National Committee for Global Change Research brings the new global change initiative, Future Earth, to Finland. The new National Committee is working to establish a national network of scientists to stimulate engagement between researchers and end-users of scientific knowledge to design solutions for sustainable development.
Future Earth Finland aims to tackle questions on global change and sustainable development from an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective and to ensure that research is planned and produced in a close partnership with the society and end-users of science. These objectives are reflected in the Steering Group of the National Committee, which consists of high-level scientists across different disciplines and end-users of science from the most central stakeholder groups. Committee members represent natural and social sciences, ministries and municipalities, industry, and economic stakeholders. The secretariat of the National Committee is located at the University of Helsinki.
Future Earth Finland aims to contribute to practical solutions. However, implementing solutions and adapting them to local needs requires a close understanding of local factors and close collaboration among local scientists, decision-makers, and other stakeholders. National bodies, such as the Future Earth Finland National Committee, are necessary to build the required connections between all relevant operators and to translate the international scientific objectives to local narratives.