ABIS Annual Colloquium 2024
23 - 24 October 2024
23 - 24 October 2024

ABIS Annual Colloquium 2024

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ABIS is excited to welcome you to our 23rd Annual Colloquium focusing this year on “Connecting biodiversity, business and leadership” that aims to spark the interest of the business and academic communities toward means of addressing the biodiversity crisis. The event is co-organized and hosted by our longstanding member University of Turku School of Economics.

The intertwined combination of biodiversity decline and climate change do not only represent an ecological disaster but, at heart, an existential crisis, and a crisis of humanity. Unless addressed, biodiversity loss threatens the health and viability of all kinds of ecosystems and civilizations, including ours, in their present form.

The pervasive human-driven decline of biodiversity is caused by direct drivers, such as changes in land and sea use, unsustainable direct exploitation of species, climate change, pollution, and invasive alien species, as well as indirect drivers, such as the rising global population, overconsumption, and asymmetric distribution of wealth. Put bluntly, our current way of life is destroying the natural ecosystems on which the wellbeing and mutual survival of all species depend on.

Several important international (such as IPCC, IPBES) reports call for transformative change to halt biodiversity loss in the short-to-medium term, while shifting toward a nature-positive approach in the long term. This is a tall order and calls for imminent action.

Despite tentative initial steps, such action remains largely amiss, be it at governance, business or individual consumers level. In terms of research, the lack of appreciation of the connections between biodiversity and business has been lamented in business, supply chain management, accounting, and organization and management literatures.

Connecting business and academia, ABIS offers a platform to not only share ideas, but also to develop collaboration opportunities going forward. As businesses and consumers accelerate biodiversity loss via overconsumption and profit-oriented paradigms, these actors are uniquely positioned to work towards developing solutions for the crisis.

 Date 23 - 24 October 2024
 Host ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society
 Venue University of Turku School of Economics
 Focus

Connecting biodiversity, business and leadership

Registration

 

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Speakers

Milla Unkila

Senior Researcher, Turku School of Economics

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Milla Unkila

Senior Researcher, Turku School of Economics
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Ivo Matser

Chief Executive Officer, ABIS

Ivo Matser

Chief Executive Officer, ABIS
Karolina Sobczak

Knowledge Manager

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Karolina Sobczak

Knowledge Manager
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Ilari Sääksjärvi

Head of the Biodiversity Unit, University of Turku

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Ilari Sääksjärvi

Head of the Biodiversity Unit, University of Turku
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Satu Teerikangas

Professor, Turku School of Economics

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Satu Teerikangas

Professor, Turku School of Economics

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Programme

  • 23 October
  • 24 October
23 October

Welcome Day

11:15 - 12:45

ABIS Annual General Assembly

14:00 - 14:30

Welcome and registration

14:30 - 14:40

Welcome speeches

14:40 - 15.10

Opening keynote speech: Taking biodiversity seriously

Our society and economy are highly dependent on nature and biodiversity, with around half of the world’s GDP moderately or highly constrained by the ecosystem’s ability to provide water, pollination for crops, climate regulation, etc. (according to the New Nature Economy Report). As nature loses its capacity to renew its processes, businesses and the whole economy could be significantly disrupted. The opening session of the event will dive deep into the rationale for taking biodiversity seriously and will reflect on the current developments and priorities.

15:10 - 16:30 

Panel: Strategies to Halt Biodiversity Loss in Organisations

Within the current biodiversity crisis, a growing number of organizations are committed to reduce their biodiversity impacts, with some organizations even striving to become nature positive. This interest has led to an increased inclusion of biodiversity-related targets into organization’s reporting and sustainability strategies. However, there still is a lack of knowledge and know-how within organizations on how to assess their biodiversity impacts, and how to in practice ensure nature positive actions. This panel discussion will focus on interlinkages between biodiversity and organizations from multiple perspectives, with the focus on how the knowledge of the biodiversity impacts can promote biodiversity respectful action.

16:30 - 16:45

Short coffee break

16:45 - 17:45

Breakout roundtable discussions: Biodiversity risks and impacts

These parallel sessions aim to allow for more focused discussions on key biodiversity topics as well as more direct and active participation of the audience.

19.00 - 21.00

Conference networking dinner

 

24 October

 

9:30-10:45

Paper presentations I.

In this session, academic experts and practitioners from the ABIS network and beyond will present latest research findings in response to the call for papers.

10:45 -11:00

Short coffee break

11:00-12:15

Paper presentations II. 

In this session, academic experts and practitioners from the ABIS network and beyond will present latest research findings in response to the call for papers.

 

12:15-13:30

Lunch

13:30-14:30

Closing panel

14:30-14:45

Short Coffee Break

15:00 -15:45

Closing Keynote: Shaping nature-positive futures

17:30-19:30

Social programme: BIODIFUL Green beer, nature positive action in global contexts

While there are increasingly more individuals interested in and working towards a more sustainable future, very often those individuals find themselves alone in their respective contexts. Partners from the BIODIFUL project, University of Turku amongst them, created a shared space for these individuals to meet and share their insights, challenges, solutions and ideas. Vihreä kalja means green beer, and highlights the informal atmosphere aimed at in these events: bringing people together and creating a chance for encounters and sharing, not only empowering the individuals to continue on their journey, but also nurturing creativity that might lead to novel solutions and ideas. This discussion looking for diverse perspectives on responsibility and sustainability will welcome people from Finland and abroad to discuss the need for profound sustainability transformation and the different ways through which it can be achieved.

 

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