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Panu Maijala

Research Scientist at VTT

Infrasound does not explain symptoms related to wind turbines

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During his 25-year career as a scientist, Dr. Panu Maijala has acquired diverse expertise in many areas of industrial acoustics and noise engineering, management of innovation process, and project management.

He was the responsible leader for the study, which targeted to adverse health effects of wind turbine infrasound. The project was funded by the Finnish Government’s Analysis, Assessment and Research Activities (VN TEAS).

Dr. Maijala is the president of the Acoustical Society of Finland and a member of many scientific boards, coordinating committees, and expert groups. He has been rewarded several times for his leadership roles in positions of trust.

Riku Huttunen

Director General of the Energy Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland

Pathway to Climate Neutrality

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Riku Huttunen is the Director General of the Energy Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment of Finland since 2015. The department is in charge of national and EU energy policy issues as well as coordination of national climate policy measures. Riku Huttunen has previously served as the Director General of the Finnish Energy Authority and before that in several positions at the Ministry’s Energy Department. He has also worked as Counsellor at the Permanent Representation of Finland to the EU in Brussels.

Riku Huttunen (born 1966) holds a Master’s degree (M. Pol. Sc.) in Economics from the University of Helsinki.

Valtteri Hongisto

Research group leader at Turku University of Applied Sciences

Health effects of wind turbine and road traffic noise on people living near wind turbines

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Dr. Valtteri Hongisto is a research group leader at Turku University of Applied Sciences in Turku, Finland. The research group focuses on both laboratory and field studies. The activities are scientific research, consultation services, and teaching. His main fields of expertise are acoustic engineering and effects of noise on humans. He is also an adjunct professor (docent) at Aalto University (Espoo, Finland) and University of Turku in the fields of noise control and environmental psychology, respectively. During 2016-2019 he was running a major national public-funded research project, Anojanssi, which involved, among others, many studies related to wind turbine noise. Those were, e.g. long-term measurements of wind turbine noise, annoyance of amplitude-modulated sound, sound insulation of building façade at low frequencies, hearing threshold and annoyance of infrasound, factors associated with annoyance of wind turbine noise in residential areas, and health status of residents living close to wind turbines.

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