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Almost overnight, the hybrid way of working appeared and took control of how we organized our workdays. Unfortunately, our brains and biology didn’t have the chance to express their opinions, but had to adapt. This change to hybrid work increased unnecessary stress while simultaneously confusing our brains. However, most organisations are adapting to the new ways of working, and are rethinking their offices in multiple ways. 

What can we learn from science and best practices about helping our brains, alleviating stress, and improving holistic ergonomics? How can biology-first thinking help us design future workplaces and ways of working?

Join our two-part webinar on Thursday 10.2.2022:

Part 1: The Future of Learning Spaces: 10:00 to 11:30 Swedish time (GMT +1) / 11:00 to 12:30 Finnish time (GMT +2)
Part 2: The main event: The Brain, Stress & Hybrid Work: 13:00 to 16:30 Swedish time (GMT +1) / 14:00 to 17:30 Finnish time (GMT +2)

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PART 1: The Future of Learning Spaces | Thu Feb 10

The science and future of healthy buildings – Creating sustainable and accessible learning spaces (10.00-11.30 GMT+1)

This webinar special brings insights and inspiration for people running or developing learning environments globally. We are proud to have representatives from pioneering global companies driving the sustainable learning spaces movement, helping our children and youth be healthier, happier, and more sustainable.

All times are Swedish times.

  • 10.00-10.10 Introduction - Beata Wickbom Open or Close
    Our schools are one of our most important environments in society. It is the place where our children spend the majority of their waking time and where they should have the desire to learn and be prepared for the future. The school's mission is to promote all students' learning and give them the best opportunity to reach their full potential. It is a complex task, and a number of different factors affect how well a school manages the task. 
    In order to design well-functioning environments for optimized learning the pedagogical, physical and social environment need to interact and work harmonious as a whole. Welcome to a digital event where we will find out how one piece of the puzzle, the physical environment, can help create sustainable and accessible learning spaces that improve learning.
  • 10.10–10.30 How interior design can help minimize distractions to  promote well-being and focus on learning - Jonas Larsson, Johanna Walden, Kinnarps, and Hjärnberikad Open or Close
    Imagine you are sitting in an environment trying to learn math. You are surrounded by noise from slamming drawers and scraping chairs. The walls are covered with the latest work around history, religion and art, through the window you see your friends playing outside and your eye catches a glimpse through the glass door of students running in the corridor.
    Up to date research provides support for what practitioners in the field have probably always known - that the physical environment affects the possibility for learning. Today we know that much as we previously thought about man's ability to "multitask" is a myth, in fact our brains - especially young brains that are supposed to store new knowledge - can only concentrate on and take in one thing at a time.
    Reducing the number of distractions in school environments is therefore a crucial factor in giving students the possibility to focus on learning. So how can we, with the interior and the design of the physical environment, sanitise impressions and create calm environments where students find focus? These are questions we will discuss during the seminar while looking at real examples.
  • 10.30-10.40 Brain break - Hjärnberikad Open or Close

    Read more about Hjärnberikad (in Swedish): https://hjarnberikad.se/

  • 10.40-11.00 Improving educational environments through lighting and IoT - Elina Dayanova, Signify Open or Close

    Read more about Signify: https://www.signify.com/global

  • 11.00-11.20 The science of human-friendly classrooms - Siru Heiskanen, Naava Open or Close

    Naava is an indoor nature technology company from the Nordics. The global leader in living green walls, furniture with living plants, and biological indoor air purification with proprietary software & patented technology. We improve physical & mental health and reconnect you with nature.

    Nature doesn't need you; you need nature.

PART 2: The Brain, Stress & Hybrid Work | Thu Feb 10

The program of this webinar focuses on the Science and Future of the most vital trends: hybrid work, the future of workplaces, and sustainability - all wrapped up in real-life examples and panel discussions. Attend our webinar to gain valuable insights about how to support your health and well-being amidst these changing work environments.

Future and Science of Healthy Buildings 2022 - Main Event (13.00-16.30 GMT +1)

  • 13:10 - 13:30 How are our brains affected by the hybrid way of working? - Thord Nossborn, Brain Lean® Open or Close

    When we entered the pandemic, working life changed radically for most people. When we are out of the "tunnel," some things will primarily return to how it was, but the office will probably never return as the only place we work.

    Experts’ opinions vary on what the new normal will be. To foresee the future, we need to understand our brains better. How do our brains work, and how do we use them optimally? Where and when brains are the most productive, and how do we prevent high negative stress and psychosocial ill-health?

  • 13:30 - 13:50 Human Centric Lighting implications for healthy sustainable buildings - Dr. Bianca van der Zande, Signify Open or Close

    Human Centric Lighting implications for healthy sustainable buildings. Traditionally, the design of workplace lighting in general and office lighting in particular has been largely driven by visual requirements. However, next to being essential for vision, light has important non-visual functions like the regulation of  our physiology (hormones), behaviour, mood and circadian rhythms. Light plays a paramount role in our ability to remain awake and or to fall or remain asleep. In this presentation I will share with you the science behind, and the importance of, non-visual responses to light for people’s health and wellbeing, how this knowledge can be translated into electric lighting solutions and the implication for building design requirements to provide for healthy and productive environments. I will discuss the potential conflict optimizing non-visual light levels has on maximizing lighting energy efficiency and to receive  Well Building Certification.

  • 13:50 - 14:10 Building a healthy and efficient work environment with holistic ergonomics - Jenny Hörberg, Kinnarps Open or Close
    As changing work patterns and a job market in flux impose new demands on both interior design and people, a broader perspective of ergonomics will be even more important when designing future office spaces. “Good spaces are good for people and good people are good for business” – with employees feeling well, creative and happy at work and having the right prerequisites to be productive and efficient will result in better performance, lower sick-leave and success in retaining employees and recruiting new talents. 
    Holistic ergonomics includes physical, organisational and social factors such as interior layout, material- and colour choices, acoustics, light, air quality, leadership and work culture. In this seminar we find out why you should invest in holistic ergonomics when designing new work places.
  • 14:10 - 14:20 Brain Break with Gunnar Michanek - Mindsunlimited Open or Close

    Read more about Mindsunlimited (in Swedish): https://mindsunlimited.se/


  • 14:20 - 14:40 Sustainable office of the future - with a focus on health, lifestyle, and new ways of working - Professor Susanna Toivanen Open or Close

    This presentation asks how  the pandemic has changed our view on the concept "Sustainable office of the Future". What has been the challanges in  workplaces and home offices? What are the learnings in the SOFCO reserach project during 2021?

    Read more about SOFCO (in Swedish): https://www.sofco.se/

  • 14:40 - 15:00 Biology-first thinking - PhD Candidate Aki Soudunsaari, Naava Open or Close
    Biology-first thinking is a new approach to creating human-friendlier indoor environments, among others. What’s the science behind this approach? How can everyday things such as office furniture, lighting, indoor air, and indoor nature be utilized to answer the biological basic needs of us humans in the 21st century?
    The answer is in biology-first thinking. It’s about people feeling healthy and connected to each other, but also understanding things hindering and enabling high performance or happiness in workplaces. It’s about holistic ergonomics, both physical and mental, the body and the brain. We should aim to go with biology, not against it. It’s not only about the physical environment, it’s also about the people and the processes. Management by Biology-first.
    In the webinar, you understand the basics of how it’s our body chemicals that make us want, achieve, and pursuit something, and if those chemicals do not exist, we don’t do those things. We’ll go through the physical workplace ingredients such as lighting, nature, air, furniture, and different space concepts from the eyes of the “molecule of future success”, dopamine.
    Dopamine is the chemical of motivation, the reason we crave something and want to pursue and achieve things. This is the needed but not well-understood fuel for health, job satisfaction, learning, and economic growth.
  • 15:00 - 15:20 The way to the perfect office - Lena Lid Falkman, Henrik Byström & Kenneth Tveito, Kinnarps Open or Close


  • 15:20 - 15:30 Body Break by Cuckoo - Anni Havas Open or Close

    Cuckoo is a gamified wellbeing app that brings joy to your day! It boosts your energy levels and inspires you to take breaks – giving your body a break from sitting and your head a rest from work. In addition, Cuckoo helps you to monitor your happiness while navigating through your day. Changing habits is easy when you know where to start.

    Read more about Cuckoo: https://cuckoo.fi/en/


If you want to attend both parts of the webinar, make sure to also sign up to both events. We will send you the link to attend via email, so make sure you receive our mails! In case you don't get our emails, we are happy to help: hello@naava.io