Baltic University Programme’s Annual Student Conference 2019
Sustainable Consumption and Circular Economy in the Baltic Sea region
The Baltic University Programme and Euroakadeemia, can proudly present the BUP’s annual student conference 2019, on the topic of sustainable consumption and circular economy in the Baltic Sea region. A conference for students studying at undergraduate and graduate level in the Baltic Sea region.
The application period is now closed and the participants have been selected. We have received over 190 applications and unfortunately only 70 students could be selected to participate.
Time: 25th to 28th of April, 2019
Location: Aegviidu, Harjumaa, Estonia
Topic and speakers
How do we reach a sustainable consumption that stays within the ecological boundaries of our planet? Is turning our linear system thinking into a circular one going to solve the problems
During our four days conference, we will deepen the participants understanding in the Sustainable Development Goals, with special attention to goal number 12 “Sustainable Production and Consumption”. We will approach the issues surrounding unsustainable resource usage and the emissions driven by our consumption. During the conference, participants will take part in a number of lectures, workshops, seminars and simulations.
Our invited speakers:
Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI)
Sylvia Lorek & SERI:
Sylvia Lorek is working on the interlinkages of the individual micro-economic and the societal macroeconomic perspective in which the scientific and societal discourses about sustainable consumption take place. As head of SERI Germany e.V. she is working on studies and as consultant for national and international organisations. She has a lecturer position at the University of Applied Science in Münster.
Sitra, the future-oriented organisation of the Finnish people
Sitra & circular economy:
Marleena Ahonen is a Master of Science in Technology with focus on environmental sustainability with a human twist. For Marleena, the circular economy is the world’s best and most inspiring strategies to create a sustainable, meaningful tomorrow, where everyone can and needs to be involved in making the change. Her work in Sitra is focused on influencing all parts of the Finnish society to evolve into a circular one. In the future, everyone has the right to own nothing.
Aire Rihe has a Master’s degree in finance and macroeconomics from the University of Tartu, Estonia. She has worked for the Ministry of the Environment of Estonia over 6 years and has been responsible for the topics of environmental taxation and the charge rates for pollution and mining, eco-innovation and circular economy as well as the environmental dimension. She is also the focal point in the ministry for all issues in relation to United Nations Environment Programme and has worked as Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2017 and as Presidency of the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2018 and 2019.
Kristiina Martin is a Junior Expert at SEI Tallinn’s Environmental Management Program. She is working promoting the concept of circular economy in Estonia and is involved in different sustainable production and consumption related projects. Her main project is researching post-consumer textile flows in the Baltic countries as they play an important role in the Nordic textile waste management.
Jessika Luth Ritcher
Jessika Luth Richter’s research is in the area of product policy, with particular focus on waste electrical and electronic products and critical materials. She explores how questions related to design, repair, disposal, collection, labels and procurement can be addressed in a synergistic way. This has involved working with policy and lifecycle analysis across several research projects. She is also involved in teaching in Masters programmes in environmental policy and developing massive open online courses - the latest: “Circular Economy: sustainable materials management”.
Research portfolio: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Katherine_Whalen
Katherine Whalen researches business aspects of circular economy in MISTRA REES, a Swedish research program on circular economy. She is involved in education at Lund University, teaching courses on eco-design to undergraduate and master’s students. Her interests include business model innovation, entrepreneurship, and game-based learning. She is founder of In the Loop Games AB, a start-up that aims to make education for sustainable development understandable and fun, and recently launched Getting In the Loop, a weekly podcast dedicated to exploring our progress to a more circular society.
The conference will be held in Aegviidu (approximately 65 km southeast of Tallinn) at a holiday resort named Nelijärve (Trans. “the four lakes”). Its rural location and beautiful nature will provide a beautiful set for our conference. Check it out here: http://www.nelijarve.ee/
Travelling to Tallinn
Tallinn is an easily accessible location from most of the Baltic Sea region. It is well connected with both ferries, buses, trains and flights. We encourage students to find the most sustainable means of transportation to attend our conferences, thus we urge students to find alternatives to flying. Below are some listed alternatives:
Ferries emit roughly 50% less greenhouse gases, compared with travelling the same distance by airplane. Although being far from perfect, ferries provide a climate smart alternative to flights. There are daily departures to Tallinn from cities like Stockholm, Mariehamn and Sankt Petersburg. There are also around 20 daily departures with ferry from Helsinki.
Some of the ferry companies are listed below:
Tallink Silja Line: https://www.tallinksilja.com/book-a-cruise
Viking Line: https://www.sales.vikingline.com/
St Peterline: https://stpeterline.com/en_US
Eckerö Line: https://www.eckeroline.com/
The easiest way of travelling the Baltic countries is by bus. Several companies offers luxury buses with wifi, entertainment, toilets and beverages. The price is often less than half the price of a flight and connects all the major cities in the region. Some of the best connected are: Riga, Vilnius, Kaunas, Minsk, Kiev, Sankt Petersburg, Pskov, Warsaw & Berlin.
Some of the bus companies are listed below:
The conference is planned and organized by the Baltic University Programme’s coordinating secretariat at Uppsala University, Euroakadeemia University and the National BUP centre in Estonia. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.
The Baltic University Programme coordinating secretariat
Prof. Tatjana Põlajeva
National Centre Director BUP Estonia
International Student Representative
University of Warsaw
Deputy Intenational Student Representative
University of Greifswald
Download the conference Poster.