Updated 30.5.2022 | 08:05

Safe Municipalities seminar

Wed 15.6.2022 | 09:00 - 16:30


The Safe Municipalities event is a seminar of the IRWIN project (Information Resilience in a Wicked Environment) funded by the Academy of Finland. It aims to stimulate debate on issues related to municipal security, such as preparedness, the protection of critical infrastructure and the safeguarding of democratic decision-making in both normal and crisis situations.

  • The seminar is held at Laurea University of Applied Sciences Tikkurila Campus (Ratatie 22, 01300 Vantaa). You can also follow the seminar online.
  • Please register by June 5, 2022.


Chair, Petri Uusikylä, University of Vaasa, IRWIN-project

9:00 – 9:45 Opening remarks

Mari Vuolteenaho, Vice-rector, Laurea UAS
Annukka Jokipii, Vice-rector, PI IRWIN Project
Jari Heiniluoma, Deputy Managing Director, Association of Finnish Municipalities

9:45 – 10:30 Key Note Information Resilience In a Wicked Environment

Sir David Omand, Visiting Professor, Department of War Studies, King´s College London

10:30 – 10:45 Break

10:45 – 11:00 Introduction to Nordic Safe Cities Network

Director Jeppe Albers, Executive Director, Nordic Safe Cities

11:00-12:30 Session 1. Violent Radicalisation and Extremism as a wicked problem

Moderator Magnus Ranstorp, Strategic Adviser, Swedish Defence University
Panelists: Tarja Mankkinen (European Commission), Olli Ruohomäki (FIIA), Katja Vallinkoski (University of Helsinki)

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch                                            

13:30 – 14:45 Session 2. Protection of Critical Infrastructure and Preparedness

Moderator Christian Fjäder, CEO, Geopolitical Intelligence Group
Panellists: Georgious Giannopoulos (EC/Joint Research Centre), Lauri Holmström (Supo), Jukka-Pekka Schroderus (City of Pori)

14:45 – 15:00 Break

15:00 – 16:30 Session 3. Malign Influence against democratic decision-making processes and aggressive trolling

Moderator Hanna Smith, Research Director, Hybrid CoE
Panellists:  Aki-Mauri Huhtinen (Professor, National Defence University), Mikael Tovfesson (Head of Unit, Swedish Psychological Defence Agency), Päivi Tampere (Prime Minister´s office, Finland), Harriet Lonka, Laurea UAS

Synthesis and Closing

Prof. Harri Jalonen, University of Vaasa

16:30 Media opportunities: interviews etc.

18:00 Reception by the City Vantaa, Mayor Ritva Viljanen 

In cooperation: University of Vaasa, Association of Finnish Municipalities, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, National Defence University and Academy of Finland