Category Archives: Event

Trip to Novy Urengoy

From 20 to 26 of May four researchers of our group, Sohvi Kangasluoma, Elena Gorbacheva, Francesco Durante, and Stephanie Hitztaler, were in Novy Urengoy, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug of Russia. Novy Urengoy is an industrial city located in the Russian Far North with one of the largest gas fields in the world, and is one of the towns included to the study of Wollie project. Together with the researchers of our group, Professor Florian Stammler, Principal Investigator of the project from Finnish side, and Associate Professor Aytalina Ivanova, Principal Investigator from Russian side, also traveled to Novy Urengoy to study youth welfare in the city.

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Professor Tynkkynen presented his forthcoming book

On 23-25 of May “5th Eastern Platform – Tartu Seminar, #BerlinWall30 –What future for the post-cold war liberal order?” was organised in Tartu, Estonia. Professor Tynkkynen participated in it and presented his forthcoming book “The Energy of Russia. Energy Power, Hydrocarbon Culture and Climate Change” at the panel “The Multifarious Biopolitics at Europe’s Eastern Margins”.

More information on the seminar can be found online.

Sanna Kopra discussed Agenda 2030 and its implementation in Finland at Maailma kylässä festival

Our researcher Sanna Kopra took part in the panel discussion at Maailma kylässä (World Village) Festival, that was held on 26th of May, Sunday. The theme of the discussion was “Miten Suomi on pärjännyt Agenda 2030 -tavoitteiden toteuttamisessa?” (How has Finland succeeded in implementing Agenda 2030?). Sanna and other experts discussed how education, reducing inequalities, and peace and justice are linked to climate change and how Finland has succeeded in achieving these and other Agenda 2030 goals.

Energinen rannikkoseutu 2050

On 24-25th of May in Oulu event “Energinen rannikkoseutu 2050, Vaihtoehtoja ydinvoimalle, energiantuotantoon liittyvälle päätöksenteolle ja teollisuuskohteiden ennallistamiselle” (Energy Coastal Region 2050, Alternatives to nuclear power, energy-related decision-making and industrial site restoration) was organised. Our PhD researcher Sohvi Kangasluoma took part in the “Energiantuotanto, sosiaaliset innovaatiot ja koettu historia. Vaihtoehtoiset energiantuotantomuodot” (Energy production, social innovation and experienced history.
Alternative forms of energy production) workshop through video presentation – Sohvi was not able to join the workshop herself due to the visit to Novy Urengoy our group members had same time.

Sohvi’s presentation was titled “Feministisen näkökulman tarjoamia tapoja tarkastella energia- ja ympäristöpolitiikkaa Suomessa” (Offered by a feminist perspective ways to look at energy and environmental policies in Finland). More information about the event can be found online.

Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen is giving a talk “Hydrocarbon Culture in the making in Russia” today

Today Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen is giving a talk “Hydrocarbon Culture in the making in Russia” at Kielikeskus (Language Center) sh.204 (Fabianinkatu 26) from 16:15 to 17:45. The talk is part of the Environmental Humanities Forum and is open for everyone to attend.


 

Hydrocarbon culture in the making – Energy, culture & identity in Russia

Today Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen is giving a talk ” Hydrocarbon culture in the making  Energy, culture & identity in Russia” at the faculty’s seminar: Impact of the Humanities on Science and Society at University of Helsinki, Language Centre, room 115,  14:00-14:20.
The seminar is part of the Scientific Advisory Board visit to the Faculty. The theme of the seminar gathers together approaches such as reaching out of the academia, engaging with natural and technical sciences as well as other sciences, mutual impacts on one another, and so on. The seminar is open to the whole Faculty.

Workshop on Climate Change in the Soviet Union and Russia organised in Moscow

On 25-26th of April “Climate Change in the Soviet Union and Russia: Approaches and Debates in Science, Society, and Politics, 1960s-2010s” workshop is organised in Moscow by the German Historical Institute Moscow. Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen is taking part in it, presenting his and Dmitry Yagodin’s paper “Regionalization of climate policies in Russia – local reality meets the national climate-denial narrative”.

Despite the Soviet Union’s role as a Super Power during the Cold War period and Russia ́s size
and geopolitical importance today, still relatively little is known about how the country’s
government, scientists and people have dealt with and responded to natural/anthropogenic
climate change. This interdisciplinary workshop thus aims to understand how attitudes towards
climate change in the Soviet Union/Russia have evolved over time and simultaneously been
shaped by various actors.

More information is available online.

Science Media International Forum

Tomorrow our postdoctoral researcher Dmitry Yagodin will be taking part in a round table discussion “Арктика в фокусе медиа” (Arctic in the media focus) at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. Event is a part of Science Media International Forum “Media in Today’s World. St. Petersburg readings”.

At the round table the questions of “Arctic as a sphere of interest of many states: cooperation and conflicts” and “Representation of the topic of Arctic territories exploration” in the world mass media” will be discussed. More information about the round table can be found here.

Sakari Höysniemi on Winland’s ending seminar

The ending seminar of From Failand to Winland project was held on Wednesday in Finlandia hall in a conference room full of crowd. Project’s participants from our group, doctoral candidate Sakari Höysniemi and Professor Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen attended the seminar, professor Tynkkynen also took part in the peaker at the “Tutkimuksen yhteiskehittäminen ja tutkimuksella vaikuttaminen” (Collaborative research and research influencing) panel. Sakari Höysniemi shares his experience of working in the Winland project and attending its final seminar.

The project has explored during the last two and a half years Finland’s future food, water, and energy security. The work was governed by Water and Development research group from Aalto University’s School of Engineering under energetic, supportive and multidisciplinary leadership of Marko Keskinen and Suvi Sojamo. I reckon the project would not have been as successful as it was without the multidisciplinary experience of the two that also influenced other consortium partners to cooperate not only in workshops and seminars, but also in actual research. I haven’t seen too many projects where environmental engineer and pedagogic researcher or political scientist, geographer and energy engineer would write an article together.

The work was divided into seven different subprojects of which my work was dedicated mostly to Energy policy subproject under the head of Veli-Pekka Tynkkynen, where we looked at how energy security is being envisioned both in Finland and in Russia and what kind vulnerabilities, interdependencies or risks may emerge but also what possibilities and opportunities there are to improve our current situation.

One of our key results thus far is that although around 63 percent of Finland’s energy exports come from Russia (oil, natural gas, coal, uranium and biomass) such dependence does not bring an acute energy security threat if we understand energy security in techno-economic terms as security of energy supply in exceptional situations. In such situation any of the mentioned energy form could be purchased elsewhere. However, according to social scientific research on energy it is a lifeblood of our societies and it influences societal development in any temporal context. In ordinary situation Finland or Finnish companies would not stop purchasing energy from Russia, as their production or supply chain is optimised for Russian energy, that is it would be more expensive to shift permanently to another supplier. The latter understanding gets often neglected in Finnish public debate. It is, however, relevant to take this perspective into account in the anticipation of needed sustainability transition, as incumbent regime actors are likely to resist change.

Furthermore, Finland’s internal energy security arrangements are likely to be reassembled. For instance, wind power has become the cheapest form of electricity, and its perception has transformed from threat to electricity system to enabler of increased self-sufficiency that still needs mechanisms to accommodate its volatility. This also likely to change actor landscape to include more and smaller scale actors that can make governance of security of energy supply more complex.

Although we already had the final seminar our work is still continuing until the end of this year. Also, a master’s student, Lauri Lähteenmäki will contribute to the subproject as he currently work on master’s thesis on Yamal LNG project that will as a case study improve our understanding of the relationship between energy security and energy transition in the context liquified natural gas.

More information on the seminar can be found on Winland’s website and blog entry.