Biodiversity Respectful Leadership Summer School

Biodiversity Respectful Leadership Summer School

Together with University of Turku, ABIS is organizing a summer webinar series for business practitioners interested in and increasingly aware of biodiversity-related risks and opportunities. 

How can your business become biodiversity-respectful?

In the Summer School, leading academic experts will share  insights about how businesses can be a part of the sustainability solution by considering the biodiversity angle. The webinars include both overviews about the connections between biodiversity and business, and actionable findings about how to lead a biodiversity-respectful transformation in business.

The webinars run from August 27th until September 12th, twice a week, every Tuesday and Thursday for 1,5 hours at 16.00 CEST. They will be webcasted from Finland to a global audience. 

Join the Summer School to become a front runner in biodiversity-respectful business!

Programme

  • 27.08 - What is biodiversity and why it matters (for business) Professor Ilari Sääksjärvi, Head of the Biodiversity Unit, University of Turku
  • 29.08 - Biodiversity-respectful business: from leadership to business models
    Professor Satu Teerikangas, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku
  • 03.09 - Biodiversity-respectful food system
    Professor Anu Hopia, Functional foods research centre, University of Turku
  • 05.09 - Measuring biodiversity impacts
    Associate professor Ville Uusitalo, Sustainability science, LUT University
  • 10.09 - Biodiversity and global supply chains
    Assistant professor Anne Quarshie, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku
  • 12.09 - Biodiversity-respectful consumption
    Adjunct professor Juulia Räikkönen, Biodiversity unit, University of Turku

All participants attending at least 5 sessions out of 6 will receive a certificate awarded and signed by high level representatives from University of Turku and ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society. 

Speakers

Professor Ilari Sääksjärvi

Head of the Biodiversity Unit, University of Turku

Ilari Sääksjärvi

Professor Ilari Sääksjärvi

Head of the Biodiversity Unit, University of Turku
Ilari Sääksjärvi
Professor Satu Teerikangas

Turku School of Economics, University of Turku

Satu Teerikangas

Professor Satu Teerikangas

Turku School of Economics, University of Turku

Dr Sc (Eng) Satu Teerikangas is Professor of Management and Organization at Turku School of Economics as well as Honorary Professor at University College London. Satu bears a cosmopolitan background cutting across three continents. Before an academic career, Satu worked with Shell in the Netherlands and the UK in management consulting and HR roles. After defending her PhD at Aalto University in 2006, Satu was Assistant Professor, before she was tenured to Associate Professor in Management at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London.

In 2021-2026, she is co-leading the Strategic Research Council funded research project BIODIFUL - Biodiversity respectful leadership, while also involved as one of the co-PIs in the Finnish Academy's Profilation 6 (2021-2026)-funded BIODIFORM consortium connecting Biodiversity & business in an interdisciplinary setting across University of Turku. In parallel, Satu is responsible for the work package on Ecosystems & Agency in the Finnish Academy's Strategic Research Council funded project CICAT2025 - Accelerating transitions toward circular economy 2019-2023. Previously, she has been responsible for the Work Environment Fund funded research project TYÖ2 studying colleagueship 2018-2019, the Turku City's Strategic Urban Development Program funded research project on Urban Strategic Planning 2018-2019.

Satu Teerikangas
Professor Anu Hopia

Functional foods research centre, University of Turku

Anu Hopia

Professor Anu Hopia

Functional foods research centre, University of Turku

Professor Anu Hopia, Functional Foods Forum (FFF), Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku (UTU), Turku, Finland. anu.hopia@utu.fi +358503789919

Prof. Hopia works as research professor of food development in University of Turku and holds also adjunct proferssorship (docent) in food science at University of Helsinki.  AH is a team leader of a 9-member research group Taste and Health  (located in South Ostrobothnia as part of Soth Ostrobothnian University network). She is PI of several on-going projects funded by Academy of Finland, Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation, EU etc. She worked as a postdoctoral fellow at University of California Davis (USA).  AH has published 70+ academic papers on food science and several books and articles on popular science.  

Anu Hopia
Associate professor Ville Uusitalo

Sustainability science, LUT University

Ville_Uusitalo

Associate professor Ville Uusitalo

Sustainability science, LUT University
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Assistant professor Anne Quarshie

Turku School of Economics, University of Turku

Anne Quarshie

Assistant professor Anne Quarshie

Turku School of Economics, University of Turku

Katarina works as a Project Communication Specialist at ABIS, where she oversees the development of communication strategy with the network and its implementation. Her role also includes planning and execution of research and education projects. She also assists in design of collaborative projects and event management that empower change and foster sustainable development and innovation.

Before joining ABIS she worked in a marketing agency as a Project Manager, where she was involved in carrying out marketing strategies, event management and administered an educational platform for CEE countries. Katarina graduated from her studies at University of Economics in Prague in International Trade with a specialization in Commercial Communication. During her studies she had the opportunity to be part of two exchange programs in Germany and USA.

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Adjunct professor Juulia Räikkönen

Biodiversity unit, University of Turku

Juulia Räikkönen

Adjunct professor Juulia Räikkönen

Biodiversity unit, University of Turku

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Juulia Räikkönen

She holds a doctoral degree in economic geography from the Turku School of Economics (2014). Currently, she works as a University Research Fellow at the Biodiversity Unit, University of Turku. In 2019, she achieved the title of docent in the tourism business, experience management. Besides research, she teaches at the Turku School of Economics and leads the science tourism development of the Biodiversity Unit’s visitor attractions.

Her background is in economic geography and interdisciplinary tourism research. The focus of her studies have been on tourism experience management, value co-creation, and experience value within different contexts (e.g., tourism, leisure, well-being, physical activity, and retailing). However, for the past years, she has shared the working hours between the Turku School of Economics and the Biodiversity Unit, where she now works full-time.

The research group studies biodiversity, business, consumer behavior, science and environmental education, and science tourism. She is the deputy PI and the coordinator of the BIODIFORM, Biodiversity and systemic transformation, funded by Finnish Academy PROFI6. She also coordinates BIODIFUL, Biodiversity-respectful Leadership, funded by the Strategic Research Council. Within BIODIFUL, I lead a work package on Biodiversity-respectful consumer transformation. Finally, I am a PI in the UTU strategic funding LUMO aiming to put the strategic biodiversity issues into practice and a collaborator in the ELÄÄ project focusing on the speechless species of biodiversity and funded by the Kone Foundation.

 

 

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