Sobio Days 2022


Perspectives on financing biosociety development – opportunities, challenges, and justice
7 th – 8 th November 2022
Joensuu campus, online option via Teams

SOBIO network and FORES doctoral school invite scholars and students to this networking event to broaden our knowledge and meet fellow biosociety researchers.

In this year’s event, we will discuss various perspectives on financing biosociety development. Welcome to join!

SOBIO Days is an annual seminar of the SOBIO research network, including activities such as keynote speakers’ presentations, researchers’ presentations, discussions about the topics within the focuses of the network, pitch session for master’s degree students and doctoral researchers, and networking among participants.

Seminar Programme

Monday 7.11.2022:

Time and place | 13 – 16.30 (Finnish time, UTC+2h) Aurora AU112, Joensuu campus & online  

Welcoming coffee/tea 

13.00 – 13.15 | Introduction  

13.15 – 14.15 | Keynote 1: Dr. Tuomo Kauranne, Arbonaut Farmers, landowners and investment funds – causing climate crisis or coupled in sustainable circularity in the Global South” 

Discussion with the keynote speaker. 


14.30 – 15.30 | Keynote 2: Dr. Minna Pekkonen, Development Manager, Biodiversity Centre, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) 

“Biodiversity offsetting – current situation in Finland and potential future perspectives” 

Discussion with the keynote speaker. 

15.30-16.30 | Research presentations. Researchers introducing their research topics. 

Beatus Temu: Linkages of Energy Sector to the Tanzania National Economy and Implications to Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Application of the Input-output Methodology  

Leticia Musese: Maesopsis invasion on rodent community in East Usambara Mountain  

Sergey Sidorenko: Farm to Fork opportunities for sustainable food processing: production in Finland in terms of food losses in organic farming supply chains 

16.30-20.00 | Networking event & sauna AU110 

Tuesday 8.11.2022:  

Time and place: 9 – 12.10 (Finnish time, UTC+2h) Aurora AU111, Joensuu campus & online  

9.00 – 10.00 | Keynote 3: Dr. Maija Halonen, University of Eastern Finland: “Regional forest bioeconomy – Development actors’ perspectives on policies, power, and justice” 

Discussion with the keynote speaker. 

10.05 – 11.00 | Pitch session. MSc and PhD students introducing their research topics. 

11.00 – 12.00 | Research presentations. Researchers introducing their research topics. 

Raija Komppula: UEF Business School research on nature-based tourism and recreation  

Rijal Ramdani: Collaborative everyday adaptation to deal with peatland fires: Case study on the east coast of Sumatra, Indonesia  

Karen Magtibay: Frame Analysis of the Roles of Forests in SDG 15.1-related Policies 

12.00 | Closing words 

12.10 | Lunch at Aura Restaurant (self-covered) 

Keynote speakers

Potrait of mr. Tuomo Kauranne

Dr. Tuomo Kauranne, President, CEO in Arbonaut Ltd.

Dr. Tuomo Kauranne, President of Arbonaut Ltd. has lead the forest intelligence company Arbonaut since its foundation in 1994. Dr.Kauranne holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology and an honorary doctorate in Forestry from the University of Eastern Finland.

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Potrait of ms. Minna Pekkonen

Dr. Minna Pekkonen, Development Manager, Biodiversity Centre, Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

Minna Pekkonen holds PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from University of Helsinki. She works as a senior Researcher at Finnish Environment Institute SYKE. Her expertise covers development related to ecological compensations in biodiversity and carbon offsetting.

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Potrait of ms. Maija Halonen

Dr. Maija Halonen, Postdoctoral Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies, Department of Geographical and Historical Studies, University of Eastern Finland.

Her expertise covers development related to forest peripheries.

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About the organizers

Questions about the seminar can be addressed to Daniela Nousiainen,

Questions about the pitching session can be addressed to Denis Dobrynin,

Organizing committee: Daniela Nousiainen, Kaisa Vainio, Denis Dobrynin, Philipp Chambers

Social Scientific Biosociety Research Network (SOBIO) is a multidisciplinary research network, which brings together scholars studying social aspects of bioeconomy. SOBIO constitutes one of the research networks of University of Eastern Finland. SOBIO works with close collaboration with LUKE and EFI.

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Doctoral Programme in Forests and Bioresources (FORES) is a thematic, multidisciplinary programme covering forests and sustainable use of forests. With a strong international focus, our programme covers all fields of forest sciences and research training for postgraduate students with an interest in the forest-based bioeconomy, renewable resources and biomaterials. With a unique profile at the University of Eastern Finland, ours is the only doctoral programme in Finland focused on forests and renewable resources and biomaterials provided by them.

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