Baltic Sea Water Talks is a conference hosted by the foundation Initiativ Utö in collaboration with KTH Royal Institute of Technology. Together with experts from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, leading investors and sustainability experts, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the Baltic Sea.
13:00 Exhibition opens outside Utö Värdshus. 14:30 Transfer to Fladen Wetlands (via bike or car) 14:50 Site visit Fladen Wetlands 15:50 Transfer back to Utö Gruvbryn 16:30 Marine drone show, Utö Guest Harbour 17:00 Check in at Utö Värdshus 18:30 Cocktail i Utö Värdshus 19:00 Dinner
Wednesday 8 September 2021
08:30 Coffee and refreshments
09:00 What’s wrong with the Baltic Sea? Let’s define the issue! We welcome our guests with a brief introduction to the day. Also, our hosts Initiativ Utö and KTH will discuss the problems with the Baltic Sea, and why we need to come together in order to create change.
Speakers: Thomas Hjelm and Robert Cederlund, Initiativ Utö. David Nilsson, KTH. Moderator: Konrad Olsson, Scandinavian MIND
09:30 Research sessions, Part One In the research sessions, you will get a quick overview of seven research projects, of which each can play a crucial role in improving the health of the Baltic Sea. The representatives get 10 minutes each to describe their project. After that, the researchers convene in a panel to further discuss the potential of their projects. Part one includes: REMOVING PHOSPHOROUS Phosphorus Mining from the Baltic Sea with Innovative Engineering Approaches Speaker: Zeynep Çetecioğlu Gurol, CBH
FARMING THE SEA Macro-algae as a source for food and nutrients Speaker: Fredrik Gröndahl and Hanna Nathaniel, ABE
CLEANING WATER Stormwater treatment solutions for the reduction of hazardous substances inflows into the Baltic Sea Speaker: Gunaratna Kuttuva Rajarao, CBH
11:00 Research sessions, Part Two In the research sessions, you will get a quick overview of seven research projects, of which each can play a crucial role in improving the health of the Baltic Sea. The representatives get 10 minutes each to describe their project. After that, the researchers convene in a panel to further discuss the potential of their projects.
Part two includes: THE UTÖ WETLANDS Speaker: Thomas Hjelm, Initiativ Utö SUSTAINABLE BOATING Electrified Power Line for Pleasure and Small Size Commercial Transport Boats Speaker: Nicholas Honeth NEXT GENERATION OF MARITIME ROBOTICS Swedish Maritime Robotics Centre Speaker: Ulysses Dhomé FROM RUBBLE TO REEF Artificial fish nurseries Speaker: Ania Öst, Marta Bohlmark och Hanna Erixon Aalto
12:00 Lunch + Project exhibitions
During the lunch break, our physical participants on Utö will be able to view an exhibition in the square outside Utö Värdshus. The exhibition consists of presentations and material from the research projects, as well as the conference partners. Our digital participants are able to view the material in the EXPO area — just click on the link above.
13:30 Leveraging our resources
What can the business sector do to help improve the quality of the Baltic Sea. Three high-level professionals discuss.
Speakers: Louise König, Manager Strategic Sustainability, Ramboll Management Sweden Peter Wiven-Nilsson, Race for the Baltic/Zennström Foundation. Mike Hecker, CEO, Hemi Group & BE WTR.
14:00 The need for impact investment
Can companies create a sustainable business model and at the same time work towards a more sustainable world? A panel of investors discuss the need for making value based investments. Speakers: Emma Englén, Sustainability Manager, Spiltan Fonder Richard Törnblom, CEO, Bluepearl Jonas Nordlander, Investor
14:30 How academia and philanthropy come together In order to provide advancements in science and research, we are increasingly in need of funds from a variety of sources. The panel discusses the role of philanthropy and private donations to academia. Speakers: Jonas Nordlander, Investor. Philip von Segebaden, KTH. Pontus Braunerhjelm, Professor in Economics, KTH and Blekinge Technical University.
15:00 Closing remarks Our hosts convene to discuss some of the learnings from the day. Speakers: Thomas Hjelm and Robert Cederlund, Initiativ Utö. David Nilsson, KTH. Moderator: Konrad Olsson, Scandinavian MIND
MIKE HECKER — CEO, Hemi Group & BE WTR
JONAS NORDLANDER — Investor
LOUISE KÖNIG — Manager Strategic Sustainability at Ramboll Management Sweden
PETER WIWEN-NILSSON — CEO, Race for the Baltic
EMMA ENGLÉN — Sustainability Manager, Spiltan Fonder
RICHARD TÖRNBLOM — CEO, Bluepearl
PHILIP VON SEGEBADEN — Director, Development Office, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
GUNARATNA KUTTUVA RAJARAO — KTH Royal Institute of Technology
ZEYNEP CETECIOGLU — KTHRoyal Institute of Technology
FREDRIK GRÖNDAHL — Head of Department for Sustainable Development, KTH
ANIA ÖST — Partner, Gaia Architecture & teacher, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
MARTA BOHLMARK — KTH Royal Institute of Technology
HANNA ERIXON AALTO — KTH Royal Institute of Technology
ULYSSE DHOMÉ — Centre for Naval Architecture, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
NICHOLAS HONETH — Swedish Maritime Robotics Centre, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
ROBERT CEDERLUND — Founder, Initiativ Utö
THOMAS HJELM — Founder, Initiativ Utö
HANNA NATHANIEL — KTH Royal Institute of Technology
DAVID NILSSON — Director, WaterCentre@KTH, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
PONTUS BRAUNERHJELM — Professor in Economics, KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Blekinge Technical University. Research Director at the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum