Academy of Finland award for the social impact of her research (2008). She is Director of Aalto Sustainability Hub and honorary visiting professor at the Pentland Centre for Sustainability in Business, Lancaster University, UK.

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