Future Earth Finland – National Committee for Global Change Research brings the new global change initiative, Future Earth, to Finland. The new National Committee engages both scientists and end-users of scientific knowledge to design research on solutions for sustainable development.

Future Earth Finland aims to tackle questions on global change and sustainable development from an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective and to ensure that research is planned and produced in a close partnership with the society and end-users of science. These objectives are reflected in the Steering Group of the National Committee, which consists of high-level scientists across different disciplines and end-users of science from the most central stakeholder groups. The chair of the Steering Group for the term 2014–2017 is Professor Markku Kulmala from the University of Helsinki. The nine other members represent natural and social sciences, ministries and municipalities, industry, and economic stakeholders. The secretariat of the National Committee is located at the University of Helsinki.

Chair Markku Kulmala emphasizes the important role of the National Committees within the Future Earth initiative. In addition to advancing understanding of global change and sustainability issues, Future Earth aims also to contribute to practical solutions. However, implementing solutions and adapting them to local needs requires a close understanding of local factors and close collaboration among local scientists, decision-makers, and other stakeholders. National bodies, such as the National Committees, are necessary to build the required connections between all relevant operators and to translate the international scientific objectives to local narratives. The work of National Committees is further supported by their regional networks, such as the European Alliance of Global Change Research Committees.

For more information please contact:

Professor Markku Kulmala
Future Earth Finland
Tel: +358 40 596 23 11

Secretary General
Tanja Suni, PhD
Future Earth Finland
Tel: + 358 50 415 4755

Science Secretary
Iina Koskinen, MA
Future Earth Finland
Tel: + 358 50 415 4755

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