Funded projects

Since the beginning of its history, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation has awarded nearly 80 million EUR in research and other projects promoting environmental conservation.

After the year 2000, the total sum granted annually has grown from 1.4 million EUR close to 4 million EUR. Most of the projects  have been supported over several years.

See the list of all funded projects here. You can search for funded projects by a word or a year.

2021

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Birge TraciPollinator-friendly farms: advisory materials for farmers

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Helsingin yliopistoImplementation of research knowledge57530

Pollinator-friendly farms: advisory materials for farmers

Hankkeen tavoitteena on luoda pölyttäjäystävällinen maatilakonsepti suomalaisille maatiloille tuottamalla neuvontamateriaalia, jossa esitellään tutkimustietoa ja neuvotaan parhaat toimenpiteet ja ratkaisut, joilla voidaan kehittää omaa maatilaa pölyttäjäystävällisemmäksi. Pölyttäjäystävällisen maatalous on osa uudistavaa eli regeneratiivistä maataloutta. Hankkeen aikana tuotetaan viljelijöille kohdennettu Pölyttäjäystävällinen maatila -opas (suomeksi ja ruotsiksi), järjestetään webinaari (suomeksi), järjestetään yksi videoitava pellonpiennarpäivä Vihdissä ja tarjotaan lehtiartikkeleita medialla.

Educate farmers on pollinator friendly farming best practices and solutions for making one’s own farm more pollinator-friendly. Pollinator-friendly agriculture is part of regenerative agriculture. The project will produce a guide (Finnish and Swedish) for farmers, host a webinar, organise one field day for farmers, and offer articles to the media.


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Fernandez Galeote DanielOur Planet at Play: Understanding and creating game-based climate change engagement

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University of TamperePhD -research79550

Our Planet at Play: Understanding and creating game-based climate change engagement

This project aims to understand the potential of games for climate change engagement. The final goal is to develop, test and disseminate a new digital game to promote citizen engagement with climate change, its causes, present and future impacts, and climate action measures. The knowledge to develop the game stems from an exhaustive literature review on the topic and an analysis of existing video games that engage players with climate change.

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Hall ClioImpact of temperature and salinity change on food web interactions in marine plankton communities

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Helsinki UniversityPhD -research28290

Impact of temperature and salinity change on food web interactions in marine plankton communities

This project aims to investigate plankton interactions under different scenarios of warming and freshening of the Baltic Sea. We will use projections for future temperature and salinity change derived from modelling techniques to set up semi-natural experiments at Tvärminne Zoological Station. Results from this project will be used to develop new management strategies, in which mitigation targets are better suited to predicting climatic changes.

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Jämsä JohannaValue-based well-being effects of nature - and how to support them via urban planning?

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University of TurkuPhD -research104200

Value-based well-being effects of nature - and how to support them via urban planning?

The aim is to research how nature supports the urban inhabitants’ value-based well-being: meaningful life, mental health supporting paradigms, empowerment through human agency and good social relations. This research also maps what kind of green spaces provide these well-being benefits so that these areas can be conserved and advanced in the urban planning, also under the pressure of densification of the urban structure.

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Kärkkäinen SirpaUpper secondary students argumentation skills in socical environmental aims - implementation project

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University of Eastern FinlandImplementation of research knowledge45500

Upper secondary students argumentation skills in socical environmental aims - implementation project

The project will implement data gathered in a study concerning argumentation skills of students in general upper secondary education regarding social environmental issues and an assessment tool for argumentation skills developed in the study. This project promotes the development of cross-disciplinary outlook, critical thinking and argumentation skills regarding general education and university education. In addition, this project contributes to the realization of the core curriculum in everyday teaching.

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Niemi LarissaThe advancing of environmental sustainability in the Finnish health care sector

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University of TurkkuPhD -research78000

The advancing of environmental sustainability in the Finnish health care sector

The Finnish health care sector is aware of its social responsibility, but now the sector is facing its adverse impacts on our natural environment. This doctoral thesis aims to find out how environmental sustainability is advanced in the Finnish health care sector. The research pays special attention to sustainability agency in the sector, and how it can be supported to improve the sector's environmental sustainability.

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Nikkanen HannaLong Play's task force: Tenacious journalism about human societies, finance and the biosphere

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CompanyImplementation of research knowledge60125

Long Play's task force: Tenacious journalism about human societies, finance and the biosphere

The project launches a specialized task force within the online longform publisher Long Play. A team of journalists and interdisciplinary researchers collaborate to produce 5-8 longform stories as well as shorter pieces and events. The stories uncover new information and help readers approach complex phenomena with curiosity and independent thought. A bilingual (FI/EN) final report will describe best practices in environmental narratives.

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Perko NinniSilentopia: Building a rite of hope with dance, jazz and the essence of ants

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FoundationImplementation of research knowledge80000

Silentopia: Building a rite of hope with dance, jazz and the essence of ants

The multisectoral Silentopia-project reinforces the ability of individuals and communities to meet the inevitable change of the ways of life and values. The project aims to increase resilience and agency by relieving eco-anxiety through art, and by opening the horizon of meaningful pro-environment acts on the basis of scientific facts.

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Pietiläinen SonjaThe greening of spatial politics: The far-right, environment and climate change in Finland and Russia


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Other UniversityPhD -research78000

The greening of spatial politics: The far-right, environment and climate change in Finland and Russia




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Pouta PasiFlowering meadows in the city – how to increase vascular plant diversity in urban novel grasslands?

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Helsinki UniversityPhD -research25292

Flowering meadows in the city – how to increase vascular plant diversity in urban novel grasslands?

My research aim is to identify the key factors driving plant communities and their biodiversity in urban novel grasslands, as well as methods to increase their biodiversity. Traditional semi-natural grasslands and their species have become increasingly endangered, but novel grasslands, such as road verges, extensively managed open-vegetated green areas and wastelands offer habitat for many grasslands species. I will produce ecological and sociological information that can be used to increase their biodiversity.


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Renlund JennyExploring children’s aesthetic experiences and collective aesthetic reflection in nature through arts-based methods

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Helsinki UniversityPhD -research71500

Exploring children’s aesthetic experiences and collective aesthetic reflection in nature through arts-based methods

This PhD study aims to investigate the potential of aesthetic experience and collective aesthetic reflection through arts-based methods for promoting young children’s (3-9 years) consideration and care for nature. In doing so, the goal is to generate new research knowledge and develop arts-based methods for children’s aesthetic literacy within environmental education.


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Salminen TeemuReducing uncertainties of the climate effect of atmospheric aerosols by applying element methods and inverse mathematics

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University of Eastern FinlandPhD -research87775

Reducing uncertainties of the climate effect of atmospheric aerosols by applying element methods and inverse mathematics

The main objective of my research is approximate quantities and confidence intervals of aerosol process rates from previously measured data by developing state of art solver based on finite element methods and inversion mathematics. The solver will be applied to various global climate models to estimate behavior of atmospheric aerosols more accurately than with current models. This gives new insight about the climate effects of the atmospheric aerosols.



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Scherer AntoineRewilding as a strategy to combine ecological restoration, conservation and social sciences - How can we assess the success of rewilding actions ?

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University of Eastern FinlandPhD -research112250

Rewilding as a strategy to combine ecological restoration, conservation and social sciences - How can we assess the success of rewilding actions ?

This PhD will focus on the topic of rewilding, a recent concept emerging as an effective way to restore and conserve nature while empowering human communities.
Within the theoretical framework of international policies on climate change and biodiversity, this project aims to develop new ways to assess the success of a rewilding programme, based on an innovative combination of biological and community-based indicators.


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Suomalainen SiniEffective utilization of textile waste

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Aalto UniversityImplementation of research knowledge75000

Effective utilization of textile waste

The project will increase the readiness of Finnish industry to introduce materials processed from recycled textiles. The project will implement an open video and online course and facilitate small group meetings with the aim of creating new industrial symbioses around waste textiles in a circular economy. This promotes the textile circular economy ecosystem being built in Finland and Europe.


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Takkinen PasiThe Implications of Post-Sustainability And Unsustainable Relationship With Technology for the Philososophy of Education

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University of TamperePhD -research109600

The Implications of Post-Sustainability And Unsustainable Relationship With Technology for the Philososophy of Education

Doctroal thesis brings forth the problems of the post-sustainability thesis for philosophy of education. The post-sustainability stance forces one to re-evaluete the philosophical basis of the environmental education. This dilemma of the lost future manifests itself in the school strike for climate. The research links these questions with perspectives from the philosophy of technology, that will illuminate the problems of sustainability and the importance of technological awareness in education.

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Tähkäpää OttoEducation and training in the ecological reconstruction toolkit

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FoundationImplementation of research knowledge46500

Education and training in the ecological reconstruction toolkit

The training program implemented in the project enables principals to anticipate the effects of sustainability crisis and ecological reconstruction on education. Based on multidisciplinary research data, the program provides principals with tools to develop their own schools into a transformative force of the society. The co-creation process between researchers and principals aims in creating novel solutions for the reform of school community management, operating culture and teaching.

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Vanhanen TuomasSector coupling for energy system flexibility in an urban area

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University of TamperePhD -research116896

Sector coupling for energy system flexibility in an urban area

The aim of my research is to remove barriers to the integration of low-emission energy production into the energy system globally. The research focuses on sector-coupling of the electricity, heat, gas and transport sectors. The information produced by the research and the public discussion I facilitate, benefit the regulation in the field and the development of new business models. When successful, research will accelerate the energy transition and lead to faster mitigation of climate change.

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Zheng YuThe mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions by manipulating water table level on peat soil growing grass in eastern Finland -- mesocosm and field studies

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University of Eastern FinlandPhD -research120001

The mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions by manipulating water table level on peat soil growing grass in eastern Finland -- mesocosm and field studies

Tutkimuksen tavoitteena on määrittää boreaalisten turvepeltojen ilmastovaikutukset ja selvittää voidaanko näiden peltojen kasvihuonekaasupäästöjä hillitä muuttamalla veden pinnantasoa kentällä ja mesokosmoksissa. Lisäksi selvitetään reaktiivisten typpimonoksidin ja typpihapokkeen päästöt. Tutkimus tuottaa kriittisesti tärkeää tietoa vedenpinnan tason vaikutuksesta myös satotasoihin. Tätä tietoa tarvitaan pikaisesti maatalouden KHK-päästöjä koskevassa yhteiskunnallisessa päätöksenteossa.

This project aims to determine the climatic impact of a boreal grassland cultivated on peat soils and the mitigation potential of the greenhouse gas emissions using water level manipulation in situ and in mesocosms. Also, the reactive nitric oxide and nitrous acid emissions will be studied. The outcome of the project will provide essential advice for feasible water table levels concerning reasonable grass yields. The data is urgently needed by policymakers for GHG mitigation plans of agriculture.

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