Funded projects

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

During the past 10 years the amount to be spent on the Foundation's purpose is 2,5-3 million EUR annually, of which more than 2 million EUR is allocated for the general grant call. Most of the funded projects are supported over several years.

On this page you will find projects funded in the general grant call.

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

2022

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Ben Lulu OrnaARCTIC X

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Rare Media & Arctic CentreThe implementation of scientific environmental information100000"ARCTIC X” is short documentary film and social media campaign created in collaboration between Rare Media and Arctic Center. “Arctic X” is implemented all over Finland and beyond, at various events.

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Camarena Gomez Maria TeresaMarine microbes and climate change: closing the knowledge gaps with automated cytometry

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Finnish Environment InstitutePost-doctoral research83550MICROCYTE investigates the benefits of using novel cytometry techniques for microbial ecology research and monitoring programs in the Baltic Sea. We will use these techniques to study rapid responses of microbes to heatwaves. We will explore how cytometric methods can be implemented to monitor the state of the Baltic Sea, introducing the assessment of small heterotrophic organisms, and we will contribute to the international harmonization of cytometric methods.


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Hausmann AnnaAssessing public perceptions of the global environmental crisis on social media

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University of JyväskyläPost-doctoral research75730The goal of the project is to understand the diversity of perceptions towards the global environmental crisis on social media and people’s preferences for potential actions to advance goals related to climate change, biodiversity loss and sustainable development.


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Haverinen SamuelThe role of methane and nitrous oxide emissions from water bodies on greenhouse gas balances of a northern catchments

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Finnish Meteorologival InstitutePhD -research119500The objective of this project is to develop a catchment level spatial tool for estimating greenhouse gas fluxes from freshwater surfaces and land ecosystems in northern regions. The tool is needed for improving the estimates of greenhouse gas balances and climate impacts at catchment level.

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Orola AnniAssessment and improvement possibilities for social sustainability of electric vehicle battery material production

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LUT UniversityPhD -research117713The aim of this doctoral thesis is to research social sustainability impacts of materials used in electric vehicle battery production. These are e.g., cobalt and lithium and new battery materials that are still in the development phase. Also, the social sustainability impacts of recycling and virgin raw material extraction are compared in this study. Social life cycle assessment (SLCA) is used as method and its possibilities and development opportunities are also assessed.


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Sulkava RistoA science-based and digital, map-based meeting place of nature compensations for researchers, landowners, compensation project organizers and buyers

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CompanyThe implementation of scientific environmental information98117The project will bring together different players in the ecological compensation field; researchers, landowners, project organizers and byers. The project aims to build a digital, map-based meeting place that will boost the ecological compensation of businesses community in domestic and local projects in order to slow down global warming, increase biodiversity and clean up waters. In a pilot project focusing on peatland restoration, a landowner and an entrepreneur seeking compensation will finally meet.

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Vezzoni RubenGreen Fiscal Policy. Causes, Reasons, and Directions of the Political Economy of Climate Change.

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University of HelsinkiPhD -research95667This doctoral research investigates the economic and political consequences of planetary climate change. In particular, it justifies and criticises the recent surge in environmental measures in governmental spending and taxing, conventionally referred to as Green Fiscal Policy. I aim to explain and define more effective and desirable directions for state-led global development of climate change action.



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Biagini Gian Luigi"Humanimal Communities". Experiencing the becoming-animal becoming-human chasm.

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Individual researcherThe implementation of scientific environmental information435006 researchers/artists plus me will be invited to participate in a multispecies ethnographic study in a Labradors breeding where humans and animals live in an "osmotic" community. Objectives:1) a collective interdisciplinary multi-media Blog that describes interspecies communication.2) reflect on the human-animal affective community as an alternative to the usual rationalist organization of humans.
3)Information at any educational level to include other species in our perception of the world.



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Nirhamo AleksiLichen communities on deadwood and the maintenance of their diversity

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University of Eastern FinlandPhD -research88500The projects aims to define the factors that affect lichen community composition on deadwood. Both standing and downed deadwood are studied. Broad data on host tree characteristics will lead to a deepened understanding of lichen communities and species. The development of lichen communities in time after tree death is a central question. The project will evaluate ways of maintaining lichen diversity e.g. by studying biodiversity impacts of forest management.



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Nyberg JoelAn inter-ecosystem perspective to ecological and social sustainability: does restoration of drained peatlands help prevent stream biodiversity loss?

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University of OuluPhD -research106462Over 50 % of Finnish mires are drained for enhancing forest growth. Recently, the focus has been shifted towards mire restorations, but their effects on aquatic ecosystems remain unknown. In this project, we assess the effects of peatland restorations on stream ecosystems. The results of the project will increase the knowledge of the importance of different restoration measures in recovery of freshwater ecosystems and contribute to the development of ecologically sustainable forestry in peatlands.


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Skaldina OksanaLess atmospheric carbon, more pollinators: rethinking the restoration capacity of artificial greeneries

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University of TurkuPost-doctoral research71200The project seeks practical solutions on how to increase pollinators' biodiversity and reduce atmospheric carbon by improving urban spaces with native perennial herbs that could act as both insect attractants and effective carbon sinks. At the same time, the risks of traffic pollution for pollinators are assessed. The project includes a civics component to raise environmental awareness and involves citizens.


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Ahola-Launonen JohannaTechnological Expectations and Justice in the Bioeconomy

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Aalto UniversityPost-doctoral research70440In this project, methods of philosophy science studies are used to examine technological expectations and hype in the bioeconomy. Hype has an influence on the sense of justice: The assumption that climate and environmental crises will be resolved by technological means may undermine the acceptability of sustainable societal structural change. The research provides understanding on how deconstructing technological expectations can increase the acceptability of sustainable transition.


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Fewer DavidAlgal blooms from the Baltic Sea as feedstock for a biorefinery

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University of HelsinkiThe implementation of scientific environmental information99068We seek to scale-up a cutting-edge technology-based research pipeline that will contribute to the development of a sustainable biorefinery process developed by Origin by Ocean Oy. Cyanobacteria blooms collected from nature will be used as feedstock. University of Helsinki will contribute to the identification of cyanobacteria, scaling-up harvesting of biomass, water removal, and characterizing biomolecules of interest. These biomolecules have applications in food, beverages, cosmetics, and the chemical industry.

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Harkoma AssiGender-based Structural Inequality in Sami reindeer Herding Communities

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University of LaplandPhD -research88650This research aims to identify social structures that cause gender-based structural inequality in Sami reindeer herding communities and develop decolonizing strategies to deconstruct these structures in selected environmental decision-making processes from a human rights perspective. The results of this study enhance meaningful engagement of Sami women to environmental decision-making processes and support sustainable reindeer herding.


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Hurtado Hurtado JoshuaDiverse economies and regenerative cities: Understanding and creating citizen engagement for strongly sustainable societies

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University of HelsinkiPhD -research100000This research project aims to understand how the discourse on diverse economies and regenerative cities can increase citizens’ desire for and engagement in creating strongly sustainable societies. The practical goal of this research is to develop workshops that promote the commitment of citizens to the sustainable use of natural resources and allow them to design regenerative cities. The knowledge to develop these workshops stems from a discourse analysis on diverse economies.

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Kalmari RiikkaModelling the dynamics of circular economy of the Finnish building stock

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University of TamperePhD -research112000The aim of this study is to construct a model of Finnish building stock dynamics and enhance sustainable use of existing buildings and materials recovered from demolished buildings.

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Kanninen JaanaMore Nature to the City

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Individual researcherThe implementation of scientific environmental information50000More Nature to the Cities gives voice to the activists, who have defended their local parks and forests from being destroyed for building houses. They must become experts in legislation and communal democracy. At this moment there are hard conflicts between local residents and the authority in all the biggest cities. In the book there will be personal stories and profound articles written by Jaana Kanninen.

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Koivuporras-Masuka KirsiUsing cultural ecosystem services as a transformative tool for achieving sustainable lifestyle and inclusion

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CompanyThe implementation of scientific environmental information76520Using cultural ecosystem services as a transformative tool for achieving sustainable lifestyle and inclusion. Using the scientific knowledge and data of the cultural ecosystems and newcomers’ motivation and attitudes towards sustainable lifestyle in designing new training and communication services targeted at public and private service providers. The data will also be used for improving and developing integration services.


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Sivula OskariEssays on Environmental Ethics in the New Space AgeUniversity of TurkuPhD -research104556The goals of the project are to 1) map, anticipate and research significant questions of environmental ethics concerning human activity in space now and in the future; 2) provide a useful ethical framework to evaluate these questions (longtermism) and 3) utilize space as a philosophical tool to examine conventional questions of environmental ethics in a novel context and by doing this provide new insight into traditional questions on Earth.

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Soares de Oliveira CesarOne Sea, Five Legal Regimes? A Study of Environmental Problems Produced by Legal Boundaries in the UNCLOS

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University of Eastern FinlandPhD -research112000This research project analyses marine environmental problems produced by the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) regarding the legal-geographical separation of our oceans. The project also aims to explain how international law embraced such an environmentally harmful division of ocean spaces and discuss how a more ecologically aligned division of our oceans would look like.

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Afzalifar AliDevelopment of a Chemical-Free and Cost-Effective Water Disinfection Method


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University of HelsinkiPost-doctoral research85275The general aim of this proposal is to transcend the conventional water disinfection methods and their problems by developing a futuristic water disinfection approach which is chemical-free, energy-efficient, cost-effective and scalable. This method relies on the so-called irreversible electroporation in which the pathogen cell membrane is permanently permeabilized through exposure to a powerful electric field. In this project, novel nanoengineered materials with especial surface properties will be used to enhance the electric field and increase pathogen inactivation rate of the proposed water disinfection method.

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Motlagh Zadeh GhodsiyehSatellite-based monitoring of terrestrial water storage

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University of HelsinkiPhD -research121000Terrestrial water storage – ground water and soil moisture – is a scarce natural resource which is increasingly strained by climate change and human population increase. Accurate monitoring of terrestrial water is thus urgently needed for its better protection. A new satellite-based monitoring method will be developed here for obtaining consistent terrestrial water measurements over wide areas. The new approach is multi-disciplinary among space geodesy, meteorology, and terrestrial hydrology.


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Xie LongImproving stormwater retention and filtration capacity of a vertical garden system by manipulating water pathway design, plant species, soil microbial community, and different soil types

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University of HelsinkiPost-doctoral research77574The project aims to design a vertical garden system that can alleviate stormwater stress in cities. Based on previous studies, higher efficiency of stormwater retention and filtration of this system can be achieved by modifying plant communities, soil microbial communities, soil types, and water pathways. Eventually, findings from the project will be applied to actual products in order to deliver sustainable urban stormwater management.



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Saartama ViliEffects of microplastics on earthworms in agricultural soil: comparison of traditional and biodegradable plastics


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Finnish Environment InstitutePhD -research138450The project investigates the long-term effects of microplastics and their additives on earthworms at individual, population and community levels, both in laboratory and in natural agricultural field soil. In addition, the aim is to investigate whether the use of biodegradable agricultural plastics will reduce or increase the harm caused to earthworms community, by the micro-plastics.


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