Welcome to Novia University of Applied Science’s RDI Seminar in Turku 19th April!

RDI Seminar 2023

Novia UAS, the largest Swedish-speaking University of Applied Sciences in Finland, welcomes you to the RDI seminar on 19th of April in Turku! The theme for the day is Sustainability, Digitalisation, and Interdisciplinary Sciences. We will hear different views on the subject from invited experts.

This event offers you a supreme opportunity to network and to get familiar with our Research, Development, and Innovation (RDI) activities. The day will give you a new understanding of our RDI projects and perhaps open new possibilities for cooperation.

The seminar is held in English.

Please register for the event no later than 14th of April. Link to registration. 


Venue: Auriga Business Center 

Address: Juhana Herttuan Puistokatu 21, Turku, Finland.  

12:00 Welcoming words and introduction

Eva Sandberg-Klipi, Vice President of Novia UAS  

Johanna Liinamaa, Head of Research at Novia UAS 

12:30: Panel Discussion, Sustainability

Has the buzz gone out of sustainability? Is the world plunging into doom while we argue semantics? Meet our experts working in fields that can make or break the global sustainability challenge.

Participants: Johan Saarela, Product Development Manager (Ab Stormossen Oy - Waste Management Service), Sara Libäck-Sandin, Sustainability Consultant (Losvik&Flén), Farid Karimi, Senior Lecturer (University of Jyväskylä), Anika Nicolaas-Ponder, Head of Department Climate and Innovation (IKEM - Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility)

Panel Chairs: Marianne Fred and Hanna Guseff, Novia UAS  

13:30 - 13:40 Break  
13:40:  Panel Discussion, Digitalisation

Digitalisation – an unavoidable dash towards the metaverse, something to prioritise, or just a smooth process? How does the digitalisation process impact different areas in our society and what progress is being made? Certainly, the pros are many, but what about cons? This is what our multidisciplinary team will discuss. 

Participants: Yvonne Backholm-Nyberg, Operations Manager Experience Lab (Åbo Akademi University), Simon Schäfer-Stradowsky, Managing Director (IKEM - Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility), Johan Westö, PhD, project leader (Novia UAS), Robert Grundmann, Dipl.-Ing., Team Leader Nautical Solutions (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft)

Panel Chairs: John Dahlbacka, Annika Wentjärvi and Mirva Salokorpi, Novia UAS 

14:40 - 15:10 Networking and & Poster Presentation 
15.15: Panel Discussion, Interdisciplinarity

Are we truly capable of thinking across boundaries or are we limited to our reference approach? Can there be researchers without any core academic discipline? Are successful projects always based on collaboration? 

Participants: Einat Amir, Artist, doctoral researcher and educator (Aalto University), Nina Tynkkynen, Professor 
Social Sciences (Åbo Akademi University), Daniela Mårtenson, R&D Coordinator (Centria University of Applied Sciences)

Panel Chairs:  Ruslan Gunko and Therese Sunngren-Granlund, Novia UAS 

Networking and & Poster Presentation until 17:00  


For more information please contact

Novia UAS, Research Coordinator Otto Långvik, Otto.langvik@novia.fi 

Novia UAS, Communicator Caroline Lång, Caroline.lang@novia.fi