12 Oct 2019 Baltic Sea conference in Vantaa


Finnish Federation of Graduate Women (FFGW) welcomes you to the Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea conference 2019 (FB event)

Together for
and Commitment to our common Baltic Sea

Place: Science Center Heureka, Vantaa, Finland
Time: Saturday 12 October 2019 08:00 – 16:30

👉 #GraduateWomen2019 conference weekend has come to an end. Thank you for everyone! You can watch the video recordings here. The next Baltic Sea conference will be held in Sweden in November 2021. See you there! 


According to the 2017 Gender Equality Index, gender equality is progressing at a snail’s pace in the EU. In Finland, there are even indications of backsliding in gender equality. In the research literature, it is widely accepted that it is not possible to attain a more equal society for men and women without reducing the segregation in education and working life. In addition to improved social policies and structural changes, a more equal society requires concrete action. In our conference, the Graduate Women of the Baltic region seek solutions to dismantle segregation. At the same time, the focus is on how women and women’s organizations can positively respond to climate change and the protection of our shared Baltic Sea. Climate change is also a matter of equality. Bringing together professionals working in gender equality and the protection of the Baltic Sea and women from different countries will lead into sustainable action.

Organizers: Finnish Federation of Graduate Women together with British Embassy Finland, Eesti Akadeemiliste Naiste Ühing, Федерация женщин с университетским образованием, Kvinnliga Akademikers Förening and Lietuvos Universitetų Moterų Asociacija

The previous Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea conferences were held in Estonia (2016) and Lithuania (2017).

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Time: 17:00 – 18:00
Place: Vantaa City Hall (Asematie 7, 01300 Vantaa)
Mayor’s reception 

Time: 8:00 – 16:30
Place: Auditorium at the Finnish Science Center Heureka (Tiedepuisto 1, 01300 Vantaa)
Graduate Women’s Baltic Sea Conference 2019

08.00 – 09.00 Registration and morning coffee with fruits

09 – 09.10 Welcome
President Kirsi Jokikokko
Finnish Federation of Graduate Women, FGGW

09.10 – 09.30 Equal pay NOW – University Women of Europe, UWE’s equal pay complaint to the Council of Europe
President Anne Negre
University Women of Europe

09.30 – 10.00 Keynote 1: Beyond Time for Change
Professor Carole Mundell
Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK

10.00 – 10.30 Keynote 2: Difference in similarity? Gender stereotypical attitudes and lived practices in Estonia, Lithuania and Iceland
Associate professor of sociology Triin Roosalu
Tallinn university, Estonia

10.30 – 11.00 Keynote 3: Explaining Gender Segregation in Education, Ideas for Change
PhD researcher Inkeri Tanhua
SEGLI research project, Hanken School of Economics

11.00 – 12.30 Lunch break (self-financed)

12.30 – 14.00 WORKSHOPS (auditorium and the three rooms next to the auditorium)

WS 1 Breaking the Gender-based Occupational Stereotypes: Experience from Cross-culture Crossmedia Experiment (Chair: Triin Roosalu)
WS 2 Gender Equality in Academia and Research – Best practices from the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women Academic Network) Charter, UK (Chair: Gary Loke)
WS 3 Empowering Immigrant Women – The Success Story of Auroras Mentoring Network (Chair: Emmi Juutilainen)
WS 4 Share your stories – Graduate Women’s inspirational career choices (Chair: Anne Turunen)
WS 5 Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) (Chair: Zoya Apevalova)

13.30 – 14.00 Workshop wrap-up at the auditorium

14.00 – 14.30 Coffee break

14.30 – 16.00 PANEL DISCUSSION: Protecting the Baltic sea – What can women organizations do?

14.30 – 14.45
Keynote 4: The Baltic Sea, Climate and Biodiversity – Women working for the Earth
Saara Kankaanrinta, Baltic Sea Action Group

14.45 – 15.00
Keynote 5: You, me and the sea – How Baltic Sea can make climate action more approachable to young people
Riina Pursiainen, Finnish Agenda2030 Youth Group

15.00 – 16.00 Panel discussion
• Ombudsman Annamari Arraskoski-Engardt, John Nurminen Foundation
• Chairman of the board Saara Kankaanrinta, Baltic Sea Action Group
• Project manager Wende Luvinga Heinoja, Niras
Board member Tuula Pohjola, National Council of Women of Finland
Project manager Riina Pursiainen, Finnish Agenda2030 Youth Group
• Ambassador for Baltic Sea Affairs Helena Tuuri, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Chair: Dr. Minna Keinänen-Toivola, FFGW

16.00 – 16.30 Discussion and closing remarks: Let’s Take Action
President of the FFGW Kirsi Jokikokko
16.30 End of the seminar

16:30 – 19:00 Break (Please note that the Heureka’s science exhibitions are open only until 6 pm.)

19:00 – 21:00 Dinner at Hotel Sokos Vantaa (Hertaksentie 2, 01300 Vantaa

Time: 10:00 – 12:00
Place: FFGW’s office in Helsinki (Temppelikatu 13, 00100Helsinki)
Meeting of the national associations’ official representatives (max 3 per federation): resolution and planning of the next conference

Parallel social events in Helsinki on Sunday at 10:00 – 12:00

A. Visit to central library OODI (max 25 people)

B. Check Visit Helsinki and make your own plans for the day! 

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There will be no registration fee. All the meals are, however, self-financed.

* Brunch at Heureka: 19,90 €

* Buffet dinner at Sokos Hotel: 43 €

You can pay the brunch directly to the Heureka restaurant. Both cards and cash are accepted.

* * * For dinner attendance, we kindly ask you to pay the dinner (43 €) beforehand to Finnish Federation of Graduate Women’s bank account FI32 1808 3000 0019 21 (FI = Finland) before 01 October 2019. The bank’s name is Nordea and its BIC code is NDEAFIHH. * * *


The conference will be held in the Finnish Science Center Heureka which is located in Tikkurila district of Vantaa. The district itself is only 5 kilometres away from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport and there is a regular train connection between them.


In Tikkurila district, you can find accommodation for variety of budgets. 

Please check the prices from the hotels before booking the accommodation.


10 minutes’ walk from the Science Center Heureka.
No breakfast. Rooms include a small kitchen.

Room for 1 – 74 euros per night
Room for 2 – 89 euros per night
Room for 4 – 176 euros per night

Hotel Tikkurila

10 minutes’ walk from the Science Center Heureka.
Breakfast included.

Room for 1 – 68 euros per night
Room for 2 – 86 euros per night
Room for 3 – 104 euros per night
Room for 4 – 124 euros per night
Room for 5 – 142 euros per night
Room for 6 – 162 euros per night
Room for 7 – 180 euros per night
Room for 8 – 198 euros per night

Sokos Hotel Vantaa

5 minutes’ walk from the Science Center Heureka.

Room for 1 – 133 euros per night
Room for 2 – 153 euros per night
Breakfast included.

You may also take the local train from Tikkurila to city of Helsinki (15 min) and find your accommodation from there. Please see www.booking.com for further accommodation options. For train timetables, please visit HSL’s webpage.



The latest weather forecast for Tikkurila district can be found here.


For any inquiries, please contact Susanna: sanl.fkaf(a)akateemisetnaiset.fi


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