Riku Paavola – Senior researcher, Station Manager – University of Oulu, Finland

E-mail: riku.paavola(a)  Webpage:

Riku Paavola works at Oulanka research station of University of Oulu, Finland. He is also the leader of the thematic network “SubZero – Communicating Arctic Research” at the University of the Arctic. He studied Animal Ecology at the University of Oulu (MSc, 1995) and Limnology and Hydrobiology at the University of Jyväskylä (PhD, 2003). 
 Since 2011 Riku Paavola has been actively developing workshop and networking activities around the broad topic of visualizing aspects of northern environmental change. The adopted ‘best practice’ in these activities has been the integration of both students and experts from the realms of natural and human sciences on one hand and from photography and visual arts on the other. Paavola has extensive experience in planning, arranging and conducting research in demanding field conditions worldwide (Finland, Russia, Canada, New Zealand). He is also an active (self-taught) photographer.

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Alexander Lembke – Professor of Photography – BTK – University of Applied Sciences, Campus Hamburg, Germany

E-mail: photo(a)   Webpage:

Alexander Lembke works at BTK – University of Art & Design as a Professor for photography and has been a member of the Subzero network since its foundation. He studied Media Art at the Bauhaus University, Weimar and photography at K3 Högskola, Malmö, Sweden. In 2012 he became a member of the German Society of Polar Research and is actively involved in different research projects concerning environmental and climate change. Photography’s role in advocating environmental awareness is evident today and Alexander Lembke’s interest in visual narration within serial image-text combinations is highly reflected in his work as an artist and photographer. His goal is to research the question of the relation of photography in environmentally related contexts and to harness photography as a means of tracing human impact on natural landscapes.

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Walter Bergmoser – Rector, Professor for Photography – BTK – University of Art and Design – Berlin, Germany

E-mail: bergmoser(a)  Webpage:

Walter Bergmoser currently works at BTK – University of Art and Design at Berlin. He is professor of photography and leader of the photography program and since 2014 the Head of School. He studied Visual Communication at the University of applied Sciences in Augsburg and at the Art Academy in Kassel. 
Since 1995 Walter Bergmoser has been living and teaching in Germany, Finland, The Czech Republic, South Korea and other countries. In 2010 he was the chief curator for the biggest photography festival in Asia – the Daegue Biennale. He is continually active in the field of Art and Photography. e.g. Portfolio Reviewer for different Photography festivals, juror for the Czech Press Photography competition and curator for many exhibitions in Germany and abroad.

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Antti Tenetz – Artist – Finland

E-mail: antti(a) Webpage:

Antti Tenetz is equal parts artist and naturalist. He has worked and filmed throughout the North, from the Ice Sea to Siberia, and as far south as South Thailand. His works are at the crossroads of media-, bio- and urban arts with strong current of Interdisciplinary Sci/Art approach. In his works he combines mediums ranging from various technological platforms and materials to living nature. Tenetz has contributed exhibition designs, multimedia and documentaries to science and art exhibitions ranging in subject from arctic reindeer herders to interactive cityscapes.
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Juha Suonpää – Head of Programme, Professor – TAMK – Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland

E-mail: juha.suonpaa(a)  Webpage:

Juha Suonpää is a photographer, film maker, researcher and teacher. He graduated in education from the University of Tampere and gained a doctorate in art from the University of Art and Design, Helsinki. His doctoral thesis Petokuvan raadollisuus (The Beastly Image of the Beast, 2002) was a study of the social significance of nature photography and he is also well known for his several other prizewinning books. Juha Suonpää is currently the Head of Fine Art Programme at Tampere University of Applied Sciences and was Professor of Environmental and Nature Photography at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design between 2011 and 2015. He was awarded by the Finnish photography organizations for his diverse work in the field of photography by the Finnfoto award in 2011 as well as the award from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland for both artistic and pedagogical merits in 2013.

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Felix Sattler – Associated Member Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

E-mail: felix.sattler(a)

Felix Sattler works at the Hermann von Helmholtz Centre for the Study of Cultural Competencies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Since 2013 he has also been curator for the Zoology Theatre of the University. He studied Media Culture and Media Design at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar and photography at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney, Australia. 
 Since 2002 Felix Sattler has been developing exhibitions and aesthetic practices using natural and cultural objects and narratives. From 2007 to 2013, he participated in the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar working group under the supervision of Professor Christine Hill examining Scenographies of knowledge and Praxis of the collection / aesthetic epistemology.

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Minna Santaoja – Postdoctoral Researcher – University of Tampere, Finland

E-mail: minna.santaoja(a)

Minna Santaoja is an environmental social scientist. She works as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Tampere, School of Management. Minna earned her doctorate in environmental policy in 2013 (Doctor in Administrative Sciences). During her doctoral work she was employed at the University of Stuttgart in Germany as a Marie Curie Fellow. Her previous research project addressed sustainable urban development. Minna has also background in environmental engineering. Minna Santaoja’s research can be labelled under social studies of science. Her doctoral work was titled ”For the love of nature. Amateur naturalists as actors in nature conservation.” In her current research Santaoja is studying the role of technologies – databases, mobile devices, applications and social media – in knowing nature.

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Anne Dombrowski – Science Communication (IRI THESys) – Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany

E-mail: anne.dombrowski(a) Webpage:

Anne Dombrowski is Science Communicator at the Integrative Research Institute on Transformations of Human-Environment Systems (IRI THESys) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. At this institute, scientists from humanities, social and natural sciences collaborate to solve interdisciplinary research questions related to the societal challenges of transforming human-environment systems. As global change concerns the Earth’s future and therefore all of us, Anne Dombrowski is convinced that research on sustainability needs to be communicated in a sustainable way itself. Against this background, her work at IRI THESys aims at a dialogue between science and society –  with the arts as strong partner. She studied European Ethnology, German Literature and Museum & Exhibition, and worked as a curator and journalist. She loves photography, but her heart belongs to fictional writing, especially for children.

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Jari IlmonenFreshwater specialist, Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland  

E-mail: jari.ilmonen(a)

Jari Ilmonen works for the Forest Ministry (Metsähallitus) Parks and Wildlife Finland as a national freshwater specialist. Parks and Wildlife Finland manages all state-owned conservation areas in Finland and provides recreational services. Mr. Iimonen studied hydrobiology and animal ecology in the Universities of Jyväskylä and Oulu. His PhD in 2009 was on regional and local variation of flora and fauna in freshwater springs, and later on he studied the human impact on spring flora and fauna. He has also been activelly involved in  photography for over two decades. Jari Iimonen has made a career in combining science with practical nature conservation issues and is a member in several national expert groups for freshwater and wetland nature. In his current position he works with conservation projects for freshwater and wetland environments. Within these projects he has widened his perspective on photography from on-the-ground imaging to aerial and underwater photography.

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Helinä Kuusela – Visual Artist – Freelance photographer – Helsinki, Finland

E-mail: helina.kuusela(a)


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