Science meets Regions

Coastal and Maritime Tourism & Sustainable Growth – Pori, Finland

26 September 2019


SAMK organises an event in the framework of the ‘Science meets Regions’ pilot project.


The event will be held on 26 September 2019.


The event will be hosted at SAMK Campus Pori, Satakunnankatu 23, Finland.

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Coastal and Maritime Tourism & Sustainable Growth

Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) organises an event in the framework of the ‘Science meets Regions’ pilot project, funded by the European Parliament.

The topic of the event is coastal and maritime tourism as Blue Growth is one of the most important emerging themes in the regional development. Coastal and maritime tourism represents a major economic asset for the region, but also entails significant social and environmental consequences in the long-term. The event will discuss ways to develop the sector in a sustainable way.

The event is organised in close cooperation with the Regional Council of Satakunta, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission and the Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism.


The objective of the event is to build closer links between scientists and EU policy makers, in order to promote a culture of evidence-informed policymaking. This event gives local scientists the opportunity to present their work from various perspectives and policymakers to communicate their needs and explain their priorities on the topic.  Relevant scientific research, policy examples and best practices will be presented and discussed.

In order to formulate effective tourism policies, a holistic European approach is needed taking into account the multiple impacts of coastal and maritime tourism as well as the wide spectrum of stakeholders involved or affected by tourism. The event welcomes local, national and international stakeholders representing tourism, environmental protection, natural and cultural heritage, planning and management, research and policymaking.


08:30 Registration and coffee

09:00 Opening words
Asko Aro-Heinilä, the Regional Mayor, The Regional Council of Satakunta

09:10 Welcome remarks
Aino-Maija Luukkonen, Mayor, City of Pori

09:20 Introduction to the Science meets Regions concept
TBC, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

09:40 Keynote: Can sustainable tourism development save the world?
Sirpa Pietikäinen, Finnish Member of the European Parliament

10:00 Setting the scene: Opportunities and challenges for sustainable development in coastal and maritime tourism in Finland
Dr Sanna-Mari Renfors, Head of the Research Group, Satakunta University of Applied Sciences

10:30 Sustainable tourism management models and global best practices
Global Best Practices on coastal and maritime sustainable tourism
Dr Ioannis Pappas, Director, The Global Sustainable Tourism Council
DMOs for coastal and maritime sustainable tourism
Silvia Barbone, Managing Director, The Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism
Sustainable Finland – how destinations can adapt sustainable approach
Liisa Kokkarinen, Regional Partnership Manager, Visit Finland
Responsibility programme in Finnish marine national parks
Terhi Koipijärvi, Director of Communications, Metsähallitus

12:00 Networking lunch and coffee (10 €/person)

13:00 Keynote: From vulnerability to resilience: New (big) data and methods to characterize tourism in European regions
Filipe Batista, Researcher, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European commission

13:30 Panel discussion: From policy formulation and implementation to actions
Moderator: Milosz Momot, Deputy Head of Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries Unit (European Commission, DG GROW)
Sampsa Nissinen, Director of Unit, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Dr Henna Konu, Research Scientist, Natural Resources Institute Finland
Katja Bonnevier, Coordinator, The UNESCO Archipelago Sea Area Biosphere Reserve
Henrik Jansson, Regional Director, Metsähallitus, Parks & Wildlife Finland
Dr Minna Tunkkari-Eskelinen, Principal Lecturer, Jyväskylä University of Applied Sciences
Asta Laaksonen, Regional Partnership Manager, Visit Finland

14:45 Workshop on the future steps in sustainable coastal and maritime tourism management
Designing a cooperation action plan with PM4SD methodology developed by the Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism

16:15 Concluding remarks
Krista Tupala, Regional Advisor, The Regional Council of Satakunta


The event will be held on 26 September 2019 and is hosted at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, Finland. The day programme is held in SAMK Campus Pori, Satakunnankatu 23.

Getting to Pori

Arriving by plane: Most international flights to Finland arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa airport. From Helsinki there are new flight connections available to Pori, see the schedules. Turku and Tampere are also possible destinations and are located near Pori.

Arriving by train: There are train connections between Helsinki-Vantaa airport and Pori. For detailed timetables and price information, please visit the webpage VR.

Arriving by bus: There are direct connections between Helsinki city centre and Pori. For detailed timetables and price information, please visit the webpage Matkahuolto.


For hotel reservations, we recommend using Hotel Bepop, which is located in proximity to the campus. We have special arrangements with the hotel. The room price is 85 eur/single room and 99 eur/double room including breakfast (booking code: Science meets Regions, prices valid until 4 September 2019, bookings

Post-tour 27.9.2019

Rauma UNESCO World Heritage Site
The post tour is organised as a half-day coach trip to the city of Rauma, UNESCO World Heritage Site on Fri 27.9.2019. Situated on the Gulf of Botnia, Rauma is one of the oldest harbours in Finland. Built around a Franciscan monastery, where the mid-15th-century Holy Cross Church still stands, it is an outstanding example of an old Nordic city constructed in wood.

09:00 Departure from Matkakeskus (Travel Centre) Pori
10:00 Guided tour (by walk) in the old city of Rauma
11:30 Free time
12:30 Lunch in restaurant Savila
13:30 Departure back to Pori (arrival 14:30)

49 euros per person

Booking and payment
Booking latest 20.9.2019. Payment with invoice beforehand.

Deadline is 20.9.2019.


The event is free of charge. The cost of lunch is 10 €/pp. The social evening programme is by invitation only.

Participants will cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.


Registration is required for all participants. Limited number of seats.


Dr Sanna-Mari Renfors, Head of the Research Group, Tourism

Keynote speakers and moderators

Sirpa Pietikäinen

Finnish Member of the European Parliament

Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP since 2008. Earlier Minister of Environment and a Member of the Finnish Parliament. Member in the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, and in the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. As the current key positions of trust she is Member of the Board at Kone Oyj, Fortum Advisory Council and Lammi Savings Bank. Furthermore, Pietikäinen is Chairman of the Supervisory Board at The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation and at Kone Foundation, The Advisory Board of the Saari Residence.

Dr. Ioannis Pappas

Director Mediterranean Region, Global Sustainable Tourism Council

Dr. Ioannis Pappas, CEO & Co-Founder of GREEN EVOLUTION SA, is Director for Mediterranean Region of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council. He is a Mechanical Engineer, with PhD in Applied Mechanics, with over 28 years of work in several fields of science, focusing in Sustainability for Tourism, Energy and Environmental Efficiency in Infrastructure and Buildings, Advising in standardization of companies and technological implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation methodologies. He is Lead GSTC Assessor for Destinations in EMEA, Auditor for several Sustainable Tourism Certification Standards, focusing in Hotels, Tour Operators and Destinations, and Lead Trainer for GSTC in South East Europe Region.

Silvia Barbone

Director, Jlag and the Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism (FEST)

Silvia Barbone is the founder and the director of Jlag and FEST and Head of EU Projects and Partnerships at Federturismo Confindustria. She holds a Master Degree in Destination Management and she is an international expert in sustainable tourism with an extensive knowledge of the European tourism, cultural and social policies. She has worked as consultant and researcher for local, regional and national governments in Europe and Mediterranean countries. Silvia plans and manages both large and small-scale tourism projects in partnership with universities, enterprises and public authorities. She is the developer of the PM4SD methodology. She has designed and implemented many projects, from small to large scale, and set up international partnerships, planned and delivered training activities and events. This involves working with leading global organisations, including UNWTO, UNESCO, UNEP, European Travel Commission, European Commission, European Parliament, UNEP, World Bank. She is a regular public speaker at international conferences.

Filipe Batista

Researcher, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

Filipe Batista is a scientific project officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission since 2010. He is involved in geospatial data analyses, land use and population mapping and modelling, and integrated territorial impact assessment of EU policies. Previously he worked as a research fellow at the University of Porto, Portugal, where he obtained a degree in Geography and a master in Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Planning. He is currently completing his PhD studies at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Filipe regularly contributes to technical and policy documents and is author of papers in various scientific journals.

Rita Strömmer

The event will be moderated by experienced videojournalist Ms Rita Strömmer, who is currently working as a Senior Correspondent and newsanchor at MTV3 NEWS in Finland.

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