Research to make impact! Develop Academy Programme's Kick-off seminar 26 Nov 2018

30 Oct 2018

Venue: Congress Paasitorni (Paasivuorenkatu 5 A, Helsinki, room Sirkus)
Please register to the event via with the service code DEV2018 no later than 19th November. The seminar is open to all who are interested in development research, researchers, stakeholders, end-users, policy makers, experts etc.

The Academy Programme for Development Research (Develop, 2018–2022) is a research programme co-funded by the Academy of Finland and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. The first seven research projects selected to the programme started in spring 2018. Five more projects were selected in autumn 2018 thanks to additional funding from the Ministry.

The Develop Academy Programme provides funding for multidisciplinary, problem-based research that targets global development issues, helps boost development in developing countries and makes good use of Finnish knowledge and expertise in the field. The programme’s themes are based on Finland’s development policy objectives and the UN sustainable development programme.

The projects funded under the programme will present their research at the programme’s kick-off seminar “Research to Make Impact!” on Monday 26 November 2018.


Programme (PDF)

Chairperson: Programme Manager Mikko Ylikangas, Academy of Finland

10.00 - 10.35 Registration and coffee

10.35 Opening words: Vice President Riitta Maijala, Academy of Finland

10.45 Keynote address: President Tarja Halonen

11.05 Keynote address: Research Fellow Rachel Gisselquist, United Nations University, UNU-WIDER

11.45 Research to Make Impact – Academy Programme for Development Research in brief, Programme Manager Mikko Ylikangas and Science Adviser Riitta Launonen, Academy of Finland

12.00 Project presentations (15 minutes each):

  • Academy Research Fellow Tiina Kontinen (University of Jyväskylä) and Professor Katariina Holma (University of Oulu): Theory and Practice of Learning to Be a Citizen: Experiences from Tanzania and Uganda
  • Adjunct Professor Paola Minoia (University of Helsinki): Goal 4+: Including Eco-Cultural Pluralism in Quality Education in Ecuadorian Amazonia
  • Professor Elina Oinas (University of Helsinki): EDIT – Equality and Democracy in Transformation
  • Professor Petri Pellikka (University of Helsinki), Academy Professor Timo Vesala (University of Helsinki) and Professor Laura Alakukku (University of Helsinki): Environmental Sensing of Ecosystem Services for Developing Climate-Smart Landscape Framework to Improve Food Security in East Africa

13.00 Lunch at Restaurant Paasin Kellari, floor 0

14.00 Project presentations (15 minutes each):

  • Professor Anja Nygren (University of Helsinki) and Assistant Professor Matti Kummu (Aalto University): Water and Vulnerability in Fragile Societies
  • Professor Päivi Honkatukia (University of Tampere): What Works? Youth Transitions from Education to Employment in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Professor Jyrki Luukkanen (University of Turku) and Professor Matti Vilkko (Tampere University of Technology): Cuban Energy Transformation. Integration of Renewable Intermittent Sources in the Power System, IRIS (Presentation by Professor Matti Vilkko & Senior Research Fellow Burkhard Auffermann)
  • Professor Sirpa Tenhunen (University of Helsinki): Sustainable Livelihoods and Politics at the Margins: Environmental Displacement in South Asia (Presentation by doctoral student Jelena Salmi)
  • Professor Irmeli Mustalahti (University of Eastern Finland): Translocal Forest Owners and Environmental Collaboration: An Action Learning Process of Forest Governance Transformation in Tanzania (Presentation with Dr Antti Erkkilä)

15.15 Coffee break

15.30 Project presentations (15 minutes each):

  • Professor Anu Kantele (University of Helsinki), Dr Marko Virta (University of Helsinki) and Dr Salla Sariola (University of Turku): Occurrence, Sources and Prevention of Antimicrobial Resistance in West Africa – Following the Flow of AMR Genes between Humans, Animals and Environment
  • Dr Henry Maina (University of Helsinki): Superior Grain Safety with Designed Mycotoxin Binding Properties (POWERGRAIN) (Presentation by Associate Professor Kati Katina)
  • Professor Olli Vapalahti (University of Helsinki): Preparedness for Emerging Zoonotic Infections in Kenya

16.15 Comments: Senior Adviser Pekka Seppälä, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Discussion.

17.00 Next steps, questions and answers, Mikko Ylikangas and Riitta Launonen

17.30 Closing words, Director General Satu Santala, Department for Development Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

17.40 Light buffet, networking and mingling

More information

Mikko Ylikangas
Programme Manager 
tel. +358 295 335 143

Riitta Launonen
Science Adviser
tel. +358 295 335 059

Erika Lempiäinen
Project Officer 
tel. +358 295 335 101


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