Annual meeting 2022

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Nordic POP Annual meeting 2022: AUGUST, 10-12 2022


The Nordic POP Annual Meeting is arranged by Åbo Akademi University as a 2-day conference on board a ferry sailing from Helsinki  to Stockholm and back to to Helsinki . 

The meeting will focus on AI and Data Driven Life Science, Translational aspects to Drug/Pharmaceutical Research as well as Sustainable Pharmacy. We will also include a session on introducing Rising Stars among the Nordic POP network, with newcomers presenting their research and other related activities.

Further, the Career Development concept of this year aims to give PhD students an option of preferring either a short pitch or traditional poster presentation of their current research. Besides that, for selected late-stage PhD students/postdocs (or other young researchers) a possibility will be given to present their work in short talks, in order to cover the full research development of the Nordic POP consortium and to enable the next career move within by finding a match for postdoctoral work, senior mobility or future collaboration."


With respect to the Annual Meeting that is taking place 10-12 August, University of Helsinki will organize the pre-meeting event that will focus on career transfer from Academi to Company environment.

Find more information on the programme and registration at



download pdf version of Nordic POP Annual Meeting 2022 (incl list of poster presentations) here.

OBS: Time indicated allways apply the LOCAL time - Finnish time in part when activities are held in Finland (Wednesday 10.8.), Swedish time when we are in Sweden (Thursday 11.8.)

Wednesday 10.8. (Finnish times, CEST +1h)

13:00 Arrival at Wanha Satama starts, registration, tickets (luggage storage in the conference room)
14:00-14:45 SAB meeting at Wanha Satama (for SAB members only, in small conference room)


15:00 - 15:15 Welcome words by Nordic POP Director Jukka Rantanen & chair of organizing committee Jessica Rosenholm

SESSION 1: AI and Data Driven Life Science SESSION
CHAIR:Outi Salo-Ahen

15:15-15:35 Sebastien Lafond (Åbo Akademi University) - EVONANO: Evolvable platform for programmable nanoparticle-based cancer therapies
15:35-16:05 Sameer Velankar (EMBL-EBI) - AlphaFold ( - REMOTELY
16:05-16:25 Ashenafi Legehar (University of Helsinki) - DrugMapper: a web resource to explore active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)
16:25-16:45 Tatu Pantsar (University of Eastern Finland) - Water: a small but important molecule in ligand binding
16:45-17:05 Raju Gudhe (UEF) - Machine and deep learning in breast cancer
17:30 Boarding starts (we will all go together from Wanha Satama)
18:10 Ship leaves
17:30-18:30 Snacks + mingling + hanging of posters (with a nice archipelago view!)

SESSION 2: Sustainable Pharmacy (part III)
SESSION CHAIR: Tapani Viitala

19:00 - 19:30 Jari Yli-Kauhaluoma (UH) - Sustainable Approach to Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
19:30-20:00 Thomas Rades (University of Copenhagen) - Aspects of Sustainability in Amorphous Drug and Dosage Form Design

22:00-23:30 Gabriella SPA+ sauna (max 50 people at once)

Thursday 11.8. (OBS local time, i.e. Swedish time CEST)

07:00-09:00 BREAKFAST (with a view! Arriving in Stockholm 9:50)

CHAIR:Anne Filppula

9:00-9:20 Ben Boyd (UCHP) - Controlled release for prevention of rheumatic heart disease, without a lipid in sight
9:20-9:40 René Holm (University of Southern Denmark) - Long acting injectables – suspensions – as a means to obtain better treatments for patients
9:40-10:00 Henri Leinonen (UEF) - Eyes on Systems Pharmacology – Development of a DiseaseModifying Therapy for Retinal Degenerations
10:00-10:30 BREAK coffee + fruits
10:30-10:50 Sybil Obuobi (The Arctic University of Norway) - Smart therapeutic hybrid materials as adjuvants for nanomedicine
10:50-11:10 Alexandra Stubelius (Chalmers University of Technology) - Immunomodulating Nanomaterials for Precision Medicine
11:10-11:30 Tappi Viitala (UH & ÅAU) - FinPharma Network + Introduction to real-time label-free sensing for pharmaceutical research

11:30-13:00 BUFFET LUNCH

SESSION 4: Career Development

13:00-13:30 Henrika Arnkil (Bayer) - Joint PhD Ghent & Åbo and Bayer career
13:30-14:00 Anne Filppula (ÅAU) - Part A: Novel master’s program in pharmacy at Åbo Akademi University / Part B: Example of research activities
14:00-15:00 PHYSICAL POSTER SESSION + wine & snacks (posters in two rooms: Annual Meeting posters @main room / CRS Nordic posters @small seminar room)
15:00-16:00 Poster pitches by young researchers (Parallel sessions: Annual Meeting session @main room / CRS Nordic session @small seminar room)
SESSION CHAIRS: Annual Meeting session: Xiaoju Wang & Jessica Rosenholm/CRS Nordic session: Gøril Eide Flaten & Anette Müllertz

16:00-16:15 Biobreak à everybody back to main room (grab a coffee/tea/fruit on the way!)

Match-making presentations by late-stage PhD students/young researchers from each unit:
16:15-16:30 Jonas Borregaard Eriksen (SDU)
16:30-16:45 Lisa Myrseth Hemmingsen (UiT)
16:45-17:00 Christiane Færestrand Ellefsen (University of Oslo)
17:00-17:15 Stanislav Kalinin (UEF)
17:15-17:30 Aleksei Kabedev (Uppsala University)
17:30-17:45 Sara Rosenberg (ÅAU)
17:45-18:00 Inês Catarina Batista Martins (UCHP)
18:00-18:15 Riccardo Provenzani, Katia Sirna and Saara Lautala (UH)

18:15-18:30 Poster prizes, CRS travel award & adjourn

19:30 DINNER (á la carte)

21:30-23:00 Gabriella SPA+ sauna (max 50 people at once)

Friday 12.8.

07:00-09:00 BREAKFAST (buffet)
09:15 Disembarking in Helsinki

Routes & tickets to/from the harbor:





The registration has been closed.

We are looking forward seeing you on board!

(Note that without prior registration registration you cannot attend the meeting.)



Port information Helsinki: Katajanokka / Skatudden

Address: Katajanokanlaituri 8 / Mastokatu 1, 00160 Helsinki
GPS: N/latitude 60°09,841', E/latitude: 24°58,113'

Conference starts at 15:00 (preferably arrive in good time before this!)

Booking number in case of need: 6708717

For general information about the harbor visit:

More detailed information will be sent to Nordic POP Annual Meeting participants in July.

Pre-booked hotel: Scandic Grand Marina, Katajanokanlaituri 7, 00160, Helsinki

M/S Gabriella

Departure Helsingfors Wed 10.08.2022 kl. 18.10
Arrival Stockholm Thu 11.08.2022 kl. 09.50

Departure Stockholm Thu 11.08.2022 kl. 16.00
Arrival Helsingfors Fri 12.08.2022 kl. 09.15

It is recommended to check the travel options before registration, as you might need to consider coming a day earlier to the meeting. If so, the option to apply for centrally organized accommodation booking will be available to choose in the registration form. You are also free to book your acommodation on your own.



In line with the general vision, as well as one of the main cross-cutting theme throughout past and current year of Nordic POP reasearch, we pursue green and sustainable approach to our activities in any aspect we can. Therefore, there will not be any printed book of abstracts.

There is an online collection of abstracts to be viewed here.

Note that the file is protected by password. The attendees and participants of the meeting will be provided password once checking-in the conference.


OBS: Have you not received re-confirmation letter, we kindly ask you to mail us.