Thematics Talk Together: Sustainability and ethics of medication and food

    What is sustainability within health, diagnostics and drug development? What are the environmental impacts of medication and food? What are the ethical decisions in relation to the cost of medication?

    Come and join the interesting discussion about these topics and more at the Thematics Talk Together seminar organized together by Health, diagnostics and drug development (HDDD) thematic collaboration and Health Campus Turku. Leading experts within sustainability, medication and food will share their insights and knowledge on these topics in a panel discussions giving the audience a possibility to join to the conversation as well. Coffee and tea is served before the event, and after the panels there is networking with snacks and drinks in the lobby.

    Hanna Haveri, an expert on planetary health, will open the event with a keynote speech on biodiversity and health.

    We promise that you will not leave this event empty handed. This crucially important topic is present in our everyday lives and work and we should all consider our own actions to promote sustainability.

    Everyone interested in the topic of the seminar is welcome to join!


    Sustainability and ethics of medication and food

    Wednesday 8 February 2023 at 14:15-16:00
    UTU Main Building, Säästöpankki lecture hall
    On-site event only


    14:15    OPENING WORDS
    Jyrki Heino, HDDD chair of executive committee
    Eriikka Siirala, Health Campus Turku executive director

    14:20    KEY-NOTE TALK: Connections between biodiversity and human health – a planetary health perspective
    Hanna Haveri, Wellbeing services county of Päijät-Häme

    14:45    PANEL DISCUSSION: Environmental impacts of medication and food
    Sanja Riikonen, Univeristy of Helsinki
    Saska Tuomasjukka, Functional Foods Forum
    Terhi Lehtinen, FIMEA

    15:15    PANEL DISCUSSION: Ethical aspects on the price of medication
    Susanne Uusitalo, University of Turku (moderator)
    Heikki Lukkarinen, Turku University Hospital
    Mika Kortelainen, University of Turku
    Juha Laine, University of Turku

    15:45    Closing of the event, after which networking and mingling with snacks and drinks in the lobby


    Take a look at the final program and details

    Please register by Friday 3 February 2023
    If you would like to participate to the event after the registration is closed please send an email to Maija Lespinasse (


    Event organisers

    Health, diagnostics and drug development (HDDD) focuses on research which creates medical and technological breakthroughs to advance population health. Turku region has a strong expertise cluster in health research where scientific research, public healthcare, and versatile business life meet.

    Health Campus Turku is a significant multidisciplinary knowledge cluster within medicine, social and health care and technology which offers unique opportunities for research, innovation and corporate collaboration.

    The Steering Group for Sustainable Development at The University of Turku develops, monitors and evaluates the sustainable development activities of the University in relation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and promotes the realisation of the principles of sustainable development in the practical activities of the University.


    Thematics Talk Together -seminar series addresses topical and interesting themes from the different points of view of the six strategic research and education profiles of the University of Turku. The theme of the seminar series for the academic year 2022–2023 will be Sustainability.