European Society for Ecological Economics Conference | ESEE2019

Summer School

About the nature of Seili

The reason for Seili's high biodiversity is due to several types of habitats resulting from the island's topography and the impact of human culture on the nature.

Mika Miettinen, former researcher of Metsähallitus

The nature of the island of Seili, especially the sea, has been of interest to numerous researchers, and there a large number of students at the University of Turku have also got their first feel for the sea and the archipelago.

Jouko Högmander, former director of the Archipelago National Park

The island of Seili is a place where many things meet. One of them is the beauty of nature, still in virgin state compared to today's Baltic Sea

Kalervo Väänänen, the present rector of Turku University

About the life at
the island of Seili

Abandon hope all ye who enter here.

Finnish poet, journalist & historian Zacharias Topelius in 1845 about Seili in his The Book of Our Country

For me Seili's gloomy history was not scary because it was something occurred in the past. In the 20th century, the mental hospital was a more positive place than often understood presently. For instance, the children of island were not afraid of the patients but instead played with them.

Signe Erfors, former housekeeper of Seili Hospital institutional kitchen

I worked with mental patients at the hospital farm fields. One of them always seemed ordinary and normal, and I asked him once in the field work, why don't you get out of here. He looked around for a moment and said: “Well Keijo, I'm not that crazy.

Keijo Alestalo, former worker and resident at the island of Seili

We invite master’s students, postgraduate students and early-stage researchers who attend the ESEE 2019 conference to participate in the ESEE Summer School 2019.

The theme of the summer school is

Archipelago of ideas:
co-creating sustainability policies

One key scientific challenge of tomorrow is to provide policy advice for legitimate, fair and evidence-informed sustainability transformation. ESEE 2019 will contribute to this challenge by exploring the theories and applications of co-creation: an epistemic process that merges inter- and transdisciplinary science and public deliberation with different phases of the policy cycle. The summer school will focus on policy co-creation, the case being integrated marine spatial and land use planning, with the aim of co-creating networks of sustainability policies reconciling ecological, economic and cultural values. The purpose of the summer school is twofold: to discuss critical features that make a policy process co-creative and to learn to design a transdisciplinary project based on the approach of co-creation.


Practical information

The event will be held from 16 to 18 June 2019 on Seili Island, in the Turku Archipelago (

Senior researchers will tutor some 30 selected students and promote discussions, experience exchange and self-reflection among the participants with the introduction of spatial marine planning, participatory planning, co-creation with non-humans, deliberative valuation and transdisciplinary approach to environmental governance.

Due to the boat trip to the summer school venue, arrival in Turku is expected on 15 June.

Time table
June 16 at 10:00 departure from Turku by ferry,  11:55 arrival in Seili
June 18 at 9:00 departure from Seili, around  13:00 arrival in Turku

Application process
Prospective participants of the ESEE 2019 Summer School should send their application by 31 January 2019 to

Please enclose the following documents:

  • CV (2-3 pages, including detailed contact information)
  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 page) about Why co-creation?
  • One image to describe your work and research

Applications will be evaluated based on the relevance and quality of these documents.

The summer school is free of charge for the selected participants (including boat trip to Seili island, shared accommodation 15-18 June, breakfast, lunch, dinner). No travel bursaries available.

Application deadline
6 February, 2019

Notification of acceptance
15 February, 2017

3 ECTS (will be credited by the University of Turku, Environmental Sciences)

Please note: the Summer School is only intended for the ESEE 2019 conference participants.

Photos: Triton Marin, Skärgårdskompaniet Oy Ab