The Baltic Sea Talks is a three-part discussion series, the themes of which are closely related to current topics around the Baltic Sea. The discussions are part John Nurminen Foundation’s 30th Anniversary program.

Across the Sea – Beneath the Surface

Online / Pikku-Finlandia, Helsinki
Tuesday 5 April, at 2.30 pm – 4. pm

The second Baltic Sea Talks session focused on subsurface marine life and co-operation between the Baltic Sea countries. Are we really doing enough for our common sea and why not hurry up? Speech or deeds? Does the changed security policy environment affect the plans of saving the sea? How does it really look beneath the surface? How worried should we be about the marine biodiversity and nature loss? Are we running out of edible fish?

Top experts from Sweden and Finland discussed these acute questions and elaborated how committed we are to save the unique nature beneath the surface. International speakers debated what kind of cooperation does it require from decisionmakers and researchers to reach ambitious preservation goals. The keynote speaker of the event was Isabella Lövin, former Swedish minister for environment and climate. The panel included  Admiral Juhani Kaskeala, former Commander of Finnish Defense Forces and scientific leader of Tvärminne Zoological Station and Professor of Baltic Sea research Alf Norkko. The CEO of John Nurminen Foundation, Ph.D. Annamari Arrakoski-Engardt was was the moderator of the event.

Watch  the recording of the event:


Isabella Lövin

Isabella Lövin is a former Sweden’s Green Party’s MEP, Minister for Development Aid, Minister for the Environment and Climate and Deputy Prime Minister. She is a trained journalist and has worked for several magazines as well as the Swedish radio. Lövin is an award-winning author and an honorary doctor of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the World Maritime University. She left politics in 2021 and is chair of the board of the Stockholm Environmental Institute.

Alf Norkko

Alf Norkko is a marine ecologist who works on the biodiversity of marine ecosystems and the influence of human pressures, such as eutrophication, hypoxia and climate change on ecosystem functioning. He is a professor of Baltic Sea research and academic leader at Tvärminne Zoological Station, University of Helsinki, and a guest professor at The Baltic Sea Centre at Stockholm University. His role is to advance understanding of how biodiversity- and climate change interact to influence coastal ecosystems.

Juhani Kaskeala

Admiral Juhani Kaskeala served in the Finnish Defense Forces for 44 years. He joined the reserve as Commander of the Defense Forces in 2009. Since then, he has served on the boards of several companies as well as a self-employed person. He has held other positions of trust as chairman of the board of the Finnish Sailing and Boating Association, as vice-chairman of the delegation of the Olympic Committee and as a member of the board of the John Nurminen Foundation for as long as 18 years.