Dr. Pekka Leviäkangas VTT

Climate Change, Extreme Weather and Maintenance of Infrastructures

Pekka Leviäkangas (born in 1962, PhD in technology) has worked in management and expert positions in civil service, business and research. He is currently Principal Scientist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. For 2012-2016 he acted as Associate Professor at Curtin University in the School of Built Environment, Programme Director of the Australasian Centre for Building Information Modelling and Research Professor at University of Oulu in industrial engineering and management. His previous positions include Chief Research Scientist, Team Leader and Customer Manager at VTT, Vice-President of Jaakko Pöyry Group subsidiary (JP-Transplan), Corporate Analyst of Finnish Railways (VR-Group Ltd), R&D Manager of Finnish National Road Administration's South-eastern region, and private consultant. He was an adjunct professor of Tampere University of Technology in the department of Logistics and Business Information for 2008-2014.

His own research covers innovation management, value analysis, impact analysis, service sciences, project finance, investment, financial and socio-economic analysis, restructuring issues and new technology deployment. His primary research area has been transport sector, but his activities have extended to other fields such as bioeconomy, climate change, meteorology, education, construction and infrastructure management. He has published widely: more than 40 peer-reviewed articles or monographs and more than 60 conference papers, plus many other literal contributions to books, reports and media. He has about 20 years’ experience on international R&D projects and almost 30 years of working experience in public and private sectors.

He has been awarded by National Academy of Sciences (Transportation Research Board), VTT, Finnish Road Administration, ITS Japan/ERTICO/ITS America, University of Indonesia and scholar funds. He has represented Finland in the OECD’s International Transport Forum working groups and in European science & technology researcher networks (COST). He has also been a member of Transportation Research Board committees and sub-committees, Special Interests Groups of the World Congress on Transport Research Society, as well as expert groups of UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe). He has also contributed to the work of International Union of Railways (UIC) and World Meteorological Organisation (WMO).

Dr. Leviäkangas has advised companies, agencies and ministries.


Kerttu Kotakorpi 

Changes in Weather Conditions and Predicting Weather Conditions in the Future

Kerttu Kotakorpi (M.Sc) is working as a meteorologist for YLE, the Finnish Broadcasting Company, which is Finland's national public service media company owned by the Finnish people. Previously between 2008 and 2012 Kotakorpi served as a meteorologist for Nelonen, which is commercial television Channel. Kotakorpi has studied meteorology in the University of Helsinki.  


Jukka Karjalainen, Transport Agency,  Division Director of Infrastructure Management

Winter Road Maintenance and Reacting to Customer Needs

Division Director of Infrastructure Management Jukka Karjalainen from the Finnish Tranportation Agency has  long history in infrastucture management. 

Road officials has received a lot of feedback about road conditions from individual road users and companies operating in the transport sector. It is important to guarantee safe, effective and reliable freight transportation in all conditions. The weather conditions this winter have been exceptionally difficult in terms of road management and transport. The subject has received widespread media attention.

Jukka Karjalainen is speaking on Thursday 8.2.2018 at 14.30 as a hot topic keynote speaker in the Lahti exhibition centers seminar hall.