“(Bio)diversity in forests” – Scientific multidisciplinary workshop, 16.-17.5.2023 Jyväskylä

Welcome to the multidisciplinary workshop for an intensive exchange among colleagues from various academic fields. Structured along three overarching themes “diverse forests”, “diverse human practices” and “diverse challenges and solutions” we are discussing structures, practices, and interpretations of forest use. The contributions focus on diverse meanings given to forests by various stakeholder groups and (local) ecological, social, psychological, and economic implications of an ongoing intensification of forest utilization.

Tue 16th May 2023, 12:00h – Wed 17th May 2023, 13:15h

Jyväskylä University Library, situated in the campus area: Seminaarinkatu 15, 40014 Jyväskylä.

The program is based on invited speakers. Audience is most welcome to follow the presentations and participate in the discussions. Due to the room limits, participants are asked to register latest 9.5.2023 by sending an email to: tuulikki.halla (ät) uef.fi. Please, notice that the Workshop is not hybrid.

The workshop is supported by the Finnish Society of Forest Science and is thus free of charge according the program. Travel and accommodation costs need to covered individually.


TUESDAY 16.05.2023 (Room B 248 Väite (2nd floor), Jyväskylä University Library)

12:00 – 12:15
Welcome & introduction

SESSION I Diverse forests
12:15 – 13:00
Presentation 1: Antti Majava (MFA, Doctoral Candidate, BIOS)
“Energy Transition and the Role of Forest Area in the Social Metabolism of Finland”
– Comment 1 : Mikko Mönkkönen (Professor, University of Jyväskylä)

13:00 – 13:45
Presentation 2: Maria Triviño De la Cal (Researcher, University of Jyväskylä)
“The effects of management and climate change on the future supply of forest ecosystem services”
– Comment 2: Joona Lehtomäki (Senior Specialist, Ministry of Environment)

13:45 – 13:55

SESSION II Diverse human practices
13:55 – 14:40
Presentation 3: Sari Puustinen (Senior Research Fellow, Finland Futures Research Centre (FFRC), University of Turku)
“Tracing the root causes of nature loss in a Finnish forest”
– Comment 3: Tuulikki Halla (Project Researcher, University of Eastern Finland)

14:40 – 15:25
Presentation 4: Eeva Berglund (Adjunct Professor, Aalto University)
“The disposable, the sustainable and the real in tourist landscapes – some thoughts on nature tourism in Kainuu”
– Comment 4: Tuomo Takala (PhD, Researcher, University of Eastern Finland)

15:25 – 15:45

15:45 – 16:30
Katriina Hyvönen (Senior Researcher, JAMK, Institute of Rehabilitation) & Katri Savolainen (Senior Lecturer, University of Jyväskylä)
“Natural environment and mental health”
– The keynote will take place outside. Please bring appropriate clothes.

16:30 – 17:00

Evening event Restaurant Sataman Viilu (at own expense, by prior reservation only)

WEDNESDAY 17.05.2023 (Room B 248 Väite (2nd floor), Jyväskylä University Library)

8:30 – 9:00
Annukka Näyhä (Academy Research Fellow, University of Jyväskylä)
“Conflicts and power in Finnish forest discussion – Looking for ways forward”

SESSION III Diverse challenges and futures
9:00 – 9:45
Presentation 5: Päivi Pelli (Researcher, European Forest Institute (EFI))
“Futures thinking and foresight frames – means and mechanisms of understanding the plurality of futures”
– Comment 5: Karoliina Lummaa (Senior Research Fellow, Docent, University of Turku)

9:45 – 10.30
Presentation 6: Sanna Hast (PhD, Reindeer Herders’ Association)
“Re-imagining reconciliation in commercial forests”
– Comment 6: Jaana Laine (University lecturer, Social Sciences, LUT University)

10:30 – 11:00
Discussion and Wrap up

11:00 – 12:00
LUNCH (provided for invited speakers by organizers)

12:15 – 13:15
WISDOM COLLOQUIUM (open to public):
Jana Holz (Institute of Sociology, Friedrich Schiller-University Jena, Germany)
“Paradox relationships with forests in Central Finland – a critical discussion from a qualitative, sociological perspective” (more info)

13:15 –
Networking coffee and tea

The workshop organized by HFR Research Club, JYU.Wisdom, Junior Research Group ”flumen” & SOBIO network

For FURTHER INFORMATION please contact:
Program: jana.holz ( ) uni-jena.de
Registration: tuulikki.halla ( ) uef.fi