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Nature Promoting Human Health Seminar

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Conference and Culture Centre Sofia, Kallvikintie 28, Helsinki, 27 May 2011

Background and purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the seminar is to convene representatives of different sectors (research, medicine, public health, tourism, state authority, urban development, forest administration...) to learn and discuss how nature can promote human health and prevent diseases.

In the morning, we will learn about the recent research findings. Presentations will be given by the research team members of a joint Finnish-Japanese project “Stress-reducing qualities of urban green areas”. The project started this year, and it is led by the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla) and the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Japan. The seminar language in the morning will be English.

In the afternoon, there will be a Panel Discussion about the future development of the field in Finland. What are the ways to promote the adaptation of the knowledge into practice? What are the obstacles for development and what are the additional needs for knowledge? All participants are welcome to participate in the discussion. The language of the discussion in the afternoon will be mainly Finnish.


9:00 Coffee and refreshments

9:30 - 9:45 Welcome and introduction Prof. Liisa Tyrväinen, Metla
Presentation: Health promoting qualities of nature (pdf, 1.7 Mb)

9:45 - 10:15 Physiological effects of nature visits Dr. Yuko Tsunetsugu, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Japan
Presentation (pdf, 2.2 Mb)

10:15 - 10:45 Does nature affect human immune function? Dr. Qing Li, Nippon Medical School, Japan
Presentation (pdf, 6.3 Mb)

10:45 - 11:00 Break, refreshments

11:00 - 11:30 Psychological health benefits of nature Prof. Kalevi Korpela, University of Tampere
Presentation (pdf, 745kb)

11:30 - 12:00 Effects of vehicular air pollution and noise on human health Dr. Timo Lanki, National Institute for Health and Welfare
Presentation (pdf, 1.3 Mb)

12:00 - 12:30 Commentary remarks

12:30 - 13:30 Buffet lunch

13:30 - 13:40 Paneelikeskustelun avaus Ylijohtaja, DG Hannu Raitio, Metla, IUFROn (International Union of Forest Research Organizations) Forests and Human Health -hankkeen koordinaattori

13:40 - 15:00 Paneelikeskustelu, pj. VTT Erkki Kauhanen, Viestintäpäällikkö, Metla


The meeting will take place at Conference and Cultural Centre Sofia, Kallvikintie 28, Helsinki (map). Sofia is located 15 km from the Helsinki city centre and Helsinki-Vantaa airport.


Please use this on-line registration form. The seminar has no registration fee but the organizers reserve the right to limit the number of participants, if needed. Deadline for the registration is 12 May 2011.


A limited amount of rooms has been reserved at the seminar venue in Sofia for those who need accommodation before the seminar. The special price, valid for reservations made before 12 May 2011, is 98 € (single-room) 140 € (apartment for 1-2 people) including buffet breakfast, evening sauna and swim as well as free parking. Participants are requested to make their own hotel reservation (Code: Nature promoting human health): E-mail:, tel.: +358 (0) 10277 900.

More information

For questions concerning the contents of the sessions please contact Dr. Eeva Karjalainen (, tel. +358 10 2112146) or Prof. Liisa Tyrväinen (, tel. +358 10 2114553).

For questions concerning the practical arrangements of the seminar please contact Ms. Anne Luhtala
(anne.luhtala @, tel. +358 10 2112013).

We are looking forward to meeting you in May!

Sydämellisesti tervetuloa seminaariin!

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